First Nation leaders from BC talk after meeting Kinder Morgan shareholders in

first_imgTwo First Nation leaders from British Columbia are holding a news conference from Houston, Tex., Wednesday.Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band, and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust addressed Kinder Morgan shareholders at the company’s annual general <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img

Sudan UN agency warns of massive food deficit in southern region

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that Southern Sudan is facing a massive food deficit fuelled by drought and widespread insecurity.The warning comes as Sudan marks the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended two decades of conflict between the central government in Khartoum and the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.The 2005 peace deal established a semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, and a referendum on independence is to be held in February 2011. In addition, national elections are scheduled for this April. Food aid will be key for the region in 2010, noted WFP, which is aiming to feed 4.5 million people this year in Southern Sudan, where drought has pushed cereal prices up and livestock prices down. In addition, widespread insecurity has displaced families from the places where they had livelihoods. According to WFP, intertribal fighting killed more than 2,500 people last year and displaced over 350,000. Last June an attack on river boats carrying WFP food in Southern Sudan caused a serious setback to food distributions to displaced people in the region, forcing the agency to resort to airdrops to get the food in.“With tribal tensions reportedly mounting, there could be similar disruptions to vital food distributions in 2010,” warned the agency, which hopes to feed a total of some 11 million people across the entire country this year. In a related development, the top UN envoy in Sudan has called on the parties to the CPA to ensure the success of the peace deal in the face of the challenges that have emerged.“2010, which will be the final full year of the Interim Period of the CPA, will present its challenges, and the responses of the two signatory parties will determine whether or not the CPA is successfully implemented and whether or not the peace will be sustained in Sudan,” Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said in a statement issued yesterday. “Accordingly, an historic responsibility devolves upon the leadership of the signatory parties not to allow any difficulties, any impediments, or any perceptions to stand in the way of achieving durable peace.” 11 January 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that Southern Sudan is facing a massive food deficit fuelled by drought and widespread insecurity. read more

SLMC to issue ultimatum

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) high command, which met last night and early this morning, has said that the future of the SLMC in the government is at risk as the government has failed to take appropriate action with regards to the threats faced by Muslims in recent times.SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem was among those who attended the party high command meeting, but at least five senior members were notably absent, sources told the Colombo Gazette. The SLMC High Command was of the opinion that the government had not directly responded to the threats faced by the Muslims in the country. Minister Hakeem has also contacted all the Muslim parliamentarians including Senior Minister M H M Fowzie (who is currently out of the country) and Ministers Rishard Bathiutheen and A L M Athaullah for the meeting, with this regard.An SLMC statement last week had said that the Minister has expressed his patent displeasure and condemnation on the attack on the Fashion Bug warehouse at Pepiliyana.He believed that this was seemingly carried out as a sequel to the ongoing attacks on the religious places and hate campaigns against Muslims and other religious minority communities in the country. He was also dismayed at the ineffective response of the law and order machinery in containing the spread of such violence and unrest that fuels insecurity and peace of all minority communities in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The party was also disappointed with the government response to the call for an urgent Cabinet meeting to discuss the issue. As a result the SLMC feels its future in the government is at risk and a decision will have to be taken very soon.Last week Hakeem had requested President Mahinda Rajapakse to convene a cabinet meeting to discuss the rising religious unrest and civil disturbance in the country. read more

Sixteen Thiruvalluvar statues to be put up in Sri Lanka

While the payment of certain taxes such as import duty had been exempted for bringing in the statues from India, some other levies such as Value Added Tax had been paid. Asked whether there would be any problem in the country in the light of the recent controversy over the installation of a Thiruvalluvar statue in Haridwar of Uttarakhand, India, Radhakrishnan told The Hindu at his office in Battramulla that it was precisely for this reason that he had taken all into confidence before making any move in this regard. Sixteen statues of Thiruvalluvar, the author of Tamil treatise on ethics Tirukkural, will be installed across Sri Lanka in the coming weeks, according to V. Radhakrishnan, State Minister of Education, The Hindu newspaper reported.Among the places where the statues would be kept would be Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullativu and Chavakachcheri (Jaffna), all in the Northern Province; Puttalam in the North West; Colombo in the Western; Matale, Hatton and Nawalapitiya in the Central; Rakwana in Sabaragamuwa and Kaddaiparichchan (Trincomalee), Batticaloa and Thambiluvil (Ampara), all in the Eastern province. Earlier, Radhakrishnan took part in an event to receive formally the statues, which, the Minister said, had been donated by the VGP International Tamil Association.V. G. Santhosam, president of the Association, said the rationale behind the move was to foster greater understanding between India and Sri Lanka. He also expressed the desire to develop an amusement park in Colombo or Batticaloa. read more

UN meeting will examine how indigenous communities protect biodiversity

“The cultural diversity seen at these meetings is not only important in its own right but is an essential guarantor of the preservation of biodiversity and sustainable development,” said Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).The CBD is a sustainable development agreement that was adopted at the UN Earth Summit in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has been ratified by 188 Governments. It lists actions governments and communities could take for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of its benefits.The CBD’s Article 8(j), which is the platform for the Montreal meeting, says governments must respect and maintain the innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity.Delegates will also look at such intellectual property rights as patents and copyrights. read more

Motor show news update – 28 May 5pm

Digby Jones tells cabinet ministers to drive British Robbie Savage seeks new car despite contract negotiations Matrix martial arts bad boys meet fans at Vauxhall stand Eager shows goers hit Motor Show Live Digby Jones tells cabinet ministers to drive British Digby Jones, the Director General of the CBI today visited the Motor Show Live. After a tour of the halls he claimed this year’s show was ‘better than ever… absolutely fantastic’. He praised the date move, from October to May, to coincide with half term, and the introduction of all-action features. Jones, a local man from Longbridge went on to say, ‘I’m proud that Birmingham can put on the best show in the world…there isn’t a better place to see motor cars than here at the NEC.’ Applauding the number of British made cars on display, many from the West Midlands area, Jones continued, ‘I’m just so proud of a great manufacturing story for Britain and Brum.’ He went on to show his commitment to British made motors by pledging to campaign cabinet ministers to start using the new Rover Limousine as their preferred transport. ‘When I return to London I will be telling them, I want to see you all in Rover 75s built in my home town!’Robbie Savage seeks new car despite contract negotiations Birmingham City player, Robbie Savage took some time off today to visit the MG stand as a thank you to the manufacturer for providing him with his official club car, an MG ZT.The Welsh midfielder, who has recently had neck surgery and is currently in negotiations over his contract with the club, also visited the show to have a look at the range of up and coming cars on display.He said: ‘My cars are my hobby, I’m fortunate enough to own a Lamborghini and also the MG ZT which I’m very happy with. I’m also going to have a look around to see if there’s anything else that takes my fancy.’Footballers favourites might include the new Porsche 911 Turbo S that makes its world debut at the NEC, the stunning new Aston Martin DB9 Volante, TVR Tuscan 2 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR Maclaren. Matrix martial arts bad boys meet fans at Vauxhall stand Two stars from The Matrix films made an explosive appearance at the Vauxhall stand today at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.Neil and Adrian Rayment, who played the evil albino twins known for their marital arts skills in the futuristic Matrix Reloaded and soon to be released Matrix Revolutions films, signed autographs for visitors to the stand. Each brother owns a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo; Adrian’s is rouge, Neil’s is black.The Rayment twins spent last week at the Cannes film festival where they were promoting their new pilot Brit flick, Pirate, a modern day spin on swashbuckling pirate films of old.Neil said: ‘It’s like a cross between Swordfish and Madmax on water, with lots of expensive yachts. We’re very excited about the prospect of this making it to the cinema’Visitors seeking their own action adventure headed to Motropolis, a live action show set in a city of the future. Motropolis is just one of many interactive features at this year’s exhibition. Eager shows goers hit motor show live Motor show visitors were raring to go this morning with many arriving at the NEC before the exhibition officially opened at 9.30am. Some enthusiasts arrived as early as 8am to be the first through the doors to see a host of new cars and interactive features. Anyone wanting to visit the show has until Sunday 6 June to enjoy the event. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Classic Ferrari 250 GTO set to become worlds most expensive car with

first_imgA classic Ferrari is expected to become the world’s most expensive car after it was put up for sale at £45 million.The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – one of the world’s most sought after classic cars – was the second to roll off its production line and is one of only 36 ever made.  “I have already had one offer on the car and know there will be interest. It will get you on the Ferrari 70th anniversary tour next year.”After the US election, people are going to be looking at investing in assets and this is a lot better than a painting on the wall.”Ferrari 250 GTOs normally only change hands behind closed doors, with a small number of brokers negotiating deals between the world’s richest car collectors. It was raced at Le Mans and Sebring and, despite being more than 50 years old, is capable of 0 to 60mph in around six seconds and a top speed of more than 170mph.The Ferrari has now come onto the open market for the first time in 20 years. John Collins, who runs Ascot-based Ferrari specialist Talacrest, is selling it for more than £45 million ($56 million).Mr Collins said: “I’ve been looking for a 250 GTO for a while and the opportunity came up with this one, which is the second GTO built.”It is a beautiful Ferrari, the Holy Grail of classic cars, and it has a great racing history having finished sixth overall at Le Mans and first in class at Sebring. The Ferrari has come onto the open market for the first time in 20 yearsCredit: Talacrest / SWNS The car was then raced at the 1962 Le Mans 24-hour race, where it finished third in its class and sixth overall. Between 1962 and 1965 it picked up numerous other podium places.In 1969 it was sold for $5,400 (£4,345) and then again, later that year, for $11,000 (£8,850). The car changed hands in 1975 when it was bought by a Mr Steve Griswold for $13,000 (£10,460) who restored the car before selling it in 1978 for $125,000 (£100,500).Over the past 40 years it has been shown at numerous Concours events around the world and was recently on display in a museum.With a £45 million asking price, the 250 GTO is 245 times more expensive than a brand-new Ferrari 488 and 4,500 times the price of a Ford Fiesta, Britain’s most popular car.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. The Ferrari has come onto the open market for the first time in 20 years It is thought to be the first time in more than 20 years a GTO has been openly marketed in the UK.Bonhams sold a Ferrari 250 GTO at a US auction in 2014 when it went for $38 million (£30 million). The last time a GTO was auctioned before this was in 1990.The car being offered by Talacrest was built in March 1962 and used by the Ferrari factory for testing before it was sold to Luigi Chinetti and his legendary North American Racing Team.It was the first GTO to be used in competition, with Phil Hill driving it to first in its class and second overall at the 12-hour Sebring race.last_img read more

BKS stromschienen inhouse lab accredited by LOVAG

first_imgSupplier of compact power transmission solutions for mineral processing plants in the form of cast resin busbars, BKS stromschienen says its in-house laboratory has been accredited by LOVAG after a year of intensive renovation and preparation. BKS is now able to carry out authorised tests for lifting; ability to withstand mechanical loads; clearances and creepage distances, dielectric properties, temperature rise limits, and electromagnetic compatibility. “This puts BKS ahead of its competition in the ability to provide testing for projects and enhance R&D efforts.”contact us for more information.BKS stromschienen also recently expanded its portfolio and can now deliver coloured busbars by request to customers. In the RAL colours they better blend in with the industrial building they are housed in, while colours can also help identify the voltage and current levels. Compact cast resin busbars save space, but also optimise the design of the building. A third of the space is needed for a 1,200A conductor rail compared to using cables of the equivalent current.last_img read more

Government seeks pay cut for public servants earning over €60000

first_imgUpdated: 10:58THE GOVERNMENT IS looking to strike a deal with unions that would see all public servants earning over €60,000 face pay cuts.This morning, the Irish Independent reported that sources at the negotiations said they came to a standstill as unions and government officials could not agree a figure.Liam Doran, General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) confirmed this morning that the pay cut was one of the issues on the table.However he said it was just one of a number of proposals coming to the table and that the organisation would reserve comment until representatives sit down and see the full package.Bernard Harbor, Head of Communications at IMPACT said that there will be a substantial contribution to savings sought from people on higher pay. “Our own view is that it will be the single biggest element on any single package, if we manage to agree a package,” he told“The threshold and mechanisms have not been finalised yet and neither has a figure but we’re heading into the endgame of the negotiations this week so these crunch issues will be sorted out in depth.”Harbor said the vast majority of public sector workers earn below €70,000 but that the union would hope to push the threshold up as high as it can to exclude as many people as possible.“The figure of €60,000 would be lower than we would have envisaged but that’s still to play for,” he said.Yesterday, Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes said that legislation with regards to public sector savings is “inevitable if there is no agreement“.Despite calls for them to return to talks, the two bodies representing gardaí have said they will not negotiate any deal that involves cuts to their members’ pay.Read: Nurses will “never agree” to Sunday premium cuts>Read: Brian Hayes: Legislation on public pay ‘inevitable if there is no agreement’>last_img read more

Direct Provision Nearly 100 people relocated from Monaghan hotel

first_img By Cónal Thomas Short URL 46 Comments Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM 31,808 Views Direct Provision: Nearly 100 people relocated from Monaghan hotel There are concerns about the level of service provision for those living in RIA-sourced emergency accommodation. Share93 Tweet Email1 Treacy’s Hotel in Carrickmacross Source: GoogleMapsNEARLY ONE HUNDRED asylum seekers have been relocated from a hotel in Co Monaghan to make rooms available ahead of Ireland’s tourist season. As pressure on the asylum system continues, the use of emergency accommodation has been necessary since last year, the Department of Justice and Equality has said. Campaigners, however, have criticised the instability of locating people in hotels and B&Bs in remote areas. A contract issued by the department last September to Treacy’s Hotel in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan to provide beds on an emergency basis ends later this month. Residents have now been moved to Co Meath to another emergency set-up as a result. People living in the hotel started leaving their rooms last Thursday. The majority have now been relocated to a hotel in Co Meath. Others have been dispersed to B&Bs in Co Monaghan, the contracts for which end later this month. It is understood that several people have also been relocated to a hotel in Co Louth which has recently started accommodating asylum seekers. With Ireland’s 38 Direct Provision centres currently at capacity, the department’s Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) will continue to source these emergency beds in commercial businesses around Ireland until more permanent centres are opened. Direct Provision centres are generally re-purposed or purpose-built facilities to accommodate asylum seekers in Ireland. Some centres are state-run but most are tendered out to various private contractors. Despite saying in early January that asylum seekers are placed in emergency accommodation “for a short period before they are moved into the mainstream accommodation system”, a number of people have been residing in Cavan-Monaghan emergency accommodation for six months, has learned. As of late December, six hotels and B&Bs were contracted to the Department to provide emergency accommodation to asylum seekers. These contracts end in late March. In January, a further three hotels in Co Dublin were contracted to provide emergency beds as well as one hotel in Co Louth and a hotel in Co Waterford.‘Severe pressure’Lucky Khambule of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) has said that his organisation “is concerned and opposed to people’s lives being made unstable by moving them around for the convenience of the hotel’s needs.”“To us it shows that our people do not matter at all as long as those tasked to protect them actually put them in risk by moving them around”.Due to the rise in the number of applicants for international protection in Ireland, however, “severe pressure” is being placed on RIA, according to a spokesperson.To comply with the EU Reception Conditions directive, use of emergency accommodation has been necessary since September, they said.“It is not possible to predict how many people may arrive in any given year seeking international protection,” a department spokesperson has said.  Related Read 13.02.19 Private company paid €1.6 million in 4 months to find emergency accommodation for asylum seekers In late January, the department tendered for more emergency accommodation to provide beds and food for those seeking international protection in Ireland. The call-out notice for the contract states that RIA is “not seeking exclusive use of any premises” and that any rooms not being used in the hotel or guesthouse by the agency can continue to be made commercially available.‘A stable home’Concerns have been raised about the level of service provision for those living in RIA-sourced emergency accommodation, however. Immigrant support centre Nasc has called on RIA to ensure adequate service provision for residents following a number of reports in recent months. A department spokesperson has said that, although RIA aims to place people in Direct Provision centres, it has not been possible to do so following two recent fires at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Roosky on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.The department has confirmed that it still aims to open both hotels as Direct Provision centres.It is unclear for how long exactly those who have been relocated from Carrickmacross to emergency accommodation in Co Meath will be there for. Khambule of MASI has said that “everyone needs a stable home and to live freely wherever they are. That is no different for a person living in Direct Provision”.  Mar 12th 2019, 6:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Spying charges laid on former US embassy staffer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Corruption prosecutor Dimitris Foukas on Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of a former US Embassy official on spying charges.The arrest was ordered in connection with a judicial investigation into a wiretapping system that helped unidentified eavesdroppers listen in on the mobile phone conversations of former conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and dozens of other government officials during and after the 2004 Athens Olympics.The American citizen, who is expected to be identified in the coming days, is alleged to have been a member of the CIA’s team in Athens in the mid-1990s. According to sources, the prosecutor issued the warrant after cross-checking information according to which the individual in question allegedly purchased in June 2004 four cellphones from a store in Piraeus, three of which are said to have been used as so-called shadow phones used to record and relay conservations. An investigation indicated that the suspect’s wife bought the phones. Staff at the Piraeus cellphone store said they recognized her. Access to the suspect’s telephone records provided additional information, reinforcing the prosecutor’s belief of his alleged involvement in the wiretapping.According to sources, the suspect left Greece shortly after the scandal was revealed in the spring of 2005 and returned that summer, as a diplomat.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

How to motivate carers in the workplace

How to motivate carers in the workplace

first_imgNeed to know:Providing flexibility is one of the most effective ways of retaining and motivating carers in the workplace.Line-manager training is essential to ensure that direct managers understand the different ways in which they can support carers.Internal networks or peer-support groups can help individuals in similar circumstances to connect across an organisation. Viewpoint: True flexibility is essential for carers’ work-life balanceWorking Families published the 2017 Modern Families Index in January. This found that one in five parents and carers who are working full time are putting in five extra weeks a year, the equivalent of their annual holiday allowance, in unpaid work. They are stressed and burnt out. Disappointingly, over 40% of working parents and carers we spoke to have felt the need to bend the truth to their employer about family life conflicting with work. Nearly half would not feel confident talking to their employer about placing boundaries around work. Unsurprisingly, over a third feel resentful toward their employer about their work-life balance.If this is how they are feeling, how can they best be supported in the workplace, not least so they are motivated and engaged? It is vital that employers create a ‘safe’ environment where parents and carers feel confident talking about work-life issues without worrying that it will create a negative impression.Viable options for flexible working are key. We must move beyond flexibility as ‘exceptional’, an unwelcome imposition that hinders getting the job done. A healthy dose of realism when it comes to what can be done in the hours available is crucial. Managers should ensure work is designed in a way that helps both employers and employees find a good work-life fit. Kirstie Axtens is head of employer services at Working Families Statistics:89% of employer respondents want greater emphasis and encouragement from the government towards the provision of employee benefits for carers (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, January 2017)83% of employer respondents do not think they are aware of all employees who act as carers in their non-work time (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, January 2017)28% of manager respondents state that their organisation has formal policies and practices in place to support employees with caring responsibilities (Source: Axa PPP Healthcare, September 2016.)38% of employee respondents who balance care and work are uncomfortable discussing caring in the workplace (Source: Carers UK, June 2016)35% of employee respondents do not feel that their employer understands their caring role (Source: Carers UK, June 2016)center_img Lin February 2017, Facebook announced plans to introduce up to six weeks’ paid leave for its US employees to care for a sick relative, as well as paid family sick time comprising up to three days’ paid leave to care for a family member with a short-term illness such as flu.While some employees will inevitably be caring for relatives on a much longer-term basis, initiatives such as these are a positive step when it comes to supporting and engaging those with caring responsibilities.According to Carers UK’s Building carer-friendly communities research, published in June 2016, where employers do not have policies in place to support carers, 72% of carers have reduced their working hours or given up work completely in order to care. The charity’s 2016 data also indicates that there are over three million individuals who currently juggle work with care arrangements, signalling a significant workforce demographic with very specific, yet diverse, caring responsibilities and needs.How to support the growing number of carers in the workforce, thus, helping them to manage a positive work-life balance and motivating them to stay engaged with the business, is a key issue for many employers.Provide flexibilityFlexibility should form the cornerstone for any policies that are designed to help carers manage both their home and work lives. Sarah-Jane Butler, founder and chief executive officer at Parental Choice, says: “The greatest gift an employer could probably give a carer, whether it’s somebody with young children, somebody with disabled children, or [eldercare] responsibilities in terms of their parents, is the ability to be flexible with their time.”Flexible-working arrangements, which could include varying start and finish times, working from home or part-time working, can be arranged on either a short-term, unplanned basis as emergencies or situations arise, or as part of a long-term working structure, to suit regular hospital appointments, for example. These can be arranged on either a formal or informal basis.Flexible working can also tie in to flexible-leave arrangements, which could include a carers’ leave or an emergency leave policy. Employers could also present carers with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday days.Andrew West, human resources manager, reward and systems at the Royal College of Nursing, which offers emergency care leave, terminal care leave, and occasional crisis leave for staff, says: “Those kind of workplace support mechanisms can be woven into the fabric of the workplace quite easily. I don’t really see [a] flexible-working package as a benefit as such; it’s more like a way for us to get the best out of the people we have.”Royal College of Nursing employees with longer-term caring responsibilities can also make use of the organisation’s Smart Working policy, which includes arrangements such as home working, term-time working, temporary reduced hours, and job shares, among others.This give and take between employees and employers can help to decrease stress levels and the distraction of juggling work and home commitments, thereby supporting employee motivation, performance and productivity. “Demonstrating that [employers] understand that people have got lives and pressures outside of [work has] got to be a good tool for increasing engagement and motivation,” says West.Workplace practicesBenefits that employers can make available to their caring population include back-up or emergency childcare, nursery places or in-home care, or support in finding childcare and eldercare. They can also offer support through employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and helplines. Simple adjustments such as permission to keep a mobile phone to hand or a car parking space close to the workplace so an employee can leave quickly in an emergency, meanwhile, can make all the difference.Internal networks, as well as signposts and access to external networks, are also a useful way to help connect carers within an organisation and provide a pool of peer support that can be invaluable in engaging carers with their employer. Katherine Wilson, head of Employers for Carers, says: “People enjoy the peace of mind and the feeling that they are not alone. It helps to make them feel less vulnerable and that there are other people who have been through a similar situation.”Senior staff members who join in with the network can also be viewed as role models, demonstrating that caring responsibilities do not have to impact on career success within an understanding work environment, adds Wilson.Workshops or seminars on subjects such as managing and reducing stress, and general health and wellbeing, can prove popular in tackling specific areas that carers may struggle with, not only providing relevant and useful information, but acting to signpost internal policies or benefits that could be utilised by carers.Carers champions, meanwhile, can raise awareness that caring responsibilities are viewed as an important issue within the workplace, while also providing an extra touch point for affected staff who perhaps do not feel confident or comfortable discussing their personal situation with their line manager.Providing effective policies and tools to support working carers can also create ambassadors for the business, says Alex Bennett, principle in the Positive Ageing team at Mercer. “There is a strong opportunity [for employers] if [they] can support something the right way. [They] can engage [with employees] on a level that is very deep and very personal, and [employers] get a very strong ambassador for [the] business,” he adds.Importance of attitudeAs boundaries between home and work lives blur, it is important for employers to understand issues outside of the workplace that could impact employee motivation, engagement and wellbeing. Recognising that no two caring situations are the same and that assumptions cannot be made about a group as diverse as carers is vital when creating and implementing caring policies.Line-manager training is also key to engaging carers at work because they are often the first port of call if an employee needs help accommodating caring responsibilities. “A line manager may not feel wholly equipped to deal with an issue if they have not come across it before,” says Employers for Carers’ Wilson. “Communication, including caring scenarios and case studies, is very important as part of wider line manager education.”In some cases, providing flexibility and making small adjustments can be a more viable and valued solution than having a physical financial spend on a token scheme, adds West. Flexibility, in terms of both mindset and practicalities, can help to give carers the freedom at work to manage caring responsibilities alongside other commitments.Open communicationCreating a workplace culture that allows for open conversations around caring is key. “If [employees] can have the conversation early, something can often be put in [place] that can support [them], and it means the business retains the key talents and skills of the person,” says Wilson.National events, such as Carers Week, can be a useful way for organisations to highlight the support available to carers, although wider health and wellbeing events and activities can also serve as an opportunity to raise awareness. Organisations can also provide employees with information about how they can support their homelife commitments through channels such as the intranet, staff training and inductions.Family-friendly events, such as family parties in the workplace or bring-your-child-to-work days can also help employers and colleagues to better understand employees’ specific caring responsibilities. This can further demonstrate the wide range of family situations that can exist among a workforce.A strategy to motivate and engage carers in the workplace should centre around providing flexibility and support that enables employees to enjoy a fruitful career alongside caring responsibilities. Demonstrating understanding and empathy, as well as access to benefits that support the physical and mental wellbeing of carers, can help these employees feel recognised and valued at work.As Bennett says: “If you can get engagement, it opens up a whole new world of areas [of] difference. If you think about somebody who [currently] doesn’t have a working carer commitment, but they’ve been introduced into that world and they’ve seen the issues that colleagues might be facing, [that can create engagement]. When we get that level of engagement and we’re keen to show them surprising and innovative things, that kind of grabs people’s attention. The same thing applies for an employer, if they address this issue with their employees, they find that people come forward with some very personal and engaging stories and then the solutions that they might find people deployed are surprising, innovative and grab people’s attention.”Carillion Working Mums Network gives carers a community and voiceMultinational facilities management and construction services organisation Carillion launched its Working Mums Network as an affinity group in November 2012, to create a vocal community for working mothers in the business’s UK branch as part of a wider diversity and inclusion strategy.With approximately 300 members, the Working Mums Network was the first of its kind in Carillion, connecting working mothers within the business through an internal social media network, email distribution list, face-to-face meetings and regional networking events. The group also arranged speaker events, with senior management from within the business delivering talks on their experiences as working parents.In 2013, the Working Mums Network hosted a competition to reward line managers who support working mums on a day-to-day basis, with employees nominating managers who had helped accommodate their caring commitments at work.The group also plays a pivotal role in leadership decisions that may affect working mothers, for example, the network was asked to present a proposal for an enhanced maternity leave policy and also compiled a response to the government’s consultation on childcare legislation.Katarina Fidler, head of innovation, building at Carillion and founder of the Working Mums Network, said: “The network has been instrumental in developing proposals and supporting the senior management team with policy changes, which is basically capturing the voice of the employee and feeding it into the management decisions, which is really powerful.”Carillion won the 2016 Top employer award for family support (pictured).last_img read more

Financial Title Goes OnlineOnly

first_imgSummit Business Media’s Wealth Manager is making the transition to online-only, the company said last week. The July/August issue will be its last. According to publisher Andrew Sonnenberg, the decision was made, in part, based on feedback from readers and “key business partners.” The magazine’s Web site,, will showcase new interactive community and editorial features, the company said.One layoff was associated with the transition, Summit vice president John Whelan told FOLIO:. Editorial director Jamie Green and editor-in-chief Kate McBride will remain with the online magazine.With a frequency of 11 times per year, the print edition of Wealth Manager carried a circulation of 40,000. Earlier this month, Summit folded monthly financial title Mortgage Originator Magazine. In January, citing a need to focus on its core brands, Summit suspended publication of Bank Advisor magazine.Summit continues to publish Investment Advisor, Research and Boomer Market Advisor magazines.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 8 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Emmanuel College

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 8 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Emmanuel College

first_imgBOSTON, MA — In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College has named more than 600 students to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.Wilmington students on the Dean’s List include:Caroline BriereJillian FinoTheodore MieleStephen O’BrienSamantha OnessimoCarly SilvaCharlotte SulickVictoria TompkinsTo earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.About Emmanuel CollegeEmmanuel College is a co-educational, residential institution with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Enrolling more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, the College provides boundless opportunities for students to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, significant internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, and participation in a dynamic campus community. Emmanuel’s more than 50 programs in the sciences, liberal arts, business, nursing, and education foster spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences that honor the College’s Catholic educational mission to educate the whole person and provide an ethical and relevant 21st-century education.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emmanuel College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 10 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Emmanuel CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Alibaba is bringing its Alexalike Tmall Genie Auto tech to Audi Honda

first_img Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • Anker’s new Alexa smart speaker is an even cheaper Echo Dot 15 Photos 0 Mentioned Above Eufy Genie Renault Alibaba Audi Honda $19 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Car Culturecenter_img More From Roadshow Get Your Local Price 2:48 Checking the tech in the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Now playing: Watch this: Alibaba’s Tmall Genie Auto looks to be a cross between Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with the retail capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa. Alibaba Getting your digital assistant of choice into your car is becoming a hot topic of late with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto leading the pack. Amazon’s Alexa is making strides in the automotive world too, with several third-party devices coming to market that will bring her along for your ride.Now though, according to a report published Monday by Reuters, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba is getting even deeper into the game with its Tmall Genie Auto smart speaker. The Tmall Genie has been around since 2017, with an automotive-friendly version hitting the market in 2018.The Tmall Genie Auto device will next make its appearance in Chinese-domestic market vehicles from Honda, Audi and Renault. This is in addition to previous pledges by BMW and Volvo to add the device to their vehicles.Among the first vehicles to get the Tmall Genie Auto integration is the aptly named Renault City K-ZE Tmall Genie Edition, which has a weird Tmall cat logo decal on the side and is set to go on sale later in 2019, according to a blog post Tuesday by Alibaba’s internal news service Alizila.”The launch of the Renault City K-ZE Tmall Genie Edition allows consumers to experience a deeper connection between scenarios in their lives at home and their lives on the go,” Guillaume Sicard, Groupe Renault’s vice president of sales and marketing in China, said in a statement.Sure, you’re probably thinking that having an always-on device listening to your every word in your car in a country known for its overzealous domestic surveillance tactics sounds like a potentially dramatic invasion of one’s privacy — and you’d be valid in having those concerns.Still, in a country where your social credit score determines things like your ability to travel freely or decide where your child goes to school, being able to order movie tickets by voice from your car is probably handy. It will also let you control your other smart devices connected to the Tmall Genie service.”We are thrilled to partner with global, distinguished auto brands such as Audi, Renault and Honda,” Miffy Chen, general manager at Alibaba AI Labs, said in a statement. “Together, we can greatly enhance our in-car services and make driving experiences more intelligent and interconnected.” Post a comment Tags All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers More about Eufy Genielast_img read more

I saw Selina Parveens death up close

I saw Selina Parveens death up close

first_img.Delwar Hossain was 28 years old. He had finished his studies at Dhaka University and had joined Greenland Mercantile Company as chief accountant. When the liberation war began in March 1971, he left his house at Shantinagar in Dhaka and shifted to his village home in Comilla, near the border. He even went to India with his four brothers to train for the war under Maj. Salahuddin.In May, Delwar returned to Dhaka, joined work and surreptitiously worked as a spy. Then on the morning of 14 December, members of the Al Badr force turned up at his house and took him away. He was taken to the Mohammedpur Physical Training College where he was tortured. He also witnessed the inhuman torture, and death, of Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzel Haider Chowdhury there.Around one thousand people, including Delwar Hossain, were taken to the killing fields of Rayer Bazar at midnight. There he saw the monsters, Al Badr leaders Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan. He saw Ashrafuzzaman dragging journalist Selina Parveen into the jaws of death.Delwar Hossain smeared himself with the blood of others so that the enemies thought he had been shot dead. His throat was parched with thirst.  The moment he got the chance, he jumped into the river Turag. The water was cold, but he swam on.Today Delwar is an elderly man and still assailed by those frightful memories of 1971. He recalls the details of that horrific day:“I lived in Shantinagar. It was the morning of 14 December 1971 and I was hungry. There was curfew in the city, but there was no food at home. I went out to get something to eat, but all the shops were closed. I returned home, wondering what to do. There was a knock on the door and in Urdu someone called out to open the door. It was a tin and bamboo-fenced house. I tried to peep through the fence, but two persons broke down the door and entered. They dragged me outside and were talking to someone they addressed as Ashrafuzzaman. He ordered them to search the other houses. They first took me to a Pakistani army officer who was among them. Then they placed me, blindfolded with hands tied, in a mud-smeared microbus.  They took us to a building in an unknown destination and threw us into a room on the first floor.“There were many wounded persons in the room. When they pushed me inside, I fell onto them. This was the hall room on the first floor of Mohammedpur Physical Training Centre. My wrists were tied so tight, I couldn’t help crying. I was thirsty.  A boy there said, “If you cry so hard, they will kill you.”“I asked the boy, “Who are you?”“‘I am Tareq, the son of a sergeant at CMH,’ he replied.“I asked him to untie me and he finally did so when I insisted. I pulled off the blindfold and looked out of the window. Men in army uniforms wandered around the grounds. I noticed the boy Tareq’s fingers were swollen and there were bloodstains on his head. They had beaten him with an iron rod. There were others in the hall room, huddled together. They were injured, some covered in blood, some with an eye gouged out, some with bayonet wounds. I blindfolded myself and tied my hands again, thinking of ways to escape.“On 14 December I also saw Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury. They were shoved into the hall room at around seven in the evening. Munier Chowdhury was clad in a lungi and Panjabi. I was a student of Dhaka University and so I recognised them both. They were tortured there in the hall room and later, around eight at night, 10 to 12 armed persons entered the room. Then first asked Munier Chowdhury’s name and then asked him if he had written anything about Rabindranath. He replied in the affirmative.“They then asked Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury’s name and also asked if he wrote on Rabindranath. He said he had. A member of the Badr force came up and said, ‘We don’t have much time. The Indian forces are bombing from the air.’“I realised then that they would kill us and I began to pray. They were beating Munier Chowdhury and Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury with rods. Blood streamed down Munier Chowdhury’s face. He fell to the ground, reciting the kalmas. The Badr forces left the room then. I smeared myself with blood and kept my head down. After a while, I tried to look up, but was immediately hit on the head.“I saw journalist Selina Parveen’s death up close. I was taken down at around 11 at night and placed in a bus again. There were 20 to 22 buses outside and around 1000 people were crowded into the buses. We were taken down at a point in Rayer Bazar and made to form groups of 15 to 20. A long rope was used to tie our left hands and we were led to the brick field. Anyone shouting out was shot dead. Those who remained quiet were knifed to death with bayonets. I felt it would be much more painful to be killed by a bayonet and decided to be shot dead. Right then I heard girls crying out too. A woman next to me was crying out, “You all are my fathers, my brothers. I have a small son. Let me go. I will leave Dhaka and go away.”“Someone replied, ‘You had been taken to the Badr force’s headquarters but you persisted in writing.’“The woman was screaming. As someone approached her, she cried out, ‘Ashraf bhai, they will kill me even though you are here!’ As another person went up to her, I managed to flee.“I later learnt that the young woman was journalist Selina Parveen. After I managed to escape and return alive, Selina Parveen’s family showed me her photograph and I could identify her.“When I escaped, I had first untied my hands, removed my blindfold and managed to pull the rope around my left wrist, scraping my hand badly. I ran to the marsh nearby, managed to get to the river and began to swim away. The Badr force men were looking for me, sweeping the torchlight all around and shooting. Allah protected me and I was not hit. It was around 3am then. When I reached the river bank on the other side, I still didn’t dare to climb out. I spent the entire night in the marsh.“I later reached Basila and found freedom fighters. Many first thought that I was mad and crowded around me. Like delivering a speech, I related the events that had taken place. Later the villagers gave me cheera (flattened rice), panta bhat (water-soaked rice) and gourd. I think I never had a tastier meal in my life!”Delwar Hossain returned to Dhaka on 17 December. The next day details of the events he had witnessed were published in Dainik Bangla and aired on BBC.Delwar Hossain still suffers from the trauma. He said, “I couldn’t work properly, I had problems in my head. I would lose my temper, make mistakes. I still have problems. My wife Hafeza Begum taught at Tejgaon College and she would run the family. I have not been recognised as a freedom fighter. I really don’t mind that. What pains me is that Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman and still alive, hale and hearty.”*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

Dog genetic studies reveal why SharPeis are wrinkled

Dog genetic studies reveal why SharPeis are wrinkled

first_imgShar Pei puppies. Image: Natascha Seitler von Lucky Explore further © 2009 More information: Tracking footprints of artificial selection in the dog genome, PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.0909918107 Citation: Dog genetic studies reveal why Shar-Peis are wrinkled (2010, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — There are over 400 genetically different dog breeds, with massive variations in size, colors, fur type, temperament, and so on, and scientists have wondered exactly what changes in the genes have been brought about by centuries of selective breeding to explain the huge differences. Now a new study has shed some light on the puzzle. Researcher to Study Dog Genome for Clues to Lymphoma in Humans This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The research, by Joshua Akey and colleagues from the University of Washington in Seattle in the US, sequenced large portions of the genes of 300 dogs of 10 pedigree breeds, including the Shar-Pei, Standard Poodle and Jack Russell. Their aim was to determine which areas were likely to have been involved in selective breeding and to identify the genes corresponding to selected physical features. Unlike previous research, which began with the traits and looked for corresponding genes, Akey and his colleagues started with the genes and looked for regions that were different in the various breeds, and then looked for physical attributes that might be related to the changes. They located 155 distinct genetic regions that appeared to have been tampered with through breeding, including five genes that have been linked previously to differences between breeds.The researchers found many genes that could have an influence on the size of the dog or the color of the coat, and they also identified specific differences in a gene that results in the wrinkled skin of the Shar-Pei. They made this identification by comparing the genes in 32 Shar-Peis with highly wrinkled skin to those of 18 Shar-Peis with smoother skin. Akey said he had decided to study the Shar-Pei particularly because there are rare mutations in humans that also produce severe wrinkling. The affected gene, HAS2 makes an enzyme (hyaluronic acid synthase 2) that is important in the production of skin tissue. Akey speculated that a mutation occurred and a breeder liked the look of the wrinkled puppy and selectively bred for the trait.Dogs have been domesticated for at least 10,000 years, but most of the breeds we know today have appeared only in the last few centuries. While in the early years no one knew about genetics, selective breeding has always involved selecting genes and influencing their expression.The huge variations in dog breeds makes it easier to identify which genes produce particular phenotypes (physical traits), than it would be in a study of humans. Studying the changes in genes in dogs that result in the different body shapes, sizes and temperaments might also reveal genetic changes that could have produced breed-specific diseases and different behaviors.Finding out what the genes in the dog do and how they have been changed by artificial selection for desired traits could also help scientists understand more about our own genes and their evolution by natural selection. Akey said this was the real reason people were interested in studying the genetics of dogs, although he said dogs were also fun to study. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on January 11.last_img read more

Amazon Fire HD 8 Review

Amazon Fire HD 8 Review

first_img Front-Facing Camera Resolution Ports Storage Drive Type 3.5mm audio jack 1280 x 800 Size Dec. 5 Update: Amazon hasn’t forgotten about the 2017 Fire HD 8 tablet, adding Drop In calling and Announcements to the slate’s Show Mode.article continued below If you need a bare-bones media tablet that won’t break the bank, then the Amazon Fire HD 8 with Alexa is perfect for you. This refreshed model has Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant on board and continues to offer great battery life and fairly smooth performance. The lack of Google apps such as Gmail and the Chrome browser is a drawback, but with a starting price of $80, this 8-inch tablet is hard to beat for your entertainment needs. Design: Similar but colorful This year’s version of the Fire HD 8 comes in Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue (the unit I’m reviewing) and Punch Red. These brightly colored shells coupled with moderate-sized bezels give the device a youthful appearance that can show off your personality. Meanwhile, the Fire HD’s matte plastic back is easy to grip and makes this tablet feel durable. Just like its predecessor, the Fire HD 8 weighs 13 ounces and measures 8.4 x 5.0 x .4 inches, maintaining the tablet’s lighter and thinner stature compared to the bumper-guarded Fire 7 (13.8 oz and 1-inch thick) and Fire HD 8 Kids Editions (17.6 oz and 1 -inch). Key features sit at the top of the of the Fire HD 8, such as the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, micro USB port, volume control and power button. A 0.3-megapixel selfie camera is smack dab in the middle of the top bezel, while a 2MP rear camera is located on the colorful shell’s right corner. A pair of stereo speakers resides on the Fire HD 8’s left side, and a microSD slot is on the right for expandable storage options. Display: Middle of the road The Fire HD 8’s 1280 x 800-resolution (189 ppi) screen is acceptable for the price. When I watched a few videos on YouTube, I noticed channels, like Fine Brothers Entertainment and BuzzFeedVideo, that produce higher-quality visual content looked decent in portrait view, but the sharpness degraded significantly in landscape and full-screen modes. However, screening videos from premium streaming services seemed to go a lot smoother. The Fashion Fund on Amazon Prime Video and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix each offered clearer image quality compared to streaming from a browser. Unfortunately, colors appear dull even at maximum brightness. For example, Disney’s visually stunning Moana lost its lustrous aquamarine ocean and lush green foliage when I rewatched the movie. Despite having a muted display, the Fire HD 8’s screen reproduced 79.4 percent of the sRGB color gamut, a result that’s comparable to that of the new Fire 7 with Alexa. This isn’t much next to what higher-end tablets like the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (113) and Apple iPad (123) produce, but the Fire HD 8’s visuals are decent for device that sells for a fraction of the price. However, the Fire HD 8 makes up what it lacks in reproduction with its color accuracy, scoring 0.15 on our Delta-E test (lower is better). Last year’s HD 8 scored a 0.9, but Amazon has consistently done better with color accuracy. The Fire 7 with Alexa scored a 0.20, while 2015’s Amazon Fire Kids Edition scored 1.36 and the average tablet is around 3.23. The Fire HD 8 also did well in our brightness test, emitting up to 380 nits. Again, last year’s model scored higher, with 411 nits, but the HD 8 still performed better than the Fire 7 with Alexa (335), 2015’s Amazon Fire Kids (296) and the tablet category average (365 nits). Audio Atmos enabled With dual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers at each end of the tablet’s left side, the Fire HD 8 produced reasonable volume. The BTS “WINGS” album was able to fill a medium-sized bedroom with decent reproduction, but there was a bit of distortion in the bass and vocals. Plugging in earbuds resolved some of these faults. There’s a built-in microphone at the very top of the Fire HD 8. If you’re filming video or trying to give Alexa instructions, make sure your Fire tablet is pointing in the right direction. I shot a few short videos to see how the microphone picks up sound, and the playback sounded accurate. Interface: Easy access to Amazon stuff, but… The Fire HD 8 runs Amazon’s own Fire operating system, which is really a customized version of Android. This means you’ll see similarities to some of Google’s OS but won’t have access to Google apps such as Docs and Gmail, though you can still reach these through Amazon’s Silk browser. With the Fire OS, you can swipe through app icons and categorized content in a series of screens aptly titled Recent, Home, Books, Video, Games, Shop, Apps, Music, Audible and Newsstand. Beside these titles is a Library icon that connects you to all your purchased Amazon content. The screen’s top left corner contains a small notifications section for your device. Below it, there’s a search bar to help you find apps, downloaded content and web-search queries. At the very bottom of the screen lie back, home/unlock and overview buttons. Performance: Decent for the price With a quad-core 1.3-GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM, the Fire HD 8 provides modest speed for most of your media needs. I experienced some hiccups when I navigated among multiple tabs in the Silk browser, Kindle app and Netflix, but even with all this running, the Fire HD 8 still worked pretty well. The new Fire HD 8 scored 1,785 on the Geekbench 3 app, which measures overall performance. This was a surprising number, since last year’s Fire HD 8 scored 1,929. Though Amazon’s latest HD Fire tablet scores lower than its prior versions, the difference falls within the margin of error and performs at a decent pace. Amazon’s 8-inch tablet also turned in an underwhelming score of 6,015 on the Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics test. That’s better than last year’s model, which earned a 5,975, and Amazon’s 2017 Amazon Fire 7 score of 4,640, but it’s nowhere near the showings by premium tablets like the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (14124) or Apple iPad (28,399). But again, this is an $80 tablet we’re talking about. The Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius game played smoothly, with minimal stutter, and this was while I had 10 Silk browser tabs open in the background. Battery Life: Nearly 11 hours of power The Fire HD 8 offers very good endurance. The tablet lasted an impressive 10 hours and 58 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test (continuous web surfing at 150 nits). The latest Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa turned in a run time of only 6:53, while the average tablet lasts 8:58 Features: Alexa and more Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, is the star of the Fire HD 8. Once Alexa is enabled, you access it via the home button. You can use the assistant to play your favorite music library, receive weather and news updates, get answers to questions, create lists, and control all sorts of Alexa-enabled smart-home gadgets. The Fire HD 8 supports multiple user profiles at the same time, which is helpful if you need to share your tablet with family members. Each user has his or her own apps and content, so you don’t have to worry about a relative reading your email or deleting your favorite game. Up to two adults and four children can be added to a single Fire tablet. Those wary about sharing a tablet with their children can monitor usage, restrict content and set access hours with the Fire HD 8’s parental controls. Fire OS is pretty intuitive when it comes to media consumption. The Advanced Streaming and Prediction technology makes recommendations on what content you’ll want to look at next within Amazon’s many media services, and there’s an On Deck feature (for Prime members) that downloads Amazon Prime Video for off-line viewing, which is extremely helpful. This makes for less boring commutes and errand runs. Another cool feature is the X-Ray tab that shows up on the top left of the screen and contains IMDb information for all music, e-books and videos you purchase through Amazon Prime. OS and Apps Amazon’s Fire OS is a version of Android, but it has a completely different interface and app store. Amazon offers a smaller number of apps (600,000) than Google Play (over 2.8 million), but the Fire HD 8’s Amazon Underground feature attempts to remedy this with free apps, games and in-app purchases. Amazon Underground includes popular “must-have” apps like Spotify, Candy Crush, Facebook and many more.   MORE: Amazon Alexa Guide: Tips, Tricks, and How-Tos   And some of these free apps are pretty cool, like TextMe, which turns your tablet into a working smartphone over Wi-Fi. It even includes a uniquely assigned phone number if you don’t already have one. There’s also Photo Studio, an Android photo editor that can help you get your pictures Instagram ready. Unlike other Android devices, you won’t be able to download Google apps, such as Chrome, Gmail, Drive or YouTube. In lieu of Chrome, Amazon offers its Silk browser, which you can use to access Google programs. But Google’s mobile site views aren’t as expansive as their app or desktop versions. For example, the mobile version of Docs won’t allow off-line editing through the Silk browser, nor will you be able to change the resolution of YouTube videos. But if you’re able to survive without the use of Google apps, then you’re good to go. On Dec. 5, Amazon added Drop in and Announcements (its proprietary communication modes) to the Show Mode in the Fire HD 8. You’ll first have to enable those settings on your own: pull down the menu from the top of the screen, open Settings, tap Alexa and turn on both Alexa and Hands-Free Mode. Next, select Communications and turn Calling and Messaging on. Set Drop In to On for permitted contacts and/or ‘My Household’ and turn select Announcements and toggle that option to Enabled. Cameras The cameras on the Amazon Fire HD 8 aren’t the best. The rear-facing camera is just 2 megapixels and shoots HD video in 720p, while the front camera snaps 0.3-MP shots. Combined, these specs resulted in grainy photos and shaky video. The colors also looked off, with a green cast that made human skin look sickly. And if you want to take selfies, you’ll find that the front lens is extremely zoomed in; you’ll have to extend your arm a bit to get a shot of your whole face. Configurations The new Fire HD 8’s 16GB model is available for $80, but if you don’t want to see ads on your lock screen, it’ll cost you an additional $15. Or you can double your storage with the $110 32GB configuration. Again, if you want to get rid of those ads, you’ll have to shell out $125 for some privacy. Note that both models feature microSD slots that let you expand your storage by up to 256GB. Bottom Line Amazon took last year’s Fire HD 8 and simply rolled out Alexa and a few new colors. And that’s not a bad thing, because the previous version was already an excellent value. Overall, the Fire HD 8 is a solid midsized, no-frills tablet. If you want further savings, you can try out the new $50 Fire 7 with Alexa, but we prefer the HD 8, because it offers 4 hours more of battery life. Shoppers who require a more robust tablet should look towards the $329 Apple iPad (best for apps) or Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (great audio). But if you’re on a budget and don’t mind skipping Google’s apps, the Fire HD 8 is the best tablet for under $100. 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