Monday, October 9, 2017

Japanese woman who logged 159 hours of overtime in one month ‘dies from overwork’

A woman in Japan has reportedly died from overworking after she logged a staggering 159 hours of overtime in a single month. Miwa Sado took just two days off from her job at the country’s public broadcaster, NHK, in the month leading up to her death from heart failure in July 2013. The 31-year-old’s death was attributed to karoshi – meaning a death from overwork – and highlighting the country’s ongoing issues with Japan’s work culture. Sado, a political reporter, died three days after she covered the Tokyo metropolitan assembly elections and national upper house elections. Masahiko Yamauchi, a senior official in NHK’s news department, said that Sado’s death reflected a “problem for our organization as a whole, including the labour system and how elections are covered”. In a statement issued through NHK, Sado’s parents said: “Even today, four years on, we cannot accept our daughter’s death as a reality. The case was made public by her former employer recently and once again puts the focus on Japan’s work culture. (Yahoo)

 

So many butterflies migrated through Denver that they triggered weather radar

Seen lots of butterflies lately? Radars have, too, and their behavior isn’t exactly typical. The National Weather Service out of Boulder posted two radar images on their Twitter recently showing a giant blob of blue and red to the uneducated eye. But meteorologists could tell that these images showed the migration of what was first believed to be birds, but later determined to likely be butterflies after the agency received several reports about the flying insects. Insects and birds typically migrate south in the fall and north in the spring, he said. These insects were migrating from the southeast to the northwest after several days of little migratory movements. The flurry of activity started around sunrise Tuesday and continued throughout the day, he said. Migrating birds with their big wings and need to fly together in the same direction as the wind commonly produce a coherent radar signature like the one seen. It’s rare for insects to do that but a high quantity of migrating butterflies could. (Denver Post)

 

Pumpkin spice air freshener causes school evacuation

The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore was evacuated Thursday afternoon (10/5) after a possible hazardous substance was found on the third floor. Students and staff were being evaluated outside. Two students and three adults were transported as a precaution, one of the adults were transported for an unrelated reason. A spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department has confirmed the source was a pumpkin spice scented air freshener. No further explanation has been provided yet. (ABC 2 News)

 

California Gov. Brown signs “sanctuary state” bill expanding protections for undocumented immigrants

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “sanctuary state” legislation on Thursday (10/5), extending protections statewide for undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the bill bars police from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement in most cases. California is home to an estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants. Opponents of SB 54 had argued that the legislation was an invitation to the world to enter and reside illegally in California. (ABC 7)

 

Firm Behind Fearless Girl Statue Underpaid Female Workers

The financial firm behind Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue has agreed to pay out $5 million to more than 300 women and 15 black employees — over allegations that it paid them less than their white, male colleagues. State Street Corp., which erected the makeshift monument earlier this year to promote gender equality, said they would cough up the dough this week after being audited by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The findings from the audit were filed along with the settlement agreement. Since at least 2010, hundreds of women were paid less than their male counterparts — in base salary, bonus pay and total compensation, according to federal officials. They allegedly included females employed in the Senior Vice President, Managing Director, and Vice President positions. (NY Post)

 

Time-Traveling Drunk Man Says He Was Sent From Year 2048 to Warn of Alien Invasion

A drunk man arrested by cops in Wyoming this week says he had traveled back in time from the year 2048 to warn civilization about the imminent arrival of aliens. Last Monday night (10/2), authorities in Casper, Wyoming received a call about a visibly drunk man claiming to be from the future. Officers arrived to find Bryant Johnson warning that aliens would be coming next year and that people should leave as soon as possible. He claimed he was from the future. Johnson was so concerned about his mission to save humanity that he requested to speak to the “president of the town.” Cops said Johnson had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a blood-alcohol reading that exceeded legal limits — but the alleged time-traveler had a perfectly logical explanation: the only way the aliens could send him back in time was to fill his body with alcohol and making him stand on a giant pad. He was arrested nonetheless. (KTWO)

 

Flying cabs could become reality by the end of 2018, according to European plane-maker Airbus

The “CityAirbus” would be able to reach speeds of up to 80 mph and carry four passengers, facilitating trips between major transport hubs like airports and train stations. While the initial test would include pilots, the aircraft would become driverless when technology catches up. Airbus isn’t the only one trying to perfect this new mode of transport: Uber hopes to have a test vehicle in the air by 2020, and German company Volocopter launched a maiden voyage of a two-seated flying taxi last month. (CNBC)

 

Manic Monday Brings With It:

*Columbus Day  (Observed on 2nd Monday)
*International Beer and Pizza Day 
*Leif Erikson Day 
*National Chess Day 
*National Online Banking Day  (Second Monday)
*National Moldy Cheese Day
*National Pro-Life Cupcake Day 
*National Kick Butt Day (Second Monday)
*Native American Day  (Second Monday)
*Nautilus Night (Cephalopods) 
*World Post Day 

 

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