SLMC to contest with the UPFA

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to contest the upcoming Provincial Council Elections for three provinces with the ruling UPFA, the government information department said today.The decision was taken by the SLMC High Command which met last evening, the information department said adding that the party will contest in all three provinces including the Eastern Province with the UPFA. Earlier the SLMC raised doubts in contesting with the UPFA unless the government assured the Eastern Province Chief Ministerial post to the SLMC if the UPFA won the polls in the East. read more

Venezuela President Maduro survives drone attack

Live footage of Mr Maduro’s speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – startled – and dozens of soldiers running away. He added that he had “no doubt” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was “behind this attack”.The Venezuelan leader, who has previously accused the US of plotting against him, provided no evidence to back his claim.The Colombian government has denied any involvement, saying there is “no basis” to Mr Maduro’s allegations. Two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said.Mr Maduro later said in a national address: “A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion. Seconds later there was a second explosion.”Photos on social media showed bodyguards protecting Mr Maduro with bulletproof shields after the alleged attack. Mr Maduro accused neighbouring Colombia and elements within the US of instigating “a right-wing plot” to kill him. Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said.The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at the event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones.Mr Maduro was speaking at an military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack – something denied by Bogota as a “baseless” accusation. By contrast, Mr Rodriguez accused Venezuela’s right-wing opposition of carrying out the attack.“After losing the vote, they failed again,” Mr Rodriguez said.He was referring to May’s presidential elections, where Mr Maduro was re-elected for another six-year term.However, Hasler Inglesias, a youth leader with the opposition Voluntad Popular Party, told the BBC: “We didn’t know what was happening. It’s hard to believe that the opposition is going to make an attempt when they have never made an attempt in this way in 20 years.”Meanwhile, a little-known group called Soldiers in T-shirts said on social media that it was behind the alleged attack.It said it had planned to fly two explosives-laden drones at Mr Maduro, but they were shot down by the military.The claim was not backed up by any evidence, and the group did not respond to media requests for comment.To add further to the confusion, firefighters at the scene disputed the government’s version of events, the Associated Press reports.Speaking on condition of anonymity, three of them said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment, but did not provide further details, the news agency says. (Courtesy BBC) read more

A doubleedged sword Community watch Facebook pages seek awareness without misinformation

‘A double-edged sword’: Misinformation creates challenges for policeMisinformation can be spread just as quickly as the facts through these growing pages.“It’s a double-edged sword,” Edwards said. “There have been many times where social media has played a significant role in helping us investigate crime and solve crime … but it can also create situations and create investigations where nothing has occurred.”RCMP, RPS and SPS have all investigated alleged incidents, sparked out of a social media post, that proved to be false alarms. While such investigations are a drain on police resources, what concerns Edwards more is the community panic misinformation can cause. Sometimes all it takes is someone stumbling across a post from years ago, she said.“There are times when social media contributes to fear or panic in a community where an incident has actually not occurred, or occurred and been dealt with long before,” she said, adding this can contribute to a sense of paranoia in a community.Cpl. Melinda Lalach, a member of the Regina police Community Engagement Unit, believes a widespread fear of human trafficking in the Queen City is a result of misinformation, circulated through several posts alleging attempted abductions.“Regina doesn’t have a human trafficking problem. We have some incidents where we have people doing suspicious things, but that doesn’t equate to a human trafficking problem. So even things like that, when they get posted on social media, definitely can get blown out of proportion,” she said.Paranoia is often an unintended consequence of crime posts being shared frequently on his page, Taylor said.“It’s almost comical with the amount of paranoia that comes out of it sometimes,” he said. “The world’s not ending and not every house is getting robbed.”Police are also concerned about people taking to social media instead of reporting a crime to the appropriate agency. Without a police report in hand, Lalach said, it is difficult for officers to investigate a crime.A social media post is the not the same as filing a police report, Lalach said. Police cannot monitor social media at all times and need the specific information a police report provides to properly carry out an investigation, she said.“Social media should never be the first step for reporting something,” she said.Second-hand reporting — when someone reports an incident to police based off a social media post instead of something they witnessed — has also become an issue for police.Edwards said finding out about a crime through social media slows officers down because they are left trying to track down the people involved long after an incident occurred. Sorting through an array of social media posts and reactions, and trying to determine fact from fiction, is a difficult and time-consuming task.“We need to be able to collect information that is accurate so we can determine if a crime has occurred, and we need a police report made to be able to do that quickly and effectively,” she said.Wading through information is a part of any criminal investigation. Adding social media to the mix “complicates that and magnifies that,” Edwards said.Saskatchewan RCMP spokesman Rob King said social media posts can even go so far as to interfere in police investigations, depending on what information is shared.“There’s information sometimes in files where the only people that know about it are the people that did the crime, the victim of the crime and the police investigating it. When information like that starts to get out, it can make things much more difficult because sometimes that information is used to verify the validity of a tipster,” he said.“If that information is suddenly public knowledge, well, you’ve made the investigation a lot harder.”In that type of situation, King said, RCMP could potentially approach the Facebook page or person who posted the information and ask that the post be taken down.In Prince Albert, Brown said she is in frequent contact with her local RCMP detachment to make sure her page is not hindering police. The detachment’s liaison officer also lets Brown know if there is anything going on people should know about. Through that direct connection, Brown said page members have become more comfortable reporting crime to police. Brady Taylor is the founder and administrator of the Stonebridge Neighborhood Watch Austin Davis / Regina Leader-Post ‘We want them to be watching’: Alert communities help police and residentsCountless success stories of pets quickly returned to their anxious owners or stolen bikes located because of the community’s efforts reinforce for Taylor the value of the page. Getting people communicating through Facebook has brought a lot of good to his Saskatoon neighbourhood, he said.In one instance, a vehicle in Tkach’s Regina neighbourhood was broken into and a young girl’s dance shoes and dance recital tickets were stolen. When the community found out about the incident through his page, they rallied together and quickly purchased the girl new dance slippers.“Those are the success stories that really make it worthwhile, that you really see the benefit of crowdsourcing information,” he said.When Szakac’s own vehicle was broken into, information gathered on the Regina Community Watch page helped police solve the case, he said in a Facebook message.It is for these minor crimes that community watch pages prove the most useful, Brown said. Especially in the rural area surrounding Prince Albert where she lives, she knows police can’t be everywhere at once. Having the community alert and aware of suspicious activity can be helpful for police.“We need to be the eyes and ears for the police,” she said. “We’ve had great support from our local detachment and they need us and we need them, so I guess I hope that our group is helping fill that void.”Mitchell said her Moose Jaw community is safer when residents are on the alert and have a quick way of communicating with one another.“I think the neighbourhood watch programs are key to helping the police keep our communities safe,” she said.Regina Police Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said police were recently looking for a man suspected of a number of vehicle thefts. Someone in Regina had pictures of the suspect and posted them on a community watch page, which helped police identify the man.Saskatoon Police Service spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said police have also found it helpful if community members are more aware of what is going on around them.“We want them to be watching for suspicious activity, somebody that doesn’t belong necessarily in their neighbourhood, maybe vehicles that don’t belong there or are there at odd hours,” she said.“Social media can be incredibly helpful in allowing us to get information out to the public … At times that information can be critical in keeping a community safe and healthy.”But the rapid circulation of information is only beneficial if it’s accurate. Cpl. Melinda Lalach, member of the Regina Police Service’s Community Engagement Unit, sits at the front desk of the unit’s space within the mamaweyatitan centre. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post ‘We’re trying to draw the line’: Moderating pages remains a challengeFor page administrators, finding a balance between sharing relevant information on crime with their community, keeping posts and comments respectful, and working together with police is challenging.“With power comes responsibility. If you’re opting to start up a group like this, you need to be responsible with that,” Tkach said.Tkach said he has seven moderators who look over posts and comments and communicate with one another about any issues. Taylor said he has a second person who helps him vet every post before it is published to his page. Mitchell has a team of six helping her out. Brown is the only moderator on her page but said she is actively seeking another person to help vet posts and moderate comments.Deciding what stays up and what comes down is not always an easy task, but privacy concerns and public safety are top-of-mind for Tkach.He recently removed a post that had a picture of someone going through bottles and cans in an alley; Tkach didn’t think the person looked very suspicious. In instances where page members did not witness an actual crime but believe someone looks suspicious, Tkach encourages those members to post a written description of the person instead of including a photo.“Should they be able to say, ‘Yes, there’s somebody doing this in the back alleys?’ Sure … (Taking) a picture of that person is another story, so that’s kind of where we’re trying to draw the line,” he said. “There should be a little bit of privacy involved. Not everyone you see is up to no good.”Posting pictures of people can venture into perilous legal territory if the posts allege, without evidence, a crime being committed.“They’re pre-convicting people. That can be very dangerous. That can lead to vigilantism, that can lead to people being accused of something they didn’t do,” King said, also noting privacy concerns for the people captured in the photos.Tkach and Taylor both said they have seen comments made on their pages by people making threats or claiming they would beat an alleged thief up if they caught them in the act, and each said they do their best to remove such comments.“The purpose of our page is just to get the information out there. We’re not trying to get actively involved, (to) go out there and stop these people. I don’t want to put anybody in harm’s way,” Taylor said.Szakacs said the responsibility for each post should fall on the person posting and not on those who created the page. While he said he will delete comments on the Regina Community Watch page if they are reported, he said he would “expect everyone to be respectful and mature.” As for vigilante comments, Szakacs said “99 per cent of people who comment those types of actions won’t actually do anything” and that these comments are made “out of anger and fear.”“We are just to inform the neighbourhoods of what’s going on around them. That’s it. How people react is 100 per cent on the commentator and not the administration of the page,” Szakacs said.If community watch pages are not properly monitored, Lalach said, they can unintentionally encourage vigilante behaviour, which only creates more issues for police.“You basically are becoming part of the problem. You’re not part of the solution,” she said.While he does his best to keep digital vigilantes off his page, Tkach said making sure only accurate information is shared is more difficult. Because of the challenges misinformation brings, Tkach would like to see local police and municipal governments become more directly involved with community watch pages, helping to clarify if the information being spread isn’t true.Lalach and King, however, think it is unrealistic to expect police to monitor every post on every community watch page. They say page administrators are responsible for making sure information shared on their page is accurate.“The police’s job is to investigate crimes as it’s reported to us,” King said. “We can’t police the internet completely. It’s not realistic. It’s too big, too vast, happens too fast.”Tkach believes his page and other community watch pages can remain a positive way to connect neighbourhoods — as long as page administrators continue to monitor the content.“I think it’s a healthy space,” he said, “but if left to run rampant, that’s where those problems start coming on.” Alex Tkach is the founder and administrator of two community watch Facebook pages in Regina (Rosemont Mount Royal Community — Regina and Regina Northwest Community Group) in Regina. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Photo illustration using screenshots of posts to various community/neighbourhood watch Facebook pages based in Saskatchewan. Alex Tkach saw a disconnect between how his Regina neighbourhood communicated, both with other residents and with local government and police. He wanted to find a way to get information to residents quickly on a platform they were already using — Facebook.So he started the Rosemont Mount Royal Community-Regina page on the social media site in March 2018 with the goal of giving residents a space to share information on crimes, concerns, city announcements or anything else that might be of interest to those in the neighbourhood.“Communities have changed over the last 30 years. We no longer define ourselves by that 16-by-16-block radius that we live in. We define ourselves by the groups that we participate (in),” Tkach said.Brady Taylor founded the Stonebridge Neighborhood Watch! Facebook page in December 2015 after a series of break-ins on his Saskatoon street. He didn’t know his neighbours very well but wanted to find out if anyone had a video of the incidents. He quickly discovered that having one place for everyone to communicate about similar types of issues would be simpler than going door-to-door.“We have the tool of social media, so you don’t really need to get to know your neighbour,” Taylor said. “You have someplace to turn to.”Similar experiences with neighbourhood crime led to the creation of community watch Facebook pages across the province. Blaze Szakacs started the Regina Community Watch page and April Brown started the Rural Prince Albert Crime Watch page in August 2017. Robin Mitchell started the Moose Jaw Neighbourhood Watch & Patrol in June 2018.Scrolling through these pages, posts range from community announcements to photos of lost pets. But all the pages’ founders agree posts about crime are the most frequent and generate the most responses, with some posts garnering hundreds of shares. People sharing videos or photos from security cameras or asking for help locating stolen property are among the most common.While these pages were created with the intent of raising awareness of crime and building more connected communities, the relationship between these pages and police has its ups and downs. lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com read more

Bernanke declines to address his future at the Fed says he wants

WASHINGTON – Ben Bernanke declined Wednesday to address speculation that he will step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve in January when his term ends, saying he wanted to keep the attention on Fed policy.During a news conference after the Fed’s meeting, Bernanke was asked to respond to comments President Barack Obama made Monday. Obama said Bernanke had already stayed longer than he planned, adding to speculation that Bernanke would leave in January.Bernanke avoided the question.“I would like to keep the discussion on monetary policy,” Bernanke said. “I don’t have anything for you on my personal plans.”Bernanke spoke to reporters after the Fed issued a statement and a forecast that sketched a brighter outlook for the economy. It said the job market has improved in recent months. Bernanke declines to address his future at the Fed, says he wants focus to be on policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 3:09 pm MDT read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State dominates No 23 Rutgers on road 5939

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro (10) goes up for a shot in the game against Penn State on Feb 6. Ohio State won 78-73. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-12, 7-7 Big Ten) came away with a commanding victory on the road against No. 23 Rutgers (17-7, 9-4 Big Ten) by a score of 59-39 on Thursday.The 39 points are the least Ohio State has allowed to a ranked team in program history.After losing by more than 20 points at home to No. 14 Iowa, the Buckeyes came out with a vengeance and controlled the game from the get go. A 21-1 run in the latter half of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter gave Ohio State a 20-point lead that was never seriously threatened for the rest of the game. Redshirt senior forward Adreana Miller came off the bench led the way for the Buckeyes during the run, scoring nine of the 21 points. Miller ended up with 14 points on the night, was 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and tallied three rebounds. All of Ohio State’s scoring came from six players.Other contributors on the offensive side came in the form of redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro and freshman forward Dorkha Juhasz. Santoro scored 12 points with five rebounds and Juhasz was just one-point shy of a double double with nine points and 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Janai Crooms also added 10 points of her own with five assists and five rebounds, and redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande scored eight points, led the team in assists with eight and also had five rebounds. In total, Ohio State shot 46 percent from the field while the Buckeyes’ defense limited the Scarlet Knights as Rutgers was a lowly 16-61 on the night. Ohio State outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 44-35, and did that without the help of redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman, the No. 2 rebounder on the team, who did not play in the game. Ohio State will attempt to build off this victory at home when it takes on Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Google blanchi pour sa collecte de données WiFi en GrandeBretagne

first_imgGoogle blanchi pour sa collecte de données Wi-Fi en Grande-BretagneRoyaume-Uni – L’ICO, équivalent britannique de la Cnil française (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés), a jugé que Google n’avait très probablement pas recueilli une quantité “significative” de données personnelles lors de sa collecte, dite accidentelle, via des réseaux Wi-Fi non sécurisés.Alors que le numéro un de la recherche sur Internet fait l’objet d’enquêtes dans plusieurs autres pays, la Grande-Bretagne se montre clémente avec Google, qui assurait avoir accidentellement collecté des données avec ses véhicules Street View.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?L’ICO a expliqué avoir visité les bureaux de Google et visionné des échantillons des films téléchargés via des réseaux Wi-Fi non sécurisés. Sur la base de ces échantillons, “nous pouvons dire que nous sommes satisfaits et qu’il est peu probable que Google ait recueilli une quantité significative de données personnelles” a conclu dans un communiqué un porte-parole de l’organisme britannique. “Il n’y a pas non plus de preuve, jusqu’ici, que les données recueillies par Google l’aient été ou puissent l’être au détriment de qui que ce soit”, poursuit le communiqué.Ces conclusions n’empêcheront toutefois pas l’ICO de surveiller de près les enquêtes menées dans d’autres pays, et notamment celle de la Cnil qui devrait rendre son rapport en septembre. L’organisme n’exclut pas que ces enquêtes puissent révéler des traces de données personnelles.Rappelons que Google avait immobilisé toutes ses voitures Street View en mai dernier, après avoir constaté que les caméras avaient recueilli par erreur des données à caractère privé. En juillet, les véhicules ont repris la route, mais cette fois débarrassés de tout équipement Wi-Fi.Le 30 juillet 2010 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Six reasons why Luka Modric may leave Real Madrid

first_imgLuka Modric’s future has been growing more doubtful as the days go by with Inter Milan having publicly announced their intentions to sign him, so why would he leave Real Madrid?After leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final this summer, Modric finally made his return to training at Valdebebas on Wednesday following an extended break from the club in order to properly recover from his exploits at Russia.But the 2018 Golden Ball winner has been the centre of a massive transfer story that ties him with a shocking move to Inter with the club’s manager Luciano Spalletti having confirmed that they are indeed trying to sign Modric this summer.The 32-year-old, who reportedly held talks with Florentino Perez on Wednesday over his future, has remained silent on a move to Inter.But after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last month, Real do not want to lose another star player and are willing to even offer him a new lucrative contract.So why would Modric leave the 13-time European champions?Well, AS have listed six reasons why the Croatian playmaker may be willing to join Ronaldo at the Serie A for the upcoming season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lucrative offer: Inter are offering €10m a year compared to Modric’s current annual wage of €6.5m.China: Modric has a four-year contract offer on the table and can even go to Chinese side Jiangsu to finish off his playing career in another lucrative deal.Age: Modric will be 33 in September and this summer may well represent his final opportunity to get one last big contract.Titles: Modric has won everything in Spain and may fancy a new challenge in collecting major silverware in Italy.Ronaldo and Zidane’s exits: The exit of the iconic duo represents the end of a glorious era at Madrid and may convince Modric that the time has come to leave himself.Italy: Having already impressed in England and Spain, the 32-year-old may be tempted to leave his mark in Italy before he finishes his playing career in a bid to become an all-time great.last_img read more

Henderson hails Milner and Fabinho

first_imgAccording to the Liverpool midfielder, the team is doing pretty well in the English Premier League thanks to Fabinho and James Milner.Liverpool is currently in the first place of the English Premier League table with 57 points.They are four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.And for defender Jordan Henderson, is all thanks to Fabinho and James Milner.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Aside from the big task of trying to get the right result in this game, we also have the challenge of a few injuries at the moment and we, as the players, know this means we all have to step up, be flexible and adapt,” Henderson told the club’s official website.“In recent games, we take great inspiration from people like Fabinho. Yes, he’s an experienced international with a track record of performing well in multiple positions – but to play center-half at Brighton and play like he did impress everyone.”“There was no fuss or drama from Fab – he just delivered,” he added.“James Milner, as the gaffer has joked, has played just about every position on the pitch except as ‘keeper. Already this season he’s filled in at full-back and the way he gets on with his job and puts the team first is a perfect example as well.”last_img read more

SDPD respond to a reported shooting in Linda Vista

first_imgSDPD respond to a reported shooting in Linda Vista Updated: 6:08 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police were investigating after a woman was shot in the leg in Linda Vista Sunday morning.Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 7500 block of Linda Vista Road around 11:30 a.m., San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros said.Investigators believe the shooting might be domestic-violence related, but were having a hard time getting details, Delimitros said.“She’s being uncooperative,” he said of the victim. “We’re trying to figure out what really happened.”The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.center_img February 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 3, 2019last_img read more

Media MA Activity Slows in 1H

first_imgThose changes may be a reflection of the buyers market which saw financials cut back by more than 35 percent in 2013. Mixed Media ResultsLike deal flow and pricing trends, media results were mixed when broken down by segment.The void left from last year’s $7.1 billion Alibaba-Yahoo deal made for a considerable decline in b-to-b totals. BC Partners’ $4.4 billion acquisition of Springer Science & Business Media—the largest deal of any media sector in the first half—made up for some of the difference, but not all.Online b-to-b media and technology (34 deals; $272 million) slowed considerably, while traditional b-to-b media activity (15; $188 million) increased, per JEGI. Berkery Noyes’ report concurred, noting a slight increase in b-to-b deal volume.The firms differed on M&A in consumer publishing, however.JEGI had volume down about 10 percent across online and print consumer properties, while Berkery Noyes recorded 21-percent growth in consumer publishing—the largest jump for any segment.Among the notable 1H media deals were Google’s $1.3 billion Waze purchase, Yahoo’s $1.1 billion Tumblr pick up, LinkedIn’s $90 million Pulse buy and the $94 million Demand Media acquisition of ecommerce marketplace Society6.*Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect year-over-year comparisons in the Berkery Noyes report. A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to a a 2H 2012 to 1H 2013 comparison as year-over-year. Media business purchasing picked up after a slow first quarter, but year-over-year activity was down in the first half of 2013, according to reports from investment banks the Jordan, Edmiston Group (JEGI) and Berkery Noyes.Both firms say volume dropped, but differ on aggregate value numbers. JEGI put the declines at 2 percent (708 deals) and 19 percent ($27.8 billion), respectively, while Berkery Noyes recorded an 8-percent (794) drop in volume and a 2-percent increase ($29.5 billion) increase in value. The reports do not look at identical markets.Though lower than 1H 2012 totals, the 2013 numbers still represent a gain over previous historical activity. First half deal value hadn’t topped $25 billion since 2007, under JEGI’s metrics; the number of deals had never even hit 500 until last year. Pricing trends and buyer profiles were similarly mixed, according to Berkery Noyes.Median revenue multiples increased from 1.2x to 2.1x—a 30-month high—while EBITDA multiples also went up from 7.8x to 8.3x.last_img read more

Hearsts Digital Marketing Unit Restructures to Better Compete with Agencies

first_imgMike RacicA restructuring at Hearst Corporation’s iCrossing digital agency is further evidence of the ongoing push by publishers to better compete with agencies vying for marketers’ media planning. He says iCrossing, given its relationship to Hearst and its robust collection of data, is ideally positioned to deliver a value-added suite of services to clients. “I have done this type of business transformation successfully before both at the individual account level and across an entire agency’s media group,” he says. “My career has been filled with building and growing diverse teams with varied skill sets designed to maximize client return. In a more complex media environment complicated by shifting content-consumption patterns, it says advertisers need services that are heavily informed by data and present multi-channel solutions. This consolidation, in iCrossing’s view, produces that effect by gathering up silos of individual strengths into one discipline. The unit’s formation, says iCrossing, is a response to the marketplace’s need for informed and comprehensive media solutions that better address broad business solutions rather than just more narrow media strategies. Racic tells Folio: that he’s excited to bring his extensive agency background, team-building, and technology experience to the task.center_img “iCrossing’s collection of assets give us the chance to stand alone as the leader in this category and the goal is to unleash this vast potential,” Racic concludes. The agency announced it is creating a new Media Services unit that unites its search marketing, performance media, and social media teams under a new banner. The company says the restructuring will not produce significant changes in the way the affected teams are assembled or spread out geographically. Racic tells Folio: his mission will be to “deliver solutions across all screens and forms of media that help clients engage customers and achieve tangbile business success.” Its creation coincides with a new hire who will head up the unit as its president: Mike Racic, who comes to iCrossing from RocketFuel, where he was SVP/director of agency partnerships and category strategy.last_img read more

VIDEO Panel Discussion On The Life Legacy Of State Rep Jim Miceli

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, with assistance from the Wilmington Historical Commission and Tewksbury Historical Society, recently organized a panel discussion on the life and legacy of State Rep. Jim Miceli.Panelists Margaret Wilson, Liz Carey, Jay Kelley, and Jay Tighe discussed Miceli’s life, work and impact on the Wilmington and Tewksbury communities. Steve Bjork moderated the discussion, which took place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Tewksbury Public Library.Tewksbury Telemedia recorded the event, which can be watched below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCelebrate The Life & Legacy Of State Rep. Jim Miceli On April 25In “Government”VIDEO: Learn About The History Of Silver LakeIn “Videos”Tewksbury Senior Center To Hold Giant Yard Sale On July 20 To Raise Funds For Jim Miceli Memorial BenchIn “Community”last_img read more

Oil falls as traders cash in after three weeks of gains

first_imgOil prices fell over 1 percent on Monday as traders took profits after three weeks of gains and as a jump in the dollar late last week was priced into fuel markets.Front-month Brent crude was trading at $44.60 per barrel at 0207 GMT, down 51 cents, or 1.1 percent, from their last settlement.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were also down over half a dollar, or 1.3 percent, at $43.17 a barrel.Analysts said the price drops were a result of cashing in after three weeks of rising prices.”I guess (there’s been) some profit taking after a strong rally into the end of last week,” said Virendra Chauhan of Energy Aspects in Singapore.Market data shows that the amount of open positions betting on rising WTI prices rose to levels last seen in June 2015 last week, while bets taken out in expectation of falling prices fell close to 2016 lows.A jump in the dollar on Friday against a basket of other leading currencies on expectations that Japan will further extend its aggressive monetary easing through negative interest rates, also dented oil, traders said.A stronger dollar, in which oil is traded, makes fuel imports for countries using other currencies more expensive, potentially hitting demand.Monday’s oil price drops came despite another cut in the U.S. rig-count that brings activity down for a fifth straight week and to levels last seen in November 2009.A total of 343 rigs were drilling for new oil last week. That compares to over 700 this time last year, according to oil services company Baker Hughes on Friday.Energy firms have sharply reduced oil and gas drilling since the collapse in crude markets that cut prices by as much as 70 percent to 13-year lows earlier this year.Some analysts warned of a fall in future oil demand as a downside risk to prices.”There is renewed uncertainty around future demand given the slowdown in China’s economy, improvements in fuel efficiency, rise of electric vehicles, and climate change. The strength of global demand will play a significant role in the recovery of oil prices from decade lows,” Bernstein Research said on Monday.For the rest of the decade, Bernstein said “we expect demand to reach 101.1 million barrels per day by 2020, an increase of 6.6 million barrels per day,” compared with 2015.last_img read more

Simple technique results in surprising repellency results

first_img More information: Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1207115 Journal information: Science © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Anyone who has ever worn eyeglasses for any length of time can surely attest to the annoyance of constantly having to clean off the oil left behind by finger touching. Not only does it dirty the lens, but removal requires a solvent, rather than a simple tissue. Doris Vollmer can relate, and that’s just what got her thinking about the soot given off by her Christmas candles. As a polymer research scientist with the Max Planck Institute in Germany, she knew the soot was water resistant, but what she wanted to know was whether it was oil resistant as well. So, she and her colleagues held a glass slide over a candle and then tested it. In doing so, as she and her team describe in Science, they found that after some tweaking, the result was a truly remarkable repellency material. After discovering that the soot that showed up on the glass slide not only coated the glass in black, making it impossible to see through, they also found that it wasn’t very stable either. Water dripped on it rolled right off, but carried some of the soot with it, which would mean constant reapplication if trying to use it as a repellant. To counter the instability, they coated they soot with silica using a chemical vapor process. Then, to make the black coating clear, the whole works was calcined (heated to bring about a thermal decomposition). The result was a clear omniphobicity (repels both oil and water) coating that could have many uses in commercial products.It turns out the soot is naturally water resistant due to the way its carbon particles align themselves on a surface, much like a fractal type network, where there just isn’t enough space for water or other liquids to pass through. The team found that the bonds were so strong that the material retained its repellency qualities even when blasted with sand or abused in other ways.It’s not clear just yet if the coating will indeed one day be applied to eyeglasses, forever relieving wearers from the vagaries of fingerprints, but the results thus far look promising for treating various metals or glass to create non-stick surfaces for use in a variety of industrial applications. Citation: Simple technique results in surprising repellency results (2011, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-simple-technique-results-repellency.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Japanese researchers turn a crab shell transparentlast_img read more

How a Movie About a Pig Inspired James Cromwell to Change his

first_imgBabe was released 23 years ago, in 1995. With a budget of $30 million, it earned $254.1 million and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning the one for Best Visual Effects. To this day, Babe remains one of the best family movies of all time.The story of a cute talking piglet who wants to become a sheepdog captures the hearts of everyone, regardless of their age.Babe running in a scene from the film ‘Babe’, 1995. Photo by Universal/Getty ImagesWhile it is widely considered as a children’s movie, “the guy from Babe,” James Cromwell who played Farmer Hogget, always tells people that it is not a movie for kids.Who would have thought that we can learn so much about humans by watching this tiny pink piglet? From how to treat other people to how to believe in and pursue our dreams.The movie had a profound effect on Cromwell as well. Besides earning an Oscar nomination, he never ate meat again, and became an outspoken vegan and animal activist.Although he was vegetarian since the mid-1970s, Cromwell became an ethical vegan while filming Babe.James Cromwell. Photo by Toglenn CC BY-SA 3.0In his interview with TakePart, the actor explains how he came to the decision: “I was doing a picture in Australia called ‘Babe,’ working with a lot of animals and animal trainers. I cared about their welfare and then, of course, you have lunch and it’s all there in front of you, and I thought, I should go the whole hog, so to speak. So I made that decision and kept that during the shooting. When I came back, I got involved with PETA, and of course, the film opened and it was very successful.”In an interview for Vice in 2015, Cromwell said: “That film (Babe) was a turning point in my life and in my career, and in fact, it gave me a career — up until that, I had a careen. So if I can trace back all the many blessings that exist in my life, it all began with that one film. It’s been 20 glorious years.”Cromwell and J.G. Hertzler show their arrest citations at the Crestwood station protest. Photo by JGHSMC CC BY-SA 4.0Who would have thought! In numerous interviews, he has told the story of how he didn’t like playing Farmer Hoggett because he wasn’t very talkative and Cromwell wanted more lines. When he got the role, Cromwell complained to his close friend, Charles Keating about it and his friend said:“Hey, listen, man. It’s a free trip to Australia! If the movie stinks, it’s the pig’s fault. You don’t carry the picture. The pig carries the picture!”The wider audience might not know his name, but they do know Cromwell’s face as “the guy from Babe” and remember his outstanding performances in iconic movies such as Star Trek: First Contact, The Green Mile, LA Confidential, The Artist, and American Horror Story: Asylum.Actor James Cromwell at 23rd Genesis Awards. Photo by Kristin Dos Santos – Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0What most people don’t know is how hardcore is Cromwell when it comes to animals. He narrated the documentary Farm to Fridge where one can learn how much blood and violence their meat dish costs. In 2013, he was even arrested during a protest against experiments on cats.After becoming involved with PETA, Cromwell took part in numerous campaigns. He appeared in a video that features a hidden-camera investigation at a pork supplier that he claims is used by Walmart.In 2015, Cromwell was arrested for a second time while protesting against the construction of a power station in Wawayanda, New York, near his home in Warwick.The following year, he was among the 18 protesters arrested at Seneca Lake for protesting against an energy company.Read another story from us: Sean Connery Once Beat Up 6 Gang Members who Wanted to Steal his JacketSpeaking against factory farming, Cromwell has said: “To deny an animal its right to self-determination, its right to live out its life as it chooses in its natural habitat, that is an aggression.”last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 08, 2008 CodeNet Captures Cardiac Arrest Event, Resuscitation Data read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Webinar | PACS | January 17, 2019 WEBINAR: Seamless Interoperability – Fact or Fiction? This ScImage-sponsored ITN/DAIC webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | January 16, 2019 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Partners With Philips for Health IT and Clinical Informatics Philips announced that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has chosen to implement the company’s IntelliSpace Enterprise… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more ZOLL will feature CodeNet, reportedly the first software system that allows hospital teams to better document, manage and review a cardiac arrest event and resuscitation information. CodeNet brings new improvements and efficiencies in data capture, event time synchronization and case and aggregate reporting. The software time stamps logged events and synchronizes these times with defibrillator data, aiming to provide clinicians with a complete and accurate timeline of an entire cardiac arrest event. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019 Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Technology | Cardiac PACS | February 13, 2019 Philips Launches Latest Iteration of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular at HIMSS 2019 Philips announced the launch of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 4.1, its next-generation cardiovascular image and… read more Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology How smart algorithms might reduce the burden of modern practice Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019 WEBINAR: Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital The webinar “Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital” will take place at 2 read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Radiology and Cardiology is Focus of June Conference The integration of artificial int… read more last_img read more

Nearly 14000 sickened banana workers to receive payment for pesticide exposure

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica banana workers affected by Nemagon still waiting on compensation High levels of fungicide found in pregnant women living near banana plantations Expansion of monoculture farming could mean extinction for some tropical birds Nicaraguan coffee farmers seek creative solutions to drought, climate change After 13 years, Costa Rica finally has a regulation guaranteeing payment of physical and psychological damages for nearly 14,000 banana workers who were exposed to the banned pesticide Nemagon. The decree by President Luis Guillermo Solís was published in the government newspaper La Gaceta on Monday, the last step before a law can go into effect.Between 1967 and 1979, thousands of workers in banana fields owned by foreign companies in Costa Rica and across Central America were exposed to the nematocide Nemagon, also known as DBCP, a chemical that has been proven to cause myriad health problems including sterility, cancer, miscarriages and genetic deformities. Costa Rica banned the importation of the chemical in 1979.A law has been on the books since September 2001 promising compensation for the former banana workers, but until Monday there was no mechanism by which to pay them. In October, the government announced its intention to pay the medical bills for thousands of people exposed directly or indirectly to Nemagon.“Our intention is to finally resolve these families’ situation and clear the debt that the State owes them,” said Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga in a statement on Tuesday.Zúñiga announced Tuesday that the decree signed by President Solís would pay a percentage of victims’ medical bills based on their years of exposure to the pesticide. Payments could range between 25 percent of someone exposed to it for less than a year to 100 percent for those with exposure for five years or more. Damages would be paid both for physical harm caused by the pesticide, specifically sterility, as well as moral damages to family members for personality disorders caused by the chemical.The government reported 13,925 cases that had been approved for payment by the National Insurance Institute (INS). Another 9,233 cases are still pending for children of affected banana workers, and 1,742 for spouses. More than 11,000 cases were dismissed, according to figures from the INS. The Tico Times requested dollar figures from INS on Tuesday but they were not immediately available. This post will be updated with any new information.last_img read more

Staff records for UK royal household go online

first_imgLONDON (AP) – People around the world will be able to discover whether they have a royal connection _ at least below stairs _ with publication of 250 years of records listing staff who served the British monarchy.Employee records from royal residences including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are being put online Friday to coincide with this weekend’s celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The lists range from the 17th-century reign of King Charles II until 1924. They include more than 50,000 employees, from household servants to the esoterically titled Moletaker, Chocolate Maker to the Queen and Keeper of the Lions in the Tower.The records previously could only be viewed by appointment at Windsor Castle. They have been digitized by the Royal Archives and genealogy site http://www.findmypast.co.uk. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Vatican keeps up ecopressure invites mayors to see pope

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is keeping up the pressure on world governments to listen to Pope Francis’ dual mantras of fighting climate change and human slavery by inviting mayors from around the world to a Vatican meeting next week on his two pet projects.For the mayors, it’s a photo op of a lifetime: Francis is technically on vacation but he’s expected to address the July 21 conference, which has already attracted 60 or so mayors from places like Accra, Ghana, and Zagreb, Croatia.center_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy For the Vatican, it’s another box checked on its unprecedented campaign to keep the momentum alive from Francis’ environment encyclical ahead of U.N. negotiations on new sustainable development goals in September and U.N. climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Needed Today More Affordable Homes for Tomorrow

first_img November 1, 2018 540 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Following an ongoing trend, limited inventory has continued to plague the housing market, slowing sales of moderately priced homes increasing prices in metro areas, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors.“Though inventory is more than adequate on the upper-end market, the insufficient supply of low to mid-priced homes in metro markets with strong job growth continues to drive up prices and push prospective buyers out of the market,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.Nationally, the median price for existing single-family homes rose 4.8 percent in Q3 2018, up to $266,900 year over year, from Q3 2017’s median price of $254,700.“A strong economy and consistent job growth should be driving up home sales; however, would-be homebuyers are struggling to find a home they can afford,” said Yun. “As mortgage rates continue to rise, reaching the decade’s highest rates this quarter, an increase in the supply of affordable homes has become even more important to help temper price growth across the country.”According to NAR, the national housing inventory increased by 1.1 percent year over year in Q3 2018, to 1.88 million, up from 1.86 million in 2017. Supply is expected to last a little longer too, up to 4.3 months from 4.2 months in Q3 2017.NAR also notes that despite increases in income across the country, affordability has decreased, due to higher mortgage rates and higher home prices. To make a five percent down payment on a home at the national median home price, a buyer would need an income of $64,480, and a 10 percent down payment would require an income of $61,086.“Aspiring middle-class home buyers continue to face affordably issues, as buyers are increasingly being priced out in the West while the rest of the country struggles, too,” said Yun. “The market desperately needs homebuilders to begin constructing more moderately priced single-family home and condominiums to help satisfy demand and mitigate rapid price growth.”Find the full report from NAR here. Sharecenter_img Inventory Metroes NAR Prices 2018-11-01 Seth Welborn Needed Today: More Affordable Homes for Tomorrowlast_img read more