November 13, 2019

4 days agoChelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ready to battle Man Utd for Leicester fullback Chilwellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are ready to battle Manchester United for Ben Chilwell next summer.The Blues have decided that neither Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are long-term options at left-back. As such, the club’s scouts have been told to look at left-backs from around the world.One name already being considered is England international Chilwell, according to 90min.Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the 22-year-old.The Blues have listed Basel’s Paraguayan star Blás Riveros as a cheaper alternative should a bidding war ensue over Chilwell. last_img read more

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First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite skeptics

first_imgWASHINGTON – Pushing back against her critics, Melania Trump said Tuesday she’s committed to fighting cyberbullying despite the knocks she’s gotten for taking on the issue when her husband regularly uses Twitter to berate his foes and call them names.“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” the first lady said. “I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation.”Mrs. Trump made her comments as she convened executives from major online and social media companies at the White House to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety. The meeting came more than a year after she announced that cyberbullying would be her cause if Trump were elected president.The choice was immediately assailed, but Mrs. Trump said she won’t back down.She said she gets many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened on social media. She acknowledged that the issue has been studied for years, and told the executives she wants to hear “what you have learned, what has been accomplished, and what progress still needs to be made.”“I believe together we can make a real difference in encouraging positive behaviours on social media,” she added.Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft sent representatives, as did the Internet Association and the Family Online Safety Institute.All the major technology companies have strict policies prohibiting harassment and other bullying behaviour on their services, but primarily rely on users to report abuses and weed them out. They try to clearly spell out the kinds of remarks and other posts that won’t be tolerated in special sections such as one Facebook, the largest online social network, has set up. Instagram, a popular service among kids and young adults for sharing photos and videos, provides links to the U.S. government’s anti-bullying site and tips from a cyberbullying research centre on one of its help pages.But the efforts so far have fallen short, leading to rampant abuses that even some of the companies acknowledge have driven away or tormented portions of their audience.It got so bad on Twitter, which has 68 million U.S. users, that the San Francisco company vowed last fall to crack down on hateful tweets. Among other things, Twitter adopted new policies aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online — a common bullying tactic.Yik Yak, another messaging app once popular among high school and college students, shut down last year partly because schools banned it following complaints about bullying and harassment.Online bullying takes many shapes, but some of the most common tactics include posting embarrassing or salacious photos, making demeaning or cruel remarks under a photo or in a general post about someone, and sharing screenshots of what at least one person thought was a private text.Harassment is widespread and extends beyond teenagers. A Pew Research Center poll last year found 41 per cent of U.S. adults believed they had been harassed online.The popularity and volume of content on major social media sites presents a huge challenge in policing what is being shared. Facebook, for instance, has 2.1 billion worldwide users who collectively share billions of posts on their pages daily. More than 300 hours of video is uploaded to Google’s YouTube site every minute.The companies are also constantly struggling to balance the desire to prevent harassment and other abuses with a commitment to freedom of expression.In some cases, they see harassment and still look the other way. For instance, some of President Trump’s more vitriolic tweets have openly mocked and denigrated people, prompting calls for Twitter to shut down his account and ban him from its service. But Twitter has declined, maintaining the news value of the president’s tweets eclipses complaints about him being a bully.There is no federal law that applies to bullying. State laws vary, ranging from requiring public schools to have bullying policies to requiring anonymous reporting systems, said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University. The federal government can best help by giving schools more tools and money to provide programs, Hinduja said.Mrs. Trump announced in a speech near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign that her priority as first lady would be to fight cyberbullying.___AP Business Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleaplast_img read more

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Ottawa commits 30 million for new tidal power project in Bay of

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa has announced a $29.8 million grant for a new project that aims to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the grant in support of a $117-million project operated by Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd. on Thursday, amidst a meeting of G7 ministers that has emphasized the importance of renewable energies.Simon De Pietro, director of Irish-based DP Energy, said its Halagonia subsidiary would produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes using a tidal power generation unit tested in the bay.He said the nine megawatt system could combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency.The project comes amid the uncertain future of the marquee Cape Sharp Tidal venture. De Pietro said in an interview that his firm is aware of the challenges of operating in a bay with the world’s highest tides.“Indeed the Bay of Fundy has already demonstrated its ability to challenge. We do not take that challenge lightly,” he said during the announcement.“We don’t want to rush in, drop it in the water, and for it to break.”A news release from the federal government said Halagonia’s project “will also demonstrate the potential for further tidal energy projects and provide valuable experience managing electricity generation from tidal resources.”The funding is drawn from a larger pool of funds Natural Resources Canada has set aside for its emerging renewable power program.An Irish technical team has been working to determine why the rotor on the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is not turning.Halifax-based Emera Inc., which was involved in the troubled project, said this week that experts believe a component failure in the generator “caused sufficient damage to prevent the rotor from turning.”It says the turbine worked after it was after deployed in July and that it’s not yet clear when the malfunction happened.Emera remains a shareholder in Cape Sharp Tidal, but recently announced it was pulling out of the project after co-owner OpenHydro filed for bankruptcy protection.The turbine will remain stationary while the OpenHydro team analyzes information gathered from sensors to determine whether it is functional.De Pietro said Thursday the goal is to have the Halagonia project in the water by 2020.The engineer and businessman said his privately owned company is attempting to help launch a new industry, and this is why his project needed government aid.De Pietro said the company is testing two technologies for the turbines and will judge which works best for delivering reasonably priced green energy.Sohi also said it’s important to remember that in the early days of solar and wind power, public money was needed.Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power, allowing it to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months.The floating platform was installed Tuesday in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island in Digby County, Black Rock said Thursday.The permit will allow the Halifax-based company to learn how its device operates in a marine environment and “take a staged approach to deployment.”Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette said in a news release Wednesday that supporting a marine renewable energy project like Black Rock Tidal Power’s is a key pillar of the government’s energy plan.“Projects like this that test technology in the Bay of Fundy’s unique marine environment will help spur innovation and competition and help solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Modi-Shah duo responsible for promoting ‘mobocracy’, damaging cultural identity of states: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday condemned the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata while accusing the Narendra Modi-Shah duo of promoting “mobocracy” in the country and damaging the cultural identity of the states. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also condemned the desecration of the statue of national icon and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence, terming it a “shameful act”. “A new politics where ‘mobocracy’ is being actively encouraged and abetted by the ruling party — the BJP — in the country has gained ground in the past five years. Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP are squarely responsible for systematically damaging the cultural identity of each state in India. The Modi-Shah duo are responsible for promoting mobocracy in the country,” he told reporters. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singhvi alleged that the federal structure, respect for regional aspirations, culture, language, food habits and the identity of indigenous people are under attack by the BJP in every state of the country. “This negative politics of ‘destruction, demolition and discretion’ are methodically vitiating the political atmosphere of the country. The BJP wants to exert its monolithic supremacy and bigoted agenda on each state, thus weakening the federal polity,” he alleged. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Singhvi said “federal fascism is embedded in the BJP’s DNA and the power hungry Modi-Shah duo are hell-bent on bulldozing the cultural identity of states.” He said the Congress strongly condemns the violent discretion of the statue of national icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great educationist who changed the Bengali alphabet, sanskrit scholar and reformer who brought in the widow remarriage act and fought for women’s education. “We are deeply pained that such a shameful incident took place,” he said. Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken upon himself to protect the culture, identity and language of the various states that make India. “This is one of the strongest reasons why Rahul Gandhi is fighting elections from both north India (Amethi) and south India (Wayanad) so that all parts of India feel united under the common umbrella of the Congress party,” he added. The Congress leader alleged that disrespect for national icons and hegemony of its own ideology was reflective of the BJP’s mindset and recalled how BJP H Raja had pledged to destroy the statue of social reformer Periyar in Chennai. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav “actively justified pulling down statues, but no action was taken against him”, he claimed. Singhvi alleged that a bust of national icon B R Ambedkar was found splashed with red paint in north Chennai and in February this year, members of a fringe right wing group associated with the Sangh Parivar “shamelessly” re-enacted the scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by shooting his effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of his assassin Nathuram Godse in Uttar Pradesh. He said the current situation was the result of “condemnable policies” of the Modi government for various states, including not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, and “systematic mauling” of the federal structure as had happened during government formations in Goa, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. “The Modi government’s politics of division was in full form, after it brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was opposed tooth and nail in many states of the northeast. This was a direct assault on the indigenous people of the region,” Singhvi said. In Jammu and Kashmir too, he said this government promised Rs 80,000 crore, but gave only 31 per cent of the package and so was the case in Bihar, where a total of Rs 1.25 lakh crore was promised but nothing reached the state. “PM Modi, who paraded co-operative federalism as an ‘article of faith’, hasn’t even released the funds to states, with reports stating that the Centre has achieved only a third of devolution, thereby starving states of funds needed for vital welfare schemes like education and health,” he alleged.last_img read more

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer stresses 4 to 6 A to

Coach Urban Meyer stands on the sidelines during a game against San Diego. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAside from the shoulder pads and helmets popping against each other, coaches yelling out orders or the shrill of whistles, there’s been one phrase that has echoed throughout the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during Ohio State spring practice.“4 to 6, A to B.”The phrase has seemingly become second nature to the Buckeyes, as coach Urban Meyer works to give his program’s culture a facelift throughout the spring football season.“We have a mantra, we have a culture that I want to make sure we don’t lose,” Meyer said after his team’s first spring practice March 4. “What I’m looking for is simplicity, and 4 to 6 and A to B. If you can’t give us that, then we gotta move on and get another player that will.”The mantra of playing hard for four to six seconds, and rushing hard during a play from one direct point to another, is so important to OSU’s football coach that he mentioned it four times March 4, in what was his first press conference since the Buckeyes’ 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3.It’s been such a big part of the culture change for OSU so far in 2014 that the words continue to trickle down across the roster and coaching staff.“It’s going to be about 4 to 6, A to B. That’s what we’re going to be about,” assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 when asked about his unit specifically. “We’re going to work as hard as we can in 4 to 6 seconds, and go from point A to point B as fast as we can.”The coaching staff preaches the phrase in nearly every interview session during spring ball, establishing the assertion time and again.“I know you guys are getting tired of hearing ‘power of the unit’ and ‘4 to 6 seconds,’ but here’s reality: If that’s what is truly important, and it becomes important to our players that 11 guys show up at the ball and it doesn’t matter really which number gets there first … then it’s really, really important,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said to reporters after practice April 3.Meyer said he knew he and his staff had work to do to shore some things up on the team — particularly at defending the pass, as the team gave up an average of 268 yards per game through the air, good for 112th in the country — to even have a chance at success in 2014. And fixing the mistakes that cost them begins with that one simple phrase.“I don’t want a team that’s scared to make mistakes. I don’t want a team that’s thinking,” Meyer said March 4. “I want a team that goes 4 to 6 seconds, and when they put their foot on the ground, it’s A to B, it’s fast and it’s as hard as you go.”Aside from the loss to the Tigers in the Orange Bowl, OSU also fell to Michigan State Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship Game, 34-24, crushing the chances it had of competing for the national title.The back-to-back losses are the first for Meyer in his tenure as OSU coach, after ripping off 24 straight wins since arriving in Columbus in 2012. With nearly eight months for that feeling to sit and ruminate in his and his team’s minds before the Buckeyes have another chance to line up against an opponent, it’s clear he wants things to change.“Urban has set the tone very clearly, nothing else matters,” Coombs said. “4 to 6 seconds, point A to point B, all of us doing the same thing, going as hard as we can and the kids have bought into that.“And they’re not allowed to not buy into it, to be perfectly honest with you. It’s not an option. It is the way it’s going to be.”With the annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium as the last scheduled, organized practice before fall camp, Meyer stressed the importance of adhering to the play-hard culture.“I want to make sure that culture’s out there,” Meyer said. “There’s never been a team, in 27 years of coaching, that team that didn’t play the hardest, didn’t win the game. Lack of execution and lack of technique — you can overcome that with incredible effort. You can’t overcome lack of effort with great technique. It doesn’t happen. At some point you’ll fail … These kids have heard that nonstop from the coaching staff.”The spring game is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The season opener against Navy is scheduled for Aug. 30 at noon in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

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Confirmed Yaya Toure will not be joining West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out the prospect of reuniting with Yaya Toure at the London StadiumThe 35-year-old free agent had a good relationship with Pellegrini in their time together at Manchester City and rumours of a possible reunion have been about since the Chilean was appointed as the new Hammers’ boss.But now Pellegrini has revealed that he is not looking to sign the Ivorian midfielder.“Yaya is a very good player. In his position at the moment we have very good players.,” he said, as stated on Sky Sports.“He will always be a good player in any team but right now our squad is ready.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…Summer signing Jack Wilshere could not make an impact on his Premier League debut for West Ham in the club’s opening day 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.Pellegrini added: “I see Jack playing as a holding midfielder but with free movement. It’s the best position that he likes to play also.“He can give us very good build up from outside. He is a player who is always doing creative things during the game.”Deadline day signings Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez are unlikely to feature for West Ham in this weekend’s game at home to Bournemouth having only joined first-team training this week.last_img read more

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Tuchel explains Neymars best position

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel will continue to use Neymar as a number 10 and explained why ahead of tonight’s Ligue 1 clash with Stade ReimsThe 26-year-old was moved from the wing to the middle in last Sunday’s 3-1 win at Rennes.It marked a big change for Neymar, who has primarily operated on the left wing since arriving from Barcelona last year.But Tuchel has done this a few times now and explained he intends to continue doing so as it allows Neymar to be more involved in attacking plays.“Of course he likes to be there and we like to have him in the number 10 position because he is involved in every attack, not only from the left,” said Tuchel in a press conference.“He has the chance to be a bit more free and be in the centre of the game and we have the chance to involve him in every attack we make.“If you involve Neymar in your attacks, there’s a high possibility that you create chances.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“This is how I think about players, so what can we get from them and what do we want from them and this is why it’s a good option to play with Ney in the centre.”Neymar has managed four goals and two assists in five Ligue 1 games this season.PSG currently lead the league standings by five points from Lille after winning all six of their opening games.Total focus from @neymarjr 👊🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/bfSCkMWpgA— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 25, 2018last_img read more

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Sturridge should be in the Three Lions squad Northcroft

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge should have been included in the England squad according to Jonathon Northcroft.Sturridge’s omission from the squad has raised a few eyebrows considering the player’s return to fitness and improved performance this season most recently his stunning equaliser in Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea last weekend.“Daniel Sturridge, in terms of talent, and someone who is in good shape and form – England should be biting the hand off to get Sturridge in there,” Northcroft disclosed to Sky Sports. “I would have him in the team.“I do not understand that one [Sturridge omission], I would actually have him in the team. He is a slightly different player to Harry Kane if you want a No 9 and a No 10. Throwing Raheem Sterling in there, there are some incredible talents.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Considering Daniel Sturridge is in the best moment he has been in for four or five years I think that it is time to get him back in the England squad.“Nathaniel Chalobah is the unusual selection. That is the selection that to me says ‘this is a policy, this is Gareth Southgate’s policy of what have you done for the development sides, if you do well there then you get in the England [senior] squad.“Generally, it has been serving England quite well, but for this one, you also have to reward merit, and it is the Sturridge one that sticks in my throat a bit.”Sturridge would be hoping to impress once again against City today if he’s called upon.last_img read more

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Pep delighted to leave Albion without injuries

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he’s thankful for no injuries during the second leg of the Carabao Cup despite a dangerous pitch.City won the tie 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sergio Aguero, as the Premier League champions recorded a 10-0 aggregate score line after winning the first leg 9-0.Guardiola felt the victory added another feather to City’s cap in their continuing development but he was equally delighted to come through unscathed on a difficult playing surface.Burton had kept the pitch covered due to low temperatures a few hours prior to kick-off to protect it from frost.City manager Guardiola said, according to talkSPORT: Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The game was very dangerous because the pitch was slippery.”“But, no injuries – that is so important – and we enjoy the moment because we are in a final.”“We know in Wembley, as we lived last season, it’s quite special. It’s nice to play a final in Wembley.”Aguero was among a few senior players to play accompanied by the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph.Some of the Citizens teenage prospects youngsters also featured, including Phil Foden, Eric Garcia, Philippe Sandler and Ian Carlo Poveda.last_img read more

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Farm Workers Donate Cash And Supplies To Childrens Home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – KINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): Cash and supplies worth more than $250,000 have been donated to the Hanbury Children’s Home in Manchester, by Jamaican farm workers employed overseas, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.The presentation was made to the home on April 30 by farm workers attached to Gebbers Farm in the state of Washington, in the United States (US).The donation will be used to renovate the home’s dining area and to revitalise its backyard gardening project. Camp Supervisor at Gebbers Farm, Eyon Gayle, told JIS News that the donation to the home, which caters to children up to 18 years old, resulted from the group’s desire to give back to the most vulnerable in Jamaica. “The interest started from our Jamaica 50 celebrations when we were away in the US working in 2012 and we wanted to have our own event, so we planned our own Jamaica Day, cooked and sold Jamaican cuisine. It was decided that the proceeds would be given to charity or some vulnerable group in Jamaica,” he said.Along with the group’s cash donation, the children’s home also received seedlings from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and 30 fruit trees from the ‘Trees That Feed’ Foundation, an overseas charity organisation established by a Jamaican.Mr. Gayle said the smile on the children’s faces made the experience memorable and would encourage them to continue their support to their homeland.“To see the smiling children in Manchester was a joy for us and pushes us further to want to contribute. It is good to know that we are making a meaningful contribution and that it will enhance their lives. We just can’t stop at this time,” he said.The farm workers made their first donation of $250,000 to the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town back in 2013. This amount was matched by their employer who was impressed by the group’s philanthropic venture and donated to the Golden Age Home located in the West Kingston community of Denham Town.Last year, the offices of the Overseas Employment Service Centre on East Street benefitted from the second donation of $250,000 to erect a gazebo. The amount was again matched by the operators of Gebbers Farm and presented to Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home in St. James. Gebbers Farm has been a participant in the Ministry’s Overseas Agricultural (Farm Work) Programme since 2010. Currently, there are over 500 Jamaican farm workers employed on the farm, engaged in fruit-picking activities. Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:gebber farm, Hanbury Children’s Home, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

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Red Cross issues one thousand sand bags in TCI

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, TCI Red Cross, tropical storm erika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – One thousand sand bags have been distributed so far by the TCI Red Cross as the country braces for Tropical Storm Erika on the weekend. Although forecasts say the storm is not favorable for significant development as it has to ride the mountains of both Puerto Rio and Santo Domingo in the DR, it is advisable that residents get ready. The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies last night advised that the TCI is now under Tropical Storm Watch and also informed that gale force winds are anticipated by Friday night with minor condition for Grand Turk and Provo. TS Erika is moving WNW at 17mph. Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season over; takes 88 lives, costs $590 million Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominica gets 300 temporary homes; $34 million to rebuild communitieslast_img read more

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Turks and Caicos company to computerize Work Permit process announces Ministry

first_img TCI Company Contracted for Work Permit upgrade Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DataworxSystemsLtd, #magneticmedianews, #workpermitprocesscomputerized Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Announced today by the Ministry of Border Control and Employment; a plan agreed to since 2016 and now finally just about ready for roll out and the Minister and Permanent Secretary both say it will revolutionize speed and ease of service at the department.Work Permits are evolving to an electronically generated and more secure document.  Minister and Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood said:  “It is my government’s intention to demonstrate our full commitment to improving service delivery in all areas of my Ministry.   This new system will address some of the longstanding complaints that the business community express on a regular basis, more notably, the lack of feedback, lengthy delays in the process, and the absence of identification for family members who are permitted to reside in the Islands with permit holders.”Dataworx Systems Ltd is responsible for installing the software which will now require electronic data entry, be able to give electronic approvals and instantly communicate decisions.  Outgoing PS, Clara Gardiner said there will be public engagement, with the business sector in particular to inform more directly about what this change will mean.Gardiner also noted that this launch of the work permit database is the first of a multi-faceted IT modernization that is taking place across all departments with the Ministry of Border Control and Employment.  There will also be a go live feature once the system is completely set up. #MagneticMediaNews#workpermitprocesscomputerized#DataworxSystemsLtdlast_img read more

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Ten Questions to Ask Before You Blog

first_imgOne of the most frequent questions I receive while traveling is about blogging. The questions revolve around how to get started, what to talk about, and what software to use.My questions back to them usually startle the person, because so many start thinking about what they want to say, other than what their target audience needs to hear.  Here are a few…1.  Who are your primary and secondary targets for your blog?2.  What do you want to tell them? 3.  Do you understand what the key informational needs of the audience are?4.  Are you reading other blogs on that topic, and ones targeting your customers and prospects?5.  If you are reading, are you leaving comments that add to the online conversation on the blogs you cover?6.  Do you have a firm grasp on the types of keywords to focus on that would be relevant to your blog?7.  Do you follow those keywords on Technorati and Google Blog Search?  Do you have alerts set up around those keywords at Google Alerts?8.  Can you commit to blogging at least two-to-three times per week? (consistency is key)9.  What is your ultimate goal in starting a blog?  In one year from when you start blogging, how will your life be different?10.  Are you looking at blogging as a challenge or something that could be fun?Of course, I don’t ask all of these in order in fear I would scare them off, but these are the general starter questions.  These questions should be the same for individuals as well as businesses.The majority of blogs out there don’t make it.  The worst thing you can do as a business is start a consistent dialogue with your customers and then stop.  Better not to do one at all.Remember, blogging is just a tool.  Some businesses aren’t ready to commit resources or change their culture (full transparency) to adapt to a blog.  That’s okay.  But all businesses must understand the power of blogging.  Your brand is what people read about and talk about online.  You have to decide if you want to be a part of shaping that conversation around your brand.[EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read more of Joe at his blog.]last_img read more

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Survey Interactive Ads Highly Engaging

first_imgPublishers may not be overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of digital readers to this point (in announcing its highest North American circulation ever, The Economist revealed it has about 5,000 subscribers to its digital editions), but those readers are highly engaged with interactive magazine ads, according to Affinity’s VISTA Digital Service, which measures the effectiveness of ads delivered through iPad apps and other mobile platforms. Eight-eight percent of readers who watched a sponsored video embedded in an ad said they enjoyed the experience, while 89 percent believe that the advertiser is “innovative” for developing the ad. Readers who viewed photo galleries made accessible through a digital magazine ad said they were able to learn more about the product, while almost nine out of 10 respondents viewed the advertiser as innovative. Meanwhile, 92 percent of readers who tap and slide on an ad for a 3D view of the product said that interactive feature enhanced their overall magazine reading experience.last_img read more

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Another Magazine Association Rebrands

first_imgThe WFMA’s new brand is the result of a familiar-sounding situation: “The new name reflects the transformation of the publishing and support services industries in the last decade to include digital and other media,” says the release announcing the change. The WFMA produces the annual CircDayLA event and was started in 1976. The rebranding, says the association, is the first of a series of initiatives to expand membership. In a bid to give its membership roster a shot in the arm, the AAMP has begun offering complimentary membership for 2013. The rebranding directly addresses what’s been happening in the audience marketing discipline for the last ten years, but has ramped up quickly in the last several: Print circulation and audience marketing is now inextricably linked with every other platform a brand is on, including digital, mobile and events. And there are a host of media companies that do “audience development” that have nothing to do with print.By changing its name, AAMP is better positioned to not only recognize and serve the changing discipline of magazine audience marketing, but it is also creating an opportunity for other kinds of media organizations to become members.Associations in the magazine market in general have found themselves in awkward situations—branding or otherwise—as the pace of change quickly made them appear outmoded. The Society of National Association Publications rebranded as Association Media and Publishing in 2009. A year later, the MPA renamed itself The Association of Magazine Media. More recently, other magazine associations have struggled to find their footing in their markets. The Western Publishing Association had to postpone its annual conference this year due to sluggish registration. And ABM, which saw the writing on the wall and rebranded from American Business Press to American Business Media more than a decade ago, just officially merged with the Software and Information Industry Association, becoming a standalone division within that organization and ending a 107-year run as an independent association. Add another magazine association to the rebranding list. The Western Fulfillment Management Association has changed its name to Association for Audience Marketing Professionals. last_img read more

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Ed Sheeran Makes Billboard Chart History With Shape Of You

first_imgNews GRAMMY winner’s smash hit ties for most weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2017 – 11:09 am GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran is making Billboard chart history with his smash hit, “Shape Of You.”On Aug. 21 “Shape Of You” hit the 32-week mark in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is now tied for first place for most weeks in the Top 10 in the chart’s history. GRAMMY-winning dance/electronic duo the Chainsmokers also hold the first place title with “Closer,” featuring Halsey, spending 32 weeks in the Top 10, as does GRAMMY winner LeAnn Rimes for 1997’s “How Do I Live.”A close follow-up with 31 weeks in the Top 10 is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Record Of The Year GRAMMY-winning hit “Uptown Funk.” Santana’s “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas — also a Record Of The Year winner — holds the next spot with 30 weeks in the Top 10.The other record-holding Top 10 hits include LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock’s 2011 “Party Rock Anthem” (29 weeks), Jewel’s 1997 hit “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me” (28 weeks), Mars’ current hit “That’s What I Like (27 weeks), and Savage Garden’s 1998 track “Truly Madly Deeply” (26 weeks).Notably, Mars’ “That’s What I Like” could move up in the ranks of Top 10 winners, as it still sits at No. 8, while Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” could pull away as the longest-running Top 10 hit in Billboard Hot 100 history with just another week in the Top 10. It’s currently at No. 9.Did Ed Sheeran’s Carpool Karaoke Break The Internet?Read more Twitter Facebook Email Ed Sheeran: “Shape Of You” Makes Chart History ed-sheeran-makes-billboard-chart-history-shape-you Ed Sheeran Makes Billboard Chart History With “Shape Of You” last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Product Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Electronics Technician at MT-Unirepair, Inc.Full-Time Global Sourcing Analyst at UniFirstFull-Time Business Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Xpress MoversPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Engineering Technician at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Sales Engineer at United Tool & Machine Corp.Full-Time Electrical Design Engineer at Ametek(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 8, 2018 to July 15, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierGoFundMe page for wheelchair-accessible van by Lizzy HillMexican restaurant comes to Wilmington by Lizzie McDermottAnalog Tax Increment Financing approved by state by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunAnalog Devices expansion will bring 450 jobs by Kori TuittLike 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… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Lawmakers chide Google for making you work to get out of its

first_imgSenior privacy counsel for Google Will DeVries testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Alex Wong/Getty Images It’s not easy finding privacy online — and Congress members want to change that.Lawmakers called out Google on Tuesday at a Senate hearing on data privacy, pointing out how many hoops average people need to jump through to stop the tech giant from tracking them.Google lets people opt out of location and data tracking, and notes that people consent to providing their data by agreeing to its privacy policy. Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, criticized Google’s privacy policy, telling Will DeVries, the company’s senior privacy counsel, that the average person doesn’t read those documents.”You can hide a dead body in there and nobody would ever find it,” Kennedy said at the hearing.    The hearing took a look at privacy legislation like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and California’s Consumer Privacy Act, and how lawmakers in the US could create a bill that improves on existing laws.The panel included representatives from Google, Intel, DuckDuckGo, Californians for Consumer Privacy and the Center for Democracy and Technology. Congress has held multiple hearings on data privacy with tech giants and privacy advocates over the last year, with the hope of drafting a federal privacy law for the US. Multiple privacy scandals and data breaches involving tech giants have boosted momentum for regulation, but there are still arguments on how the law should work. The debate on Tuesday centered around opt-in versus opt-out consent. “Our current notice and consent model is broken,” Michelle Richardson, the Privacy and Data project director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in her opening remarks. “We need Congress to think much bigger and instead of keeping this model limping along, move the privacy burden back to where it belongs: the companies who collect and use our data.”Opt-in consent means you have to agree to all uses of your data before it’s collected. The GDPR requires this, and that’s why you were flooded with hundreds of “Privacy Policy update” emails last May.  Opt-out consent is the current status quo, where people’s data is collected by default if they use a service, forcing them to go to their privacy settings to shut off the data gathering. “There is significant evidence that defaults are sticky, and consumers rarely alter their default privacy settings,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii. “The privacy regime should be an opt-in.” Several lawmakers used Google as an example of how much data could be collected under default privacy settings. After DeVries told lawmakers that the data Google collects provides a benefit to users, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, asked for specifics. The Google senior privacy counsel started explaining that Maps needs your location to provide accurate directions when Graham interjected, “The phone is off.”DeVries said that Android phones still need your location data to “perform basic functions.”Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, described Google’s location tracking on Android devices, citing a Vanderbilt University study that found its phones sent data about 14 times an hour. Google responded to the study from last August, arguing that the research contained “wildly misleading information.” Hawley also cited a report finding that Android devices were storing location data even when Location History is disabled. “They think they can opt out of the tracking you’re performing, but they can’t meaningfully opt out,” Hawley said. “It’s kind of like that old Eagles song, ‘You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.'”DeVries admitted that Google should do a better job of explaining its location services and make its privacy policy clearer, but he didn’t agree with opt-in consent for privacy regulation. Tech giants like Google, Intel and Apple have argued against opt-in consent, saying that it causes “click fatigue” and citing the GDPR as an example. After the GDPR came into effect, millions of people received hundreds of notifications asking them to opt-in to new privacy policies.”I wouldn’t want to overwhelm users by having opt-in for everything. I worry it would cause click fatigue, and people would just start agreeing to everything,” DeVries said. David Hoffman, associate general counsel and global privacy officer for Intel, agreed, telling lawmakers that opt-in consent would put too much of a burden on people. In some cases, opt-in consent has become a “take it or leave it” approach, meaning that if you don’t agree to provide your data, you won’t be able to use the service. Privacy advocates warned against that, pointing out that the policy sometimes gives tech giants even more power. “The one in Europe is opt-in, and once you’ve opted in, the companies can sell your data, and that’s my worry,” said Alistair Mactaggart, the chief advocate behind California’s Consumer Privacy Act. “Once you’ve opted-in, it’s business as usual.” Several other senators called for opt-in consent for data privacy, including Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein from California and Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.”I would like my privacy to be protected, and it seems to me that if somebody has a proposal, I should be able to say yes or no,” Feinstein said. “I think the way one would know that they’re protected is that they have to be able to opt in as opposed to opt out.”Originally published March 12, 12:20 p.m.Correction, 3:02 p.m.: David Hoffman’s title was misstated during the hearing. He’s associate general counsel and global privacy officer for Intel. Tags Share your voice Politics Securitycenter_img 0 Post a commentlast_img read more

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Article 13 EU approves controversial copyright law

first_img Tags 2:55 Ahead of the vote on Tuesday, EU Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip pointed out that nothing in the text of the legislation stipulates the use of upload filters. But it’s hard to imagine a way in which tech platforms and social networks could otherwise realistically comply with the rules. But the copyright directive also stopped short of some of the restrictions many had feared. It will, for instance, allow uploading of material to noncommercial sites such as Wikipedia and to open-source platforms including GitHub. Startup platforms also will face light obligations than more established ones, which may soften the blow for those worried that only the biggest and wealthiest may be able to afford to comply with the legislation. Github welcomed the exception granted to open-source platforms, but noted that the directive still poses challenges for software developers. “Anyone developing a platform with EU users that involves sharing links or content faces great uncertainty,” Tal Niv, GitHub’s vice president of law and policy, said in a statement Tuesday. “The ramifications include being unable to develop features that web users currently expect, and having to implement very expensive and inaccurate automated filtering.” Meanwhile, the wacky, creative side of the internet got a reprieve. “We listened to the concerns raised and chose to doubly guarantee the freedom of expression,” Voss said. “The ‘meme’, the ‘gif’, the ‘snippet’ are now protected more than ever before.” Originally published March 25. Update March 26: Adds result of the EU vote. What is Article 13 and how will it affect you? Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Tech Industry Protesters march against the EU Copyright Directive in Leipzig, Germany, over the weekend. Peter Endig/picture alliance via Getty Images The European Parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of a controversial new law that will bring sweeping reforms to how copyrighted content posted online is governed. The legislation was adopted with 348 votes in favor and 274 against. For proponents of digital rights, the decision comes as a huge blow after over a year of campaigning to uphold what they see as the integrity of the internet. Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda, one of the most vocal critics of the directive, said on Twitter that the vote signals a “dark day for internet freedom.” Years in the making, the EU Copyright Directive has been heavily debated and divisive among politicians, as well as a cause of concern for the tech industry. One part of the proposal in particular — Article 13, which will govern the way copyrighted content is uploaded to the internet — has many in the tech community throwing their hands up in despair. Under the law, internet platforms will be liable for content that users upload, a burden that will fall heavily on some of the most popular online services. “YouTube, Facebook and Google News are some of the internet household names that will be most directly affected by this legislation,” the European Parliament said in a statement. The effects of the law may be felt well beyond Europe’s borders, given the global nature of the internet and the need for tech companies to come up with policies that can be broadly applied. That’s what happened after the EU enacted the privacy-focused General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, in May 2018. Critics said legislators had turned a deaf ear to a wide range of experts and to the general population. “In a stunning rejection of the will [of] five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety,” said rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a blog post. Before the text can be adopted in European law, it must next be approved by the Council of the European Union. It’s still possible that the directive may not be passed by the Council, but that would involve at least one key country changing its mind. A vote is expected to take place April 9. After EU member states themselves accept the text of the directive, it will take effect after publication in the official journal and member states will have two years to implement it. The European Parliament has abandoned common sense. Electronic Frontier Foundation Now playing: Watch this: 1:11 Comments Share your voice EU clamps down on tech in 2018 29 A second section of the directive, Article 11, says search engines and news aggregators will be charged to display snippets of news they’re linking to (known as a link tax). That will be another source of frustration for tech companies. Back in January, Google said it may have to pull its news service from Europe entirely if the directive passes in its current state. Screenshots captured by Search Engine Land showed how Google news results could appear in Europe if Google doesn’t pay the tax. (Spoiler alert: They’re just a bunch of empty boxes.) Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment following the outcome of the vote. How the law hits home The European Parliament says that the directive is meant to ensure that longstanding rights and obligations of copyright law also apply to the internet. Article 13 dictates that anyone sharing copyrighted content must get permission from rights owners — or at least have made the best possible effort to get permission — before doing so. “This directive is an important step towards correcting a situation which has allowed a few companies to earn huge sums of money without properly remunerating the thousands of creatives and journalists whose work they depend on,” Axel Voss, the European Parliament rapporteur, said in a statement. In order to enforce this, internet platforms will likely have to use upload filters to evaluate anything they put online. Even the wealthiest online services such as Facebook and YouTube, which have spent years developing this technology, haven’t been able to prove pre-moderation of content is a foolproof method for preventing content from surfacing online that shouldn’t be there. The ‘meme’, the ‘gif’, the ‘snippet’ are now protected more than ever before. 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