Nova Scotia Recognizes Thirteen Firefighters

first_imgSome of Nova Scotia’s longest-serving firefighters were recognized today, Oct 5, at a special ceremony in Truro, in honour of 25 years of dedication to fire services. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, awarded 13 recipients from across the province with the Fire Services Long Service Medal. “Firefighters deserve the support and recognition of all of us because of their valuable contributions to Nova Scotian communities,” said Mr. Parent. “I am pleased that all exemplary service medals given out in the past and in the future will now receive provincial recognition. Our firefighters deserve it.” Since 1980, the Office of the Fire Marshal has been awarding exemplary service medals to firefighters who have helped serve and protect Nova Scotia communities. The medals had not previously been officially recognized in legislation. The award is issued to any person who serves as a firefighter for 25 years and who received a federally issued medal for 20 years of service. “Our fire-service professionals in Nova Scotia appreciate the support and recognition of government,” said Tom Bremner, president of the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia. “Firefighting is one of the most important services in the province because it is present in every community.” Below is list of recipients receiving long service medals at today’s ceremony: Noel White, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services Greg MacDonald, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services Arnold Wood, Parrsboro Fire Department Wendall MacLeod, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services David MacLeod, Department of National Defence Fire Services Bernard MacKinnon, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Fire Services Joe Mannette, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services Ricky Thomas Banks, Shag Harbour-Bear Point Fire Department Edward Wesley Nickerson, Shag Harbour-Bear Point Fire Department William Thompson, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services Kevin Boates, Truro Fire Service Edward Paul LeBlanc, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services Keith Hatchard, Annapolis Royal Fire Department Since 1980, the Office of the Fire Marshal has given out more than 2,500 long-service medals to volunteer and paid firefighters in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Can the Liberals go bold on skills training in budget 2019

first_imgThe story below was published on Macleans.ca on Feb. 21, 2019:OTTAWA – For his last budget before next fall’s federal election, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is signalling that he plans to highlight skills training. It’s a natural policy gap for the Liberals to try to fill. They’ve made a push to help parents raise kids, through their signature Canada Child Benefit. They’ve put serious reforms in the window for the retirement years by enriching the Canada Pension Plan and boosting the Guaranteed Income Supplement. But for what comes between childhood and retirement — the working years when Canadians increasingly worry about having to adjust to technological change — they haven’t staked nearly as clear a claim to bringing in bold policy.Yet any election-ready skills announcements in Morneau’s 2019 budget, which he’ll table on March 19, are bound to raise awkward questions about what’s happened up to now — or not happened. Way back in his 2017 budget, Morneau committed $225 million over four years to establish something called FutureSkills Lab, an agency with a mandate to devise new ideas in training for a fast-evolving, technology-driven economy. The name has since been dulled down to Future Skills Centre, but its long-awaited launch isn’t expected until mid-February, when the government is also planning to finally announce the members of a long-promised advisory group called the Future Skills Council.READ MORE: Federal Liberals to release pre-election budget on March 19The ponderous pace at which these modest steps have rolled out suggests Ottawa finds moving decisively difficult when it comes to skills policy and programs. It can be a frustratingly complicated field. The provinces have the main jurisdiction over education, making any federal incursion into it a test of federal-provincial diplomacy. Still, pressure for Ottawa to act is mounting as the pace of workplace change, especially with the spread of artificial intelligence, accelerates. “We’re going to have an increasingly large challenge to retrain or upskill existing workers in our workforce,” says Sean Mullin, executive director of the Brookfield Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto.Mullin’s think tank on innovation has estimated 42 per cent of Canadian workers are at risk of seeing their jobs eliminated or dramatically changed by automation over the next two decades. And Morneau has repeatedly cited this as a pressing problem. But what to do about it? Mullin casts the challenge in sweeping historical terms. The public school system arose to teach millions what they needed to move from farming to industrial work. As more jobs demanded more sophisticated skills, universities and colleges expanded rapidly. “But we don’t have the system right now to take someone who’s 35, 45, whose occupation or even entire sector is being eliminated, and make sure they continue to be productive members of society,” Mullin says.Some of the most fully thought-out proposals for skills policy focus, so far, not on mid-career upgrades but on the traditional education system designed mainly for young people starting out. For instance, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, set up in 2015 by the Business Council of Canada, is urging Morneau to make a big push in what’s called “work-integrated learning.” Building on a $73-million, four-year program to subsidize student summer jobs, which the Liberals launched in 2017, the roundtable is asking the government to put up another $320 million over three years, which would be nearly matched by about $300 million from employers, to give more than 80,000 students a chance at that key early work experience.Another idea would see the federal government boost support for overseas education. The Study Group on Global Education, co-chaired by University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been lobbying for federal funding to send many more Canadian students abroad, which the group touts as essential — not some frill — in a globalized economy.These proposals wouldn’t address the growing anxiety about what to do when, for example, hundreds of middle-aged auto workers in Oshawa, Ont., suddenly find they need to switch jobs. Among the ideas popping up in the pre-budget chatter are so-called “wrap-arounds,” the term used to describe government financial support of, say, child care or transit costs for a working parent who enrols in retraining. There’s also talk of tax incentives for workers to save for taking just that sort of break from work to upgrade skills.None of these ideas, however, come close to Mullin’s concept of a whole new institutional framework for retraining. Maybe concepts as sweeping as Mullin’s will emerge eventually from the Future Skills Centre or the Future Skills Council — but they’ll be too late for this spring’s budget or the fall election to follow.last_img read more

Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentines Luncheon To Take Place In New York

first_imgThe Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon will take place on February 13.This year’s event will honor Daymond John (CEO & Founder of FUBU, star of ABC’s Shark Tank), Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, CC and Amber Sabathia, and featured artist Shantell Martin for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to youth, arts and education initiatives. Kimora Lee Simmons and Tim Leissner will serve as the Event Chairs. The event will celebrate The Amazing Rush Kids, feature a special guest performance and music by DJ M.O.S. & DJ Kiss.The Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon raises funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth. Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids, Rush Teens and Rush Movers) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling a void and providing arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions.Now celebrating it’s 20th year Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation was founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, as a 501c3 organization, dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists. Over the past 20 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 3,000 students served annually in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries, and welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors to its spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery). For more information, visit www.rushphilanthropic.org.WHEN: Friday, February 13, 2015WHERE: The Plaza Hotel – The Grand Ballroom768 5th Avenue at Central Park South New Yorklast_img read more

Woman Suicide Bomber Injures 9 in Tunisia

Rabat- A 30-year-old female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday afternoon in Tunis, injuring nine people.Habib Bourguiba Avenue, in the center of Tunis, was shaken by a “terrorist explosion” that wounded eight policemen and one civilian, Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told Agence France Presse (AFP).Officials say the explosion took place near police vehicles and Le Palmarium shopping center in the city’s busiest location which is often frequented by tourists. Mohamed Ekbal bin Rajib, an eyewitness, told Reuters, “I was in front of the theatre and heard a huge explosion and saw people fleeing.”Photos of the suicide bomber’s corpse at the scene have circulated social media. Tunisia, especially its capital city has been haunted by terrorist attacks since 2015, when a mass shooting by Islamist terrorists claimed the lives of 21 foreign tourists at Bardo Museum in Tunis. read more

AsiaPacific nations wrap up UN forum with plan to advance progress on

The agreed action plan comes at the end of three days of high-level talks by representatives of 34 Asia-Pacific nations, organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other UN co-sponsors.The meeting marked the first time that officials from national health, justice, law enforcement, social development and drug control agencies in the region came together at a single forum, according to a news release issued by ESCAP. They were joined by people living with HIV as well as representatives from populations most affected by HIV, including sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men and transgender people, to review the region’s progress towards commitments on AIDS. “This is Asia-Pacific at its best – showing leadership, fore-thinking and spirit of collaboration, underlining the powerful force of this region,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV, Nafis Sadik, told delegates. The action plan calls for increased collaboration between government ministries, including health, justice, public security, police and drug control in genuine partnership with civil society and key affected populations. The meeting also reviewed strategies to move from a punitive to a more rights-based approach with regards to legal and policy barriers impeding access to HIV services. It also emphasized the importance of protecting the manufacture, export and import of life-saving generic medicines.Participants reported significant progress in a number of areas, including reduction of new HIV infections, an increase in the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment and expansion of programmes to reach key affected populations most at risk. An estimated 4.9 million people were living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific in 2009, according to a UNAIDS report launched last year. The majority of them are living in 11 countries: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Viet Nam.The report found that the region has seen a 20 per cent drop in new infections between 2001 and 2009, and a three-fold increase in access to antiretroviral therapy since 2006. At the same time, it warned that this progress is threatened by an inadequate focus on key populations at higher risk of HIV infection and insufficient funding from both domestic and international sources. 10 February 2012Asia-Pacific nations at a United Nations meeting in Bangkok have agreed to boost cooperation and to develop regional accountability mechanisms and financing modalities to accelerate progress towards global HIV/AIDS commitments. read more

Darfur UNAfrican Union mission calls for unhindered access to site of recent

The mission, known as UNAMID, has received reports of looting, arson and civilian casualties as a result of the violence over the past several days in the vicinity of Um Gunya, located approximately 50 kilometres south-east of the South Darfur capital of Nyala. The violence has also led to the arrival of newly displaced populations into the Al Salam and Kalma camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), the mission said in a press statement. “Peacekeepers have attempted to access the affected areas on several occasions, but have been denied passage by the authorities,” it stated.“UNAMID calls upon the authorities to allow the mission unhindered and immediate access to these areas, so that it can carry out its core activity for the protection of civilians as mandated by the African Union and the United Nations and as consented to by the Government of Sudan.”While the number of displaced is believed to be in the thousands, the mission is not currently in a position to provide any numbers. “Until we can get in there, it’s going to be hard for us to determine specific numbers of those displaced or the extent of the damage done,” UNAMID spokesperson Christopher Cycmanick said in an interview with UN Radio. The security situation has deteriorated over the course of last year and remains volatile in Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003 between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed. Senior UN officials have repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of the strife-torn region. read more

Advanced Stats Love Jackie Robinson

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the 67th anniversary of Robinson eradicating baseball’s color barrier. The eponymous event, which fills baseball fields with the spectacle of countless players sporting No. 42, is a great reminder of Robinson’s legacy. It’s also a prime occasion to remind people that — despite his legendary small-ball artistry — yes, sabermetrics thinks he was an awe-inspiring ballplayer, too.The topic recalls a great Rob Neyer post from more than a decade ago. Writing during the height of baseball’s culture wars (“Moneyball” had been published a month earlier), Neyer attacked the notion that sabermetrics wouldn’t have appreciated the skills of Robinson and other speedy African-American players (such as Rickey Henderson, whose playing style and tremendous value made him, in many ways, Robinson’s spiritual descendant).“You can accuse Bill James and sabermetrics of many things, but you cannot accuse them of not appreciating Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson,” Neyer wrote. “Those two brilliant players — not to mention Joe Morgan and Willie Mays and Cool Papa Bell and Barry Bonds, and hey let’s not forget Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Murray — could play for any general manager.“If you think that sabermetrics doesn’t have a place for them,” he continued, “then you don’t understand sabermetrics. Because there’s not yet been a sabermetrician born who wouldn’t drool at the thought of Rickey Henderson and Jackie Robinson at the top of his imaginary lineup.”Yes, Robinson ranks just 108th all-time among position players in lifetime wins above replacement. But that’s a function of the late start he got to his career (he was a rookie at age 28) and his relatively short playing stint. Robinson was the National League’s seventh-best position player by WAR in 1948, his second season, then led the senior circuit in the statistic in 1949, 1951 and 1952, while also finishing second in 1950 and fifth in 1953.By 1954, Robinson was 36 and his quickness was on the wane (that year he posted a career-low speed score of 4.6, the only time he was ever below the league average of 5.0). He would retire after two more seasons. But that 1948-53 peak was as good as anybody’s ever been. Literally. Only four position players in MLB history — Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Lou Gehrig — had more WAR between the ages of 29 and 34. Numbers like that are why, despite Robinson’s short career, James ranked Robinson as the fourth-best second baseman ever in “New Historical Baseball Abstract.”So much for sabermetrics underappreciating Robinson’s skills.WAR can measure Robinson’s terrifying impact on the basepaths (he generated 31 more runs than an average player). WAR also takes into account his defensive value — total zone data estimates that Robinson saved 81 more runs than an average defender (primarily at second base, but with a little third base, first base and outfield mixed in). According to defensive WAR, Robinson saved the Brooklyn Dodgers 10 wins with his defense, combining his contributions relative to position and the importance of those positions in the overall structure of the defense.Most importantly, though, WAR accounts for the fact that Robinson was 261 runs better than average with his bat. Because of the highlight-reel baserunning plays, people often forget that Robinson was also an incredible hitter. He topped a .295 batting average eight times, winning the NL batting crown in 1949 with a .342 average. He also had the majors’ seventh-highest on-base percentage during the course of his career (1947-56), drawing a walk on 12.8 percent of his plate appearances in addition to his outstanding ability to hit for average. And his isolated power was 19 points better than the league average, so Robinson had some pop (even if his slugging percentage was driven in part by 54 career triples).In sum, Robinson was an all-around sabermetric star. There isn’t an area of the game where the advanced stats don’t consider him very good, if not one of the best ever. The notion that somehow Robinson has lost his luster as we learn more about what makes for winning baseball couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, sabermetric stats help us appreciate Robinson’s greatness even more. read more

First ever image of chemical bonds being broken and formed

first_imgChemical bonds and molecular structure have proven experimentally accurate in organic chemistry research labs all over the world, but few suspected the models would look so close to reality. A team of researchers from The Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab have acquired images of bonds breaking and forming during a chemical reaction, and the real molecules look like they’re copied out of the textbook diagrams.Scientists have been using mountains of data and complicated models to come up with a working understanding of molecular bonding, and it’s served us well for a good long time. This new discovery again validates the rigors of the scientific process, much like the recent paper showing the hydrogen atom’s electron orbital looking very much like quantum wave functions predict.The images published in Science show several molecules, starting with oligo-(phenylene-1,2-ethynylenes), which is a cluster of three benzene rings linked with carbon chains. Placed next to the skeletal diagram, it’s a stunningly good match. After initiating a temperature-dependant organic reaction, the experiment was imaged again. The reaction products were present, and they too looked exactly as predicted by the models.Most imaging of molecular-scale objects is done with a scanning tunneling microscope, but not this time (it wouldn’t have been nearly sensitive enough). The Berkeley team used a device called the noncontact atomic force microscope (nc-AFM). The reaction took place on a flat silver substrate, which was then probed with the nc-AFM. Unlike an electron microscope, the nc-AFM measures faint atomic forces with a “needle” consisting of a single carbon monoxide molecule.The oxygen atom hangs down and is mechanically deflected by the electronic forces present in the sample. It’s a little bit like a record player needle running along the grooves of a 45. The nc-AFM needle can detect not only the atoms themselves, but the forces representing the bonds holding molecules together.Perhaps the most interesting thing about this procedure is that the reaction did not work exactly as expected. The ratio of products was off, and sometimes the most interesting result in science is an unexpected one. The researchers believe nc-AFM technology has a lot to tell us about how chemical reactions work in practice.last_img read more

La Coupe du Monde sera verte

first_imgLa Coupe du Monde sera verteAfrique du Sud – C’est demain que sera donné le coup d’envoi de la Coupe du Monde 2010 en Afrique du Sud. Et cette coupe prendra une importante dimension écologique via plusieurs projets visant à réduire les émissions de dioxyde de carbone engendrées par l’événement.L’initiative émane du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (Pnue) associé au Fonds pour l’environnement mondial (FEM), et au Département des affaires environnementales du gouvernement d’Afrique du Sud.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauTrois projets principaux visant à faire de la Coupe du Monde un événement à la fois sportif et tourné vers la protection de l’environnement ont été mis en place. Le premier consiste en l’implantation de systèmes d’énergies renouvelables dans les six villes qui accueilleront des matchs de la Coupe du Monde. Douze panneaux d’affichage seront ainsi alimentés à l’énergie solaire, comme soixante feux de signalisation et soixante-dix-huit lampadaires.Une vaste campagne de sensibilisation sur le tourisme vert sera par ailleurs lancée, financée comme les installations de production d’énergie renouvelable par le FEM. Une brochure de 32 pages baptisée Le Passeport, contenant des informations sur le tourisme responsable dans chaque ville hôte de l’événement sera distribuée aux 100.000 spectateurs attendus.  Enfin, le Pnue a mis au point un programme pour compenser les émissions de carbone de onze des équipes participant à la Coupe du Monde comme l’Algérie, le Cameroun, la Côte d’Ivoire, le Ghana, l’Uruguay, l’Italie et la Suisse. A noter que les équipes du Chili, d’Angleterre, de Corée du Sud et de Serbie se sont elles-aussi engagées à compenser leurs émissions.”L’Afrique du Sud en tant qu’hôte de la Coupe du Monde doit construire un héritage durable pour le peuple sud-africain. Le secteur de l’environnement souhaite qu’une partie de cet héritage soit un héritage ‘vert’. À cet égard, nous avons lancé plusieurs programmes qui devraient bénéficier aux Sud-Africains de tous les horizons, maintenant et bien après le départ de nos visiteurs” a souligné Buyelwa Sonjica, le ministre sud-africain de l’Eau et de l’Environnement.Le 10 juin 2010 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kwanza Osajyefo on Writing Black AF Americas Sweetheart

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target What if only black people had superpowers? That dream (or nightmare depending on who you ask) is the premise of the world of BLACK, the comic book series written by Kwanza Osajyefo for Black Mask Studios. And when we say world we mean it. The Black storyline has just expanded with the release of Black AF: America’s Sweetheart, a spin-off graphic novel.Whereas the first arc of the BLACK comic series is a serious, conspiracy-laden introduction to this world and its implications, America’s Sweetheart is a more colorful (literally thanks to new artists Sho Murase and Jennifer Johnson) exploration of a more traditional way the world could go. With the existence of super-powered black people now public, teenage girl Eli Franklin emerges as one of the first public superpowers saving lives and, more importantly, fighting fears.However, the narrative in Black AF: America’s Sweetheart remains just as political and committed to interrogating how modern, unequal society would react to an event like this based on real racial history. It even manages to expand on its concepts in fascinating yet inevitable ways with some new tricky cosmic sci-fi conceits. We couldn’t stop thinking about it after we read it. Fortunately, we also had the opportunity to talk with Osajyefo about BLACK, politics, spin-offs, and Superman’s privilege.What were some of your inspirations for Black AF: America’s Sweetheart?Part of the inspiration was ICON from Milestone Media; I think black conservatism is a fascinating aspect of US culture. The idea of aligning with beliefs and politics that, despite best efforts to convey otherwise, are actively antagonistic to your freedom as a person requires a mental dynamic that is worth exploring.Yet, I didn’t want to create a stereotypical right-wing or supplicant protagonist, so instead I created Eli Franklin to be the aspirational patriot that characters like Superman and Captain America represent. What happens to a person who is intrinsically altruistic and fundamentally represents the best of American ideals if they are black and the most powerful person on earth?I also wanted to present a black girl who wasn’t a construct of uncultured perspectives, because, including my mom – all my heroes right now are black women. They have been crushing it (world is just catching on) and I look up to so many, it’s a very long list.Before America’s Sweetheart there was the original BLACK comic series. How do you intend for the two to co-exist? Can people read America’s Sweetheart with no previous context?America’s Sweetheart takes place after the events at the end of BLACK. I wanted to tell a story of the aftermath that wasn’t cataclysmic and could focus in on how these events would affect one individual.Characters from BLACK appear in this book, but it is primarily about Eli’s journey and a standalone story.What made you want to do this spin-off? Was there something you wanted to do here you couldn’t do in the main BLACK series? How does this expand the universe and are there other ways you’d like to push it further? BLACK is intended to be three-arc series, but oddly America’s Sweetheart was always on my mind as a side-story to tell following BLACK. It wasn’t until the success of the first book, and fans wanting to read an expanded universe, that we worked out with Black Mask to do these character-focused explorations as interstitials between the main books.I’d really like to try comics storytelling in other mediums, that’s always in the back of my head. Right now, this is the format that seems to work for people, but as we expand I’ll definitely be looking at other mechanisms.Is the goal to have other Black AF graphic novels focusing on new, specific characters? Do you want to continue the stories of these characters or maybe even bring on more writers and artists?Eli’s story was a special case; America’s Sweetheart somehow always existed alongside BLACK in my mind. Subsequent BLACK [AF] stories will explore other characters who appeared in the first book. BLACK [AF]: Widows and Orphans (coming out in April) is a story that follows Anansi and Hoodrat.I do think once I’ve established a few more foundational elements of the universe, it would be something I’d be open to–inviting other writers to explore. If this universe became a platform for other black creatives to tell stories, that’d be lit.America’s Sweetheart, and BLACK before it, seem to take the implicit racial metaphors of certain classic superhero narratives (X-Men, Superman) and make them explicit text. What was it like as a writer to reverse-engineer those comic book ideas into a more realistically racially charged world? Challenging? Creatively satisfying? Cathartic? Depressing?I wrestle with the first one, because part of the inspiration for BLACK was that The X-Men sort of commodifies the discrimination and systemic inequality that exist in reality for black people. To me it wasn’t a reversal so much as removing a veneer on what bigotry actually is.The same goes for America’s Sweetheart, because it’s intellectually dishonest to ignore that, despite being an alien, Superman is, on the surface, an acceptable white male. Can a black girl with the same exact ethos be met with that level of acceptance? Much of the conflict in America’s Sweetheart is Eli’s idealism versus the United States’ cynicism.It isn’t depressing, but for me as the writer stories like this have more at stake.Several black characters challenge Eli’s decision to be a superhero as a force for positive change through the US government. And they present arguments I think many black readers would find very logical and compelling. But even as she’s hurt and becomes less naive it doesn’t seem like Eli loses her optimism. Is that the mindset you want readers to walk away with?I think that many black people in the US have a pragmatic view of the US. It’s often confused for pessimism but even at its most disillusioned there’s this hope that exists alongside it. Baldwin touches on it when he says “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” Some see that as sardonic but I see inherent hope in those words, a want for the person to hear this retort and understand a need for equanimity and empathy.Eli wants the world to be as she was raised to believe it should be. Is that naive? I won’t spoil how things unfold but optimism can change in light of circumstance without being besmirched. My mother often said to me “Worry about the things you can control, and don’t about the things you can’t.” I think accepting something like that even when you can throw an oil tanker across the country is more about growth as a person versus a loss of hope.Buy Black AF: America’s Sweetheart.Buy Black Vol. 1.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Bellamy insists Poch should have rested Kane

first_imgFormer Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy insists Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino should have rested star player Harry Kane after his participation at this summer’s World Cup.The England international who finished as top scorer of the tournament with six goals was a substitute during England’s 1-0 victory of Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.Former Wales and Liverpool forward Bellamy said on Sky Sports’ The Debate that he thinks Tottenham should have rested Kane at the start of the season.“It’s difficult for Mauricio Pochettino. I love him as a manager, but he should have said ‘I am not using you, you need time off to rest, I am not going to use you for the next two or three games, so go on holiday, freshen up, because I want you for the rest of the season.’“But he has had a couple of weeks off after the World Cup, come back into training and then straight into games. He’s gone straight into Premier League games with high intensity, and he is nowhere near that level with his lack of training and conditioning.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Bellamy added that England could have also rested Kane, and thinks his current workload could lead to injury.“England should have said ‘you did great for us at the World Cup, we can’t use you for the next two games. Spurs are not resting you so we are going to have to take that responsibility to thank Spurs for having you for the World Cup.”Something has to give because nature will take its course and Kane will get injured. If he carries on at this rate, with his lack of freshness – which makes him more high risk and vulnerable to injury – the decision will get made for Spurs and England where he could miss a couple of months with injury.“He will get his rest then but it will be the wrong rest. He needs time off, he needs to stay away for a couple of weeks.”last_img read more

5 things to know about lawmakers efforts on marijuana

first_imgSEATTLE — Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state. Hundreds are expected in Olympia on Thursday as lawmakers hold their first big hearing on the topic this session.Kari Boiter, Washington state coordinator with Americans for Safe Access, says there’s been a lot of talk recently that medical dispensaries are merely fronts for black market marijuana sales, that they endanger patients with untested cannabis or that they’re taking advantage of the state by not paying taxes. But many serve people who need the medicine, voluntarily test their products and pay taxes that are applicable to them, including sales taxes.“There are a lot of legitimate patients in this state,” Boiter said. “If lawmakers don’t believe they exist, we need to get those people in front of them. We want a regulated system for medical marijuana.”Here are five things to know as lawmakers attempt to reconcile medical and recreational marijuana.What’s at stake?Washington’s adult-use marijuana sales, authorized by Initiative 502, have brought in more than $17 million in taxes since stores opened last July, but officials think the state could have garnered even more if the stores weren’t competing with untaxed or much-lesser-taxed sales at medical dispensaries. As long as the medical shops remain unregulated, there’s little incentive for people who have been using them for recreational purposes to switch into the legal-pot system, where for now the weed costs about twice as much.That said, lawmakers also don’t want to hurt people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis or other serious conditions by making it harder or more expensive for them to get marijuana. The trick is to protect those patients while reining in what many see as abuses of the system, and it’s no easy task.last_img read more

Sonys dumb HTS350 sound bar coming soon for 280

first_imgThe HT-S350 comes with a wireless subwoofer. Sony Sony has detailed pricing on one of the sound bars announced at CES 2019 —  the HT-S350 — while the Dolby Atmos X8500 is yet to receive a release date.The $280 HT-S350 sound bar lacks any smart features (such as a voice assistant) but includes a wireless subwoofer and a claimed 320 watts of power. Unlike competitors that now use DTS Virtual:X, the HT-S350 uses Sony’s proprietary S-Force Pro Front Surround technology. The sound bar also uses an HDMI ARC connection and carries Bluetooth.Meanwhile, the X8500 is a 2.1-channel single sound bar with dual built-in “subwoofers” and the ability to simulate Atmos effects with its Vertical Surround Engine. The sound bar also includes other sound options including Cinema Mode, Game Mode and vocal enhancement. Connectivity includes HDMI eARC support for compatible televisions such as the 2019 Sony range in addition to Bluetooth. ht-x8500-main-1-shadow-large Sony Sony didn’t announce any “smart” audio products at the show, unlike LG and Klipsch with their smart sound bars.The HT-S350 will be available at the end of April, but the company hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the X8500. Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdated, April 18: Added pricing and availability for the HT-S350 2:04 Post a comment 85 Photos Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019center_img 0 Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 Tags Share your voice Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CES Productslast_img read more

Trump may have plans for Alaska but not for its national monuments

first_imgMisty Fiords National Monument is known for its dramatic granite cliffs. Pictured is a view from Rudyerd Bay. (File photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to consider scaling back some national monuments. The plans likely won’t affect Alaska, but the president still gave a shoutout to the state in his speech.Listen nowAlaska has five national monuments, mostly designated by President Jimmy Carter under the Antiquities Act, which gives the president the authority to protect lands quickly.Trump’s new directive asks the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to consider downsizing national monuments that are over 10,000 acres and created after 1996. That leaves President Barack Obama’s land designations, like Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, up for review.One monument in Alaska, at least in part, could also be part of that review. The World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument extends from Hawaii and California — all the way to the Aleutian Chain. But those islands in Alaska are additionally protected as a wildlife refuge.Still, Trump mentioned Alaska in his speech on Wednesday. He praised the splendor and the beauty of the country’s natural resources and pointed to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the energy and natural resources committee.“I can tell you the group that’s in here right now, they’re really doing the job. Isn’t that right, Lisa?” Trump said. “We’re going to take care of Alaska, too. Don’t worry about.”Trump seemed to be referring to the executive order on reversing offshore drilling protections in the Arctic. He’s expected to sign that on Friday.last_img read more

Mathura Registers Case Under New Triple Talaq Law

first_imgMATHURA: Under the newly enacted law that prohibits instant pronouncement of “triple talaq”, a case has been registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, where a man allegedly divorced his wife in the middle of a road for refusing to arrange a dowry amount of Rs. 1 lakh, police said. A case has been registered under section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection for Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, on the basis of a complaint by the victim’s mother. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us According to the complaint Jumirat, who hails from Kosi, was married to Ikram, who is from Nuh in Mewat. Their families have been locked in a dispute over the dowry amount for sometime now. The dispute was already being heard in the women police station in here. On Thursday, the two parties had come for mediation. But according to victim’s mother, Ikram demanded Rs. 1 lakh to continue in the marriage with Jumirat. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us When she refused, Ikram pronounced “Talaq-Talaq-Talaq” and walked away. Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur said a case under the new Triple Talaq Act has been registered on the basis of the complaint by the mother of the victim. President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to the Triple Talaq Bill, making the practice of giving instant triple talaq orally a criminal offence with provisions of a jail term of up to three years. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 25 despite the opposition’s demand for its scrutiny by a Standing Committee. Subsequently, it was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with the government mustering numbers for its smooth sailing in the Upper House where it still lacks majority support.last_img read more

5 Data Management Challenges Facing Small Business Owners

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read As small business owners, we generally wear all the hats. And if we’ve grown to where we aren’t wearing all the hats at the same time, we at least rotate through them a few times a month.One hat that is becoming increasingly important – and scary — to wear is the data scientist hat.Although data scientists come in many forms, with varied skills, a small business data scientist is mostly responsible for parsing through and analyzing data to present key findings about a business. The goal is to use data and the findings to address challenges, find opportunities, and ultimately, help a business save time and money.While most of us don’t have the luxury of hiring a bona fide data scientist to handle these figures, there are a few things you should know and consider as you run your business and aim to become as efficient as possible in your business functions.Here are a few data management challenges and tips for handling each.1. Data Strategy: Do you have one?The overarching and driving structure of managing data is a data strategy. A data strategy is essentially a roadmap that identifies how a company will collect, handle, manage and store content. While a data strategy can vary in its breadth and depth, a simple strategy explaining each component is vital.As an example, I run a small fitness studio. We collect data through a third-party site and all of the collected data is stored within their platform. However, we have the capability to download reports and export content, such as email addresses and member lists. We do not, however, have the ability to access individuals’ financial information, e.g. credit card numbers, from the platform, which provides a level of security for our members and keeps us removed from that sensitive data.We have implemented a barebones data strategy, which outlines who has access to member data, which computers can be used for downloading reports and how we use our mobile devices to access data. We also have restrictions on permissions for anyone who can log into our third-party site from the backend.While this may seem like overkill for a five-person operation, we want to be careful with our data and know exactly who is interacting with it and how.2. Data collection: What and how? For the most part, there are two immediate questions that plague a data strategy and drive the roadmap.What data do you want to collect?How will you collect that data?Since data collection can happen in various formats – print, digital and in-person — the means in which data is shared and collected is a serious concern. When dealing with sensitive and personal identification information, the outlet for collecting this should be secure.Another example – credit card information is incredibly sensitive these days — especially with the recent onslaught of data breaches that has put credit information and identities in jeopardy. The rule of thumb is that if you don’t have to touch this information, don’t. Use online portals or a chip reading device that can be used directly in front of customers. Or use a merchant service that will process and encrypt data to ensure top-level security for these transactions.3. Data storage: Where? Once you have data, you have to store it. While data storage can be relatively cheap these days, you don’t want to use a service that doesn’t have bank-level encryption, has a bad reputation or no reputation at all.Data should be stored through a trusted platform that can be expandable and scalable based on your company’s current and future needs.For instance, data storage spaces, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, will allow you a certain amount of free space, then it will begin charging when you hit a certain threshold. This can be convenient since you may not want to invest in a huge amount of storage if it isn’t necessary, but you also don’t want to have to completely switch platforms when you grow.The key thing to consider here is security. Make sure that wherever and however you store your data, it’s safe.Related: Data-Driven Marketing in 2016: Bigger, Faster, Better4. Data Sharing: Who? After you solved the puzzle of data collection and storage, the kicker in putting data to work is data sharing, which can also be referred to as data integration.Because so many of the best data storing programs are cloud-based – leaving data off your hardware devices, which can be a good thing — these systems are becoming smart enough to talk to each other and foster integration between programs.For instance, with a program such as Neat, which is used to store receipts and expense data, the challenge used to lie in extracting that data and importing it into another platform, such as QuickBooks Online or other accounting platforms.Since technology continues to improve, and these platforms keep getting smarter, data in the form of expense reports can easily be exported from Neat’s premium service to QuickBooks Online within a few clicks. From an operational and accounting standpoint, this could be a game changer, and it’s absolutely a timesaver, as it creates streamlined and automated workflows.Another example is contact imports. If you use Neat or another scanning software to collect contact information, you want to be able to easily export these contacts into a CRM or email service provider (ESP) to manage your database. For our fitness studio, we use a couple-click process to import our opt-ins from the third-party site into Constant Contact for our monthly mailer.Related: You Can Become a Data Scientist. Yes, You.5. Data use: When? The last item in your data strategy is understanding when and how you will use your data. Understand the implications of using your data and ensure you have permissions for that use.No one is particularly excited when they receive an email they never signed up for, or a charge they didn’t agree to. Be very careful about how you use the data you collect, and do not violate any of your data use policies, which should be publicly posted and available for anyone who is willingly offering up data.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataHere’s a few additional considerations.As you get deeper into your data strategy, consider the following:Data policy posting and enforcementData hacks and responsibilitiesData protectionSmarter and more informed data management can go from being the elephant in the room to one of the best business enablers you can unleash for your small business, so long as you do it right.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 6, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

512GB 105inch iPad Pro WiFi Model Available at Significant Discount Limited Time

first_img Share Tweet Submit Apple’s latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro is seeing a big discount at Best Buy today, shaving $150 off its retail price. Find more details here.Get the 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro WiFi for Just $850 [$150 Off Retail Price]If I was asked to pick the best tablet available right now, I’ll simply go ahead with the iPad Pro – the latest model with ProMotion display. While it does pack in an insane amount of firepower under the hood, the price might prove to be a downer for a lot of people. Thankfully, Best Buy has taken it upon themselves to do something about that and is offering the 512GB, WiFi-only flavor of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at a $150 discount. This means that you can buy Apple’s latest and greatest tablet for just $849, bringing it down from its usual $999 price tag.The tablet features a 10.5-inch Retina display that can refresh at 120Hz which equates to a buttery smooth iOS 11 experience. It even features the same cameras as the iPhone 7 – front and back. This means that this beast of a tablet can shoot not only great photos, but also 4K video, optically stabilized, too. And since this is a ‘Pro’ iPad, you can therefore grab yourself an Apple Pencil and use it with it as well. If you like, you can even connect accessories such as a keyboard and whatnot using the Smart Connector.Everything is topped off with 512GB of storage space which is bonkers for a tablet. Basically, if you don’t plan on ever backing up your tablet (which you should, by the way) then this amount of storage will suffice for a long, long time. It’s ideal for hoarding movies, TV shows, apps, games and whatnot.This deal is available for a limited period of time only, and the tablet in question is available in Silver. Hit the link below and go straight to the buying page on Best Buy.Buy 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro WiFi [Best Buy link]You may also like to check out:Get a 64GB Apple TV 4th-Gen for Just $159 – Down from $199 [Today-Only Deal]President’s Day Deal: Fully Unlocked 32GB iPhone 7 for Just $374 [Regular Price $499]Anker SoundCore 2 for $31.99, Nebula Capsule 15% Off, Wireless Charging Pad for $17.99 and a Ton More!last_img read more

Millennials Favor SingleFamily Homes when Establishing Households

first_img July 1, 2015 456 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Millennials are leaning toward single-family homes when browsing the housing market. A recent analysis from Fannie Mae titled “Rent or Own, Young Adults Still Prefer Single-Family Homes” determined that householders aged 25-34 were more likely to occupy a single-family home in 2013 than in 2006, during the peak of the last housing cycle.“As the housing recovery plods along, many are looking to young adults as a source of new demand that could invigorate the residential rebound,” Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning economic & strategic research group at Fannie Mae. “Interest in the housing behaviors of young adults is intensified by the sheer size of the millennial generation, which by some estimates is the largest in U.S. history. In particular, much attention has focused on millennials’ household formation and homeownership rates, which are substantially lower than for previous generations.”The research examined the rates at which young households occupy single-family homes across the rental, owner-occupied, and recent homebuyer markets and also compared the structure-type choices of young households today with those of young adults prior to the housing crash, according to Fannie Mae.The analysis found that although occupants aged 25-34 were less likely to dwell in a single-family home in 2013 compared to 2006, the likelihood that a young adult will live in a single-family home today does not differ from 2000, before the housing boom and bust.The research also determined that 25-34 year-old homeowners are found to be more likely to reside in a single-family home today than previous generations, and young renters today are roughly as likely to occupy a single-family home as the preceding generation when structure-type occupancy rates are disaggregated by housing tenure. Exceeding the rate at which young adults bought single-family homes during the housing boom, 90 percent of 25-34 year-olds who purchased a home between 2012 and 2013.“Millennials have become an increasingly important source of demand in the home sales market,” the report said. “Recent studies indicate not only that Millennials have become the dominant demographic in the sales market, but they also find that the large majority of Millennials are purchasing single-family homes.”Fannie Mae believes that the rising popularity of single-family homes came after the housing bust and tightened credit standards shifted the distribution of homebuyers toward more affluent households. The proportion of recent homebuyers aged 25-34 who resided in single-family homes in 2013 was 2.3 percentage points greater than in 2006 and five percentage points higher than in 2000.Single-family homes make up 90 percent of the nations owner-occupied housing stock, making it a popular choice for young homebuyers, Fannie Mae reported. The proportion of 25-34 year-old homeowners who resided in a single-family home in 2013 was 1.5 percentage points greater than in 2006 and 4.4 percentage points more than in 2000.“A sharp rebound in multifamily construction, but only modest gains in single-family homebuilding, have characterized the housing market recovery,” the report said. “However, the continued popularity of single-family housing among today’s young adults should give pause to those who argue that a fundamental generational shift has occurred in housing-type preferences. Millennials’ desire for single-family homes not only remains robust, but should strengthen in coming years as more members of the cohort age into their thirties, prime years for first-time homeownership. Given the massive size of the millennial generation, this life-cycle progression should support continued recovery in housing construction and bodes well for a stronger rebound in the single-family sector in the second half of the decade.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s complete Analysis.  Fannie Mae Housing Market Millennials Single-Family Homes 2015-07-01 Staff Writercenter_img Millennials Favor Single-Family Homes when Establishing Households Sharelast_img read more

Body transportation problem at Paphos morgue solved

first_imgThe health ministry on Wednesday said they had solved the problem of transporting bodies from the Paphos morgue to Limassol for post-mortems while the Paphos facility is being renovated.It was reported on Wednesday that due to renovations at the Paphos hospital’s morgue, a problem had occurred with the transportation of bodies to the Limassol hospital for post mortems, as there was no suitable air-conditioned vehicle available.A refrigerated container has been placed outside the Paphos morgue to store bodies for the next five to six months until the renovation is completed. During that time no post mortems can be carried out in Paphos and must be taken to Limassol.The transport problem arose on Wednesday when police asked for the transfer of a body to the Limassol hospital for a post mortem, but staff at the Paphos hospital did not have a vehicle to arrange this.The use of ambulances was immediately rejected.On Wednesday afternoon, the health ministry said that an air-conditioned vehicle had been found to transport the bodies to Limassol for as long as the renovation takes place.“Similar arrangements were in place when the Larnaca and Limassol morgues were under renovation,” a health ministry spokesperson told the Cyprus Mail. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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