Eddie Irvine heads for Silverstone

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Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan

first_img‘It’s actually nice’But the spread of the new coronavirus has forced employers and workers to give telework a try in Japan, and Sato for one has been pleasantly surprised.”Unlike I’d expected, it’s actually nice. Much easier than going to the office,” said Sato, who has been working at home since February when the government began asking workers to telework to avoid spreading the new coronavirus.He works for a Tokyo start-up, Phybbit, which offers services to counter digital fraud, and had never before tried working from home.”This experience has completely changed my image of teleworking,” he told AFP in the small office he has set up in the family home he shares with his wife and two children.For a start, it saves him two hours of commuting a day, meaning he has more time with his daughters, whose schools are currently closed.”I can also give them their bath in the evening, something I could never do during the week before because I was never home before 8pm.”Sato’s wife Hitomi takes primary care of their daughters, six-year-old Yurina and four-year-old Hidano and said she has welcomed the helping hand at home.”I’m glad that he’s here, and the girls are happy to spend time with their dad,” she said.The Japanese government has renewed its push for teleworking and off-peak commuting in recent years, hoping to ease the burden on the notoriously congested Tokyo public transport system, particularly ahead of the Olympics.But there hasn’t been much enthusiasm.  Experts say part of the challenge is the social stigma attached to deviating from the “salaryman” stereotype of the suited-up office worker who proves his dedication by spending long hours at his desk.Polls show “the Japanese still have this image that telework isn’t real work because you’re not physically in the office,” said Haruka Kazama, an economist at the Mizuho research institute.That’s a view familiar to Yuki Sato, 35, currently experimenting with teleworking for the first time.”The image of going to the office is very strong. You have to show that you work hard and long hours and that you help your colleagues,” Sato told AFP. The longstanding stereotype of Japan’s office-bound “salaryman” is being tested as companies cautiously embrace working from home in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Japan’s government has for years been trying to encourage firms to implement “flexible working patterns”, hoping that less demanding office hours will help women return to work after having children and men share more housework and childcare.But uptake has been slow. A survey published last year found around 19 percent of companies offered a telework option, but just 8.5 percent of employees polled had tried it out. ‘Mindsets are changing’ Kunihiko Higa, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology who specializes in flexible work options, attributes that to reluctant managers.Many of them “consider teleworking only as a tool for workers,” he told AFP. “In other words, they don’t understand that teleworking, if used in the right way, can be a management strategy tool.”The coronavirus outbreak appears to have achieved what government campaigns could not, forcing the hands of firms who may previously have been reluctant.”The situation has put their backs against the wall. They’ve been forced to give their employees the choice to telework,” said Kazama.A poll carried out at the end of February by the Keidanren business association of nearly 400 major firms found nearly 70 percent had already begun implementing teleworking or were planning to because of the pandemic.The switch hasn’t been universal. Workers still cram onto commuter trains — albeit in smaller numbers — and Japan’s parliament is hardly setting the tone, continuing to hold sessions and ministerial press conferences.And there is no guarantee yet that companies will continue to allow teleworking when the crisis eases.But experts said being forced to try teleworking was likely to leave a lasting impact in Japan, with companies beginning to see working from home as a feasible and even attractive option.”I think mindsets are changing,” said Kazama.center_img Topics : “With telework, we can’t show our goodwill and motivation,” he added.last_img read more

Why One Woman Wants You to Say No to Surrogacy

first_imgPopsugar.com 30 June 2014Family First Comment: “Lahl emphasizes that the point of Breeders is not to tell families who can’t conceive that they need to “suck it up.” Rather, it’s to steer them toward other options for creating a family.”     Well said.When we think of surrogacy, we often think of a woman and a couple coming together to create a new life. We see happy faces and beautiful babies like the twins Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed via surrogate, but Jennifer Lahl says there’s definitely a darker side to the process. In her new film, Breeders, the former pediatric nurse and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network explores a side to surrogacy that we don’t see on TV or read about in the papers. The film features several surrogates speaking about the physical, emotional, and psychological toll that their “good deed” took on them and the child they carried. Their stories, which include abortion, legal battles, and near-death experiences, open viewers’ eyes to the flaws that exist in, what appears to be, a perfect solution to a heartbreaking problem.“I think I was really trying to point out that [surrogacy] is fraught with problems,” Lahl tells us about the film. “All of the marketing is geared towards happy, smiling couples holding cute, healthy babies, but it’s more than that.” After viewing Breeders, we can certainly see Lahl’s side of things. Here, five main messages Lahl wants viewers to take away from the film.1  The Health Risks Are High2  Low-Income Women Lose3  It Affects the Mother-Child Connection4  Contracts Don’t Solve Everything5  There Are Other OptionsREAD MORE: http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Pros-Cons-Surrogacy-35096129?stream_view=1#photo-35096131last_img read more

Lee County paying $1,000 to May 4 winners in IMCA Modifieds, Stocks, Northern SportMods

first_imgDONNELLSON, Iowa – Checks for $1,000 go to feature winners in three IMCA divisions at Lee County Speedway’s Thursday, May 4 special.IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events all pay $1,000 to win while the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $300 to win. The evening’s Modi­fied headliner is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:45 p.m. hot laps.Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for students ages 11-17 and free for 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website and on Facebook.The special will be broadcast on IMCA.TV to viewers who live at least 60 miles from Donnellson.last_img read more

Clonmel through to last 16 of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgThe South Tipp club defeated Tramore 6-1 in the Sixth Round of the competition.Aidan McGrath, who scored a hat-trick, Jack Burke (2) and David McGrath scored at The Complex.Town will play Newmarket Celtic of Clare in the next round.last_img

Hard-hitting Adam Kownacki dreams of becoming a Polish-American heavyweight champ

first_imgKownacki’s smash-mouth style isn’t pretty, but boy is it crowd-pleasing. He’s going to eat his fair share of punches, but he’s going to keep moving forward and throwing and landing more shots of his own — each equipped with a thud. At least that’s what the Polish fighter has been able to do effectively through 18 pro bouts, touting an 18-0 record with 14 KOs, as he continues to climb up the heavyweight ranks and build up his profile simultaneously.Join DAZN and watch Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue on Jan. 26His last fight at Barclays Center —a unanimous decision over Charles Martin on Showtime in September — had hundreds of raucous Polish fight fans in attendance cheering him on, giving him as frenzied of a response, if not greater, than Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia got in the main event. He’s expecting even more of a fervent show of support Saturday night when he takes on Washington.“Polish people have my back since day one, since amateur days they’ve come out to support me and it’s getting bigger and bigger with every fight,” Kownacki told Sporting News before his media workout at Gleason’s Gym on Wednesday. “It’s amazing and I hope this fight will be around 2,000 people supporting me.”If there’s one place that Kownacki reps as much as Poland, it’s Brooklyn. His family emigrated from Lomza, Poland to the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn when he was just seven-years-old, with his father working the night shift at a local bakery and his mom working in the hotel industry.“Luckily, I moved to Greenpoint, which had a big Polish community at the time, so it was much easier to adapt, but English was a second language, so it was hard,” Kownacki said. “My dad worked nights, he slept during the day, so we really didn’t get to spend time with him because he was at work. So, it wasn’t easy, but we managed. Eventually, he did construction — a little better paying job — so, we managed.”He added: “I was always a little chubby growing up, so I got bullied a little bit.”Years later, and “Babyface” is still “a little chubby,” except he’s the one bullying others now … in the ring.Kownacki tipped the scales at just over 263 pounds during the weigh-in for his fight against Martin. When he and Martin exchanged heated words after the weigh-in, Kownacki brushed them off saying, “I’m from Brooklyn, man, so I ain’t scared of that s—.”The next night, he proceeded to pummel Martin, taking a fair share of punches, but throwing and landing the more devastating shots en route to yet another victory. With Kownacki, absent is a chiseled six-pack like you might see on other heavyweights. But present is a hard-hitting fighting spirit that goes for broke with each performance.“Boxing is a skill,” Kownacki told a pool of reporters following his media workout, shrugging off questions about his physique, “not a bodybuilding contest.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThrough boxing, Kownacki was able to purchase a home for he, his wife and parents on Long Island, New York roughly four years ago. Furthering his ascension up the ranks has him thinking about purchasing his parents a home of their own. And there’s another goal — with Poland and Brooklyn on his mind.“That’s my ultimate goal. That’s what I think about every day — becoming Polish-American heavyweight champ of the world,” he told Sporting News with a grin on his face. “That’s the bar I set for myself and I plan on accomplishing that title.” NEW YORK – As much as the nationally-televised audience on FOX will be tuning in to “PBC Fight Night” on Saturday to see Keith Thurman back in the ring, another boxer on the card might just steal their hearts.Adam Kownacki will bring his brawling, thumping style back to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he’ll face Gerald Washington in heavyweight action.last_img read more

Addison Russell in ‘bottom of second’ as Cubs ‘enhance’ domestic violence awareness

first_imgEpstein acknowledged the Cubs are taking steps to “enhance” their domestic violence training and bring more awareness to the subject. “We’ve taken this plague of domestic violence to heart,” Epstein explained, per ESPN. “We’ve really stepped up and enhanced our training. By the time spring training is over, every single employee in the organization will have gone through enhanced domestic violence training. Every major league player, every major league coach, every major league staff member. “Every minor league player, every minor league staff member [and] every member of the front office will have gone through a pretty rigorous domestic violence training program to increase education and awareness.”Epstein also addressed some of the backlash the Cubs received from fans after deciding to allow Russell to return to Chicago, promising fans the organization is taking the situation seriously.”I can pledge to those people, we are taking this on earnestly, that’s it’s important to us, that they’re not just words, they are actions,” Epstein said. “We’ll continue to hold Addison to an incredibly high standard or he won’t play a regular-season game as a Chicago Cub ever again.” Russell is on a non-guaranteed contract that allows the Cubs to cut him for a small fraction of the value during camp. He was given a “conditional second chance” by the Cubs after his ex-wife, Melisa-Reidy Russell, publicly shared allegations of domestic abuse in September. The 25-year-old shortstop will sit out the first 28 games of the regular season to complete his suspension, though he will be the first prominent player to return to his old team after a lengthy suspension for domestic violence. Related News As Cubs shortstop Addison Russell still has to serve most of his 40-game suspension after violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy, Chicago president Theo Epstein indicated Tuesday the team is “probably in the bottom of the second inning” on the issue.“I said at [the Cubs] Convention we were at the top of the second inning with this process,” Epstein said of the “conditional second chance” Russell has been given, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “As we get here this week to start spring training, we’re probably in the bottom of the second inning. We still have a long way to go.” Cubs GM says giving Addison Russell second chance ‘right thing to do’last_img read more

Sumner County Attorney formerly charges 5 arrested in area drug offenses

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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Liz · 329 weeks ago Good that’s 5 more gone from the eye’s of my grandkids. They have no pride or self-respect for themselves. Report Reply 2 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 329 weeks ago gone for just a few weeks, they’ll be back on the streets again . Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Liz · 329 weeks ago Maybe after some jail time. Then probation and UA’s. Then they could end up in prison who knows. At least they are gone now. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down concernedaunt · 329 weeks ago So glad that there are a few more of these people off the streets. I understand that Wellington has a lot more of these people running around but hopefully this bunch will not see daylight for a while. Thanks to the Wellington Police Department. Job well done. Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down confused · 329 weeks ago Are the just getting around to charging these people. If memory serves me right they was picked up for drugs a few months back Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sober · 329 weeks ago Just look at those 5 pictures for a moment. Isn’t that a fine productive 5 members of society? Do we really need people like this around? Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Tofa32 · 185 weeks ago Good job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 185 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Attorney’s office has submitted formal charges on those recently arrested by the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s office (see story here).The following charges have been made in Sumner County District Court: Christopher Shapley•Christopher Shapley, 42, of Wellington was charged with two counts of sale of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony.Shapley is accused of selling on Feb. 26, 2014 and on March 6, 2014 about .10 grams of meth to a confidential informant for $20 at 116 W. Maple in Wellington.Christina Richards•Christiana Richards, 42, of Wellington was charged with distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, a level 3 drug felony;one count of using a communication facility to facilitate a drug sale, a level 8 felony; and distribution methamphetamine less than 1 gram, a level 4 drug felony.Richards is accused of selling about .05 gram of methamphetamine to an undercover informant at $20 at 1302 North B in Wellington which is about 313 feet from the Washington Elementary School on Jan. 27, 2014. She is also accused of using a cell phone to text messages to set up the drug sale. She allegedly also sold about .05 gram of meth to an undercover informant for $20 at her residence at 607 S. Jefferson in Wellington.Charles Schulz•Charles Schulz, 55, of Wellington was charged with four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, all level 4 drug felonies.On June 25 2013, Schultz is accused of selling about .16 gram of meth to a confidential informant for $25 at 508 E. Lincoln in Wellington. On June 26, 2013, he is accused of selling about .23 grams of meth to a confidential informant for $25. On Oct. 29, 2013 he is accused of selling about .26 grams of meth to a confidential informant for $25.Vance Lough•Vance Lough, 48, of Wellington was charged with two counts of distribution of meth (less than one gram), level 4 drug felonies; and distribution of narcotics, level 4 drug felony.Lough is accused on Oct. 16, of selling less than a gram of meth for $25 at his residence at 1028 Shady Lane in Wellington. He then is accused on Oct. 24, 2013 of distributing 10 Lortab pills containing hydrocone which is a schedule 3 drug to an undercover informant for $50.Branden Jones•Braden Jones, 27, was charged with the sale of methamphetamine, less than one gram within 1,000 feet of a school, a level 3 drug felony.Jones is accused of on Feb. 14, 2014 at about 8 p.m., of selling less than one gram of meth to a confidential informant for $20.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Gordon and Pullen win at Tyson Invitational

first_img Former Wolmerian sprinter, Shauna Helps, and former Hydel jumper, Shardia Lawrence, both had top-three finishes at the meet. Competing for Florida State University, Helps finished third in the Women’s 200m in a personal best of 23.56 seconds, as Kori Carter won the event in 23.26 seconds. Competing for Kansas State University, Lawrence copped third in the Women’s Triple jump with 13.75m. Despite not being among the top-three, there was also good result for former Holmwood Technical thrower, Gleneve Grange, in the Women’s Shot Put. Competing for Florida State University, Grange had a heave of 16.32m to finish fourth in the Women’s Shot Put, which was a personal best for her. – R.G. TOP-THREE FINISHES Olympians Chrisann Gordon and Clive Pullen were two of several Jamaicans who did very well at the weekend for their college teams at an indoor collegiate meets in North America, as both had wins for their universities in their respective events. Both had success at the Tyson Invitational Meet at the Randall Tyson Track on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Gordon, competing for the University of Texas, Longhorns was in fine form in the Women’s Olympic Development 400m, winning the event in a fast 51.71 seconds, which is ranked number three so far among NCAA Division One athletes. Chrishuna Williams, representing Nike, was second in 52.05 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight ended third in 52.65 seconds, as Jamaica’s Dominique Blake, back to competition from suspension for a doping violation, finished fourth in 52.1 seconds. Pullen, a senior at the University of Arkansas, continued his fine form this season in his pet event, the triple jump, after winning the event with a leap of 17.19m.last_img read more

The luxury ship – MV City – is sinking

first_imgDear Editor,The luxury ship -MV City- that has been riding high on the waves of excesses, fraud and mismanagement for the last three years and beyond, seems to have sprung a leak and is now quickly sinking.There is clearly panic aboard, with the very frightened captain dispensing blame on anyone, anywhere he can, both on the living and the dead, and it is now ‘every man for himself’, with senior officers grabbing every available life jacket and abandoning ship.Listening to the Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the goings-on at the Georgetown Municipality, one is left amazed at the ridiculous responses, irrational positions being taken, and the twisted logic being advanced upon by some to defend themselves.One senior had the temerity to tell the Commission that the rehabilitation work had been done at the City Constabulary Training School to the tune of $47 million, yet he says that the space remains uninhabitable. Now come on, which Constabulary Training School is he talking about? Not the old House Service Department in Water Street? Not even $7 million has been spent there for years, let alone $47 million dollars. I suggest that the Chairman of the Commission and the members of the Local Government Commission pay a visit and thoroughly inspect that facility. It is ruinous, looks abandoned, and is ramshackle. Indeed, it looks like when junkies are finished with a building. The windows, doors, fittings, furniture and just about everything else is gone, even though this place is guarded 24/7. It is leaking badly and is in the worst state that I have ever seen a public building in. I challenge the senior official to produce a detailed expenditure report on the building with accompanying receipts and then and then take building experts to inspect the building to verify the $47 million in work done.Then you have the Solid Waste Director waking up like Rip Van Winkle arising out of a slumber to declare that City Hall should ditch the garbage contractors and do the waste disposal work itself. Oh please, now that the Council and the Government have frittered away billions upon billions of dollars, this gentleman gets this epiphany of the Council going back to doing what it did for decades- since it had its own animal drawn garbage carts? And then blaming bad management on the administration. Hasn’t this guy been a part of the administration for the past four years?Then we have the King himself declaring that the City is too broke to tender for goods and services. Well, that’s the icing on the cake! The city is too broke to adhere to a regulatory arrangement that is conducive to transparency, economy, efficiency, openness, fairness and accountability in public sector procurement, but rich enough to award contracts to friends and relatives at grossly inflated prices. Citizens, don’t be fooled.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more