Attack on teacher…reportedly lied to Police about whereabouts…found with dead woma n’s cellphone – Police sourceAs the probe continues into the gruesome attack on 22-year-old Kescia Branche, investigators have now hauled in the father of the young teacher’s daughter for questioning.Dead: Kescia BrancheDivision Commander, Marlon Chapman, confirmed on Thursday that they arrested the man earlier in the day and that he is in custody “being questioned”.However, Guyana Times understands that the man was reportedly found with a cellphone belonging to the now dead teacher and allegedly lied to Police about his whereabouts on the night the young woman was reportedly attacked.Moreover, upon examining the device, which the suspect said he found in Branche’s apartment after her battered body was found on Sunday last, detectives came across a cell number that got their attention.Even as the new suspect is being questioned, the two Police Constables remain under close arrest while a civilian, who had a confrontation with the young woman in a night club after he reportedly touched her inappropriately, is still being held.This newspaper was previously told that one of the ranks under close arrest is refusing to cooperate with investigators. Meanwhile, two other ranks were also held for questioning after records showed they were in constant contact with one of the Constables after he left the night club in the company of the now dead young woman.The unconscious body of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown on Sunday morning and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where she remained in an unconscious state on life support until Tuesday when she succumbed to her injuries sometime around 17:00h.Branche, who resides in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday evening when she left for a night out with her friends and the Police are seeking the public’s assistance in determining what may have transpired resulting in the inhumane beating the young woman received.A source close to the investigation revealed that detectives were reviewing the CCTV footage at a popular Newtown nightclub where the woman was seen partying on Saturday evening and came across evidence of the two uniformed officers interacting with the deceased.It was shown that the young woman left with the ranks, hopping on the back of one the motorcycles. This publication understands that investigators were told that they then proceeded to Mandela Avenue to get barbeque and while there, one of the ranks reported left to use the washroom.Upon his return, he told detectives that the young woman was not there, and his colleague said she left in a taxi.Investigators have been reviewing CCTV footage from along the route reportedly used by the Constables on Saturday.Members of the public with any information that would assist in the investigations are being asked to come forward. The investigation continues.
APTN National NewsThe family of a 14 year-old boy who died in Labrador last week is speaking out.Burton Winters went missing on Sunday.His body was located kilometers from where his snowmobile was discovered.The family released a statement on the weekend criticizing the department of National Defence for talking too long to help with the search.“Burton’s determination to get home outshined any efforts put forward by the Department of National Defence,” the statement said. “We cannot stand for this lack of service to continue in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the time for someone to step up and take responsibility (for the) poor decision making (and) ensure that this doesn’t happen to another innocent family.”The Department of National Defence is investigating the incident.
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe dogs are ready to run.“These dogs love it,” said Canzada Maruskie, dog musher. “If they couldn’t run they wouldn’t have anything to do at that point, they love what they are doing.”So do their owners.The Maruskie family traveled over 3,600 kilometres from Alaska to be at the South Slave Arctic Winter Games.They’ve also been doing it for a while and picked up a few things along the way.“We don’t feed them the morning before the race, pretty much the only thing that we do differently,” said Zachary Maruskie. “Some mushers probably do that too. It’s just so they don’t poop on the trail.”However, some issues came up they couldn’t account for.A minimum of four teams are needed for dog sledding at the games, according to the official rules.In 2016, host Greendland didn’t offer the sport.But it appears the games are making an exception this year with only two teams entered.“We are already prepared, we already paid, we got sponsors, we got all this stuff to do, you can’t just cancel it at the last minute,” said Scott Maruskie.email@example.com
Ed Reed was recently let go by the Houston Texans, but the free safety wasn’t unemployed for long. On Thursday, Reed officially joined the New York Jets.According to USA Today, “The New York Jets announced a contract agreement with Reed and expected to have the five-time all-pro and former defensive player of the year on the practice field today.”Reed and Jets head coach Rex Ryan worked together before while the two were part of the Baltimore Ravens organization.“Reed and Jets coach Rex Ryan overlapped for seven years with the Baltimore Ravens, who employed Ryan as their defensive coordinator before he took the big promotion in New York following the 2008 season.”Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry are the Jets’ current starters at safety and even though it’s well pass the halfway point in the season, Reed still has time to get in the lineup.“Reed theoretically has time to work his way into the lineup as part of New York’s nickel and dime packages — while getting his legs underneath him if need be — and could play more center field, especially given Allen’s effectiveness at covering tight ends.”In this season so far, Reed made only 16 tackles in seven games. The defensive veteran has appeared in nine Pro Bowls and was at one time the NFL’s active interception leader. However, this year Reed has failed to force a turnover or even defend a pass.Albeit, Reed still has value as an experience player with a Super Bowl win on his resume. He was fired on Wednesday and it took less than 24 hours to secure his latest job.
Some fans have taken their frustrations to social media, where they have hurled racists insults at the French footballer for his mistakeDuring the Fulham against Huddersfield Town, Aboubakar Kamara had a small fight with Aleksandar Mitrovic for the ball.The French footballer wanted to take a penalty kick given to his team, while Mitrovic was the one listed to take it.At the end, Kamara took the penalty and failed to score, which frustrated many fans.And some fanatics, have racially abused him on social media.“We are aware that numerous hurtful comments have been posted on Aboubakar Kamara’s social media account,” a Fulham spokesman was quoted by The Daily Star.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“As a club that prides itself on our respect and civility, we condemn anyone associated with this repulsive activity.”“The club will provide all necessary support to Aboubakar and take the strongest possible action against those responsible,” he added.“He’s a striker, he’s hungry for goals as well, maybe he wanted to score as well and he scored his last penalty.”“It’s normal. He’s young; this kind of things can happen. It’s normal,” the spokesperson commented.“You need to take care of each other. We had a bit of an argument but in the end, he took the ball and I wished him luck and told him to stay focused and score. That’s what he’d do as well.”
The memo received by BNP Media staffers this week alerting them to 25 percent salary cuts for the foreseeable future includes a line that jumps off the page almost as much as that “25 percent” figure: “Minimum wage will be the floor for this reduction.”It’s a line that assures employees the company won’t be cutting below minimum wage (which of course, would be illegal), and only applies to those support positions that may be hovering around minimum wage after the 25 percent cuts. But still, are things so bad that we have to be assured now that salaries won’t be cut to minimum wage? Salary cuts usually start at the top and the Henderson family (who owns BNP) have taken theirs as well. However, an associate editor making $40,000 who is hit with a 25 percent salary cut is suddenly making $30,000. Forget trying to live on that in publishing capitals like New York City-that’s a tough hit anywhere (BNP is based near Detroit).As publishers continue to make cuts to keep their businesses alive, they need to be mindful of labor rules and regulations in their state, particularly with employees below a certain salary level. As Southern Breeze editor Mark Newman noted in FOLIO:’s March issue, many high level employees (particularly editors) need to “stop being figureheads and do some work.” But for those entry and associate level employees, for whom the historic trade-off has always been “low pay but great experience,” the returns are getting harder to justify. The company leaders who impose these cuts will need to balance their contribution margins against the eventual pushback: The unwillingness of their teams to tolerate major pay cuts even as they’re being asked to do significantly more work. It’s a dangerously narrow line to walk.
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Tags Tech Industry 15 Comments Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. Getty Images While Equal Pay Day might sound like some kind of holiday, it’s actually a stark reminder that men and women don’t always get paid equal money for equal work.In fact, when looking at part-time and full-time workers in the US, women earned about 85 percent of what men did in 2018, according to data released in March from the Pew Research Center.The annual marker, which falls on Tuesday this year, symbolizes how far into this year women would have to work in order to have earned as much as men did in the previous year. Usually around Equal Pay Day, there’s a new offering of research from various sources shedding light on how and why that is. In the tech industry— which regularly grapples with numbers that show it’s predominantly made up of white men— disparity in pay is shrinking, but slowly. Glassdoor, a site that corrals employment information on companies, looked at more than a half million salary reports and found that at the pace we’re going, it’s going to take 51 years to close the pay gap. In its March report, called Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019, Glassdoor found the adjusted pay gap in tech is 5.4 percent, above the national average of 4.9 percent. The adjusted pay gap incorporates factors such as experience and education when comparing the earnings of men and women. While it’s improving, the gap has closed just 0.5 percentage point since 2016.”It’s not a surprise that there’s still a fairly large gap when you consider the fact that most of the highest paying jobs are still predominantly male,” said Daniel Zhao, a senior economist who worked on the report.Tech recruiting platform Hired also put out a report last week called The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace, and found that when men are offered the same job role women, they’re offered higher salaries 60 percent of the time. The report also found that in the tech industry, white and Asian women made 97 cents for every dollar white and Asian men made. The amount dropped for black (89 cents) and and Hispanic women (91 cents).Meanwhile, not all tech workers are convinced there’s a problem. The reported stated that “64% of female survey respondents believe a racial wage gap exists due to racial identity, while 54% of men believe it exists.”Over the years, some companies have set goals to close their pay gaps. Tech companies like Salesforce, Intel and PayPal have all said they’ve closed their pay gaps. “There’s a cultural phenomenon where women are paid less,” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told 60 Minutes in April 2018, when recounting how the company conducted an audit to correct its pay imbalance. (Editor’s note: 60 Minutes is owned by CNET’s parent company, CBS.)One reason progress in tech might be slow, Zhao said, is because there are so few women in the field to start with. He said that industries making quicker progress, like the nonprofit world, tend to be already more gender-balanced.It isn’t just money that women are missing out on. “People spend a third of their lives at their jobs,” Zhao said, “a lot of their overall happiness and satisfaction with life is tied up into how they feel about their job… reducing the amount of discrimination and stress is really important.” Share your voice
null Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has gorgeous looks and… Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageLeave it to Aston Martin and Zagato to create a car with a grille that literally flows when the vehicle is started up. Aston Martin Aston Martin and design house Zagato have a six-decade-long relationship, combining forces to create some of the most stunning vehicles on the road. As part of Zagato’s 100th birthday, Aston Martin will offer up 19 examples of the new DBS GT Zagato, and the automaker is finally ready to show off its production-ready shape and offer up a bit more information about what to expect.Aston Martin on Tuesday unveiled a small handful of pictures that show the production form of the DBS GT Zagato alongside its old-school sibling, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Starting with a DBS Superleggera, the body picks up some wild new styling, including a full carbon roof that eliminates the rear glass, as well as some stunning taillights, new flourishes on the sides and a curvaceous front end.To accommodate the roof, Aston Martin created a camera-based rearview mirror that still allows the driver to see behind the vehicle without any rear windshield. Consider it like those mass-market mirrors that let you swap between normal and camera-based viewing, only the former is impossible because there actually isn’t any rear glass at all. If you think that’s wild, take a look at the grille. It looks intricate, sure, but it’s even crazier than you might think. The grille comprises 108 pieces of diamond-shaped carbon fiber. When the car is off, the grille looks sealed up with a flush appearance, but upon starting the car, those pieces “flutter into life,” as Aston puts it, physically opening up to provide the car’s V12 engine with air. Good luck trying to get that repaired anywhere but the dealership.At a cost of roughly $8 million, the grille had damn well better mimic a living being. But then again, that price tag doesn’t just include one car. DBS GT Zagato buyers also receive a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation model, a handbuilt coupe finished in the same hue as the original DB4 GT Zagato cars that were built in the 1960s. All of a sudden, paying $8 million for two utterly stunning small-batch creations doesn’t sound so obscene.Enlarge ImageThe rear end of the DBS GT Zagato is breathtaking, and not just because it lacks a rear windshield. Aston Martin Aston Martin Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Exotic Cars Superluxury Cars Performance Cars Coupes 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 8:32
Tags 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 0 6 Photos 2015 Ford Focus offers more safety and better looks More From Roadshow Ford null Originally published at 12:08 p.m. PT.Update, 1:40 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Ford. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Enlarge ImageFord’s Focus and Fiesta models have been plagued by serious issues with their PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Roadshow Way back in 2009, Ford’s new Fiesta hit dealer showrooms across the US. It was the first Fiesta to hit the US in decades and it looked better than ever, and its fuel economy figures were seriously impressive. That latter attribute was thanks in large part to their new and innovative dual-clutch automatic transmissions, which Ford called PowerShift, and referred to internally as DPS6.Here we are 10 years later, and those transmissions are proving to be a massive thorn in not only owners’ sides, but increasingly they’re becoming an issue for the mothership back in Dearborn. The problems with the transmission include many reports from owners that it will drop into neutral between gears, leading to a lack of acceleration. Other reports state that the cars will lurch forward and shift jerkily.These issues are so prevalent, and Ford’s reaction to owners’ complaints have reportedly been so unsatisfactory, that now the US government is looking at getting involved.Several Democratic congressmen — including Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who is on the committee that oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — have called for a review of the ongoing situation, the Detroit Free Press reports.Ford dealers interviewed by the Free Press stated that they hadn’t received clear instructions on how to handle customer concerns going forward, or how (or whether) to charge customers for transmission repairs to their PowerShift-equipped vehicles.Ford’s representatives stated that the company had issued a service bulletin explaining how to handle the increased number of customer concerns and informed dealers that affected vehicles brought in before July 19 would receive extended warranty coverage, something it’s done before for individual components of the transmission. The bulletin promised further communication on or around the 19th, but to our knowledge, no new bulletins have been issued.”The DPS6 transmission was all-new technology from Getrag when it was introduced nearly a decade ago to improve fuel economy in Fiesta and Focus models. We launched those vehicles in good faith — like others, only after they reached key development milestones. Quality issues emerged after they were on the road,” Ford representatives said in a statement. “We acted quickly and determinedly to address those issues. Resolving them took longer than we expected — that frustrated and was inconvenient for many customers, some still today, which we regret. Along the way, we have rightly gone to great lengths to correct the problems: understanding what caused them, alerting dealers and consumers, recommending and making repairs, and extending warranties. In the meantime, automobiles using the DPS6 transmission were and remain safe to drive.”Given the likely cost of each individual repair, combined with the sheer number of vehicles equipped with the faulty gearboxes around the US, a forced recall by NHTSA would likely be a very, very expensive proposition for Ford. 2014 Ford Fiesta Ford Now playing: Watch this: 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice 2:31 Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedans