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UK: Universities face 14 days of strikes during exams if pension dispute not resolved

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: UCU
Categories: Labor News

Virtual reality horror ride could help train actual railway workers

Current News - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 19:24

Virtual reality horror ride could help train actual railway workers
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803110005.html
By ODAKA CHIBA/ Staff Writer
March 11, 2018 at 07:10 JST

Wearing VR headsets, riders prepare for a horror-filled ride at the Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo. (Odaka Chiba)

The Seibu Group has devised two virtual-reality (VR) projects with entirely different purposes. One is to scare the pants off train riders. The other is to ensure that passengers never have to experience such frights.

The group’s Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward has converted its haunted house into an attraction called “Onryo Haisen VR” (Vengeful spirit, deserted railroad VR).

The VR experience of the ride not only spooks the visitors, but it can also help to train Seibu Railway Co. workers to prevent and deal with rail accidents in real life.

The attraction opened in December and will run until April. On holidays, people have waited in line for more than an hour for the ride.

Wearing special headsets that immerse them in a 360-degree VR world, the riders experience a scenario in which they are railway workers dispatched to inspect a deserted railroad on a creepy night.

As the self-driving vehicle moves ahead on the railroad, the riders enter a world of horrors. An old woman suddenly appears sitting beside them. Disembodied hands reach out to grab them.

The riders are supposed to report distortions in the shape of the tracks. They can get rid of ghosts and other monsters by shining their headlights on them.

“The VR technology enabled us to add a new dimension to the existing facility beyond the physical restrictions of the building,” said Shinji Nakamura, chief of the park operator’s business planning division.

Seibu Railway also plans to use the VR technology in the horror ride for maintenance and repairs on its real trains and tracks.

The company has trained workers to find problems by purposely introducing glitches in safety devices and equipment at its railyard.

But the company obviously cannot create such malfunctions on its operational lines, making it difficult to prepare the workers for accidents in real-life situations.

The VR technology allows the company to safely create abnormal circumstances, such as the warped tracks seen in the horror ride.

The idea for using VR technologies for training surfaced around June last year.

Seibu Railway plans to verify the accuracy of the VR images and movements for the maintenance training. It may use the reactions of the riders at the park to determine if the 3-D images look authentic enough.

“Difficult construction work could be recorded in 360-degree imagery and handed down to the next generation in the company,” said Toshihito Takekawa, assistant chief of Seibu Railway’s planning division. “We would like to think about various ways to use VR technologies in the railway industry.”

Tags: technologytrainingJapan Rail
Categories: Labor News

Thailand: Govt plots route out of watery hell for freed slaves

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Post
Categories: Labor News

USA: ‘The Long-Term Goal Is to Take Out Unions and Their Boots on the Ground’

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: FAIR
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Iran: 11 Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Company workers summoned to Intelligence Agency

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IHRM
Categories: Labor News

Man arrested in punching of woman AC ATU 192 Transit driver in Hayward

Current News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:26

Man arrested in punching of woman AC ATU 192 Transit driver in Hayward
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/03/08/man-arrested-in-punching-of-woma...
By HARRY HARRIS | hharris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: March 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm | UPDATED: March 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm
HAYWARD — A Richmond man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of punching an AC Transit female bus driver in the face at the South Hayward BART station, authorities said Thursday.

Joseph Pulido, 30, was booked at Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of battery against a public transit employee. He was being held Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sgt. Ray Kelly, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction on AC Transit buses, said Pulido boarded the bus around 7 p.m. Wednesday and without provocation hit the driver in her face near her eye before fleeing.

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He was arrested by BART police officers and turned over to sheriff’s deputies.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office provided an image Thursday, March 8, 2018 of Joseph Pulido, 30, of Richmond.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office provided an image Thursday, March 8, 2018 of Joseph Pulido, 30, of Richmond.
Kelly said the driver identified Pulido as the suspect and the attack was captured on the bus’ video surveillance system. The driver was treated at the scene for swelling and other injuries, authorities said.

Authorities are trying to determine a motive for the attack. Pulido is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

A call to an AC Transit representative was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Staff writer George Kelly contributed to this report. Contact Harry Harris at 510-208-6443.

Tags: ATU 192women transit driver
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Global: Don’t forget what International Women’s Day is really about – striking

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Independent
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PSR Fleet Memo for March 7 2018

IBU - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:18
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Categories: Unions

Spain: International Women's Day: Spain's workers in 'feminist strike'

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BBC
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Global: Decades after Iceland’s ‘day off’, our women’s strike is stronger than ever

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Guardian
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Spain: 5.3 mn women take part in Spain's first feminist strike

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Leader
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Canada: Women in Canada are #donewaiting for economic justice

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: CLC
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Congo-Kinshasa: 18 workers abducted in DRC wildlife park

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFP/News24
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USA: 'We Won!': West Virginia Agrees to 5% Raise to End Teachers Strike

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: TeleSUR
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Global: It’s Our Day – It’s Our Time: Rising for Equality

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Labor News

Iceland: Immigrant-Heavy List Wins Elections In Major Icelandic Labour Union

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Grapevine
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