Petrified human feces from the 14th century have revealed the earliest evidence of an arms race in the human gut. Our intestinal bacteria, it seems, were employing antibiotics long before people developed drugs like penicillin.The bacteria that live in your intestines are territorial little suckers. When new microbes arrive, the natives fight them off with antibiotics. The invaders respond by developing immunity to these compounds. So the native bacteria in your gut—known as the microbiome—develop ever stronger antibiotics. This war has likely been waging in the human intestine for eons, but scientists have had little evidence of its history.That’s now changed, thanks to a surprise find in Namur, Belgium. An urban development project there unearthed some historic bowel movements in 1996. Excavation under a town square revealed latrines from the Middle Ages buried 4 meters deep. 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A preserved fecal deposit eventually plopped into the virology lab of Christelle Desnues at the Research Unit on Infectious and Emerging Tropical Diseases (URMITE) in Marseille, France.Her team bored into the coprolite, extracting a piece of its core approximately the weight of a nickel. Electron microscopy exposed viruslike structures peppered throughout the samples. When the team sequenced the genomes of all the viruses in the ancient poop, they discovered that most of them were bacteria-loving viruses called bacteriophages, or “phages” for short. Phages are the cargo ships of the bacterial world, picking up genes from one bacterium and transferring them to another. Occasionally, this process instills their bacterial hosts with an evolutionary advantage. Indeed, researchers have observed modern-day phages shipping antibiotic resistance genes between bacteria that cause infections, thus increasing their virulence.Desnues and her team discovered that the phage genomes from the coprolite were packed with antibiotic resistance genes, as they report online this month in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. This supports that bacteriophages are an ancient reservoir of resistance genes in the gut, dating back as far as the Middle Ages, Desnues says.A broader diversity of antibiotic resistance genes were observed in the coprolite. “It was surprising that the ancient stool had more [antibiotic resistance] genes than modern stool samples,” says Jeremy Barr, a microbiologist at San Diego State University in California who was not involved with the study. If this coprolite specimen is representative of the time period, then the reduction in these genes over time may reflect that modern sanitation in food or water supplies have weakened the defenses of gut bacteria, he says.Interestingly, Desnues’s team’s research reveals that the phages also carried metabolic genes that equip host bacteria with the ability to process fats and amino acids, which may be the traits that made them so useful to our intestines in the first place. Members of the human microbiome help us digest food, temper inflammation, and may fight obesity—so their resistance to antibiotics actually benefits us.“It’s as if we need these phages as part of our microbiome,” says Vincent Racaniello, a microbiologist at Columbia University who was not involved in the research. He says that though the species of gut phages have changed over time, the key genes that they swap have remained the same. “We evolved as humans to house [gut phages] for the functions they provide—that’s the coolest part.”
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said on Wednesday his inexperienced team is likely to face a daunting mental challenge in England but the players are well prepared for it.Sri Lanka left for England to play three Test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international. The team will also play two one-day games against Ireland.Ford said the team had trained in Colombo on pitches similar to those they are likely to face in England and he is happy with the way players have adapted.”Of course, it is going to be a huge mental challenge for them. It is going to be about grinding out big hundreds,” Ford said. “A lot of that comes from having done it, having the experience. So the batting group, it’s going to be a challenge.”Ford said he was confident that his batsmen would be up to the challenge, adding that the bowling unit has also grown into a “very useful attack” in recent months.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that he and the team backed the selection committee’s decision to keep batsman Lahiru Thirimanne despite a string of failures, trusting in his potential and technique.”A slight mental shift in his approach can do wonders,” Mathews said. “We are all backing. As the selection committee, as the captain of the team and the whole team is backing him to go out there and fire.”Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement that Thirimanne will leave for Britain on Thursday because his late inclusion in the squad has resulted in a delay to obtain a visa to Ireland.advertisementAfter two three-day practice games against county sides, Sri Lanka meet England in the first Test at Headingly on May 19.Sri Lanka Test squadAngelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.
It seems controversies and boxing go hand in hand. A few days back, Bulgaria’s Olympic champion boxing coach Petar Lesov was barred from ringside, while his ward Stanimira Petrova accused judges of ‘corruption’ after a hard-fought pre-quarterfinal loss to India’s Sonia Chahal (57kg).And on Thursday another boxer from North Korea Kim Hyang Mi raised doubt over judges after losing her semifinal bout 0-5 to star Indian boxer MC Mary Kom here at jam-packed KD Jadhav arena.Speaking exclusively to Mail Today after the bout, Kim said it was a close encounter and she thinks she won it. “I have a huge respect for Mary Kom. She is a mother of three and a good boxer. But I think I won this bout. And now I have to admit and respect judges’ decision,” she said.The 28-year-old North Korean boxer further said she will work more hard from now on and try to go for knock-out punches and become a ‘real’ champion. “I will make a comeback and surely win the real Championship next time. This was my debut at the Worlds. I have learned my lessons well.”Kim later wished Mary Kom all the best for her final bout to be held on Saturday. “I wish her success for the final match. And want to thank India for such a good host. Dhanyawad,” she signed off.Judging at boxing events have been a major concern for AIBA, which has even been warned by the International Olympic Committee on the issue. In fact, the IOC has made improving the quality of judging one of the goals for AIBA to retain boxing’s Olympic status heading into the 2020 Tokyo Games.advertisementAt the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Irish star Michael Conlan’s expletive-laden takedown of the judging standards after a controversial semifinal loss became a catalyst for the then AIBA administration to launch an inquiry and admit lapses.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Wales international winger Daniel James from Championship side Swansea City, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.James, 21, has signed a five-year contract, with an option to extend a further year.”This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to,” James said in a statement.”The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player.”When it comes to discussing Ole and our ambitions, @Daniel_James_97 nails it! If you like this, you’ll his first full interview with us Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 12, 2019James, who joined Swansea from Hull City in 2014, scored five goals in 38 matches in all competitions last season as they finished 10th in the English second tier.He scored on his first Wales start against Slovakia in their Euro 2020 qualifier in March.James’ arrival marks manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as part of his squad overhaul in the close-season following a disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.”Daniel is an exciting young winger with lots of skills, vision, exceptional pace and a good work ethic,” Solskjaer said.”He had a great season with Swansea City and has all the attributes needed to become a Manchester United player.”We are delighted he has signed with our club and we are all looking forward to working with him. This is the perfect environment for Daniel to continue his development.”advertisementAlso Read | Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa AmericaAlso See:
National TitleYesterday, we ranked the five most-overrated college football teams in the country based on the odds the sports books are giving them to win the national championship. Twitter/Playoff.You can see those five teams here. Now, we’re ranking the five most-underrated teams by the oddsmakers. These are five teams whose national championship odds are a little too low, in our opinion. So, yes, these five teams – in our opinion – would be good teams to bet on to win it all. As we did with the five most-overrated teams’ feature, we’re using Bovada’s national title odds, which you can see here. Here are the five most-underrated college football teams in the country heading into the season. Start With No. 5 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
Rabat – Moroccan football players Marouane Da Costa and Khalid Boutaib might not play in the Morocco-Malawi qualifier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation (CAN) due to injuries. The game will take place in the Mohammed V Stadium of Casablanca, Saturday, September 8 at 9 p.m. (Moroccan time). According to several media outlets, Da Costa, who plays for Turkey’s Basaksehir and Boutaib, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor, both felt pain during a training session and had to leave before the end of the session. Morocco World News has contacted the national team’s doctor, Abderrazak Hifti, to confirm whether the two would have to forfeit, but the doctor has not responded yet. The pressure is higher than ever for Herve Renard and his team on the eve of an important game that will help them secure a spot among the African countries that will compete during the 2019 CAN. Morocco’s national team has a lot to prove, especially after their early exit in the 2018 World Cup, leading to a low spot in the latest FIFA rank. The team dropped five spots to 46th, in August. Coach Renard has selected most of the players who competed in the 2018 World Cup for the qualifier game, such as Nordin Amrabat, Hakim Ziyech, Achraf Hakimi, M’barek Boussoufa, and Younes Belhanda.Noussair Mazraoui will officially make his debut under the Moroccan jersey. The Moroccan-Dutch player has finally made his choice by agreeing to play for Morocco instead of the Netherlands.Mazraoui is one of the new faces recruited by Herve Renard, as well as Nayef Aguerd, former defender of the FUS club in Rabat who transferred this summer to Dijon and Amien club’s Oualid El Hajjam.Caen’s Yacine Bammou and RC Lens’ Achraf Bencharki are also back in the selection.Notably absent is Mehdi Benatia, the team’s captain. Rumors have run wild as to the reasons why Renard did not choose Benatia, from a conflict between the two men to a supposed injury Benatia sustained.
The parliamentarian’s passport was seized for a duration of three months on October 2nd, through a ruling from the Criminal Court. The court has since issued similar orders on the passports of a number of other parliamentarians. A Maldivian Member of Parliament (MP) has denied claims he has fled to Sri Lanka and instead says he is in the country for some political work.Ahmed Mahloof refuted claims that his arrest is impending, which surfaced after the Maldivian state seized his passport in early October, RaajjeMV reported. Mahloof told RaajjeMV that he has no knowledge of a potential case against him and that he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’. “I have some political work here to take care of, [former] President Nasheed came here yesterday so I have to meet with as well, and I have some medical reasons to be here as well. By no means am I fleeing, nor am I a fugitive” Mahloof said in the interview from his home in Sri Lanka.
Related Athletes compete in the Paddles on the Prairie Beverley Butt Memorial Pickleball Tournament held on August 24-25, 2019 at Evraz Place’s Canada Centre Building. The tournament was hosted by Pickleball Regina. The shoe still fits: Regina horseshoe club keeping the sport alive Regina Lawn Bowling Club aims to attract more young people to sport Carpentier said the social aspect is what draws a lot of people to pickleball over other sports.“Pickleball is just such a fun sport — it’s social, it’s competitive, it’s for all ages. There’s someone here that’s 12 years old that’s playing and 72 or 73 I think,” he said. “You get to meet people and you get to play and you get to sit and chat.”Over the weekend, Pickleball Regina hosted the Paddles on the Prairie Beverley Butt Memorial Pickleball Tournament at Evraz Place’s Canadian Centre Building, attracting 172 athletes from across Western Canada, including Gil Etheverri.Etcheverri lives just outside North Battleford and is part of both his local club and Pickleball Regina. He learned about the sport four years ago when his wife saw someone else playing in North Battleford. She told him about it, but he didn’t want to drive into town to play, so he created his own court.“I put a court in my quonset and bought the netting, the paddles and just played singles with her, so that’s how we first learned,” he said.The camaraderie and community feel is exactly what Etcheverri enjoys most about the sport.“I come to … have a good game, meet friends that I’ve met from previous tournaments,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing for me is the social aspect,” he firstname.lastname@example.org Lynn Giesbrecht / Regina Leader-Post Since its inception in 2017, Pickleball Regina has grown from an estimated 30 members to more than 700, leaving the club struggling to find enough courts to play on in the Queen City.Karen Rust, president of Pickleball Regina, said Saskatchewan has its snowbirds to thank for the sport’s introduction and quick growth across the province. With the sport originating in the United States, it quickly became popular in warmer states like California, Florida and Arizona — common stomping grounds for Prairie dwellers who prefer sand over snow in the winter months.That’s where Rust herself learned to play before bringing the game back to the Queen City and helping to found Pickleball Regina.Rust first heard pickleball mentioned at an RVing seminar in 2007, but didn’t know what it was. Later that year she was introduced to the sport at a resort in Texas, and she continued to play when she travelled to Arizona.“Arizona is where we really got into it big time,” she said. “The resort we’ve spent the last 10 winters at actually has 32 dedicated pickleball courts and 1,000 members. It’s huge there.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Pickleball is a sport similar to tennis, but it uses a hollow plastic ball and paddles instead of rackets. It also has a smaller court size — closer to the size of a badminton court — and lower nets.Rust said Pickleball Regina sees a massive uptick in members every spring as the snowbirds return home. But the rapid growth has left the club scrambling for places to play.“We’re looking for places all over the city. We need to find places for people to play,” said Pickleball Regina board member Allan Carpentier. He noted that Regina currently has only 12 dedicated pickleball courts — six in Mahon Park and six recently opened ones in Douglas Park.
A Saskatoon Queen’s Bench judge temporarily suspended the demolition of a neglected home in Briarwood assessed at $650,300 after ordering a 10-day interim injunction. The 2,318 square foot property is located at 166 Beechdale Crescent. A Saskatoon Queen’s Bench judge has temporarily suspended the demolition of a neglected home in Briarwood assessed at $650,300 after ordering a 10-day interim injunction.On Tuesday, Justice Richard Elson said “fairness dictates” that a hearing be scheduled for an injunction application on Oct. 11, allowing property owner Yu Liu time to gather the evidence necessary to seek a full injunction preventing the city from demolishing his property.“This (would be) a really big loss for him,” Liu’s lawyer, Ling Ma, said after court.“It’s a big house and it’s a fair amount of money in the market.”Ma said Liu lives in China but thought the 2,318 square foot property at 166 Beechdale Crescent was being managed while he was gone. Court documents show the utilities have been disconnected since 2016, when Ma said Liu purchased the home while living in Saskatoon.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Photo courtesy Google Maps “It was determined that there is and was a powerful toxic smell and extensive physical presence of mould and water that left the Property in an unsanitary and unliveable condition,” according to an affidavit filed by assistant fire chief Wayne Rodger.The City of Saskatoon was set to demolish the house on Tuesday after two orders to fix the deteriorating conditions — issued in March and again in May — went unanswered.In her affidavit, Ma stated her client was paying someone to manage the property and was not informed about the city’s orders. She indicated that Liu intends to sue the property manager for breaching a contract that led to the house being damaged.Ma said Liu contacted her on Saturday after learning about the demolition order from a cousin who lives in Saskatchewan. She could not confirm whether the home was ever rented out, but said Liu listed it for sale in 2017.“He probably kept it as an investment property,” Ma said.At Monday night’s city council meeting, Rodger explained the city does not repair damaged homes. City solicitor Cindy Yelland said the property taxes on the house have been paid and the cost of demolition will be added to the property tax bill.With files from StarPhoenix reporter Phil Tankbmcadam@postmedia.comtwitter.com/breezybremc
“Yes, we should celebrate the progress,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “But how can we celebrate when there is so much more to do before we reach the goal? And we can speed up the progress – we know how, but we need to act with a renewed sense of urgency.”The number of deaths fell to 6.6 million in 2012 from 12.6 million in 1990, according the report released today, 2013 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed. The reductions are due to more effective and affordable treatments, improvements in mothers’ nutrition and education, innovations in bringing critical services to poor and excluded people and sustained political commitment. Unless progress is sped up, however, it will take until 2028 before the world meets the target set by the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) to reduce overall child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. During that time, as many as 35 million more children would have died, UNICEF cautioned. Some of the world’s poorest countries have made the strongest gains in child survival since 1990. A few high-mortality, low-income countries – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Timor Leste and Tanzania – have already reduced their under-five mortality rates by two-thirds or more since 1990, according to the figures in the report.East Asia and Asia Pacific leads the global trend in reductions in child mortality, UNICEF reported. Since 1990, the region reduced its under-five mortality by over 60 per cent. In contrast, West and Central Africa has seen a drop of just 39 per cent in its under-five mortality, the lowest among all the regions with almost one in every eight children dying before the age of five.The UN agency reported that there are a number of reasons to account for the challenges in the region – including low social benefits, lack of sanitation facilities, and poor education rates.The Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with the UN agency, launched last year ‘Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed’, a global effort to accelerate efforts to stop young children from dying from preventable causes. Some 176 governments have signed on, including those making some of the greatest strides in under-five mortality. The effort seeks to advance Every Woman Every Child, a strategy launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children through action and advocacy to accelerate reductions in preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths.“When sound strategies, adequate resources and strong political will are harnessed in support of child and maternal survival, dramatic reductions in child mortality aren’t just feasible, they are morally imperative,” said Mr. Lake.The report highlighted that pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria remain the leading causes of child deaths globally, claiming the lives of around 6,000 children under five each day. Undernutrition contributes to almost half of all under-five deaths.The first month of life is the most precarious for a young child, according to the report. In 2012, close to three million babies died during the first month of life, mostly from easily preventable causes.
On Monday, Miss Eastwood’s younger sister, Gemma, visited her sibling’s home to take away some of the many flowers and keepsakes left by NHS colleagues, neighbours and members of the public.In a statement issued through Staffordshire Police, the midwife’s family said: “We would like to say thank you to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.” Stirling, of Gratton Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, is the brother-in-law of Miss Eastwood’s ex-fiance, John Peake, and is accused of murdering the midwife between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green, Stoke.Defence barrister Samina Rasid made no application for bail and Stirling was not required to enter any plea. Michael Stirling, 32, leaves North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court in Newcastle-under-LymeCredit:Peter Byrne/PA A midwife was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face, a court has heard.The body of Samantha Eastwood, 28, was discovered in a rural area near Caverswall, Staffordshire, on Saturday – eight days after going missing.Michael Stirling, 32, appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday charged with murdering the popular Royal Stoke Hospital worker.Appearing from HMP Dovecote via video-link, wearing a high-vis vest and a grey T-shirt, he spoke only to confirm his name, age and nationality and that he understood the proceedings.The court heard that Miss Eastwood had been found in a shallow grave, with masking tape around her face and eyes, and had been wrapped inside a single duvet cover.A preliminary post-mortem examination did not reveal any gunshot, stab or penetrating wounds, and further analysis of neck bones was due to be carried out, Judge Michael Challinor QC was also told. He was remanded in custody to appear at Northampton Crown Court for a plea hearing on October 5.His trial date was also provisionally set for February 4 next year, but the judge told him that the complexities of the case meant that date was unlikely to remain fixed.Two other men, aged 28 and 60, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remain on conditional police bail while inquiries continue. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Floral tributes to Samatha EastwoodCredit:Aaron Chown/PA
ENDA KENNY IS a man with moves. Dad moves. And he’s not afraid to show them off.He was at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park in Dublin when – just as Gloria Estefan predicated – the rhythm got him. It got him good. Source: Bord BiaHe really does feel like a room without a roof. Source: FYI/3eIndependent.ie also caught all of the glorious moves on tape, God bless them: Source: Independent.ie/YouTubeThe poor Taoiseach has been called ‘Edna’ again>Enda and Eamon share a birthday… but can you guess who’s older? Source: DailyEdge.ie/YouTube(You can watch the whole thing on FYI on 3e at 6pm this evening)Once more with feeling:
A bill presented this week to the Victorian Parliament by Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge will aim to give children in state care greater stability, certainty and a better start in life.The legislation comes after leaked internal documents from the Department of Human Services uncovered hundreds of alleged rapes, sexual assaults and instances of sexual exploitation were reported across Victoria’s out-of-home care network over a 12 month period up to March 2014.Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge announced the Napthine government’s intention to amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to “better protect children and young people from harm”, including amending rules for permanent care “to provide greater continuity and permanency for vulnerable children”.Permanent care is similar to adoption in that long-term carers are given parental rights and responsibilities for the children in their care, to the exclusion of all others.In a statement to media, Ms Wooldridge said too many children were spending an extended period of time in care without any certainty about their future; a situation which causes extra and avoidable trauma to children, carers and birth parents.“Our first priority is to keep a child with a parent, but when parents cannot address the areas of concern, such as dealing with their drug addiction or providing a safe environment, removing the children is the only option,” Ms Wooldridge said.The Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry found that children are waiting an average of five years to be placed on a permanent care order if they cannot return to their parents. In that time a child can have a number of placements involving different kinship, foster and residential carers.The legislation proposed by the Napthine government will give parents 12 months to resolve issues in order to resume care of their child. In cases where parents can demonstrate good progress but need more time, a further 12 months may be granted. If this does not work, a decision will be made to seek permanent alternative care for the child.Ms Wooldridge said the new legislation would provide greater certainty for children early on and as a result, children will be likely to experience more consistency of care and less trauma as a result of coming into care.“Continuity of care, certainty about the future and the ability to form positive attachments with trusted adults are important for the healthy development of all children, and especially for vulnerable children,” Ms Wooldridge said. Meanwhile, with the bill yet to receive its second reading in parliament, Shadow Minister for Children and Community Services Jenny Mikakos said that the Opposition would put forward its response “once we have considered [it] in detail and consulted with relevant stakeholders”.Ms Mikakos added that the bill “does nothing to address the under-staffing of residential care, which is a risk factor in exposing vulnerable children to sexual abuse and exploitation”.“The Napthine government continues to ignore the systemic problems facing residential care.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Retail organisation Sainsbury’s has amended its pay proposal to increase base rates of pay for 130,000 store employees as a result of feedback from its staff consultation process.Alongside the organisation’s internal staff consultation, Sainsbury’s is also receiving employee feedback via an ongoing online petition. The petition, organised by an affected Sainsbury’s employee and supported by member of Parliament Siobhain McDonagh, has received 104,593 signatures as of 10.00am on 22 May 2018. The petition asks Sainsbury’s to reconsider its original pay proposal, because the suggested contractual changes are estimated to adversely impact employee pay, despite the proposed pay increases.In March 2018, Sainsbury’s originally announced plans to offer store employees pay increases totalling £100 million. This included increasing base pay from £8.00 an hour to £9.20 an hour for UK employees, or £9.80 an hour for staff based in zones one and two in London.To fund the proposed pay increases, Sainsbury’s plans to implement numerous cost-saving measures to simplify business practices. This includes offering new contracts to all store employees that will remove employee bonuses, which are currently awarded on a non-contractual, performance-related basis, as well as remove paid breaks.The proposed contractual changes will also change premium payments, amend productivity, flexibility and attendance standards, and streamline job roles to reduce 22 specific roles down to five.Sainsbury’s intends to provide top-up payments over an 18-month period once the proposals are implemented, to protect employees from being adversely impacted by the pay changes.If the proposed changes are accepted on the completion of a consultative ballot with employees, they will come into effect from September 2018.The staff consultation process has led to Sainsbury’s introducing changes to the original pay proposal. This includes providing employees working across all London boroughs a location pay premium, increasing the proposed pay for online drivers and increasing the proposed pay for employees working between 12.00am and 5.00am.Sainsbury’s will review its hourly pay rate again in March 2020.Mike Coupe, chief executive officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “The aim of these changes is to make pay fair and consistent for everyone. At the moment, we have [employees] working side-by-side in store, doing exactly the same job, but being paid different amounts, depending on when they started working for us. That doesn’t seem fair. So we are proposing to move everyone onto the same contract, with the same terms and conditions and an increased hourly rate, which means that the vast majority of [employees] get a pay rise.“So why the backlash? I do appreciate that, while most [employees] will get a pay rise, there are some who won’t. Let me reassure [employees] that we have thought very carefully about that. We have proposed top-up payments for an 18-month period to make sure that no [employee] earns less than they do today. And at the end of that 18 months, in March 2020, we will review the hourly rate again.“These are meaningful changes that will have a real impact on our [employees’] pay and that will cost Sainsbury’s millions of pounds a year. But it’s been important to us that we listen throughout this process and respond to concerns along the way.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 11th, 2019 at 11:59 amMayor of Soldotna, Dr. John Nels Anderson, passed away early Tuesday morning in Anchorage. Dr. Anderson’s family confirmed his passing on social media. Dr. Anderson was currently serving as the mayor for the city of Soldotna. He also served one term as mayor after a term on the city council from 2009 to 2012, and he was on the borough school board for 15 years. According to his family, Dr. Anderson has been fighting an ongoing illness for some time. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen: “Our hearts go out to Dr. Anderson’s family, and I would like to extend my deepest condolences. Mayor Anderson was beloved in this community, and a true public servant. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his friends and neighbors, and we are forever grateful. ” In addition to his duties as mayor, Dr. Anderson has been a long time practicing family physician in the city.Funeral Service for John Nels Anderson MD, Soldotna City Mayor will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel (159 W Marydale next to the hospital)Monday September 16Viewing from 2:30 – 3:45 pmService beginning at 4:00 pmInterment to follow at Soldotna Memorial ParkAll who would like to pay respects are encouraged to attend.There will be an additional viewing Sunday night from 6:30-8:00 pm in Soldotna. Location pending. All are welcome to this as well.
WILMINGTON, MA — Changes may be on the way for Annual Town Meeting, but not anytime in the immediate future.At Monday’s meeting, Selectman Mike McCoy asked his colleagues to put an article on this year’s Town Meeting warrant asking voters to change the dates of the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting. McCoy noted the recent Bylaw Review Committee, which he served on, was supportive of changing the date of Annual Town Meeting.Under McCoy’s proposal, the Town Election would fall on the third Saturday of March and the Town Meeting would fall on the fourth Saturday of March. McCoy felt turnout would increase with less conflicts predicted in late March as compared to early May, when First Communions, spring youth sports, and yard work are all in full swing.While his colleagues didn’t necessarily dismiss the idea, they opted not to support it. Instead, Selectmen unanimously agreed to form a Town Meeting Review Committee on the suggestion of Town Moderator Robert Peterson, Jr.“I have no opposition to moving Town Meeting… but I ask the board when moving the date, that you consider taking a holistic approach to the issue of Town Meeting,” Peterson told the board. “I do strongly suggest the Town consider doing some sort of Town Meeting Review Committee…. There are things we can look at to speed the process along, whether it be consent agendas or electronic voting…”“I think Mr. Peterson’s idea is a great idea,” responded Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “I’d rather a solution come from the community than this board. I don’t want to make a change now and then have to change it again next year. My preference is to start a committee as soon as possible and solicit feedback. There’s a lot of good in the survey we’ve conducted, but we have a lot of questions that we need to do some more digging on.”“I agree. Let’s have a review committee. But let’s add a caveat that they need to have something decided in time so we can put something on warrant for next year’s meeting. Let’s get it going now so it’s ready for next year’s warrant,” agreed Selectman Ed Loud.“I’d be inclined to develop a subcommittee and for them to come back and give us a report on which way to go,” concurred Selectman Kevin Caira.The makeup of the Committee is yet to be fleshed out, but it sounded like each Selectman will appoint three members to a 15-member committee.All Selectman also seemed unanimous in their desire to keep the Town Meeting on Saturday, as opposed to moving it to a weeknight or multiple weeknights.“I’m concerned about seniors, some of which are less likely to drive at night,” pointed out Selectman Greg Bendel, who was also cool to the idea of a March Town Meeting. “I worry about a March Meeting. We had 5-6 snow days at school last March. We’d still be running into winter weather. What would happen if Town Meeting were to get snowed out, which unfortunately is a possibility in New England in March.”“This is an impossible problem to try to solve. 23,000 people live in Wilmington,” added Selectman Eaton. “There’s always going to be a conflict… A lot of the themes I saw [in the town meeting survey] was that weeknights weren’t good for seniors, but weekends were tough for parents.”Town Manager Jeff Hull cautioned that moving the Town Meeting too early in the year would create issues for the town’s budget process.“The Governor doesn’t present his budget [which includes state aid, the town’s second largest revenue source] until the end of January. If we have a Town Meeting at the end of March, I have to present the budget to the Board of Selectmen at the end of December, well before the Governor’s,” explained Hull. “It just creates a greater level of uncertainty when putting the budget together.”“Clearly we had some past Town Meetings – like the new high school vote – where a significant amount of people showed up. To some measure, [attendance] is a function of what the topics are at the Town Meeting,” Hull later added. “When people really want to turn out – hockey rink, new High School, new Middle School — people turn out when there are issues that they want to be heard on. I’m not sure that any particular date is going to solicit a groundswell of interest.”Any date change would need Town Meeting approval and then require an act of the State Legislature.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen & Residents Are Ready To “Fix” Annual Town Meeting, Possibly Move It From Saturday To 2-3 WeeknightsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Clerk Concerned With Moving Town Meeting To March; Review Committee To Be Appointed SoonIn “Government”ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday directed setting up of a centrally-funded designated court in each district having more than 100 FIRs under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to deal exclusively with cases of sexual offences against children. “We would expect our above stated directions to be implemented and exclusively designated courts to try offences under the POCSO Act, in terms of the above directions, to start functioning within 60 days from the date of the present order,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, while asking the Centre and states to implement its direction. Also Read – Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended till Monday Advertise With Us The apex court also said that a short clip, intended to spread awareness about prevention of child abuse and prosecution of crimes against children, be screened in movie halls and on television channels. The top court directed that the special court be funded by the Centre and take care of appointment of presiding officer, support persons, special public prosecutors, court staff and infrastructure, including creation of child-friendly environment and vulnerable witness court rooms. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us The court, which has on its own taken up the issue of alarming rise in the number of rape cases against children, took note of a report which said that one of the major causes of hinderance in completing timely trial of POCSO cases was delay in receiving reports from forensic science lab. The top court perused the report prepared by senior advocate V Giri, assisting it as an amicus curiae in the case, and said the suggestion that there should be designated FSL in every district for the purposes of POCSO Act can be considered at a later stage. Advertise With Us “We direct the directors of the state forensic science laboratories and the concerned authority in the state government to ensure that the existing and available forensic science laboratories in each state will function in an effective manner insofar as analysis etc of the samples collected under the POCSO Act are concerned and reports of such analysis be sent promptly and without any delay,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said.
Kurnool: District Collector G Veerapandiyan said that to cater to irrigation and drinking water needs of the people of Kurnool district, backwaters of Srisailam dam were released through Pothireddypadu Head Regulator. He accompanied Nandyal MP Pocha Bhramananda Reddy, MLC Gangula Prabhakar Reddy, Srisailam, Panyam and Nandikotkur MLAs for the release of water after lifting five gates of Pothireddypadu head regulator on Tuesday. Later, all the members performed prayers on the occasion of releasing the water. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Collector G Veerapandiyan said that the water levels at Pothireddypadu Head Regulator had risen to 263.09 metres. Based on the allocation, water is being released to Handri-Neeva, Galeru Nagari and Telugu Ganga projects. He also said that Srisailam dam received good amount of water and the dam currently has 130 tmcft water against its total capacity of 215 tmcft. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us He further said that the Srisaiam dam was receiving a constant flow of 3.2 lakh cusecs of water from Jurala Barrage. “Based on the constant flow, we will release up to 10,000 cusecs of water through Pothireddypadu head regulator,” he said. The MP, MLC and MLAs have expressed their happiness over the release of water. Chief Engineer of Irrigation Narayana Reddy, Superintending Engineer E Ramachandra Murthy, Kurnool Revenue Division Officer (RDO), Venkateshwarulu, executive engineers, deputy engineers and others participated in the programme.
Share public domainUPDATE (July 17, 2019): Mayor Sylvester Turner delayed the vote by one week to give the public an opportunity to review the agreement. According to the Mayor’s Office, the $1,000 fine for disclosing information from the document was in accordance with state law.After years of negotiation, Houston is finalizing an agreement with the EPA to curb sewage spills that violate the federal Clean Water Act. City Council is expected to vote on the deal on Wednesday. If approved, the consent decree would be filed in court followed by a 30-day public comment period. It would then go to a judge for approval.According to local officials, Houston will spend $2 billion over 15 years to stop sewer overflows. The city reported more than 9,000 of those discharges over a five-year period, according to the local advocacy group Bayou City Waterkeeper. Houston will also pay $4.6 million for sewage violations going back to 2005. It’s unclear how the upgrades will affect water bills, but Mayor Sylvester Turner said rates would be expected to remain below the EPA’s affordability threshold, which means the rate could not exceed 2% of median household income. The city announced the agreement last week, but details were kept confidential about which infrastructure projects would get top priority or when they would be completed. After public pressure from advocates, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office agreed on Tuesday to make the consent decree public ahead of the City Council meeting. Following the release of the consent decree, Councilmember Dwight Boykins told News 88.7 he plans to delay the vote for one week, so advocates have an opportunity to view the agreement prior to the Council vote. (You can read the consent decree, here, on the City Council agenda.) At-large Councilmember Jack Christie confirmed he and his colleagues had faced a penalty for disclosing information to the public, prior to the release of the decree Tuesday.“I think maybe a $1,000 fine or something,” Christie said. “But that doesn’t bother me.” He said he couldn’t recall seeing another confidentiality penalty in his eight years on city council. “But this is a major settlement with the federal government and the EPA. So again it doesn’t bother me to have the information but not give it out until after it’s voted on,” Christie said.Tracy Hester, an environmental law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, said the penalty wasn’t business as usual for EPA agreements.“I haven’t heard of that before. I’m unaware of any other prior consent decree on a major environmental enforcement action that’s had a similar type of secrecy provision,” Hester said. City Attorney Ron Lewis presented the consent decree before a council committee meeting last week. District J Councilmember Mike Laster asked Lewis if the document was confidential because it contained controversial plans. Lewis responded, “We’re trying to work with our regulatory bodies in a way that is consistent with our collective belief about what’s in the best interest of the public.” Other councilmembers raised questions about whether confidentiality would impact public participation, though Lewis dismissed those concerns.“Once the decree is lodged and there’s an opportunity for public comment you may hear from the public about whether they agree with the technical assessments about what the system really needs,” Lewis said. “But I don’t anticipate that the long-term improvement of the system can be a function of such a process.” Jordan Macha, the executive director of Bayou City Waterkeeper, argued the consent decree should be made public before the vote.“It is our understanding that there is no legal barrier for this to become public to the citizens of Houston today,” Macha said. “This is a choice made by the EPA and the city of Houston, and if City Council and the city wanted to make this public they could. And we would very much welcome the opportunity to review this consent decree.” Hester said after City Council approves a decree, the public comment period is a narrow opportunity to make changes in the agreement. “Once the decree has been lodged at the court, to be honest it’s hard to get changes made to it fairly readily,” Hester said. “The court typically gives it a fairly lax standard of review. It’s not going to be a close, probing scrutiny. It’s going to be just making sure that the agreement is fair, legal, and meets the requirements.” According to Hester, it’s typical that the public has only a limited role in this type of negotiation, though the stakes are high for the terms of the $2 billion deal. “You want to make sure the consent decree is written in a way that it puts the most important work first, and make sure that the money available for that work gets allocated, and that there are some actual binding commitments that it gets done in a way that actually makes a difference,” he said. “It’s also important that if the consent decree prioritizes what work gets done where, that there’s attention paid to environmental justice concerns, and that neighborhoods that are perhaps not as wealthy or have communities of color are receiving the protection that they deserve. All of those need to have transparency and input from the public.” Hester said a city typically isn’t required to keep the document confidential under the terms of the agreement. “If the city chooses to, they could certainly normally share that information. That’s what makes the penalty provision here such an interesting twist,” he said.
Solar Energy Outpaced Fossil Fuels in 20174 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 Stay on target Hey there, space cats! Today I bring you my End of the Year edition; I’m coming to you live from Geek Headquarters with a special investigative report on things I’d like to see in 2017.I realize many of you are likely missing the blatant Space Channel 5 references (or didn’t play the games, to begin with), so on in less fancy terms, I’ve put together a list of awesome media in 2017 that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’m sure there are some at present that I just can’t remember, but here’s what’s buzzing around in my brain that I’m hyper-excited to take in as soon as humanly possible. Next year just can’t get here fast enough.MoviesBlade Runner 2049AdChoices广告Blade Runner is a classic, and while I’d usually balk at any remake/reboot/revisiting of a classic like this one, I really like Ryan Gosling. I think he’ll bring a lot to the table when it comes to Blade Runner 2049, and the teaser trailer has shown me that this may very well be a promising new entry into the Blade Runner universe. As long as it keeps people from running the “tears in rain” monologue into the ground, I’m all for new lore. But who am I kidding? Everyone is always going to run that speech into the ground because of Roy Batty.Alien: CovenantPrometheus is one of my favorite films in the Alien saga, and I’m ride or die when it comes to Alien in general. So to see Michael Fassbender reprising his role as David in what’s essentially a sequel to Alien: Covenant tickles me to no end. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.Anime/TelevisionBerserk Season TwoThe second season of the 2016 continuation of the Berserk anime is coming next year, and I couldn’t be more pumped. Well, I could be a little more pumped if the anime went with a less wonky CGI animation style, but that can be forgiven. It’s going to take us far beyond the end of the original Berserk series and even further into the manga, which is going to be killer. It’s about time for Griffith to make his triumphant return, and this season is going to be (dare I say it?) lit.Twin PeaksWhen I first got into Twin Peaks after high school in 2007, I stumbled upon what would eventually become one of my favorite TV series of all time. I thought, with its abrupt ending at the second season and the lukewarm reception to Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, it would never see the light of day once more. As an avid David Lynch fan, hearing the announcement that the series would be making a comeback and coming to Showtime, I lost my marbles. Or my log, if you prefer. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.Rick and Morty Season ThreeWhat can you say about Rick and Morty that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? It’s one of the funniest shows Adult Swim has to offer, and I’ve been ready for more of it since I finished devouring the first two seasons. Supposedly the third is premiering in 2017. We’ll see.Video GamesResident Evil 7There aren’t many other games I’m looking forward to more in 2017 than Resident Evil 7, and after having experienced it in VR via PlayStation VR, it has the potential to be one of a terrifying gaming experiences I’ve ever had. And I hope it’s massively gory, disturbing, and bizarre. There’s only about a month to go before I can get it in, and I’m chomping at the bit to finally complete the game in its entirety instead of bits and pieces here and there. Mass Effect AndromedaI’m a renegade for life, or so says the tattoo on my right thigh. I can’t wait to see what a brand new chapter in the Mass Effect franchise brings, so long as I can rule the universe with an iron fist. Okay, I don’t have to do that. Just give me plenty of romance options and a storyline that keeps me glued to the game for weeks, and that’ll do just fine. Mass Effect Andromeda will deliver. It has to. I demand it. Persona 5I’m a massive Shin Megami Tensei fan, and I’ve played nearly all the entries in the series. So to say I’m excited for Persona 5, the first next-gen Persona experience, is putting it mildly. When it comes time for the game to release in April (pushed back from its original release date of February 14) you may as well not disturb me or come near my chambers, lest you be attacked by a ravenous, Persona 5-binging beast. Me. Because I can’t wait.Detroit: Become HumanI’m a huge fan of Quantic Dream’s previous works like Heavy Rain, and the tech demo Kara that inspired Detroit: Become Human was massively interesting to me. I’m thinking Detroit: Become Human, if it ends up releasing in 2017, is going to be one of my contenders for Game of the Year, but it has to come out first, and I’m hoping that it will. That trailer alone is enough to get me all revved up.Note: I would have loved to include Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding on this list for a 2017 release, but given that there aren’t any current signs pointing to a release next year, I’m hesitant to do so. He tends to take his time, and I’m pegging this for 2018 at the earliest. Otherwise, it’d be at the top of my list.That’s about it for me. What are you looking forward to in 2017? I’m sure there’s a whole lot of stuff that I missed, but this is all that’s jumping out at me at the moment. The best part about that is, though, there’s a whole blank slate of a year to look ahead to and more awesome stuff is coming. So keep your head up, and stay tuned!