Updated: 9:29 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will join with local workers Thursday to call for the passage of a bill she authored that would limit when businesses and companies could classify employees as independent contractors.Assembly Bill 5 would codify worker protections established in last year’s state Supreme Court decision in the case of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. If passed, the bill would reclassify thousands of California workers like Uber drivers and exotic dancers as employees rather than independent contractors.There are some oppositions from some rideshare drivers who fear the passage of the bill would take away their ability to work when they want to.Opponents said the bill doesn’t accurately reflect today’s realities. They are concerned it would move the state backward by eliminating their choice to work independently.They also argue that many people drive for Uber and Lyft to earn extra money to supplement their day job. If the drivers become full-time employees, they will no longer be able to continue driving part-time. This will leave a considerable gap in the transportation that millions of consumers rely on every day.The two giant ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, are by far the most vocal opponents of the bill.The Assembly passed AB 5 in May and it currently sits in the state Senate as companies attempt to carve out exemptions for specific industries like ride-booking and food delivery services. The bill has also drawn national attention due to support from Democratic presidential candidates and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California.Janitorial workers and representatives of Rideshare Drivers United in Southern California, the United Taxi Workers Alliance, the Employee Rights Center and the Sierra Club are expected to join Gonzalez at the rally and news conference to call for AB 5’s passage. The rally is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 10, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Supporters of AB5 Rally in San Diego August 10, 2019
Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a comment Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. Discord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities. Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort. Tags
Sara Ali KhanPR HandoutThe promising actress who emerged as the best debutant with her first film, Sara Ali Khan is also one of the most sought after actresses currently where her films have charted smashing records at the box office. With the beginning of a successful acting journey, this is what Sara has to say about what the most important thing is for her.With many things happening simultaneously, the most important thing for Sara for her career as an actor is conviction. Talking about it Sara shares, “I look at my career as a new chapter and it gets extremely important to act. I think it’s extremely important to do good work and it’s extremely important to remember that fame. So one thing that I look for sure is conviction. Either in my role or in my director, or in my script, or in the world, there needs to be a conviction.”The actress seems to be grounded even after seeing success early in her career, owing to the values she has inculcated throughout her life and a testimony of the same is the gestures of the actress at various instances. Sara created immense buzz much before her debut and is a Paparazzi favourite which surely makes her the ‘Buzz girl’ of the industry.Sara chose the unconventional path as she made her debut in the Hindi film industry right after she finished her education where she studied abroad. Only after the release of her films, Sara chose to get featured on the covers of the leading magazines. Spotted always with a smile and greeting everyone the actress comes across as the warmest celebrity.Sara Ali Khan who is just 2 films old in Bollywood, has become the sensation within such a short span of time with marketers betting big on her and filmmakers seeking to sign her.The actress already has 11 brand endorsements in her kitty, with an estimated annual revenue of over 30 crores, this year alone and the brands range right from a sports brand to a jewellery brand.The actress will be next seen in recently announced Imtiaz Ali ‘s next alongside Kartik Aaryan and with Varun Dhawan Coolie No. 1 both of it slated to release next year.
Police detain 16 Rohingyas from Cumilla district. Photo: UNBPolice detained 16 Rohingyas from Brahmanpara upazila of Cumilla district on Thursday.The detainees are Hamida Begum, 60, Sabbir Ahmed, 30, Sabbir’s wife Hasina Begum, 30, Sabbir’s four children — Jabed, 12, Saber, 10, Majid, 6 and Sadek, 2, — Hamid Nur, 25, Hamid’s wife Fatema, 23, Hamid’s two sons -Faruk, 3 and Khaiyam Nur, 1 — Nur Haba, 28, Abdur Rahim, 10, Shahida Akter, 5 and Ismail, 6.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area and detained them, said SAM Shahjahan Kabir, officer-in-charge of Brahmanpara police station.All of them will be sent to Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp, Shahjahan added.
Huthi representative Salim al-Moughaless (L) and Yemeni economist and government representative Ahmed Ghaleb (R) shake hands during the first Yemen peace talks since 2016, on 10 December 2018 in the Swedish rural town of Rimbo. A mass prisoner swap between Yemeni rebels and the government, a key issue at UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, has been finalised, both sides said today. Brokered by UN special envoy Martin Griffiths earlier this month, it is one of the main points at talks between the government and Huthi rebels in Sweden this week. Photo: PhotoMediators in UN-brokered talks on Yemen pushed Wednesday for a truce between warring parties as a crucial step to allow aid deliveries, with 24 hours left in the negotiations.But the likeliest issue on which the parties could agree is Sanaa airport, shut down for years in the war between the Saudi-backed government and northern rebels linked to Iran.Yemeni government representatives told reporters the rivals were hammering out the final details on an airport deal. Two rebel negotiators denied to AFP that their team had agreed to a UN proposal as yet.UN negotiators are seeking a de-escalation of violence in two flashpoint cities: rebel-held Hodeida, a port city vital to the supply of humanitarian aid, and Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city, scene of some of the war’s most intense fighting.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was due at the talks in Rimbo, Sweden, for Thursday’s closing round of consultations. His arrival comes hours after his office said it had evidence the rebel Huthis were using Iran-made missiles.- ‘No agreement’ -The Sweden talks, which opened Thursday, mark the first meeting between Yemen’s Huthi rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed since 2015 by a behemoth military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.Both government and rebel representatives have traded accusations of unwillingness to negotiate, particularly on rebel-held Hodeida, the main route for 90 percent of food imports and nearly 80 percent of aid deliveries.Multiple draft proposals have been submitted to the two delegations over the past week. None have found consensus as yet.Yemeni ministers Othman Mujalli and Marwan Dammaj told reporters Wednesday their camp would hold firm to UN Security Council Resolution 2216 — which calls for the Huthis to withdraw from all areas seized in a 2014 takeover, including Hodeida.The rebels have refused a full withdrawal.Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani this week proposed government-held Aden as Yemen’s sole international airport, with Sanaa turning into a hub for domestic flights.The government accuses the rebels of arms smuggling through Sanaa airport and the Red Sea port of Hodeida, and the Saudi-led coalition has severely restricted flights to and from Sanaa for years.While a source inside the talks said a deal had been reached on Sanaa airport, rebel representative Abdelmalik al-Ajri told AFP his team had not agreed to the latest proposal.”There is no agreement,” Ajri said. “Talks are ongoing.””The issue today is the airport, the final touches,” said Othman Mujalli, Yemen’s agriculture minister and a member of the government delegation.”Today’s discussion is around (Sanaa airport), which will be a domestic airport for flights that have been searched during a stop in Aden.”The Yemen conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people since the Saudi-led coalition joined the war in 2015, according to the World Health Organization, triggering what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Both parties stand accused of failing to protect civilians. The Saudi-led alliance has been blacklisted by the UN for the killing and maiming of children.