Got7 Seventeen Drop Trending Music Videos

first_imgEnglish-Korean lyrics and dance share the “beautiful sky” as new vids show K-pop bands’ talentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 10, 2017 – 1:24 pm Popularity draws attention but videos by Got7 and Seventeen over the last few days tangibly take the Korean boy band format to higher levels. If you’ve wondered why anybody cares about K-pop, feel this.”You Are” is the lead single on Got7’s new EP 7 For 7. The band’s label JYP Entertainment is run by J.Y. Park who posted on Instagram, “The scary thing about this team is that they’re still growing like a rookie!” Can You Handle Got7 And Seventeen’s New Videos? got7-seventeen-drop-trending-music-videos News Twitter Got7, Seventeen Drop Trending Music Videos center_img Email Facebook Billboard observed that “You Are” blends the 7’s softer side with soaring melodies. The naturalness of both the talent and the English-Korean blended lyrics, with English subtitles, evoke a flair that feels truly international. It’s also a tradition that’s been building for years, growing in popularity and attention because of it. And demonstrating why, the whole way.”13th Month’s Dance (Lilili Yabbay)” allows Dino, Hoshi, Jun, and The8 to unleash some bada** street dancing in Brooklyn, N.Y. The white face make-up is theatrical and androgynous, but the physicality of the dance performance is a refined and fresh restatement that Korea feels the breaks and the beats and knows what to do about it.We could talk about quantity of YouTube views but those numbers keep going up. What should go up with the bands is affectionate respect for the talent driving musical expressions like these farther into the mainstream than Korean pop has ever been.K-Pop Group Twice Unveil Video For New Japanese SingleRead morelast_img read more

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Billboard Announces Streaming Chart Consideration Change

first_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 18, 2015 – 12:29 pm Michael Jackson Wins Album Of The Year Billboard Announces Streaming Chart Consideration Change Billboard’s Streaming Chart Change billboard-announces-streaming-chart-consideration-change The definitive guide to charting music will change the way it weights various streaming platforms into its chart consideration starting in 2018 Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 3:41 pm Billboard has announced that starting in 2018, the way streaming services contribute to Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 chart placement will be adjusted. Facebook News Email The chart-making media company currently weights streams according to two categories — on-demand (Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube) and programmed (Pandora). Of these, the on-demand streaming services are weighted slightly higher. The Hot 100 includes video plays, while the Billboard 200 does not.Under the new system, Billboard’s streaming classification model will weight paid subscription-based services or tiers higher than purely ad-supported services (like YouTube). This means the Hot 100 will be calculated based on paid subscription streams, ad-supported streams and programmed streams, in addition to radio airplay and digital song sales. The Billboard 200 will be measured using both on-demand and paid subscription equivalent album streaming, in addition to album sales and track equivalent albums.”The shift to a multilevel streaming approach to Billboard’s chart methodology is a reflection of how music is now being consumed on streaming services, migrating from a pure on-demand experience to a more diverse selection of listening,” the company writes. “It is Billboard’s belief that assigning values to the levels of consumer engagement and access — along with the compensation derived from those options — better reflects the varied user activity occurring on these services.”Read More: Should You Be Using Musical.ly?last_img read more

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Watch Keith Urbans Coming Home Video With Julia Michaels

first_imgGo inside Keith’s studio and see how his current single #ComingHome was written and recorded! 🎶 pic.twitter.com/2Y5cp3gIsv— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) May 25, 2018 News https://twitter.com/KeithUrban/status/1000041009944891393 Facebook Keith Urban, Julia Michaels Rock “Coming Home” watch-keith-urbans-coming-home-video-julia-michaels Email center_img Twitter The GRAMMY winner’s brand-new video precedes his world tour in support of his latest hit album, ‘Graffiti U’Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 5:46 pm On a recent episode of the GRAMMY Museum’s “Required Listening” podcast, Keith Urban revealed the inspiration behind “Coming Home,” the first track on his new album, 2018’s Graffiti U. Now, the GRAMMY winner has released a brand-new video for his upbeat collaboration with Julia Michaels.”The first song on this album is called ‘Coming Home’ and I actually used a Merle Haggard sample to spark the song,” Urban told “Required Listening” host Scott Goldman. “I didn’t have any idea what the song would be about but when I started hearing this rolling guitar intro of ‘Mamma Tried,’ it immediately made me think of growing up in Australia.” Watch Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” Video With Julia Michaels As described by Rolling Stone, the video displays an American surrealist landscape where Urban, trapped in the city, travels through his mind to the musical escape of hearing and seeing “Coming Home” at a club where he both sits and performs the pump song with Michaels. The surrealism allows Midwestern pastures to mentally connect with the small club venue where his latest hit is itself the answer to urban alienation. It all makes for a great escape in its country-loving self, both as a song and in its refreshing mindscape of a music video.Urban’s Graffiti U, his 10th studio album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The GRAMMY winner will kick off a world tour in support of the LP on June 15 in St. Louis.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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VIDEO Watch The 2018 WilmingtonTewksbury Thanksgiving Football Game

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — For the ninth consecutive year, the Tewksbury High Redmen defeated the Wilmington High Wildcats in the teams’ Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. Tewksbury bested Wilmington in all three phases of the game with a dominant 43-0 victory at Alumni Stadium.Watch the full game game, plus pregame interviews with WHS coach Craig Turner and team captains, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:——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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”WHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”Ticket Info For The Wilmington-Tewksbury Thanksgiving GameIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Selectmen To Create New Procedure To Tackle Wilmingtons 30 Miles Of Unaccepted Ways

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Town Manager Jeff Hull, published in the latest Town Topics newsletter:Do you live on a Town road? Most residents would likely say, “Sure, I use it every day to get to and from my house.” Others might say “Ya, it’s a Town road all right and it is really in tough shape. I wish the Town would fix it.”The Town is not responsible for all roads in Wilmington. Main Street (Route 38) is owned and the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Town is responsible for approximately 100 miles of streets. Wilmington, like most other communities, has unaccepted or private ways. Unaccepted “ways” may look like any other street but the physical property that the “way” is located on is not owned by the Town of Wilmington. The abutting property owners to that “way” cannot block travel even though they have ownership rights to the centerline of the “way.” Thirty miles of streets in Wilmington are unaccepted ways.Under Massachusetts General Law, municipalities cannot spend public funds on the construction or reconstruction of private ways. Essentially doing so would be the equivalent of the Town paving the driveway or paving a basketball court on a resident’s property.The Public Works Department will patch potholes and, on roads that are gravel packed, may grade the road if it has significant potholes and unevenness. Emergency services, trash and recycling collection and snowplowing are all provided to residents on unaccepted ways.Over the next several months, a procedure will be developed and presented to the Board of Selectmen to address the means by which unaccepted ways can be presented to Annual Town Meeting for approval as public ways. Ultimately, a majority vote at Town Meeting is required for the Town to assume ownership and responsibility for any unaccepted ways.Issues to be included in the procedure are: criteria for determining the order for accepting “ways,” who will be responsible for upfront survey, legal and engineering costs, engineering design standards that will be deemed acceptable, a funding source for costs associated with upgrades or full depth reconstruction of the “ways” so that they are safe and meet Town standards.The cost for the construction or reconstruction of unacceptable ways and installation of proper drainage systems so that they can be recommended for approval as public ways is expected to be in the millions of dollars and will take many years to complete. In the words of Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles (or in Wilmington’s case 30 miles) begins with one step.”(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Town Topics Newsletter.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”Town Officials Want To Do Something About Wilmington’s 200+ Unaccepted Ways (That’s 30+ Miles Of Roadway!)In “Government”last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Toddler/Preschool Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolFull-Time 5th Grade Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolPart-Time After School Program Director & Program Assistant at Abundant Life Christian SchoolPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Calibration Technician I at TranscatPart-Time Gardeners & Horticulturists at Garrick-Santo Landscaping Co.Full-Time Retail Branch Manager at Citizens BankFull-Time Materials Manager (Contract Position) at UniFirstFull-Time Sales Representative at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Logistics Associate at Ecolab(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Teen scientist checks for alien lasers around famously weird star

first_img Share your voice Dust likely behind weird dimming of ‘Tabby’s Star’ Sorry, aliens not causing ‘Tabby’s Star’ weirdness Discovering alien life probably won’t freak us out, studies say 0 Sci-Tech Best places in space to search for alien life Breakthrough Listen searches galaxies for radio signals and laser transmissions in the hopes of finding extra-terrestrial intelligence. Part of a $100 million series of initiatives announced in 2015 by Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking, the project attracted the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who sits on its board.Lipman began a correspondence with University of California Berkeley scientists Howard Isaacson and Steve Croft, who work on Breakthrough Listen and the APF program, and was eventually invited to work directly with the scientists as part of a summer internship. Lipman analyzed APF data, looking for any signs of uber powerful lasers straight out of science fiction — the kind a highly advanced alien civilization might use for communication or propelling spaceships.”He quickly became familiar with a lot of background material to the extent that the team could converse with him at a highly technical level about his work,” Croft said. “Most students his age working on science problems are tackling questions where the correct answer is given in the back of the textbook. In contrast, David is doing original research that is helping us to advance our capacity to answer one of the biggest questions in science: Are we alone in the universe?” It’s been three years since Boyajian’s Star first made a stir, and Lipman is now an 18-year-old freshman at Princeton University. He told me via email that he’s thinking of majoring in physics, but is still exploring other options.”I’m very passionate about machine learning and its potential benefits for science and society… (I) have some ideas on how to use neural networks to more accurately analyze spectra to identify artificial signals.”Meanwhile, other teams of astronomers continue to watch Boyajian’s Star closely, and the leading explanation today is that clouds of space dust, not huge alien construction projects, are blocking its light in unusual ways. But the distant sun still remains an intriguing candidate to check for signs of extra-terrestrial life, just in case. In fact, the recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to take a closer look in the new year.  26 Photos Lipman’s search didn’t turn up any evidence of alien lasers, but through continued collaboration with Isaacson and other researchers, the results have now been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, with Lipman as the lead author. “His thorough analysis of this one object will form the groundwork for the analysis of the hundreds of other targets,” Croft wrote in a blog post.The paper will be published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and a pre-print draft can be read here.  NASA set to launch exoplanet-hunting satellitecenter_img 4:47 This illustration show’s an artist’s vision of what Tabby’s Star might look like with a surrounding ring of dust. NASA/JPL-Caltech Boyajian’s Star (also known as Tabby’s Star or KIC 8462852) first made headlines in 2015 when it was suggested alien megastructures might explain its strange behavior: the star’s brightness seemed to randomly rise and fall over time.Since then, a number of telescopes including the recently deactivated Kepler Space Telescope have been pointed at the star to try to better understand what’s really happening there. David Lipman was captivated enough by the so-called “alien megastructures star” in 2016 that he began analyzing publicly available observations of Boyajian’s Star from the Automated Planet Finder Telescope (APF) at California’s Lick Observatory. But Lipman isn’t a professional astronomer. At the time, he was a junior at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California, looking into the data sets for a school science project. “(I’m) looking for candidate laser signals,” Lipman explained in the below interview filmed at Lick. “I’ve written an algorithm that basically looks through all of the spectra that Breakthrough Listen has recorded.” Boyajian’s mystery Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Tags NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Spacelast_img read more

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Kia Stinger GTS drifts into New York with orange paint carbon fiber

first_img More From Roadshow May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know reading • Kia Stinger GTS drifts into New York with orange paint, carbon fiber Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 1 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V New York Auto Show 2019 Kia See All Tagscenter_img 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter • Orange you glad Kia’s new Stinger GTS has a drift mode? Kia New York Auto Show 2019 Comment Kia has a treat in store for driving enthusiasts in the form of the Stinger GTS, a special edition of the sporty hatchback that has bold orange paint and carbon fiber — and more exciting performance to back up the looks. The Stinger GTS debuted Wednesday at the 2019 New York Auto Show and starts production this spring.The key to the Stinger GTS’s sportier handling is a new all-wheel-drive system called D-AWD, which Kia promises splits the difference between the way a rear-drive and an all-wheel-drive Stinger drives. For starters, the system equips the car’s rear axle with a mechanical limited-slip differential. On top of that, D-AWD offers unique torque-distribution settings for different drive modes. In Comfort, 60% of the power goes rearwards, while in Sport that bias rises to 80%. Yet in Drift mode — yes, in a Kia! — you get 100% rear-biased torque.Kia also reprogrammed the car’s electronic controls to better understand when drivers might be pulling off their best Tokyo Drift impressions, adding “Counter Steer Detection” logic to the stability control and ensuring the eight-speed automatic transmission won’t upshift prematurely during said drifts.Enlarge ImageIt’s ready for hella drifts, yo. Steven Pham/Roadshow The Kia Stinger GTS uses the car’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, meaning you’ll have 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque with which to initiate those slides. A rear-wheel-drive GTS is also available, too, but the D-AWD model is perhaps the more interesting configuration for the way it can swap between driving four and two wheels at the push of a button.Roadshow had a chance to sample a prototype Stinger with D-AWD last September, slipping and sliding the car in Drift mode. Back then, Kia engineers told Roadshow’s Antuan Goodwin that even in Drift mode the car might send a bit of torque to the front wheels to help with stability. But as Antuan’s tire-smoking antics proved, the car will still get pretty darn sideways in that Drift mode.Aside from the mechanical tweaks, the 2020 Kia Stinger GTS gets visual upgrades in the form of “Federation” orange paint, extra exterior carbon fiber, a new GTS badge on the back and a Stinger logo in place of the usual Kia badge on the trunk. Equipment on the inside includes an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a suede headliner, a sunroof, wireless phone charging and a 720-watt Harman Kardon sound system.The Kia Stinger GTS will be limited to just 800 units. Pricing will start at $44,000 before destination for the rear-wheel-drive GTS, with the D-AWD model listed from $46,500. 41 Photos Sports Cars Hatchbacks Share your voicelast_img read more

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Samsung chief Galaxy Fold delay was embarrassing but no new launch date

first_img Mobile Phones Foldable Phones Now playing: Watch this: Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung Comments Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Share your voice Android Update Originally published July 1, 2019 at 7:22 a.m. PT.Update, 3:35 p.m. PT: Adds more context.Update, July 2, 2019 at 2 a.m. PT: Adds Stephanie Choi’s statement. A new interview sheds some light on what went wrong with the Galaxy Fold. Angela Lang/CNET Editors Note: On July 24, 2019 Samsung announced that it will sell the Galaxy Fold in September.Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh admitted on Monday that he rushed the $1,980 Galaxy Fold to market before the foldable phone was fully ready. But he stopped short of apologizing to preorder buyers who never received their device. Koh didn’t reveal a new release date for a phone that’s now been delayed for 67 days. Samsung paused the Galaxy Fold release more than two months ago, a few days before its originally-planned April 26 sale date. “It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready,” Koh said during a meeting with journalists including The Independent in Seoul. “I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery.” Samsung delayed the Galaxy Fold after some reviewers testing the device experienced a series of problems with the phone’s foldable screen (CNET’s review unit was unaffected). When closed, the Fold features a 4.6-inch traditional phone display, and opens to reveal a 7.3-inch tablet-sized screen inside.  10:12 60 Photos Tags 5 Koh said that the company has “more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects,” going on to say that “we defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about it but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing.” Koh added that an update would be provided “in due course” and asked that those interested in the Fold “give us a bit more time.”Another statement was less conciliatory. “Our brand philosophy is ‘do what you can’t’,” Stephanie Choi, Samsung’s global marketing strategy head, told the group. “We make what can’t be made, and do what can’t be done. This [Galaxy Fold issue] is unfortunately sometimes part of this process,” The Independent reported.This is not the first time that Samsung has admitted it made a mistake for an issue affecting one of its phones. Most recently, Samsung apologized for the Galaxy Note 7, which the company voluntarily recalled in 2016, twice, after reports that the phone’s battery overheated and caught fire. As a result of investigations into the Note 7’s design and manufacturing processes, Samsung announced a more secure battery protocol.While the Galaxy Fold’s screen issues have shades of the same internal review, the foldable phone never posed a health risk to buyers or reviewers. Samsung did not respond to a request for comment. last_img read more

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Amazon or the military Warehouse bosses pressured 3 workers to choose

first_imgThe assertions also come amid intensifying attention on Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of its warehouse workers in the US, with unions and advocacy groups arguing that employees are overworked, closely monitored for even restroom breaks and forced to move ever faster to meet Amazon’s delivery times. During the Prime Day sale this year, several protests took place, including one organized by Amazon workers at a Minnesota warehouse, to highlight these concerns.  The treatment of these three employees could fuel further scrutiny. “During this whole conversation the implication was that I would have to at some point choose between the military and Amazon,” the manager wrote a few years ago after a conversation with his boss. “And that to move up with Amazon and be successful I would have to put the military aside because he’s yet to see anyone balance both.” Another warehouse manager in another part of the country said he’s faced pressure, within the past year, over the time he’s taken off for reserve military duty. He said he was told by his boss that he’d need to pick either Amazon or military service, with his boss saying he couldn’t do both. Though USERRA cases are a persistent issue, they’ve been in decline in recent years. The Department of Labor reviewed 1,098 cases for potential USERRA workplace violations during fiscal year 2017, roughly the same level as the year prior but down from 1,644 in 2012, according to an annual report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training. Davis, from the VFW, said he’s heard less about USERRA violations in recent years as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, reducing the strain of thousands of military personnel serving overseas and away from their civilian jobs. A competitive environment Alex Urankar, a regional general manager for Amazon’s Fresh and Prime Now businesses in the Northeast, has worked at Amazon for the past four years after serving in the Marines for seven years. He’s also led employees in the reserves at the company. Urankar, who Amazon invited CNET to interview for this story, said he’s never heard of any type of pressure put on reserve or part-time military workers while he’s been at the company. To the contrary, he added, these employees are typically viewed positively for offering their unique experience. “I definitely am disappointed to hear those … individuals feel that way,” he said, “but I can tell you from my own experience … I’ve never seen or experienced anything like that. It’s all been extremely positive.” Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags A steady drumbeat of troubling stories about Amazon warehouse conditions led 13 mostly Democratic Congress members last month to call on the Department of Labor to investigate Amazon’s US warehouses. This group includes presidential candidates Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, as well as the so-called “Squad” of progressive congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. For its part, Amazon has touted its $15 minimum wage, 20 weeks of paid parental leave and $700 million worker retraining program to show its commitment to its more than 650,000 employees. It’s also repeatedly said it offers a safe working environment at its warehouses. We take this allegation seriously as this is not the culture we aspire to create. Rachael Lighty, Amazon Three employees have come forward amid growing concerns about Amazon’s treatment of its warehouse workers. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET A manager for an Amazon warehouse came back from a stint of military duty, where he took part in a mission to help Americans affected by a natural disaster. But instead of a hero’s welcome for his service, his boss greeted him with a snide comment that he had abandoned his Amazon post again. That incident, which occurred a few years ago, was one of several times the manager said he was pressured by his boss to either scale back his military commitments or leave the military altogether so he could focus on his Amazon career. He’s since left the company, after the same boss pressured one of his family members, too. This man, a combat veteran with multiple overseas deployments, is one of three Amazon warehouse managers who told CNET they’ve faced pressure from their superiors to quit the military, with their bosses expressing concern about their time away for training and deployments.  The situations may violate federal workplace discrimination laws put in place to protect military service members with civilian jobs. These incidents sharply contradict Amazon’s prominent promotion of its military recruiting, including hiring veterans and those in reserve and part-time roles, with the company often saying it values service members’ experience and proactive thinking. It is against the law for civilian employers to pressure their Guard or Reserve workers to get out of the military. Joe Davis, Veterans of Foreign Wars Amazon fired these 7 pregnant workers. Then came the lawsuits Amazon plans $700 million retraining program for 100,000 US workers Sanders, Omar call for Labor Department investigation of all US Amazon warehouses Tech Industry Internet Navy Veteran Experiences Amazon’s Horrific Working ConditionsThe horrific working conditions at Amazon’s warehouses took a devastating toll on this Navy veteran.Posted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday, July 23, 2018 Joe Davis, director of public affairs at the nonprofit service group Veterans of Foreign Wars, argued that these incidents at Amazon are USERRA violations. “It is against the law for civilian employers to pressure their Guard or Reserve workers to get out of the military and to create a work atmosphere that is not conducive to future civilian employment and simultaneous military employment,” he said. Balancing military and Amazon The Amazon warehouse manager who served during the natural disaster said his time at Amazon was difficult. The warehouse was usually hot, due to insufficient air conditioning, and he routinely lacked enough staff to complete needed tasks, he said. When mistakes occurred, he said, he’d usually get chewed out by one of his bosses. “I didn’t get treated as bad in the [military] in basic training,” he said. “You screw up — it’s a screaming, cussing, yelling tirade on the floor.” Despite the high-pressure atmosphere, he said he stayed in his position as long as he did because of the generous pay, which was a big bump up from his prior job at a different company. In addition to dealing with workplace problems, the manager said he was repeatedly pressured by his boss over several months to leave the military so he could spend more time at Amazon. This boss directly told the manager during one conversation that he’d eventually need to pick Amazon or the military, the manager said. The manager reported the conversation to a human resources employee at that warehouse but said the complaint went nowhere. When the boss failed to convince the manager to leave the military, the boss approached a family member, telling that person the manager wouldn’t be able to advance at the company if he continued to serve both the military and Amazon. In an interview with CNET, the family member confirmed the details of this conversation. The manager said he’d eventually had enough and left Amazon a few years ago. CNET reviewed his military paycheck and two documents he created at the time of these incidents that detailed multiple workplace concerns he had. He wasn’t the only military veteran to allege difficult working conditions at Amazon. The other two managers CNET interviewed also mentioned brutally long hours, nonstop work and tyrannical bosses. Additionally, Seth King, a Navy veteran and former Amazon warehouse employee, spoke out last year about Amazon’s difficult working conditions, mentioning the isolation from other workers and constant monitoring by supervisors. He said in a Facebook video, released by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a frequent Amazon critic, that the job made him severely depressed. He quit after about three months. “I was in the Navy for eight years, and there wasn’t a single day that I felt as miserable or isolated as I did at Amazon,” King said in an interview. center_img Thank you to the 17,500 veterans and military spouses now working at Amazon. We set a goal last year to hire 25,000 of these leaders by 2021, and are on track to hire even more. #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/1tIiSZrRtQ— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 9, 2017 Following two conversations about this issue, his boss didn’t bring up the topic again and the manager continues to work for Amazon. “It shouldn’t be this way,” he said, adding that he’s known about six reserve and part-time military employees who’ve left Amazon over the pressure to focus on the company. A third manager in yet another part of the country said his boss became critical of his work performance immediately after he said he needed to leave for a weeks-long overseas military training exercise. When he got back from the reserve duty, he said, his boss quickly confronted him with a written report of performance issues he said were false. He started looking for a new job and left Amazon soon after. “I had never been told my work performance was less than stellar,” said the man, a combat veteran who worked for Amazon a few years ago. “There were no issues, none, until I notified them” about the training exercise. All three warehouse managers requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from the company. Some details about them were left out to protect their identities. US-LABOUR-PROTEST-AMAZONAt an Amazon worker protest in Shakopee, Minnesota, in December. Kerem Yucel/Getty Images Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said the company is concerned about such allegations, asking employees to speak up about their needs. “At Amazon, we are proud to employ and support more than 18,500 veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military spouses across our businesses,” Lighty said in an emailed statement. “We encourage all employees — no matter their tenure, job title, level or background — to bring their comments, questions, ideas, and concerns directly to their management team with the goal of improving the work environment and challenging leadership assumptions. “We take this allegation seriously as this is not the culture we aspire to create for any of our employees,” Lighty continued. “We remain committed to supporting our military and veteran employees and providing opportunities for their long-term career growth and success.” Under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), military veterans, reserve and part-time service members are protected from civilian workplace discrimination, including denying people promotions due to their military commitments, or the refusal to hire them outright. Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, for example, spend a weekend a month plus two weeks a year in training. Guard deployments for duty can vary from as little as 15 days to as much as a year. Amazon has been recognized for its support of its military workers, receiving the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award last year and landing on the Military Times’ “Best for Vets” list for several years. It’s also pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2021 and hosts nearly 100 Warriors@Amazon affinity groups. Jon Reily, a former Amazon executive in the devices group, said problems like these incidents can arise at Amazon due to a mix of intense pressure to perform, understaffing and high turnover at warehouses. But, he noted, Amazon as a corporation doesn’t condone activity like pressuring service members. “The environment there is so competitive to succeed because there’s always someone waiting in the wings to take your job,” said Reily, who’s now at consultancy Publicis Sapient. “So people bend the rules and take shortcuts to hit their short-term goals.” Being driven constantly to get results, Reily said, “causes people to make poor decisions, like making a water cooler comment to your best employee that he shouldn’t serve his country anymore.” Still, even if poor judgment or stress caused these incidents, they may break the law and hurt Amazon’s reputation as a top employer of service members. “Obviously there’s some internal training that needs to be conducted on what is legal and what is not,” VFW’s Davis said. “You don’t want the public perception of your company being anti-military.” Originally published Aug. 23, 5 a.m. PT. Update, Aug. 24: Adds allegations from a third Amazon warehouse manager who reached out to CNET after the initial publication of this story. Share your voice 1:06 28 More Amazon workplace stories Amazon boosts its minimum wage to $15 an hour E-commerce Amazonlast_img read more

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Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools Nutrition Guidelines

first_imgThe Ketchikan School Board adopted new administrative regulations last week governing student nutrition and physical activity, in order to meet new federal standards.The standards essentially require that only healthy food be served in schools. There are some exceptions built into the rules and the Ketchikan school board added a few more, including the “cupcake clause.”Download AudioThose last two areas raised some concerns, and led to a couple of language changes in order to relax the rules a little.One of the issues was selling food at athletic competitions that take place during the school day, such as the recent regional basketball tournament. Many non-students attend those activities, and, as Board Member Stephen Bradford pointed out, want their snacks during a game.“And I think that we can do that by amending line 263, after ‘sold or served’ add the words, ‘Directly to KGBSD students,’” He said “In other words, they can still operate the concession stand, old guys like me can still go in and enjoy my popcorn and coke while I watch the basketball game. We just have to put up a note up for our own students that says you can’t buy anything until 30 minutes after the instructional period is over.”That amendment passed unanimously, as did Bradford’s second suggestion, which provides an exception to the healthy food standards for special occasions.“So the amendment would be, ‘Traditional or cultural foods may be exempted from the food standards described above for educational or special school or classroom events when offered free of charge,’” Board President Michelle O’Brien summed up.Board Member Dave Timmerman then asked, “Does that cover cupcakes?”Bradford answered, “Well, I believe that a cupcake, in our culture, is a standard item to be offered at a birthday.”Student board member Evan Wick suggested a third amendment to the guidelines. He noted that the rules prohibit any kind of educational material or school display that includes a name-brand of an unhealthy food.“I’ve brought with me some educational materials. This is my AP world history book. It has a picture of McDonald’s in it. That would fall under the brands or illustrations of unhealthful foods,” he said.Wick then handed around a detail from a mural that covers a wall in the high school’s commons area. “It features a Burger King soda, fries and what appears to be a cheeseburger, which I do believe probably falls under unhealthful foods,” he said.As the student representative, Wick isn’t allowed to make motions, but he asked the School Board to consider amending the regulation, adding the words “within reason.” Board Member Trevor Shaw complied, and the amendment passed unanimously.The main motion also passed without dissent.Approving it means that the district’s policies now are aligned with the 2010 federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.last_img read more

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Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanada

first_imgThe State and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Governor Sean Parnell shared the news in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. “I’m pleased to announce here today that we have terminated the license with TransCanada under AGIA and have now completed a traditional precedent agreement,” he said.Listen now:Governor Sean Parnell signed in-state gasline legislation at the Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks on May 8. Pictured: Representative Jay Ramras, Representative Mike Chenault, Governor Sean Parnell, Senator Lesil McGuire, and Scott Heyworth (Photo from Governor’s Office press release)TransCanada had state support under AGIA to pursue a gasline to serve North American customers, but the project has shifted focus to overseas markets. State lawmakers approved state participation in the new North Slope to Nikiski gasline this spring, setting the stage for the updated agreement with TransCanada. Governor Parnell says the new arrangement, which also includes North Slope producers, puts the project on a more standard track.“It’s a more traditional structure then what we had before. It’s a structure that banks and financial institutions are used to providing financing for and that markets are used to seeing,” he said.Parnell says joint venture agreements between the state and the companies are the next step to move the gasline project forward.Governor Parnell signed several bills into law while in Fairbanks, including one authorizing $157.5 million in bonding authority for University of Alaska Fairbanks to finance replacement of its aged-out coal fired power plant. State funding will fill out the rest of the tab for the $232 million project.Parnell also signed a bill that adds “Big Bull Moose” derbies to a list of charitable games the state can license. The derby allows hunters to buy tickets and win a cash prize if they kill the biggest moose. It was forwarded by Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole on behalf of the Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association and the UAF Rifle Team, which want to use a moose derby to raise money for their programs.last_img read more

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Man killed with hatchet in Fairbanks bar

first_imgA Fairbanks man is dead following a hatchet attack at a local bar. Fairbanks Police report that 54-year-old Mark Allen Mitchell died Monday morning following the attack last night at Club Manchu. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCullough said its unclear what motivated the suspect, 49-year-old Brett Matthew Gilbert.Listen now”The initial investigation video surveillance show that without any warning or provocation inside the Club Manchu, the suspect struck the victim in the side of the neck and he fell to the floor,” McCullough said. “The suspect continued to strike him several times in the face and neck with the hatchet.”McCullough said the attack was halted by another person, and Gilbert fled the bar. He was later taken into custody without incident at his home and is charged with first degree murder. She said it’s unclear if there’s any connection between Gilbert and Mitchell, and if drugs or alcohol played a role in the attack.This is the 7th murder in Fairbanks so far this year.last_img read more

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Walker names members of Alaska climate leadership team

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker shows off the freshly signed Administrative Order 289 in the state Capitol on Oct. 31, 2017. That order established the Alaska Climate Change Strategy and Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Governor Bill Walker today announced the 20 members of the state’s new climate change task force.Listen nowThe team’s job is to come up with recommendations for how Alaska should deal with climate change. It was created by Walker in an administrative order issued this fall. The task force is led by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott.In a statement, Gov. Walker said announcing the team “is another critical step in advancing meaningful climate policy.”Alaskans representing a wide range of interests made the list. They include Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, BP Alaska president Janet Weiss and North Slope Borough Assembly chair John Hopson, Jr. The team also includes experts on renewable energy and climate science.Another notable member is 17-year-old Sam Schimmel from Kenai Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island. Schimmel is Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze Indian.“The issue of climate change is very important for Native youth because it affects our traditions — our hunting traditions, our fishing traditions, our berry picking traditions,” Schimmel said.Schimmel wants the team to tackle solutions to problems Alaska Native communities are already dealing with because of climate change so young people can keep taking part in important traditions.“We must combat climate change and we must try and slow it down, but we must also address the slow-moving emergency that our communities face,” Schimmel said. “We need a definite end result, and that result would be giving aid to communities that allow communities to continue their traditions.”Six of the team’s members were part of former Governor Sarah Palin’s Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change, including Chris Rose, executive director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. Rose hopes the group has more impact this time around.“About ten years have passed and we’ve seen climate change accelerate. We’ve also seen the price of renewables come down tremendously in that decade, so I’m hoping that this time around, there’s a lot more action rather than recommendations,” Rose said.Rose hopes a big priority for the team will be working on improving financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Alaska.The group will meet for the first time on Dec. 18. The governor’s office wants an early draft of their recommendations by next September.last_img read more

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Dillingham marches against domestic and sexual violence

first_img(Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham)The sun came out on Thursday as about 30 people gathered for the “Choose Respect” march in Dillingham.Listen nowDomestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive in Bristol Bay and across the state. According to an Alaska Victimization Survey, in 2015 half of all Alaskan women experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.“It’s really what’s holding us back in Dillingham. It’s really what’s causing the cycle of violence, and cycle of drugs and alcohol to continue,” Gregg Marxmiller said. Marxmiller is the education and outreach coordinator for SAFE, the shelter for victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Bristol Bay. “It’s the ugliest thing in our community. We can be better, and we can do better.”(Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham)This march was just one of many that have taken place across Alaska. Nine years ago, former governor Sean Parnell started “Choose Respect” marches as part of an initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in the state.Lucinda Zamir was at the Dillingham march on Friday and said that showing people that there are options and support is why events like the “Choose Respect” marches matter.“Domestic violence, intimate partner violence and so many other things are just quietly tolerated when people probably don’t realize that they have a voice, that they can speak up, that they should speak up and that they shouldn’t just tolerate people treating them poorly, no matter what it is,” Zamir said.Marchers pointed, not only to the problem of violence in Bristol Bay, but also to a solution.“We need to go back to what the elders said. We need to educate. Let’s educate by demonstration or by choosing respect,” Thomas Tilden, Curyung Tribal Council chief, said.Thursday’s march showed that Dillingham residents will continue to raise their voices to confront domestic violence and sexual assault.last_img read more

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E coli outbreak comes to Alaska first confirmed cases are Nome inmates

first_imgAll eight inmates contracted a specific strain of the bacteria through eating romaine lettuce served at AMCC. (Public domain photo, via Pixabay)Alaska has reported its first cases of a strain of E. coli bacteria related to a national outbreak going on this month. Statewide, all eight confirmed cases are inmates currently residing in Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center (AMCC).Listen nowAccording to a press release from the State, the investigation of the outbreak is ongoing. But as of yesterday, no additional E. coli cases have been reported by AMCC or elsewhere in Alaska.Louisa Castrodale is one of the epidemiologists with the infectious disease program at the state section of epidemiology under the Department of Health and Social Services. She confirms that all eight inmates contracted a specific strain of the bacteria through eating romaine lettuce served at AMCC.“What we’re talking about here is a type of E. coli, a shiga-toxin-producing E. coli, and so it can be pretty damaging to people,” Castrodale said. “It can cause some severe illness, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea. So generally, when we think about E. coli O157 infections, it’s a gastrointestinal infection.”State and national entities are investigating more than 50 E. coli cases across 16 states. Castrodale says by collaborating with those entities, they have determined that the infectious lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona, but don’t know which specific farm.“We also work very closely — because there is a food product suspected here to be the cause — with our partners in Food Safety,” Castrodale said. “So the Department of Environmental Conservation, they’re working with FDA and the CDC to help figure out: where did this lettuce come from? What farm, can they trace it back? How far can they trace it back? And to sort of look at all the distribution loops to see why certain states are seeing it and certain venues.”Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. (Photo by Margaret DeMaioribus/ KNOM)In order to control the outbreak within AMCC, a spokesperson with the Department of Corrections (DOC) says their staff and medical support implemented rigorous hygiene requirements earlier this month, like more frequent hand-scrubbing.“Outbreaks like this in a prison setting can be a little stressful, because everybody lives so close together; everybody interacts so closely all the time,” Castrodale said. “So we really do have really good medical staff, and really good staff at Anvil, because they had to go into overdrive to make sure that this incident was contained. That meant just a really good scrubbing of everything in the facility.”Megan Edge is the public information officer with DOC. She says lettuce was taken off the menu temporarily, but AMCC will start serving the leafy green vegetable from another grower, to avoid further infections.“And we aren’t just going to use the product that we have from Arizona; we’re going to follow the CDC’s recommendations ourselves and just not risk it,” Edge said. “We are still looking at the logistics of where we will continue to get products from, but there are other options outside of Arizona. And we do have a correctional farm out in Mat-Su that we’re getting ready to head into growing season, and that’s always a huge relief for us, because we can take a lot of products that we are growing ourselves and use them at our facilities.”According to Edge, none of the eight patients with confirmed E. coli cases were hospitalized, and all of them are back within the general population of 117 residing at AMCC.The Department of Health and Social Services will provide more updates on the investigation when it is available. For now, the Center for Disease Control recommends Alaskans avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless you can verify it is not from Yuma, Arizona.last_img read more

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Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

first_imgSue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello at a teacher work party the day before student return from Winter Break. (Photo by Robyne, KUAC)A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools. The board accepted the anonymous donation last fall and the order of new instruments came in over the winter break. A dozen music teachers and staffers opened the crates Monday at a work party, ahead of kids coming back to school today.Each case was carefully opened at the district’s shipping warehouse as the instruments were inspected and inventoried. Gwendolyn Brazier, who teaches general music at Barnette Elementary and Band and Orchestra at North Pole High School, engraved a number on the flutes and brass.Theresa Van Hyning teaches at Ben Eileson Jr./Sr. High and Crawford elementary.“This is an alto saxophone, and I’m just taking all the little pieces of cork out of it, making sure it is all greased-up and ready to go to a student,” Van Hyning said. “We have a lot of saxaphones right now, but unfortunately, most of them are damaged, so I know the student that gets this instrument is going to be so pleased because they will finally have a saxophone that works absolutely flawlessly.”Sue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello, while Sunifa Dheer checks through a violin.“When you have an instrument that is set up correctly, you can learn so much faster,” Waltman said. “If they’re not going to get a good sound, why would they be encouraged to continue playing? So, it really makes a huge difference. Yeah.”Sharice Walker, the district’s Public Relations Director, says the district put out a bid in the fall to make the best use of the money.“We received a $110,000 anonymous donation for new musical instruments for our students,” Walker said. “Which is amazing, and nobody remembers a donation like this before. We are very, very grateful for this. It’s incredible.”Donations to the schools are certainly not unusual, but the size of this one – $100,000 – is very unusual. Walker swears she doesn’t know who the donor is. But she says having it designated for younger students will likely change some lives. “18 elementary schools that will be receiving instruments from this donation. The music teachers are thrilled. We are very excited that there is a member of our community who values music at our elementary age, so much, that they would make this possible.”last_img read more

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Sri City distributes notebooks bags worth 45 lakh to children

first_imgTirupati: The week long programme of distributing notebooks, slates and bags to the students of various government schools in the neighbouring villages, that commenced on Thursday by Sri City and some of the industrial units, as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is in progress. Distribution of the material was already completed at the government schools in Tonduru, Tonduru Society, Sriharikota Colony, Siddama Agraharam, chemgambakam, Irugulam and Madanapalem. Note books, slates and bags worth of about Rs.4.5 lakhs are being distributed during the week in 16 government schools, benefitting over 1,400 students. NS Instruments, Alstom, RN Photo-coating, Til Health Care, Astrotech Steels, Everton, Healthium, Vital Paper Products, Rising Star Mobiles (Foxconn), Omni Auto and Rotolok are some of the units which joined Sri City in this programme.last_img read more

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