Spain might change time zone to be more productive

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 9:03 AM

Worried your country isn’t being productive enough? Change the time zone. That’s one idea Spain is seriously considering.

“Spanish MPs are considering a report on the issue and a possible change in the law.”

“The conclusion is we are not more productive.” (Via BBC)

The report issued by a parliamentary commission recommends moving Spain’s time zone one hour earlier to match the UK and Portugal. It says the change would improve eating, sleeping and working habits. (Via BBC)

Currently, Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, in the winter and two hours ahead in the summer. It’s been this way since 1942 when Spain’s government changed time zones to match Nazi Germany. (Via Sky News)

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But according to this new report, that change has negatively affected the country for multiple reasons.

“[The time zone] negatively affects many measures of productivity, such as absenteeism, stress, work accidents and school dropout rates.” (Via The Washington Post)

Euronews outlines two changes that would happen with the potential time zone switch.

“The commission says the move will shorten the working day to the traditional British 9 to 5. It also claims the move will improve family life.”

But what about the siesta, the famous Spanish tradition of taking a long lunch break? Well, the director of the company that helped create the study recommends nixing it.

"To be effective, they also have to change the hours of work... eliminate the break for breakfast and, above all, introduce a pause of no more than one hour for lunch. According to my studies, with this we would gain an hour and a half for our personal life.” (Via International Business Times)

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Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:20 AM


            Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the “Shine a Light on Slavery Day."

The Xs are part of a campaign by a coalition of 16 non-profit groups that is working to raise awareness of the problem around the world. The End It Movement has adopted the red X as a sign of support for efforts to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Last week, the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee held an End Modern Slavery hearing. Actor Aston Kutcher was among those who testified to the horrors of human trafficking and slavery that still exists in many countries. 

If you want to take part in the movement, go to the website for the End It awareness campaign. There, you can find downloadable resources, including red Xs.

Or, some are taking red lipstick, making an X on their hand, and posting a photo of it to show their support.

Look for the hastags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.

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James O'Keefe says he has tapes from inside CNN

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:12 PM


            James O'Keefe says he has tapes from inside CNN

Conservative activist James O'Keefe says he has more than 100 hours of audio recorded secretly from inside of the headquarters of CNN, which he plans to make public.

O’Keefe, founder of the website Project Veritas, says he will release the recordings he says shows CNN misrepresenting polling data. The audio was recorded by someone O’Keefe identifies as “Miss X.”

When asked why he had made the recordings and why he planned to release them, O’Keefe told a CNN interviewer that the network, "has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

"My audience, the American people, are deeply upset at the media,” O’Keefe said. "We think our media needs to be held to account, and CNN is kind of the leader of that. CNN has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

O'Keefe became well-known in 2009 after he went undercover,  posing as a pimp, in a video to embarrass community-organizing group ACORN. In 2010, he wa arrested at Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office, and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering federal property under false pretenses.

Baby in critical condition after being shaken by caretaker, police say

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:20 PM


            Baby in critical condition after being shaken by caretaker, police say

A woman is accused of shaking a baby to the point where the child needed to have emergency brain surgery.

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Orlando police said Ameenah Taggart, 25, was arrested Tuesday.

Police said Taggart was taking care of a 1-year-old child on Monday when the baby had to be taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

The doctor told detectives that the baby had hemorrhaging inside the brain from a broken blood vessel and bleeding behind the eye.

The injuries were consistent with “a rapid back and forth motion to the head,” police said.

The baby remained in critical condition as of Wednesday.

Taggart was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated child neglect.

The relationship between Taggart and the child was unclear.

She remains in the Orange County Jail without bond. 

Instagram's new feature allows multi-photo uploads at once

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:06 PM


            Instagram's new feature allows multi-photo uploads at once

Instagram users will no longer have to face the tough decision of finding the one perfect photo to upload to the social media platform.

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The popular photo sharing app just added galleries to its features, allowing users to share as many as 10 photos or videos in a swipe-able gallery.

According to an Instagram news release, users will be able to either use a filter on the entire set at once or edit each image individually.

However, users will only be able to write one caption for the set upload and each image has to be a square.

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To upload a gallery, click on the blue dots icon below the first image or video to add a new one. To change the order, just tap and hold.

The new feature will be available for iOS and Android users over the next few weeks.