Guy Turns His Life Around, Studying Every Inch of London Streets (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After living a life of crime, abuse, and violence, and spending 15 years in prison, Patric McGuinness is now a changed man.He’s not about to waste his new perspective either – when he’s not volunteering with at-risk youth, he’s studying to take The Knowledge test: a series of intensive exams and quizzes for cab drivers which requires him to memorize more than 3,000 streets in London. The tests can sometimes take up to 3 years to complete, but McGuinness doesn’t seem to be in a hurry. There’s something oddly therapeutic for the ex-con when he is researching the English roads.INSPIRING: Woman Graduates From the University Where She Was Abandoned as a Baby(WATCH the inspiring video above)SHARE the Story of Overcoming…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Smoke From Medio Fire May Increase As Burnouts Resume

first_imgToday, firefighters are working together to determine the best conditions, timing and location to bring the fire to the handline on the western side of the Medio Fire. Smoke may become increasingly visible as firefighters attempt to resume these critical burnout operations.Lightning sparked the Medio Fire Aug. 17 on the Rio en Medio Trail in the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 7 miles north of Santa Fe. The fire is burning dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine and has consumed 3,453 acres and is 55 percent contained with 255 personnel on the job.As it warms up, heavy fuels should dry out and reignite, allowing burnout operations to continue. Sunday, there were no burning operations and no new fire growth as a result of wetter conditions. Crews worked to repair suppression handlines and build waterbars to prevent erosion and slow the flow of future rains. Handlines near the Rio en Medio Trail were camouflaged to avoid being mistaken as recreational trails. Suppression repair also took place on the northern side of the fire. Crews assessed the potential for fire to move through the Pacheco burn scar through unburned logs and remaining canopy, and determined that a lack of ground fuels would limit the threat of fire escaping through this area. Chipping operations along Forest Road 102 were completed yesterday; today the road will be bladed as part of continued suppression repair efforts. Due to successful firefighting efforts, the incident management team (IMT) will continue to demobilize resources this week. Community Meeting: The IMT hosted a virtual community meeting Sunday, with more than 150 participants viewing the live video. A recording of the meeting is now available at No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting is 6 p.m. today on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook page. American Sign Language interpretation and live-captioning services are provided. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at [email protected] A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting. Closures and Restrictions: The closure order remains in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, within an area that is roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160. Despite the reduction in smoke, the Medio Fire is still active and the public should continue to exercise caution and avoid all areas that could be impacted by the Medio Fire. Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire area. Santa Fe County has a burn ban in effect.Smoke: Updated smoke and air quality information is available at Smoke will likely increase when firing operations resume. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at SFNF News:last_img read more

Ottawa’s Jazz Fest heats up in June

first_imgIf you’re looking for great music acts in the great outdoors, look no further than Ottawa this summer. Or closer to home the Chatham Concert Band’s Wednesday night free performances in Tecumseh Park in historic downtown Chatham.When the weather heats up, Canada’s scenic capital becomes home to several world-class music festivals. From jazz stars to pop and country headliners, to Indie and folk, there’s a music scene that is sure to suit you.And the best part most of the festivals are within a 20-minute walk from any downtown area hotel.Each summer, one of Ottawa’s largest music festivals – known locally as Jazz Fest – attracts some of the world’s best in the world of jazz. Over 10 days at the end of June – starting Saturday and running through July 1 – concerts are held on several outdoor stages near Ottawa City Hall and more intimate shows take place at indoor locations.The Tim Horton Ottawa Dragon Festival is taking place this weekend as well as the Bud Light Escapade Music Festival.For a truly memorable and epic Canada Day, join the country’s biggest birthday celebration in Canada’s capital. Each year on July 1, tens of thousands of people gather in downtown Ottawa to take in the many free Canada Day concerts on Parliament Hill and in other nearby parks. The RBC Bluesfest is slated for July 4-14 and the Ottawa Chamberfest will take place July 25 to Aug. 8.—Get a $20 Best Western gift card after your first stay this summer. Best Western Hotels and Resorts is an award-winning global family of hotels located in over 100 countries and territories.—The Highland Games are taking place Saturday at Lakeside Park in Kingsville . Dust off your kilt and join in the fun. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features pipe band competitions with bands from Ontario, Michigan and Ohio, highland dance, sheep herding demonstrations, beer garden and entertainment by the Mudmen.—Headed to the Bruce Peninsula this summer? If so check out Bruce Anchor Cruises which operate glass bottom boat cruises and motel and cottages located on the very tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The company operates within Fathom Five National Marine Park which occupies some of the most pristine waters in the Great Lakes. Fathom Five is home to numerous historic light stations, over 20 known shipwrecks and Flowerpot Island.—Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd and more will be featured at Roxodus July 11-14 at Edenvale Airport, 30 minutes west of Barrie.—The Sarnia Rib and Craft Beer Fest is taking place Saturday in downtown Sarnia.—Readers are invited to submit their questions or suggestions on travel close to home or far away to travel writer Bob Boughner at [email protected]last_img read more

Midmar Mile recognised as world leader

first_imgHe added: “The helicam [filming] guys who we introduced to the world stage have just been given an award too. Because of that, we should highlight the fact that the guy who is the founder of the event is still swimming 40 years later.” South Africa’s aQuelle Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, has been voted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHF). The event’s name will be permanently inscribed on the Sea Goddess, the official trophy for the IMSHF. 24 October 2012 “In actual fact,” Riddin continued, “when you look at it, and you see these awards coming the Midmar Mile’s way and my way, as an organiser.they should have a look at ‘Buthy’. I don’t think there is anybody in the world who has swum an event 40 years in a row like he has. It’s something that needs to be brought to their [Wowsa’s] attention, and I’m quite sure it will come their way.” To many South Africans, the work Riddin does may be familiar and par for the course, but (and this has been stressed time and again by overseas competitors and officials) it is world leading and sets the bar for all other events. ‘Imagine 18 000 open water swimmers’ The information in support of Riddin’s nomination, which will soon appear on the Wowsa website, attests to the sterling work he and the Pietermaritzburg Seal Swimming Club have done in organising the Midmar Mile. It reads: “Its 12 seeding events, its hot spots, its Facebook strategy, its royalty, its aerial coverage, its biathlons, its family teams, its car give-away: there is so much Riddin has created to develop the most extravagant, innovative, comprehensive open water swimming event in the world.” Mike ArbuthnotRiddin said while he appreciates the recognition that has come the way of the Midmar Mile, the organising club, Pietermaritzburg Seals, and by extension to him, Mike Arbuthnot, one of the three men who first came up with the idea for the event, and who was the driving force behind it should be honoured too. He added: “He kept the [event’s] momentum going [in its early years] and you must remember that he’s also originally a Seals’ swimming club member, playing waterpolo and swimming for the club, and he’s now a Masters’ swimmer and he’s still doing the same thing. First year in charge “When I inherited it from him walking out, it just grew. In the first few years, it grew up to the 10 000-mark and then it jumped again and then we peaked at 17 300. That’s the target we want to break this year because it’s the 40th anniversary.” He wanted to introduce the individual timing of swimmers and Clive Chapman, who had been in charge of the event for 18 years, decided he didn’t want any part of that. “I can understand why he said that now,” Riddin said, “because numbers mean potential problems. “The Midmar Mile is the world’s most exciting open water swimming series of events. From timing systems and buoy placement, from online social media interaction to celebrities, from Special Olympics to professional athletes, the Midmar Mile has it all. “Imagine 18 000 open water swimmers gathering in one location to compete in a variety of amateur, charity, disabled and elite competitions, in a country where there are only 6 000 competitive swimmers. This is the environment that Wayne Riddin and his team have created in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Man of the Year VotingVoting takes place online on the World Open Water Swimming Association Website and runs from 1 November to 31 December. With about 50 000 swimmers in the Midmar Mile database, it is hoped that many of them will take the time to lend their support to his nomination and to the event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin, who received the news recently, has also been nominated by the World Open Water Swimming Association as its Man of the Year. Looking back to when he first took charge of the event, Riddin, who will be running his 22nd Midmar Mile next year, said the question at that time was whether or not to limit the numbers in the event. That first year he ran it, the total entry increased from around 4 000 to a record 4 890 swimmers, a long way off the current record of 17 300. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Arbuthnot, the only man to swim in every year of the Midmar Mile since it began in 1974, will swim in two of the 2013’s nine events to take his total to 80 Midmar Mile swims at the age of 80. “I’m honoured that I will be able to be there and watch him do it,” Riddin said, “because it’s not going to happen again.” Loyalty“I don’t think there’s anybody who can show the type of loyalty that he’s shown to the swimming club and an event like the Midmar Mile. Online entries for the 2012 Midmar Mile are open on, where a list of seeding events can also be found.last_img read more

The 2016 #FLSA Overtime Changes: What #HR Needs to Know

first_imgOriginally posted on HR Bartender blog. I’m not going to write a big long explanation for this post. If you’re in the HR world, you know that the much-awaited final ruling came from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) about changes to the overtime rule in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) Last summer, I spoke with Jonathan Segal, a partner with the law firm Duane Morris LLP regarding the proposed overtime rule changes to the minimum weekly salary requirement and the primary duty test. When I read that the final rules were released, I asked Jonathan if he would give us the scoop. And he very graciously said yes.I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am that Jonathan dropped everything to share his initial thoughts with us. He does have a full-time job that keeps him very busy. Please remember that his comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, you should address them directly with your friendly neighborhood labor attorney.The U.S. Department of Labor final rule regarding overtime came out last week. What are the key provisions of the new rule?[Segal] Initially, the DOL proposed effectively $970 per week. In the final rule, the DOL made the weekly minimum salary ‘only’ $913. Even with the reduction from the initial proposal, this is still more than double what the minimum salary currently is under the 2004 regulations.There is one bit of good news for employers. That is, unlike before, employers now can include certain non-discretionary compensation toward the minimum salary. Specifically, employers can include non-discretionary bonuses, incentive payments and commissions to satisfy up to 10 percent (10%) of the minimum weekly salary.Also, the DOL had proposed increasing the minimum salary each year. Instead, the DOL, when it finalized the regulations, has mandated increases ‘only’ every three years. Again, this is less than what was feared, but still creates some cost concerns for employers.The DOL initially had asked a series of questions about the primary duty test. Those questions suggested that the DOL might adopt a percentage approach, like California. Fortunately, the DOL did not adopt a percentage approach. Indeed, it did not change the primary duty test at all. Primary duty still means major or most important. While the standard has not changed, our experience is that the DOL is examining positions more closely.Reminder: employee gets the benefit of federal or state law, whichever is more protective. Accordingly, California employers remain subject to the percentage test.There was concern that employers would be given only 60 days to implement. The effective date of the new rules is December 1, 2016. Therefore, employers will have almost six months to prepare.While six months seems like a long time to get ready, the time can pass quickly. What types of activities should human resources professionals do in order to get prepared for the changes?[Segal] HR professionals are going to need to evaluate carefully a number of options before deciding what to do with each employee whose salary falls below the new minimum salary. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to the key question we all will face in deciding whether to raise salaries or to convert to non-exempt.One factor that an employer will need to consider is the impact of an increase of one employee’s salary on other employees. Should other employees who are above the minimum salary get a boost, too?If the decision is made to increase the employee’s minimum salary now, the employer needs to know that that salary will continue to rise. Can the employer commit now to future increases?The employer also needs to consider the employer relations considerations in converting the employee from exempt to non-exempt. For some employees, being converted from exempt to non-exempt will be deemed as a demotion.Moreover, for many, there will be a loss of flexibility if an employee is converted from exempt to non-exempt. We all know that exempt employees have more flexibility in terms of when and where they get the work done compared to non-exempt employees.It is not sufficient to say that these employees will lose flexibility. By virtue of their jobs, even if they are reclassified as non-exempt, many of them will need some flexibility.Therefore, employers will need to develop carefully-crafted recordkeeping plans to allow for some remote work by non-exempt employees who previously were exempt. No remote work may avoid legal claims but it may limit your business. So start thinking about guard rails to limit, capture and pay for all remote work. This is deceptively complex issue so please consult with counsel for legal adviceThese are but some of the issues that employers will need to consider as they make the decision whether to increase an employee’s salary or to convert him or her to non-exempt.One of the considerations you mentioned in the last question are the conversations that the company needs to have with employees who are currently exempt (and will become non-exempt when the rule goes into effect.) What are 2-3 tips that organizations need to consider when speaking with employees?[Segal] Communication is critical if an employee is converted from exempt to non-exempt. As previously noted, the employee may deem this to be a demotion.I remember in 2004 when law firm paralegals were told they no longer were professionals and would receive overtime. Notwithstanding the potential to earn more money, many were upset.It is important for the employer to make clear that the change is driven by law and that the employer does not value any less the contributions that the employees provide. Yes, say it: don’t just think it!Less is not always more so take the time to explain. That may mean preparing bullet points for your managers if HR cannot handle every meeting.Another consideration you mentioned was the provision in the final rule that automatically updates the minimum salary requirement levels every three (3) years. How does this increase every 3 years affect the decisions employers make now?[Segal] Employers need to consider first and foremost how they will get the work done. And, yes, that includes the cost of doing so. In determining cost, employers must consider that there will be increases every 3 years. They will be based on the 40th percentile of full-time employees in the South.Employers may wish, periodically, to look at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine what the 40th percentile is. That may result in a change in course of action before the mandated increase. Keep in mind that, if you increase an employee’s pay and then convert, the cost of overtime will be substantially higher. As noted earlier, the minimum salary will go up every 3 years. What if you can’t keep up?As a general rule, an employee’s base rate for overtime is all compensation (subject only to certain enumerated exceptions) divided by 40. The employee usually receives 1.5 times the base rates for overtime hours (that is, over 40). Reminder: in California, it is after 8 hours in a day.So, let’s assume you raise an employee now from $750 per week to $913 per week and then over the next 3 years to $1,000 per week. But let’s project the number the DOL comes up with 3 years from now is $1,100 per week. Too much, you say?That’s okay. You can convert the employee to non-exempt at a later date but you will be making overtime payments at a much higher level than if you had converted the employee initially and not later.Yes, we all will be making judgment calls on imperfect information! But isn’t that what HR does all the time as it balances competing considerations?Last question, where can HR pros go to learn more about the new regulations and how it impacts them? Is your firm putting together a webinar that readers can register for?[Segal] SHRM is a wonderful source for information. I learn a great deal not only from the webinars but also from its thought leaders on Twitter, in particular, on this issue, Lisa Horn. You can follow her on Twitter @SHRMLobbyistLisaAnd our firm is hosting a number of webinars. Thanks for opportunity to share a link: HUGE thanks to Jonathan for sharing his knowledge with us. If you want to stay on top of these changes, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law or read his blog at Duane Morris. This issue is going to be talked about for some time. It’s important to get the information needed to make the right decisions for your organization.last_img read more

TransAsia plane crash in Taipei revisits Bermuda Triangle dilemma

first_imgFatal air crashes over the South China Sea in recent months have risen fears if there is more than what meets the eye than just onboard technical faults. Some observers suggest the region may have become as dangerous as the Bermuda Triangle in the North Atlantic, where the incidents of missing ships and air crash over the decades still remain a mystery.The latest crash of a TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board into a Taipei River on Wednesday has once again rekindled those fears. The site of the accident is close to the South China Sea.Some 15 people were reportedly killed after the Turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft plunged into the Keelung River early on Wednesday. The toll is expected to rise.About 16 people have been reportedly rescued while as many as 33 people were still missing even as the rescue operations are ongoing.TransAsia is Taiwan’s third-largest carrier.Pictures posted on Twitter showed the plane cartwheeling over a motorway near the airport soon after the aircraft took off. Television footage showed passengers wearing life jackets wading and swimming clear of the river.The weather appeared to be clear when the plane took off.Television pictures also showed some damage to a bridge next to the river, with small pieces of the aircraft scattered along the road.Wednesday’s  crash is the latest in a string of mishaps to hit aircraft in the region. An AirAsia jet bound for Singapore crashed soon after taking off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 28, killing all 162 people on board.advertisementAlso last year, a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared and one of its sister planes was downed over Ukraine with a combined loss of 539 lives.The same year, one of TransAsia’s ATR 72-500 planes crashed while trying to land at Penghu Island, killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew on board.On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.The Malaysian government on January 29, 2015, officially declared the loss of MH370 an accident and all of its passengers and crew presumed dead.The government, however, also announced that the search for the missing Boeing 777 will continue.The toll in Wednesday’s crash is expected to rise as rescue crews cleared the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River.last_img read more

Man Utd close to signing Porto defender

first_imgFC Porto’s teenage defender Diogo Dalot is on the verge of completing a move to Manchester United, reports the BBCDespite being only 19 years old, Dalot already has a £17.4m release clause inserted in his current deal at Porto.Jose Mourinho believes that the Portuguese defender can provide United captain Antonio Valencia with some much-needed competition.However, the Red Devils are yet to activate Dalot’s release clause but they remain confident that it will only be a matter of time before a deal is concluded after making contact with Porto.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Portugal Under-21 international has mainly been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto since making his debut back in October.The 19-year-old also featured for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.With Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer, Mourinho is hoping to strengthen his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season.Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld has also been linked with a move to United.last_img read more

Report Mousa Dembele close to completing £11m move to China

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is reportedly closing in on an £11m switch to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super LeagueThings haven’t gone so well for Dembele this season with just seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances due to the strong competition at Spurs and his own fitness problems.The Belgium international has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November.And, with his contract due to expire this summer, Dembele and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen are expected to leave Spurs during this month’s transfer window.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Now the BBC reports that Dembele is on the brink of sealing an £11m move to China with Beijing Guoan.This comes despite Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claiming to be unaware of any interest from China in Dembele on Monday.Since arriving from Fulham in 2012, Dembele has managed 12 goals and 12 assists in 243 Premier League appearances for Spurs.last_img read more

Former West Ham footballer says Arnautovic needs to leave

first_imgAccording to Leroy Rosenior, the fate of Mark Arnautovic would be better out of West Ham United and in a new team.Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham United.He wants to go to the Chinese Super League where he would play for Shanghai SIPG.But the Hammers have not allowed this, which would be problematic according to former West Ham ace Leroy Rosenior.“This time last season I would’ve said it would be a big blow, but the way West Ham are playing at the moment, the best thing is to let him go,” Rosenior told Love Sport Radio.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I look at Arnautovic, and he’s just a sulker, and he’ll just beat everyone down around him.”“West Ham are playing the best football I’ve seen in a very long time,” he added.“He wants to be the main man, he thinks he’s the main man, but in all honesty, he isn’t at the moment.”“People like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, Mark Noble, they’re the main men at the moment,” he said.“When we lost Payet, West Ham were struggling.”last_img read more