QPR pull out of race to sign Championship strike star

first_img1 Troy Deeney QPR boss Harry Redknapp has all but given up on signing Troy Deeney, with Hull in the driving seat to land the striker’s signature.Rangers have been chasing the Watford man all summer and have made a bid for his services, but the Hornets knocked Rangers back.Since Hull have now sold Shane Long to Southampton, Deeney is on their radar and Redknapp has pretty much thrown the towel in as he won’t meet Watford’s lofty £10m asking price“We made an inquiry,” Redknapp revealed. “But Watford have their own valuation, which they’re entitled to have, and we felt it was a bit more than we wanted to pay.”last_img read more

MTN to up African music offering

first_img“With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. 23 June 2011 “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Vast catalogue of African music He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. CCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. Growing demand for digital content Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Can We DO That?! FMLA Q & A

first_imgAlso known as the Friday and Monday Leave Act, these are just a few names affectionately (not) given to the acronym for the Family and Medical Leave Act. Know some others? Click here to share and I’ll publish them in next month’s newsletter.  So why does the FMLA continue to be so challenging for covered employers? To begin with, just consider the definition of a covered employer. It’s not just simply an employer with 50 or more employees, nor an employer with 50 or more employees for 20 or more weeks.  A covered employer is one that has employed “50 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more calendar work weeks in the current or the preceding calendar year.”  So if an employer met that definition through May 2013 but then had a reduction in force and has employed less than 50 employees since then, that employer would still be an FMLA covered employer through December 31, 2014. On the flip side, when an employer hires its 50th employee it will have at least 20 work weeks to come into compliance with the FMLA, if not more, depending upon when in the calendar year that 50th employee was hired.In the last month I’ve received a number of FMLA-related questions. Since one person asked, I suspect these may resonate for others.Q: Does an employee who is on FMLA for the birth of his or her child have the right to take leave intermittently or is this at the discretion of the employer?A: If the leave is not medically required, such as to care for a child newly born with a disability or adverse medical condition then the employer may require the employee to take the leave all at once.  Section 825.120(b) of the regulations reads in part, “An eligible employee may use intermittent or reduced scheduled leave after the birth to be with a healthy newborn child only if the employer agrees.”Q: If an employee’s FMLA leave starts before the employee is eligible but continues after the employee becomes eligible what portion of the leave, if any, is FMLA covered?A: It may depend upon whether the employee is ineligible when the leave began because of the length of service requirement (total of 12 months) or hours worked requirement (1,250). Section 825.110(b)(3) provides, ” If an employee is maintained on the payroll for any part of the week including any periods of paid or unpaid leave (sick, vacation) during which other benefits or compensation are provided by the employer (e.g., workers’ compensation, group health plan benefits, etc.) the week counts as a week of employment. Section 825.110(d) of the regulations provides, “An employee may be on ‘non-FMLA leave’ at the time he or she meets the eligibility requirements, and in that event, any portion of the leave taken for an FMLA qualifying reason after the employee meets the eligibility requirement would be ‘FMLA leave.’ ”Q: If an employee is taking intermittent FMLA leave that is disruptive to business operations can I temporarily transfer the employee to another position?  If so, do I have to pay the employee the same rate of pay if the temporary position pays less? A: Yes, you may temporarily transfer the employee to another position.  You must also continue to pay the employee his or her regular rate of pay. Q: What if an employee also needs light duty in addition to intermittent or reduced schedule leave, must an employer provide light duty? A: We often see issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers employers with 15 or more employees overlap and run concurrent with FMLA issues.  The answer to this question would be “Yes” under the ADA so long as the light duty position was a “reasonable” accommodation. The FMLA regulations provide no express, affirmative obligation on the part of the employer to create or provide a light duty role.  If one is available, however and your employee works the light duty job the time spent working in the light duty job is not counted as part of the employee’s FMLA leave, even thought the employee is technically absent from or not performing his or her regular job.Some other issues addressed by the courts in recent months have included:Can an employer require an employee to submit to a fitness for duty exam before returning to work from FMLA leave? (the answer might surprise you)If an employee is otherwise eligible but does not want an absence to be counted as FMLA covered leave can the employer require the employee to use FMLA leave?If the employer fails to provide the employee with the required Notice of Eligibility and Rights or the Designation notice to what penalties, damages or fines might the employer be subject?  Want the answers to the above and more?  Join FiveL Company’s June 25th webcast, “FMLA In the News: What’s Hot and What’s Not.” Click here for more information. Want to hear more?  Attend related sessions at SHRM’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition with me and Eric B. Meyer.last_img read more

Ancient skeletons show direct link to modern tribes in the Pacific Northwest

first_imgA 10,300-year-old skeleton from On Your Knees Cave in Alaska reveals a clear line of descent to modern tribes in the Pacific Northwest. © Kenneth Garrett Photography Ancient skeletons show direct link to modern tribes in the Pacific Northwest This cast of a jaw comes from a 10,300-year-old ancient human who may have been an ancestor of modern tribes in the Pacific Northwest.  Courtesy E. James Dixon center_img By Ann GibbonsApr. 4, 2017 , 5:30 PM The Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest have always claimed to have deep roots in the region. Now, an ancient mariner may be able to back that claim up. Scientists sequencing the DNA of 10,300-year-old human remains from On Your Knees Cave in Alaska have found that he was closely related to three ancient skeletons found along the coast of British Columbia in Canada. These three ancient people were in turn closely related to the Tsimshian, Tlingit, Nisga’a, and Haida tribes living in the region today. The new finding reveals a direct line of descent to these tribes, and it shows—for the first time from ancient DNA—that at least two different groups of people were living in North America more than 10,000 years ago.The study started 21 years ago with an unusually friendly collaboration between archaeologists and the Tlingit tribe that lived near the mariner’s remains on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Researchers gathered DNA from the 10,300-year-old skeleton known as Shuká Káa (“Man Ahead of Us”), initially focusing on maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). They didn’t find a match between its mtDNA and members of the tribe, but they discovered his seafaring ways because isotopes from his teeth showed he ate a marine diet. The project ended on a note of good will between scientists and Native Americans, with a ceremonial reburial of the skeleton in 2008. But as methods of sequencing ancient DNA got exponentially better, the team of geneticists requested permission from the Tlingit and Haida of Alaska, as well as tribes farther south in British Columbia, to extract nuclear DNA from Shuká Káa and three other ancient skeletons. They were allowed to sample the last remaining tissue from Shuká Káa’s molars and from the teeth of a 6075-year-old skeleton on Lucy Island in British Columbia (just 300 kilometers from On Your Knees Cave), a 2500-year-old skeleton from Prince Rupert harbor in British Columbia, and another 1750-year-old skeleton from the same area.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although Shuká Káa’s DNA was too damaged to sequence his entire genome, a team led by molecular anthropologist Ripan Malhi from the University of Illinois in Champaign was able to sequence markers that represented about 6% of his genome. (They also sequenced one-third to two-thirds of the genomes of the other three individuals.) The team then compared those markers to see how closely related the ancient individuals were to each other and to 156 indigenous groups living around the world today. They found that genomewide sequences from the three most recent remains from Lucy Island and Prince Rupert harbor off the coast of British Columbia were closely related to the Tsimshian and other tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Shuká Káa, on the other hand, appears more closely related to groups living in South and Central America today, such as the Karitiana, Suruí, and Ticuna of Brazil’s Amazon. But the signal is not statistically strong, and it may simply be a sign that the tribes all share DNA from the same ancient ancestors in Asia or Beringia where humans lived before they entered the Americas. But Shuká Káa’s maternally inherited mtDNA and nuclear DNA both suggest he is also close kin of the younger skeletons in the study. Connecting the dots between all the ancient individuals, Malhi’s team proposes that Shuká Káa is also ancestral to all those groups, including the Tsimshian and related tribes in the Pacific Northwest, they report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early edition.In another interesting twist, the team found that the group of skeletons was not closely related to two other famous Paleoindians: the 8545-year-old Kennewick Man, unearthed from the banks of the Columbia River in Washington state, and the 12,600-year-old Anzick child from Montana. This suggests there were at least two groups of settlers who came to North America across the Bering Strait land bridge before 10,000 years ago, Malhi says. Although multiple migrations have long been documented, this is the first ancient DNA evidence of different groups arriving in North America at such an early date.Other researchers call the link between the three more recent skeletons and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest “quite clear.” Paleogeneticist Pontus Skoglund of Harvard University, who was not involved in the work, says support for those tribes’ relation to Shuká Káa is weaker, but possible. It could also be, he adds, that Shuká Káa was alive before the lineage formed that led to current northwest groups.Whether the ancient mariner is a direct ancestor of today’s tribes or not, the discovery of the link from the recent skeletons fits with Tlingit and Tsimshian oral traditions that suggest the Tsimshian migrated west along British Columbia’s Naas River to the coast, before spreading north and south, says Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau and a member of the Tlingit tribe. Archaeologist Timothy Heaton of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, whose team discovered Shuká Káa, adds that the genetic links fit with the engraving the Tlingit put on the headstone when they reburied Shuká Káa: “We Have Lived in Southeast Alaska Since Time Immemorial. Shuká Káa is Testimony to Our Ancient Occupancy of This Land.”last_img read more