‘BJP, Congress failed contractual employees’

first_imgIndian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala on Monday blamed the ruling BJP government in Haryana and the Congress for failing to protect the interests of thousands of employees.The Punjab and Haryana High Court had last week quashed the Haryana government’s policy to regularise the services of contractual and ad hoc employees.“On the eve of the elections in 2014, the then Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government had regularised the services of those who had been working on ad hoc, contract and daily wage basis in order to derive some political advantage,” he alleged.‘Weak defence’Later, the BJP government put up a weak defence in the High Court, Mr. Chautala alleged.Mr. Chautala also took a shot at the campaigns of the Congress leaders ahead of elections. “While the ‘rath’ of Mr. Hooda broke down soon after Hodal, the Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar’s cycle had suffered a puncture after reaching Sirsa,” he said.last_img read more

18 months after revocation, Rajasthan restores toll tax on private vehicles on state highways

first_imgToll tax collection from private vehicles on state highways has begun again from Friday midnight in Rajasthan, 18 months since it was revoked by the previous BJP-led government in the State.Private vehicles were exempted from paying toll tax on State highways in April last year in Rajasthan, but the Congress government in the state decided to reverse the decision for maintenance and repairing of roads. A notification for toll tax collection was issued by the government on Thursday, following which the exercise was started from midnight. The State government, in a statement, said repairing and maintenance of the highways were being affected due to the previous regime’s decision, which was taken “hurriedly and without consideration”, adding that this was being done in public interest and to ensure that the exchequer was not burdened.Since the former BJP regime, led by Vasundhara Raje, exempted private vehicles from paying toll tax on 55 State highways, it led to a loss of ₹172 crore in toll tax collection, as compared to financial year 2017-18, which had an adverse impact on road repair and construction works, according to the statement. Before the exemption was accorded to private vehicles, toll tax collection on various state highways fetched Rs 851 crore annually and these highways were being properly maintained, the government said. The collection of toll tax from commercial vehicles will continue. After the notification was issued, the BJP hit out at the Congress government in the state, claiming that it had “betrayed the people“.State BJP chief Satish Poonia said the previous government had provided relief to people with its decision, but the current government was taking “anti-people decisions”. The BJP has demanded that the government withdraw the notification.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

first_imgDodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t see the gesture and asked jokingly, “Are you sure it wasn’t No. 1 he was signaling?”Puig went 2 for 4 with a strikeout in Los Angeles’ 7-5 win over the Indians. Puig said he was heckled in the on-deck circle, which is directly in front of those choice seats.“People were talking to me before the home run, and they talked to me after the home run,” he said through a translator. “I stooped to their level. It happened suddenly. It came out. There’s nothing I can do about it. There were about four of them. They were pretty close there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPuig realizes he could face a fine from Major League Baseball for his actions.“If I get fined, I can’t not pay it. I know I did it,” he said. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made an obscene gesture at Cleveland fans after hitting a home run Tuesday night.After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field. He was booed for the remainder of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Pedal desks may reduce health risks of sedentary workplace

first_imgWashington, Nov 11 (PTI) Pedal desks can help sedentary employees achieve their health goals, and lower the risk of diseases linked to physical inactivity, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, a study has found.Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US found that pedalling while conducting work tasks improved insulin responses to a test meal.Insulin levels following the meal were lower when sedentary workers used a pedal desk compared to a standard desk. In addition, work skills were not decreased in the pedalling condition.Researchers said that pedal desks “could have the potential to achieve public and occupational health goals in sedentary work environments.” They point out that physical inactivity and sedentary work environments have been linked to higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease through insulin resistance and other mechanisms.”Instead of approaching the problem by trying to squeeze intermittent activity into a largely sedentary work routine, we chose to consider integrating physical activity into the workday,” said Stuart Chipkin, who led the study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.Researchers felt that the alternatives now available for office workers — standing desks and treadmill desks — are not feasible to use for whole shifts and may even pose some barriers, such as standing too long. By contrast, a pedal desk can be used in a seated position at the user’s own pace for as little or as much time as the worker chooses.Though there are currently no commercial pedal desks on the market, researchers were able to use a prototype pedal desk.advertisement They recruited 12 overweight/obese full-time sedentary office workers, six men and six women, and tested them in two conditions, pedalling at self-selected light-intensity pace for two hours, and working while seated for two hours at a conventional desk. In both conditions, participants performed computer-based tasks and were tested on mouse proficiency, typing speed and accuracy, reading comprehension and concentration/attention.The participants also provided blood samples after eating a light meal for analysis of metabolic responses of glucose, insulin and free fatty acids, a link between obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.Researchers report that pedal desk use required significantly less insulin to maintain glucose concentrations compared with using the standard desk. “It took much less insulin to keep their blood sugars the same. This means that the body doesn’t work so hard to maintain blood glucose and fatty acid levels with use of the pedal desk compared to a standard desk,” said Chipkin. “From the metabolic point of view, the pedal desk seems to be helpful and the from the work point of view, work tasks were not impaired,” he said. PTI MHNMHNlast_img read more

Lampard hopes Hudson-Odoi renewal will be ‘confirmed soon’

first_imgFrank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is very close to renewing his contract as Willian remains locked in discussions over prolonging his stay at Chelsea.Chelsea ran out 4-3 winners away at Reading in their fifth pre-season match under the new manager at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.A Mason Mount double helped the Blues edge past the Championship side after earlier goals from Ross Barkley and Kenedy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hudson-Odoi remains out with an Achilles tendon rupture, while Willian will soon return to west London after a holiday in Brazil following his country’s Copa America win over the summer.The duo remain in the headlines as both their deals expire at the end of the current season. Lampard issued his latest updates on contract talks between the club and his two wingers.“I think agreed would mean signed so we’re not quite there but what’s very clear is the club are working towards that,” Lampard said about talks to renew Hudson-Odoi’s deal. “Talks moved on very well in the last week or two but it’s not done yet.”The one thing that’s clear to me is I want to keep him here. He’s a player we cherish. Players who come through the academy are the present and the future of the club so we’re doing everything we can to get there. I hope it’s news to be confirmed soon.”Earlier this week, Goal reported that Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a five-year, £100,000-a-week deal to remain at Stamford Bridge following heavy interest from Bayern Munich. Lampard was less assured on Willian’s future, but expressed his desire to keep the 30-year-old at the club. “I know the club are talking to Willian. They’re both players I want in my squad,” Lampard said, referencing Hudson-Odoi as well.”We’ve made good moves in pre-season. Mason Mount and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek signed new contracts, that’s two good young players nailed down.”We’re always trying to do that. From a football sense, I make my ideas clear and work very closely with [Chelsea director] Marina [Granovskaia] and the board and they’re two players we want to stay for sure.”Frank Lampard ChelseaHudson-Odoi suffered his injury in a match against Burnley in April last season but he is thought to be ahead of schedule in his bid to recover.Lampard says that the 18-year-old is back on the training pitch at Cobham Training Centre, although he isn’t taking part in full first-team sessions with the squad.”He’s not training with us yet but the injury is coming on well,” Lampard added. “He is ahead of schedule. I get scared of saying [it] but from the first diagnosis he’s ahead of schedule.”But there will be a period for Callum where his injury is fine and then he needs to get fit to play in this team because it will be demanding with the way I want to play, from front to back.”He’s not far away and I know he’s done everything he can to be fit through the summer and the medical team have been very good. We’re getting close.”Lampard will soon decide the futures of some of his fringe players as he needs to cut his squad numbers down ahead of the new season.The Premier League and Champions League limits clubs to a maximum of 17 foreign players and the likes of Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and Davide Zappacosta are at risk of being moved on.Their futures are linked to several homegrown stars including Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James. Lampard insists that he is closing in on making some final changes to his squad.Chelsea have two more pre-season matches against RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before a tough away trip to Manchester United in their Premier League opener.N’Golo Kante has yet to make a pre-season match since playing with an injection in the Europa League final win over Arsenal at the end of May. Lampard is hoping to have the midfielder back in time to face Manchester United in two weeks.”I am hopeful he will be ready,” he concluded. “He’s dipped into training with us in the last couple of days. There’s still a lot more he needs to do physically without us, that he can do without contact, which has been good.”But the signs are good in the last three days since we’ve been back. It was certainly the right decision for him to come back and get the treatment he had. I would expect him to be training through the week with us to the point where at the start of next week he is fully training.”last_img read more

Major Conference AD Releases Statement About Coach After Embarrassing Loss

first_imgMemorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats.LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Kansas football has been really struggling for about a decade now. David Beaty is in his fourth year in Lawrence, but unless something drastic changes in the next few weeks, it will almost definitely be his last.Week 1 did Beaty no favors. Some fans thought it should have been his final game as Jayhawks head coach.Kansas fell to FCS program Nicholls 26-23 in overtime on Saturday night. It was the second loss to an FCS team in four years under Beaty.Overall, Kansas is just 3-34 under Beaty, with just one win in the Big 12.David Beaty is still coaching Kansas football right now, but the loss prompted a statement from athletic director Jeff Long.That is never a good sign after Week 1, even with Long saying that he’s standing behind the players and coaches. Beaty was not named specifically.KU AD Jeff Long released this comment today re: football … “We all expected a different outcome Saturday but I continue to support our student-athletes and coaches and ask all Jayhawks to do the same. Our evaluation of the program is on-going without a predetermined timeline.”— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) September 4, 2018Long recently took over as Kansas athletic director, after Sheahon Zenger was fired in the spring. Football is pretty easily identified as the spot that KU felt that Zenger had failed to get on track.He previously served in the same role at Arkansas from 2008-17, and Pitt from 2003-07 before that.It only makes sense that Long will want to make his mark on the program, and hire a head football coach early in his tenure. Unless Beaty has a miraculous turnaround, he’ll get his chance soon.last_img read more

AIDAnova Begins Its First Voyage

first_imgImage Courtesy: Meyer WerftIn the evening hours of October 8, AIDA Cruises’ newest ship AIDAnova left the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to be transferred on the river Ems to Eemshaven in the Netherlands.During the Ems-transfer, AIDAnova passed the dock gate in Papenburg, the Friesen-bridge near Weener followed by the Jann-Berghaus-bridge in Leer.After the passage of the Ems barrier Gandersum, the 180,000-ton ship is expected to arrive in Emden and moor in Eemshaven on Wednesday morning, according to the vessel’s transfer plan published by Meyer Werft.Following AIDAnova’s arrival in Eemshaven, final fit-out and sea trials will be carried out.AIDAnova, which is the world’s first cruise ship fueled on low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG), was christened at the abovementioned yard in August this year, following its float-out.From December 2018, AIDAnova will begin its maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Before those cruises get underway, the new ship will come to Hamburg. On December 2, 2018, the newbuilding will visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe, after which it will head for Gran Canaria.Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, AIDAnova is able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.last_img read more

20 names recommended for appointment as judges of HCs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended to the Centre names of 20 advocates for their appointment as judges of the high courts of Calcutta, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.According to the resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, the Collegium headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered 35 names for their appointment as judges of these high courts. Out of these 35 names, the Collegium, also comprising justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, recommended 20 names for appointment as judges of these high courts. It remitted 12 names back to the respective high courts and deferred the consideration on three other names.last_img

Amber Alert suspect now faces charge of firstdegree murder

first_imgSAINT-JEROME, – The man at the heart of an Amber Alert in Quebec this summer has had a murder charge upgraded and another one added.The man was charged north of Montreal on Monday with second-degree murder in the death of Yvon Lacasse, a 71-year-old man whose body was found last September.He also had the charge in the death of his former partner upgraded to first-degree murder from second-degree murder.The accused’s missing six-year-old son was found alive by police in Lacasse’s car.Quebec police issued an Amber Alert for the boy after they discovered the body of his mother in mid-September north of Montreal.last_img

Casablanca Rabat Rank Below Top 100 Cities to Live Report

Rabat – The New York-based human resources consulting firm, Mercer, featured Rabat and Casablanca in its annual list of the cities with the best quality of life for the third year in a row.Rabat comes in 117th this year, one placement behind last year’s ranking. Casablanca maintained its ranking at 124th.In North Africa, the cities of Tunis and Algiers maintained their position at 114th and 184th respectively. The city of Vienna, Austria topped the list, followed by Zurich Switzerland and Auckland, New Zealand.Munich of Germany ranks the fourth, with Vancouver, Canada taking the fifth.The Mercer firm ranking is based on 39 criteria, including crime rate, infrastructure, access to safe drinking water, and accessibility to public transport. Two hundred and thirty-one cities annually make  the list, which is used to determine expatriate allocations.To classify these cities according to their quality of life, the firm carries out a “comparison of the index of quality of life from one city to another,” according to  Mercer. Subsequently, Mercer ranks its selected cities based on a “score summarizing the differences in quality of life in accordance to its criteria.” read more

UNbacked Global Fund awards 24 billion to fight killer diseases over next

12 November 2009The United Nations-backed Global Fund today announced that it has approved new grants worth $2.4 billion to projects aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in low-income countries over the next two years. The United Nations-backed Global Fund today announced that it has approved new grants worth $2.4 billion to projects aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in low-income countries over the next two years.This latest round of grants bring the Global Fund’s overall commitment to combating the three diseases – which estimates say kill over 4 million people each year – to more than $18.4 billion for 144 countries since it was created in 2002. “These grants enable countries around the world to address some of the main problems they are struggling with every day,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Chair of the Global Fund Board of Directors.“These grants are based on the countries’ own needs and priorities and they are therefore a particularly effective source of financing,” added Dr. Ghebreyesus.The Fund also approved the roll-out of a $216 million pilot scheme to reduce prices for effective malaria medicines for nine African countries and Cambodia. The initiative has been funded with contributions from UNITAID, the United Kingdom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.“We are seeing a tremendous demand for funding,” said Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine. “Countries are showing that they are able to effectively turn large amounts of money from donors into prevention, care and treatment of AIDS, TB and malaria, which in turn will save millions of lives,” added Mr. Kazatchkine.Yet, he warned that without a significant boost in contributions to the Global Fund from donor countries, “we may not be able to continue approving such amounts of financing and see continued progress in health in the coming years.”The Fund’s Board also decided to reform its financing process from a grant-by-grant model to continuous funding streams for countries which will now have to manage the grants, resulting in a more simplified reporting system and allowing more long-term planning for individual countries. read more

Fridays Daily Brief ending harassment at work Khashoggi interview Yemen food aid

A landmark international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace has been applauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, after it was adopted on Friday at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Centenary Conference in Geneva.In his speech to delegates in the Swiss city, Mr. Guterres congratulated Member States for “building upon a legacy of achievement, guided by that age-old vision of social justice through social dialogue and international cooperation”.Read the story in full here.UN food agency begins partial withdrawal of aid to Houthi-held Yemeni capital The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a “partial suspension” of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a.Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel briefed journalists in Geneva that the agency took the decision after efforts failed to prevent aid being diverted from those who need it most, despite repeated warnings:“In any conflict areas, some individuals seek to profit from preying on the vulnerable and diverting food away from where it is most needed”, he said. Read the full story here.Guterres encourages Mauritanians to come out and vote in historic poll Cracking down on Catholic Church activities, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and Christian congregation members in Eritrea, prompted a call from a UN independent rights expert on Friday for the Government to respect citizens’ freedom of religion and to “release those who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs”.“These actions show that, despite the improved regional climate for peace and security, the human rights situation in Eritrea remains unchanged,” said Daniela Kravetz, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. On 12 June, Eritrean authorities ordered all Catholic Church-managed health centres to be seized. According to information received, soldiers were posted outside some health facilities, patients were ordered to go home, and staff threatened.The story in full is here.Central African Republic food crisis, a wake-up call to global community: OCHA Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives About 3,340 women, children and men have been given support to restart their lives after falling prey to sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund established in 2016. On Friday, a meeting was held at UN Headquarters in New York, to report on the progress and impact made, and collect new pledges from Member States. Find the full story here. Crackdown on Christians in Eritrea spurs UN expert to press Government ‘to live up to its international commitments’ To the Central African Republic now, where WFP has called for help from the international community to stave off severe and acute food shortages.After years of ongoing conflict and mass displacement, nearly half the country’s people – more than 1.8 million – do not know where their next meal is coming from.Of that number, more than 460,000 are expected to face emergency food insecurity during the current lean season, which lasts from May until August.Among the areas worst affected are those hosting hundreds of thousands of people displaced by violence and insecurity.Amid reports of regular attacks by armed groups who did not sign the deal, on major supply routes and around major cities, WFP says it needs more than $33 million to help 800,000 people every month until the end of the year.DPRK at crossroads as UN independent investigator sees no improvement in people’s rights Guterres hails historic Convention banning violence and harassment at work On the eve of the presidential election in Mauritania, UN chief António Guterres issued a statement encouraging “the Mauritanian people to exercise their right to vote”, describing the election as “an important step in the country’s democratic process.”“The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner” said a statement issued by his Spokesperson. “He further urges them to resolve any disputes that may arise through established legal channels.”It’s expected to be the West African nation’s first peaceful transfer of power, since independence from France in 1960. Sitting President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz is stepping down after serving two five-year terms, since taking power in a coup in 2008, according to news reports.We need to honour Jamal Khashoggi’s memory with justice for his murder: rights expertAccountability for the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be difficult to prove, but it is nothing less than the international community owes him, the UN-appointed independent rights expert involved in investigating his death has said.In an in-depth interview in Geneva with UN News reporter/producer, Daniel Johnson, Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, suggests which tools might help to make this happen. And finally to DPRK, or North Korea, where UN-appointed independent rights expert, Tomás Ojea Quintana, has appealed to the State to ease people’s suffering.Speaking at the end of a five-day mission to Seoul in South Korea, Mr. Quintana, expressed regret that he did not see any sign of improvement in the human rights situation of people in DPRK, before urging “profound legal and institutional reforms”.Citing various sources in a new report, the expert spoke of “public executions…carried out by gunfire”, after trials between 2013 and 2017.Victims faced charges including murder and drug dealing, he said in his report, while also noting that people continue to live in fear of being sent to political prison camps for watching South Korean soap operas. In a statement, Mr. Quintana urged the Government of the DPRK to “be open about the political camps, which are called “kwanliso.” At the same time, he called on the Government of China not to repatriate North Korean escapees, asking them to “give the primary consideration to what will happen to the escapees if repatriated to North Korea”.Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 21 June on SoundCloud: read more

Mohamed AlFayed sexually assaulted me in Harrods boardroom claims 15yearold girl

first_img“He wanted to dance with each of us. He kept pressing himself against me. He was kissing my face. He asked if I liked his kisses. He kept squeezing me and kissing my forehead, and even at one point he kissed my nose. And I remember feeling very uncomfortable and a bit frozen,” she said. According to the woman, ​he later told her in his office “I don’t want you having any boyfriends” and kissed her on the face and mouth before asking her to have sex with him. Another woman hired by him around a decade ago claimed that she was made to undergo a full medical check, including a test for sexually transmitted diseases.She says ​Al-Fayed began asking her to sleep with him and groping her breasts.On one occasion she went to help him tie his shoes, which he was unable to do because of an injury, and he “went to motion to undo his trousers and held the back of my head slightly” which left her “very shaken”.  She claims that she ​was eventually fired after refusing to sleep with him, and received a payout of £60,000 after suing for sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.​ ​Mr Al-Fayed’s lawyer told Channel 4 News that the claims concerning the 15-year-old were “false” and that Mr Al-Fayed was unable to comment further on the allegations. Mr Al-Fayed is the former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed is facing new allegations of sexual assault by former Harrods’ employees – including a 15-year-old girl who accused him of first lavishing her with perfume and a designer handbag.The former Harrods owner allegedly pressured three women who were working for him at the upmarket department store. One woman, who cannot be identified, told Channel 4 News that she was 15 years old and working for Mr Al-Fayed, now 88, when he groped her.She told the programme: “He came into the office one day, into the board room. Basically, he just grabbed me to say hello, to hug me. “And he just carried on hugging me, and hugging me, and then he started rubbing himself on my chest. And I was just shocked by situation. And I said ‘what are you doing?’. “And he was telling me I was turning into beautiful woman. And then he grabbed my head and he tried to put his tongue in my mouth.” She said that when she rebuffed Mr Al-Fayed he “went beserk”. “I felt stupid because I knew then I’d been a fool this whole time – and I should have I should have listened to my instincts when I had funny feelings but he was just so looked up at and I genuinely thought he had the best interests for me,” she added.  Another woman, now in her forties, worked at the store 25 years ago. She said he pressured her to take gifts of money and perfume. In one case he made her uncomfortable during a business trip to Paris. center_img 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. Mr Al-Fayed is the former Harrods ownerCredit:CARL DE SOUZA/AFPlast_img read more

End of motorway service station petrol ripoff as pumps could be forced

Motorists will no longer be hit with rip-off petrol prices at motorway service stations under a Government crackdown which could see electronic signs erected at the roadside. Filling up an average car can cost around £10 more at motorway service stations than at other pumps, data shows.  The scheme is being introduced just weeks after the Transport Minister warned high prices at motorway service station pumps were “exploiting” motorists, encouraging them to drive with dangerously low tanks.  The vast majority of motorway services are controlled by Moto, Welcome Break and Roadchef.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It means drivers approaching services are likely to be told the cost of petrol in pounds and pence, with electronic road signs as well as digital warnings also being considered.In Italy, where signs on motorway stations informing motorists of prices have already been introduced, average mark-ups have fallen by 20 per cent, the Competition and Markets Authority said.  “As we’ve seen abroad, giving drivers information on prices before they stop can force service stations to compete and bring down prices.””We now plan to work with the government to make sure drivers get to see the prices of fuel on their journey so they can choose early to avoid getting stung”.  The scheme is a joint project between the CMA, the Department for Transport, and Highways England which maintains the UK’s motorways. A CMA spokesperson said:  “The fastest route to deliver savings for drivers on Britain’s motorways is to make sure they know how much they’ll have to pay before they fill up so they can choose the cheapest option and send a clear signal to those charging high prices.   Last month in a letter to the CMA, Transport Minister Chris Grayling, “I am concerned that which are higher than any other forecourts may exploit users in a situation where there is less choice and competition and discourage motorists from stopping and refueling, when, for safety reasons, they should.”He cited an RAC study which warned that one in five drivers drove with “just enough petrol to get by” on motorways because of the prohibitively high price. Last night motoring groups welcomed the CMA and the Government’s decision to intervene to better inform motorists about fuel prices. A spokesman at the AA, said: “Millions of UK motorists who have learnt to avoid extortionate motorway service area fuel prices like the plague, welcome today’s intervention on this long-running motoring headache.” 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. read more

Fake Microsoft Patch Tuesday email includes Zeus Trojan

first_imgThe Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker network recently reported on something fishy floating around the web. There are emails going around that claim to be a security update from Microsoft. Some recipients may think this is a Patch Tuesday update, but don’t be fooled, it’s actually a fake Patch Tuesday email.The scam that has been circulating claims to have details about a “critical security update” from Microsoft. The email says Microsoft has issued a “high-priority” security fix for Windows that can be downloaded through the link provided in the email. The email says that the update will prevent hackers from harming you by obtaining access to your computer files. This is obviously ironic since that’s what the cybercriminals are actually trying to do here.The fake patch attachment will actually infect your machine with a variant of the Zeus Trojan. This particular trojan can steal important information, like your banking details, using keystroke logging and form grabbing. Though the emails started appearing on May 6, there were a slew of them noticed on Tuesday. The message subject is: “URGENT: Critical Security Update.”We feel like our readers are smart enough not to need this reminder, but it’s always important to never open attachments in an email from an unknown sender. Though the email may look legit, it’s always good to check back with the company who sent it to you, in this case, Microsoft.Read more at Websense, via ZDNetlast_img read more

WWE announces segment and match for Smackdown Live this Tuesday

first_img Google+ Triple H WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Twitter WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Videos Articles Xavier Woods Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Miz FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE announced on their website and Twitter that Bayley will come face-to-face with with Alexa Bliss on A Moment of Bliss just five days before she defends the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship against Bliss at the Stomping Grounds Pay-Per View next Sunday live from Tacoma, WA.Also announced for Tuesday is The New Day member Xavier Woods and Dolph Ziggler squaring off just five days before Ziggler challenges Kofi Kingston for the WWE Title. Wrestleview will have live Smackdown results Tuesday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central.ALSO, before @HEELZiggler challenges @TrueKofi for the #WWETitle at #WWEStompingGrounds, #TheShowOff will go one-on-one with #TheNewDay’s @XavierWoodsPhD! #SDLive https://t.co/incI6sKQ4U— WWE (@WWE) June 15, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teamslast_img read more

82 want benefits to reflect their priorities

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than four-fifths (82%) of respondents believe their benefits package should change as their personal circumstances and priorities do, according to research by Davidson Asset Management (DAM).Its survey of 439 employees, directors and business owners, which is featured in its Employee benefits: 2035 report, also found that 87% of staff think it is their employer’s responsibility to explain how they can get the most out of their benefits package.The survey also found:71% of respondents value benefits highly when deciding where to work.Almost half (48%) view mortgage advice as a useful benefit for employers to provide.41% say buying a house is a greater priority than saving for the future, falling to 22% for respondents over 50 but rising to 58% among those based in London.86% of respondents value pensions as a benefit, with 90% of those aged 30 and over and 79% of those under 30 putting it in their top four most valued benefits.Just under three-quarters (71%) would like their employer to provide them with a pot of money to be spent on employee benefits.22% of millenials would like pension contributions to increase over the next 20 years, compared to 45% of over 30s. A fifth (20%) of respondents would like their benefits package to include ’entrepreneur time’, and 24% would like their employer to reimburse them for their degrees.Russell Davidson (pictured), chief executive officer at DAM, said: “Our study shows that age and location are important factors in defining employees’ preferences and opinions but, while confidence in the future of pensions varies, this is a benefit that has risen in importance in the minds of our respondents.“As the retirement, and arguably health, benefits from the state look set to wane, savvy employers of choice have an opportunity and a duty to recognise this need and reward their people with not just what they want now, but what they need for a lifetime.”last_img read more

VIDEO Pro surfer dominates mother nature by riding massive 8barrel wave for

first_imgEvery surfer is always waiting for the perfect wave, and when Australian surfer Koa Smith got his during a session in Skeleton Bay, Namibia he made the most of it, and then some.Smith rode the single wave for an entire mile, navigating through 8 barrels during the all-time run. Some are saying it’s one of the best waves, and runs, ever caught on tape, and it’s hard to disagree.You don’t have to like surfing to appreciate this domination of mother nature. Check it out, brah.last_img

LenderMobile Launches BorrowerMobile iPad App

first_img in Government, Origination, Servicing, Technology Mortgage loan app developer “”LenderMobile””:http://www.lendermobile.com/ announced the iPad launch of BorrowerMobile, a borrower-facing app designed to let borrowers check loan information directly from their devices.[IMAGE]The app is intended to complement LenderMobile’s loan-officer facing LenderMobile+ app that lets borrowers fill in 1003 mortgage applications from their iPad and electronically sign the application directly on the screen. BorrowerMobile features the same functionality as well as the ability to check loan status and mortgage rates, among other information.The app also includes a rate alert feature that lenders can set up for borrowers, letting them know on their iPad when rates hit their desired target.With a monthly subscription, lenders using BorrowMobile or LenderMobile+ can order services from third-party vendors and submit loan documents to their LOS.””The latest trend has been to make the loan process more transparent while giving borrowers more power to check their loan status directly without having to go through a loan officer for an update,”” said Lovina Worick, VP of business development at LenderMobile. “”The BorrowerMobile app enables a lender to provide loan status using any or all of their requirements on what to show and what not to show to the borrower.””””We see the value here. If you reduce the time a loan officer is spending giving borrowers their loan status, you increase the time he or she can look for new business opportunities,”” Worick added. “”The sky is the limit when it comes to designing an app for customer needs. The nature of mobile technology lends itself to customized solutions.California-based LenderMobile is a part of PGB Solutions, a technology consultant and custom software developer for the mortgage industry. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-24 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img October 24, 2012 487 Views LenderMobile Launches BorrowerMobile iPad Applast_img read more

FILE In this Saturday July 3 2010 file photo

first_img FILE – In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Essence magazine will honor Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event in 2018. Essence says Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 that Elliott, a hitmaking rapper, singer, producer and songwriter, will be honored at the magazine’s annual “Black Women in Music” event. It will be held Jan. 25 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2017 6:11 am PDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Essence magazine to honour Missy Elliott at pre-Grammy eventcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Essence magazine will honour Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event next year.Essence says Thursday that Elliott, a hitmaking rapper, singer, producer and songwriter, will be honoured at the magazine’s annual “Black Women in Music” event. It will be held Jan. 25 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.The 60th annual Grammys will take place three days later at Madison Square Garden.Elliott has won multiple Grammys and launched many hits since releasing her debut album in 1997. Her well-known songs include “Work It,” ”Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control.”Elliott, also known for her work with megaproducer Timbaland, has lent her musical talent to other artists, producing songs for Aaliyah, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Monica, Mary J. Blige, TLC and others.last_img read more