Back to Balance Summary Report Released

first_imgMany Nova Scotians agree government should take a cautious approach when returning the finances back to balance, said a summary report released today, March 30, by Finance Minister Graham Steele. The report summarizes the ideas put forth by 1,495 Nova Scotians during public sessions held in more than 20 communities from January to March. When asked how quickly government should balance the budget, 56 per cent of participants indicated three to five years as a realistic time frame. “The report indicates groups were clear from the start that the gap would be very difficult to close in a short time frame without creating hardship for many Nova Scotians or damaging the economy,” said Mr. Steele. “I am really happy with the response to our Back to Balance initiative,” said Mr. Steele. “Based on these consultations and everything we have heard in the past two months, we are ready to take on the hard work and make the tough decisions necessary to get our finances back to balance.” The purpose of the public sessions was to discuss Nova Scotia’s financial challenge and give citizens an opportunity to define the values and priorities they want to see reflected in the province’s multi-year plan to return to a sustainable financial path. The report, prepared by facilitator Fourth Wave Strategies Inc., outlines the process, the questions addressed, and the broad themes of responses. “This was never just a pre-budget consultation, although the April 6 budget will be the first time people see tangible results from the process,” said Mr. Steele. “That is why I encourage everyone to listen to or read the budget speech. This year, we’re providing more options to hear or see the budget than ever before.” Nova Scotians can watch the minister deliver the budget address live on Legislative Television, EastLink TV or via webcast at . The budget documents will be available at the same address, along with a video summary. Nova Scotians can also, for the first time, follow the budget address on Twitter(nsgov). Back to Balance sessions were held in Whitney Pier, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, Stellarton, Amherst, Truro, Wolfville, Kentville, Digby, Yarmouth, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Tantallon, Lower Sackville, Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, and Sheet Harbour. Another public session was held in French, linking Acadian communities by video-conference. In addition to the public Back to Balance sessions, Mr. Steele held about a dozen other sessions with business and union leaders, chambers of commerce, and aboriginal leaders. The complete Back to Balance summary report is available online at read more

DeMo ED seizes 146 kg gold jewellery worth over Rs 82 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: About 146 kg of gold jewellery worth over Rs 82 crore has been seized by the ED after it raided the premises of a Hyderabad-based jewellery group and its associates in connection with a post demonetisation money laundering case, the agency said Thursday. It said the searches were conducted at the showrooms of Musaddilal Jewellers at Hyderabad and Vijaywada, its promoter Kailash Gupta, a company named Balaji Gold and its partner Pavan Agarwal, another company Ashta Laxmi Gold, its proprietor Neel Sunder Tharad and chartered accountant Sanjay Sarda over the last few days. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “For tracing the proceeds of crime, simultaneous searches were conducted in the premises of the accused persons which resulted in the seizure of 145.89 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 82.11 crore,” the Enforcement Directorate said in a statement. The agency had filed a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against these people based on an FIR of the Telangana Police and a complaint of the Income Tax Department for “blatantly misusing the scheme of demonetisation by illegally depositing huge amounts of unaccounted demonetised cash in their accounts.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “For this purpose, they (accused) fraudulently created around 5,200 back-dated fabricated advance sale receipts dated November 8, 2016 for an amount less than Rs 2 lakh to avoid furnishing PAN (permanent account number) details,” the agency said. Describing the alleged modus operandi deployed in the case, the statement said that soon after after the notes ban was announced, the accused “illegally deposited Rs 110.85 crore in their bank account falsely claiming that within a few hours they had received advances of less than Rs 2 lakh each from more than 5,200 customers on the night of November 8, 2016 for purchase of gold and jewellery from their firms”. The ED said all these invoices were “bogus.” It also analysed CCTV footage of the firms’ offices and that of the neighbourhood that showed that “no such activity” of purchase of gold was carried out during that period. It said that out of the total Rs 110.85 crore alleged illegal funds, about Rs 80 crore was transferred to the bank accounts of various gold and bullion dealers like Ashta Lakshmi Gold, Shri Balaji Gold and others on the pretext of purchase of gold. “The accused have admitted that they created fake sale invoices. The accused failed to give any satisfactory account of the source of this illegal cash and also failed to provide the details of the accounts regarding the utilisation of about 270 kg of gold purchased out of this money,” the ED alleged. The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 was declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the night of November 8, 2016.last_img read more

UN helps southern Sudan clean up diseasecausing waste

16 October 2009Some 16,000 volunteers will take to the streets of Juba, the capital of southern Sudan, next month in a United Nations programme to tackle health hazards caused by public dumping of waste in a rapidly growing metropolitan area that has endured repeated fatal outbreaks of cholera, water-borne diseases and malaria. The project is part of a £20 million United Kingdom-funded project to improve the sustainable use of natural resources in Africa’s largest country, to be carried out by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) over the next three years. UK Minister of State for International Development Gareth Thomas was visiting Juba today to launch the segment that aims to establish long-term waste management capacity in Southern Sudan.“The Juba clean-up not only marks the beginning of an important project that will have concrete and positive impacts on the population of southern Sudan – it also takes forward UNEP’s collaboration with Sudan to improve environmental management as a critical pre-requisite of sustainable development,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said in Nairobi, Kenya.The clean-up, which will be replicated in the nine states of southern Sudan, will be coupled with a sustained awareness-raising campaign to encourage the citizens of Juba to adopt an environmentally friendly attitude towards the disposal of waste in the city. UNEP’s country-wide programme seeks to help the people of Sudan, a country ravaged by several current and recent conflicts, to achieve sustainable peace, recovery and development by improving the management of natural resources. The recently established UNEP office in Juba will also provide technical support to the Government to manage its forests and other valuable natural resources in a sustainable manner, and work to build the capacity of Government ministries to tackle environmental issues.After a peace agreement in 2005 ended two decades of war between the Government in Khartoum, in the north, and southern Sudanese rebels, UNEP conducted a post-conflict environmental assessment, making 85 recommendations and outlining a detailed $120- million action plan over three to five years. read more

At UNbacked meeting AsiaPacific statisticians agree to boost regional capacity

17 December 2010Statistics experts from Asia and the Pacific, meeting under the auspices of the United Nations, today agreed to implement a strategic plan designed to strengthen the capacities of countries in the region to develop statistical records on population, social-economic issues and the environment by 2020. At a meeting of the Committee on Statistics of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the Thai capital, Bangkok, the experts said reliable national statistical systems would make available the information required to guide long-term development planning.Thailand’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Chuti Krairiksh, welcomed the Committee’s strategic plan, which he said would focus on “capacity-building for national statistical offices in our region to produce, disseminate and analyze data in accordance with internationally agreed standards and good practices.”The Committee’s two-day session that ended today also endorsed a strategy of regional statistics development that focuses on modernizing statistical information systems in response to the changing information management tools.First convened in February last year, the Committee on Statistics is a unique forum for leaders of national statistical systems in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss matters of strategic importance, exchange views and formulate regional positions on major statistical issues to influence decision-making at national and global levels.This week’s second session was attended by 142 delegates from ESCAP member States and associate members and 31 officials from intergovernmental and international agencies. read more

Two trespassers facing drugrelated charges Hamilton police

Police say two men are facing drug-related charges after they were allegedly found trespassing at a home in Hamilton.Officers were called to a residence near Sandford and Aikman avenues shortly after 8 a.m. on March 24. Police arrested several people who had “no legal right” to be at the home. They also found an assortment of knives and drug paraphernalia. “While searching two individuals, police located illicit drugs in their possession along with an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency believed to be related to drug trafficking,” said Hamilton police in a news release.Two Hamilton men, aged 34 and 57, have been charged with possession of controlled substance for trafficking – heroin, possession proceeds of crime under $5,000 and possession of controlled substance for trafficking – fentanyl.They are being held in custody and are scheduled to appear in court later Monday. read more

UN officials urge Security Council to act before South Sudan plunges deeper

“If the parties do not clearly demonstrate their will and intention to end the violence and attacks against civilians, including incitement to commit violence, I believe the Council should consider taking additional measures against the parties to prevent the situation from deteriorating further,” said Adama Dieng, the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide.Earlier this week, Mr. Dieng and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who also briefed the Council today, travelled to South Sudan, where a conflict that began in mid-December between pro- and anti-Government forces has left thousands dead. The joint visit came in the wake of the recent mass killings in the towns of Bentiu and Bor. Mr. Dieng said the brutal attacks in the two towns, on virtually opposite ends of the country, seemed to have “changed the trajectory” of the conflict, and if such attacks are not immediately halted, it could plunge South Sudan into serious violence that could spiral out of control. Also, there are elements of the current situation that could be categorized as risk factors of genocide and other atrocity crimes, he noted. These include the separation of persons based on ethnicity, as well as the reported use of radio in some areas to spread messages constituting incitement to violence, including sexual violence, against those purported to support the Government. “All leaders in South Sudan must assume greater responsibility to ensure that those under their authority do not commit serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” stated Mr. Dieng. “They should send strong messages to call for the unity and respect of all South Sudanese, and take immediate measure to end the violence.”He added that reports of the homogenization of the security forces by both camps are “worrying” in light of the risk of atrocity crimes. “The perception that those supporting Riek Machar are predominantly ethnic Nuer and those who support President Kiir are predominantly Dinka has heightened the risk that individuals could be systematically targeted on the basis of ethnicity. This polarization is further compounded by reports of exclusion, discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.”Both Mr. Dieng and High Commissioner Pillay said that the culture of impunity in South Sudan has contributed immensely to the current crisis, and stressed that those responsible for crimes must be held to account. “Today’s violence in South Sudan is not motivated by the desire to change the country but rather by self-interest goals related to accessing oil wealth and development resources,” Mr. Dieng added. “The international community must not be complicit in this agenda.” Ms. Pillay voiced similar sentiments, saying: “I fear that South Sudan’s leaders are locked in a purely personal power struggle, with little or no regard for the appalling suffering that it inflicts on their people.”She noted that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and regional leaders “share the same outrage” as the rest of the world. “They see the conflict as a showdown between two leaders for political power and the control of oil revenues.”The High Commissioner, who met with IGAD officials in Ethiopia, said that the regional body is pushing for the quick deployment of the proposed Protection and Deterrent Force, which will provide protection for the monitoring and verification teams responsible for monitoring the implementation of the cessation of hostilities signed in January.“The head of IGAD sees this as, in his words, ‘a game changer’ in reducing the ongoing violence,” she stated. “Despite egregious violations of the cessation of hostilities by both parties, the monitoring and verification teams have not investigated any reported violations.”More people have been killed after the cessation of hostilities was signed than before, she noted, calling on the Council to support the initiative to deploy a protection force. She recalled that the Council, in December, agreed to increase the number of peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) from 7,700 to 13,200. However, the contributing countries have still not supplied some two thirds of the extra troops. “The world’s youngest country has a long history of suffering. Its people look to this Council to exert its authority to ensure a speedy political solution to this dreadful conflict,” said Ms. Pillay. read more

We Get Schooled In Advanced Volleyball Metrics

Jody Avirgan: Neil, my favorite little tidbit from the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was the fact that each day, all the stats nerds streamed into the building toward panel discussions about sports analytics, waltzing right past — actual sports! There was a massive regional volleyball tournament taking place in the same building, and as far as I could tell, no one stopped to check it out. And, honestly, part of me thinks that it could have been an NFL game and people would have still hustled upstairs to talk about sports rather than just watch them. There was a panel discussion called “Is Analytics Taking the Fun Out of Sports.” This felt like a nice parallel to that idea.Neil Paine: “Hey, nerds — get your heads out of those volleyball spreadsheets and try watching a match!” (Said no one ever.) But seriously, the juxtaposition was interesting, particularly considering that we had the opportunity to speak with some people who do sabermetrics for volleyball. It seemed like this should have been a big moment for them — considering their sport was on display for all Sloan-ites to see — but instead it was just another smaller sport that can sometimes go neglected at an event geared more toward basketball, baseball and football.But not by us — right, Jody?Jody: Never. We contain multitudes. That said, I know next to nothing about volleyball. And while there is obvious strategy involved — you can see play fakes and how teammates work together — I hadn’t really thought about how you would evaluate the merit of particular plays. The main thing I learned from Mila Barzdukas and Giuseppe Vinci was to think about the setting pass. Is it one that leaves the team with no options but to flail and punch it over the net? Or is it a pass that multiple people could spike, from a wide range of unpredictable angles? That is, in essence, the goal of every possession — a versatile set pass. And it’s graded on a scale of 0 to 3. If you’ve got three options of attack from a given set, that’s a success.And the thing that makes it so intriguing is that the quality of the set is related to the pass before it, which is related to the serve before it. … It’s impossible to untangle each pass from the others. Which might be kind of unique among all sports, right? And, I imagine, a real metrics challenge. …Which is where I saw your wheels turning. Have we found your new beat?Neil: It’s possible. Not really having played volleyball since high school gym class, I’d never considered how oddly well-structured it is for analysis, in terms of the way each rally progresses and the fact that outcomes for individual players can be counted with relative ease. (Even at the 14- to 15-year-old level we observed, Vinci and Barzdukas insisted that coaches were tracking basic pluses and minuses — that is, positive and negative plays — for their players during matches.) It’s still not as perfectly suited to analytics as baseball (what is?), but it wouldn’t be unfair to liken it more to basketball than sports with more moving parts, such as hockey, soccer and football.The strategy of maximizing your passing options on any given setting opportunity struck me as particularly fascinating because it seems like one of those statistical best practices that can suddenly bring focus to a coach’s entire game plan. It that way, it may be much like how conserving outs should be the all-consuming imperative of a baseball offense or how resisting mid-range jumpers has become the mark of smart offensive basketball. (Even hockey has recently found a version of this: Playing dump-and-chase is the equivalent of cutting off your setter’s passing options.)The beauty of sports analytics, though, is that they’re a beginning, not an end. Finding the right strategy is just the first step in a journey that (hopefully) ends with the right players putting it to use. And with an actual volleyball tournament in such close proximity to analytics experts, both components of the odyssey were placed side-by-side, however briefly.Jody: Well said, Neil. Nice setup. Even the most grizzled volleyball coach would say you’re “passing a 3.” OK, folks, watch the video. Mila Barzdukas, Giuseppe Vinci, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan in front of a regulation size volleyball. CORRECTION (March 10, 10:37 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the number of passes in a volleyball point. It’s two, not three. read more

How to keep your smartphone info safe and secure

first_imgIT’S SOMETHING THAT we never think will happen to us, but the chances of your phone being robbed or getting lost is higher than you would expect.With over 12,000 mobile phones stolen in the last year, you should take some measures in case it does happen to you further down the line.Considering how much information we store on it, it can be very worrying when it happens, but there are a number of steps you should take first to ensure you’re not left in a panic.Set a lock codeAn obvious one, but at the very least, your phone should require a code to unlock it.All phones set PINs as the default choice, but they’re not the most secure method. If you’re a iPhone and Windows Phone user, you can create a more complex password – similar to the passwords you use to log into your email or social media accounts – through settings.Android users have that and more to choose from including a pattern password, and face unlocking, which while handy, isn’t as secure as you would expect.iOS and Windows Phone users have the option of wiping the phone clean after a number of failed attempts.An example of some of the type of lock codes you can place on Android.Limit access on the lock screeniPhone and Android users can access the control center or widgets straight from the lock screen. While this is handy for you, it could also allow someone who stole your phone to access your phone. You can turn these features off in settings.Activate Find My PhoneAll smartphones have a find my phone feature that allows you to control your phone remotely as well as track its location. Through it, you can either get it to ring, lock your phone, or erase its data entirely, but you need to activate the feature first.The option can be found in settings. For iPhone users, it’s under iCloud. Android users can find it under Security and Device Administrators, while Windows Phone users can find it under settings.Once you’ve that done, you can activate it from your browser. Remember that the phone must be switched on for the feature to work. However, if the phone is turned off, you won’t be able to track it.How the find my phone feature works for iOS.Backup all dataSomething that you should do after you’ve updated your phone with your contacts, schedule, photos and any other necessary information is back it up as soon as you get the chance.You can backup your data on your computer, on the cloud, or on both. iOS, Android and Windows Phone all have their own cloud versions and once you have it connected to the cloud, your phone will automatically backup your data when it’s connected to WiFi, locked and connected to a power source.While these services are useful, it’s recommended that you connect up to Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive as well so that all new photos, videos other documents are uploaded each time.Which one you settle for is entirely down to preference, but it’s worth mentioning each service offers a different amount of data for free as well as paid services. Here’s what the three main cloud services offer: Dropbox – 2GB (increase to 15GB when you complete tasks)Google Drive – 15GBMicrosoft SkyDrive – 7GB (Currently offering an extra 20GB for the year if you sign up before the end of January)Get your phone code If you enter *#06# on your phone, it will bring up its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. This is important as the code allows your service provider to deactivate your phone straight away.Take a note of it and store it in a place where you can easily access it, in case your phone is stolen.If you don’t have it, you can still get your provider to deactivate your phone once you give them the necessary details, but having your IMEI number will make things go faster.Always be alertWhen everything is said and done, it’s essentially down to you to ensure it’s safe. Apply common sense to the situation and keep your phone on you at all times.If you keep it in your bag, you won’t know it’s been taken until it’s too late so have it in your pocket or in front of you so you always know where it is.Read: Everything you should know before shopping online >Read: EU passes deal on universal mobile phone charger >last_img read more

Miraculous icon returned to Red Hill

first_imgMembers of Red Hill’s Greek Orthodox Church were left devastated after an icon of the Virgin Mary was stolen from the church on Saturday night, along with donations of gold and silver.In an interview with the Herald Sun, Panagia Kamariani Monastery secretary Georgie Marinis expressed the parish’s shock over the incident, which was the second time the icon and its adornments had been taken in 18 months.But she stressed parishioners were more concerned about the icon, than anything of monetary value.“She’s a miraculous icon … Father Eleftherios Tatsis would take the icon to sick persons because they have the faith that she will help them get better,” Ms Marinis said.“There are a lot of miracles through cancer healing. There are also child bearing couples who can’t have children – a lot of them have had children through our lady. She is very special to us.”The earlier theft took place in July 2014 when close to $300,000 worth of jewellery was stolen. But Police confirmed on Friday morning that the icon had been found on Thursday by the side of White Hill Road, a few hundred metres from the church.Though some of the jewellery was found, the majority remains missing. The monastery has since decided that they will no longer be leaving any valuables placed on the icon on site when unattended. If you have any information regarding the theft, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

De nouvelles espèces animales découvertes en Equateur

first_imgDe nouvelles espèces animales découvertes en EquateurAlors que l’environnement est au plus mal, que des centaines d’espèces sont en voie de disparition, une équipe de scientifiques a découvert plusieurs espèces de reptiles, d’amphibiens et d’insectes encore inconnues à ce jour.Parmi elles, trente nouvelles espèces de grenouilles telle cette grenouille transparente, dont le cœur battant peut être observé sans dissection ou encore un gecko de taille minuscule. Maxisciences vous propose une revue en images de quelques-uns de ces animaux nouvellement découverts.Voir les images : 16 janvier 2010 à 13:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Naissances exceptionnelles daras écarlates au Guatemala

first_imgNaissances exceptionnelles d’aras écarlates au GuatemalaUn groupe d’une trentaine d’aras écarlates, ou aras Macao, a pris son envol dans les forêts du Guatemala. Une immense victoire pour la Wildlife Conservation Society du Guatemala, dont le programme mis en place en 2011 dans la réserve de biosphère Maya a été un véritable succès.Vingt-neuf aras écarlates sont nés cette année dans la réserve de biosphère Maya au Guatemala, se félicite la Wildlife Conservation Society’s du pays. Cette espèce, qui vit dans les forêts du Guatemala et du Pérou, est menacée de disparition. Plusieurs programmes de conservation ont été mis en place pour tenter de la préserver. Et celui qui a été mené en 2011 dans la réserve Maya a porté des fruits que les chercheurs n’osaient imaginer.À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléon”Le succèsde la reproduction desaras écarlates grâce à une gestionintensive constitue ungrand pas en avantpour la conservation de l’espèce”, se réjouit le membre de la WCSRonyGarcia.”Nous pensons queles leçons apprises peuventnon seulement nous aider à sauverl’ara écarlate au Guatemala, mais aussi être étendues àd’autres espèces menacéesde perroquets qui nichent dans des cavitésà travers le monde”, estime-t-il.Aujourd’hui, la populationtotale d’aras au Guatemala est estimée à300individus,chaque oiseaureprésentant un succès à part entière, crucial pourla surviede l’espèce, souligne la WCS. Les naissances exceptionnellesd’oisillons au cours de la saison 2011 sont en contrastefrappant avecla saison 2003,qui n’avait donné lieu à la naissance que d’un seul ara sur 15nids surveillés. Une surveillance tout sauf aisée, explique le WCS. Les chercheursdoivent être capablesde grimper aux arbres – souventavec l’aide delignes derappel allant jusqu’à trente mètres – pour inspecter lesnids, installerdes caméras vidéo,ou encore atteindre des poussinsmaladesdans les cavitésde nidification.”Grâce à dix ans d’efforts,nous avonsréussi à développerune combinaison efficace d’interventions quiassurerontla persistanceà long terme del’ara écarlateau Guatemala”, se félicite le Dr JulieKunen, directrice dela WCSen Amérique latine et aux Caraïbes.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 09:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS 719 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth England to air on

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Facebook Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp The following was taped on Friday at the Plymouth Pavilion in Plymouth, England.7/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England:— Dark Match: Saxon Huxley def. Josh Morrell.— Imperium interrupts Johnny Saint and Sid Scala. A brawl breaks out with Tyler Bate. WALTER will defend the NXT United Kingdom Championship against Tyler Bate at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff.— Gallus (Wolfgang and Mark Coffey) def. Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley. Gallus cuts a post-match promo about how they want the NXT UK Tag Team Championships.— Rhea Ripley def. Dani Luma.— Alexander Wolfe def. Jordan Devlin.— Noam Dar def. Ashton Smith. Dar says he will be at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff.— Gallus challenges NXT UK Tag Team Champions Zack Gibson and James Drake for the titles, but Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews want a title shot also. Webster and Andrews were told they’d have to earn their spot.— Jazzy Gabert and Jinny def. Xia Brookside and Piper Niven. Rhea Ripley and Gabert got into a brawl. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler attacked Brookside after.— Dave Mastiff vs. Joe Coffey went to a Double Count-Out.— Travis Banks def. Kenny Williams.— Isla Dawn def. Nina Samuels.— Kassius Ohno def. Ilja Dragunov.— Dark Match Main Event: NXT Tag Team Champions The Street Profits and Matt Riddle def. NXT UK Tag Team Champions Zack Gibson and James Drake, and Joseph Connors.Source: F4WOnlineNXT US def. NXT UK as Riddle pins Conners. #NXTUK— Dei Owen (@DeiOwen) July 19, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CosplayVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ WWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Cosplaylast_img read more

Government to consult on gender pay gap metrics as part of gender

first_imgThe government will review gender pay gap reporting metrics, evaluate shared parental leave and consult on providing dedicated employment rights for carers as part of its work to tackle gender inequalities.The Government Equalities Office (GEO) and member of Parliament Penny Mordaunt (pictured), the minister for women and equalities, published the Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change report on Wednesday 3 July 2019. This sets out eight key drivers of gender inequality and outlines the proactive steps that the government plans to take in order to address these. The actions detailed in the report aim to support both men and women in contributing to the country’s economy by balancing caring responsibilities with a rewarding career.In a speech delivered on 3 July 2019, Mordaunt said: “We talk about the choices people make. These choices aren’t always ‘real’ choices, especially for women who are less well off. Taking time off work to care for family; going into a less well-paid job that provides more flexibility; spending for today’s needs and not saving for tomorrow’s, these can all seem like the only sensible options.”The eight drivers of gender inequality identified by the GEO include gender stereotypes and the impact this has on social norms; that women tend to work in lower-paid sectors and jobs; that working-age benefits have not previously addressed the disadvantages that women and carers may face; the barriers women may face when re-entering the workforce after taking time out of the labour market to care for children; that women typically provide more informal or unpaid care and that women are more likely to experience financial instability in later life, for example at retirement.To address these concerns, the government intends to review the gender pay gap reporting metrics to assess their effectiveness; the evidence gathered will then be used to update the reporting legislation. The consultation on any proposed changes will be conducted by 2021. In addition, the government will enhance the online gender pay gap reporting service to ensure that information is presented in a user-friendly way to increase transparency around policies and initiatives that support gender equality. A national campaign for employers, to empower them to understand how their staff can balance work and care while progressing in their career, will support these steps.The report also details the government’s plans to further review the enforcement of equal pay legislation, to ensure effectiveness.Research by the Workplace and Gender Equality research programme and the Gender and Behavioural Insights programme will continue to consider gender inequality issues, to inform an employers’ toolkit that will be published later this year.To support those taking time out for childcare, the government plans to evaluate shared parental leave and pay by the end of 2019 to gauge its effectiveness. This work will complement the launch of a shared parental leave digital tool that will be launched this year to help parents-to-be better understand the leave options available to them. The government will further consult on improving the transparency of employers’ parental leave and pay policies, as well as support organisations in providing good-quality and well-advertised flexible-working options.The report also sets out the government’s intentions to consult on the introduction of dedicated employment rights for carers, for example carers’ leave, as well as supporting employers in improving what they offer to this employee population in order to better balance work and care commitments. It will also set up a taskforce, including employers, to discuss steps to tackle workplace culture that allows pregnancy and maternity discrimination to continue.In addition, the government will liaise with employers in sectors with the largest gender imbalances to share measures to overcome gender disparities in apprenticeships, as well as equalise men and women’s participation rates in workplace pension schemes.In the report, Mordaunt said: “I am proud that we have already introduced shared parental leave, mandatory gender pay gap reporting and an ambitious strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.“This next step builds on that good work, complementing our other strategies which seek to meet the future challenges of the UK labour market, boost productivity and build strong, integrated communities.”Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers, added: “Progress is being made, but the stark gender imbalance in financial wellbeing is a reminder of the scale of the challenge that still faces female employees and their employers. More women in lower-paid roles [are] being paid less and therefore saving less, to the detriment of their financial wellbeing. But it is not the only underlying cause.“The pressures and financial circumstances of female employees are often different to those of their male counterparts, so the level and focus of financial education on offer needs to reflect that. But the good news is that these issues are solvable. Once the key pinch points for financial wellbeing have been identified, employers should be better prepared to provide tailored strategies to improve women’s financial health and confidence.”last_img read more

Ohm Acoustics speakers sound bigger than they look

first_img The Audiophiliac I noticed that with the Walsh 1000 and F-5015 the soundstage focus varied with my distance from the speakers, but still sounded great as I moved around the room. Ohm speakers are built to order from a broad range of real wood veneer finish options, and if you need the speakers’ size altered Ohm will custom-build speakers for you. Ohm has been one of the best-kept secrets in high-end audio, but maybe that’s about to change. I listened to two different sets of Ohm speakers, the Walsh Tall 1000 ($2,000 per pair) and the F-5015 ($11,000 per pair), and loved the sound. Ohm speakers use a single Walsh Coherent Line Source (CLS) driver that produces bass, midrange and treble frequencies radiating in a 360-degree pattern, and the highest treble frequencies are more directional for precise stereo imaging. While most audiophile speakers are optimized for placement away from walls, Ohm speakers are designed to sound best near walls. img-0427The Ohm F-5015 speakers Ohm Acoustics And indeed they do. When I played audiophile recordings the Walsh 1000s’ sound blossomed and projected the music forward into the room. The speakers really do disappear as sources of sound. British experimental pop band Let’s Eat Grandma’s album I, Gemini is loaded with textures and ambient space, and with the Walsh 1000s the music had more room to breathe. The speaker is 38 inches tall and 7.75 inches wide and deep, so it’s not very big, but the room-filling sound is. The main limitation is dynamics; I felt the Walsh 1000 was holding back. look-inside-an-ohm-walsh-speakerEnlarge ImageA look inside the Walsh Coherent Line Source (CLS) driver Ohm Acoustics The much larger Ohm F-5015 had big-speaker grace under pressure thanks to its built-in 15 inch Xtreme Xcursion 500-watt subwoofer. The sound was effortless, and the speakers’ bass prowess at high listening levels was thrilling. That combined with the huge soundstage on Us, the last track on Spoon’s Hot Thoughts album, had me scribbling notes on the sound. This instrumental track has twin saxophones careening in a deeply reverberant soundscape. I’ve played this tune on countless speakers, but they didn’t come close to the spatial ecstasy I encountered over the F-5015s. With these speakers music is a visceral experience. The F-5015 is part of Ohm’s Beta line, new models that are just now coming out. The F-5015 stands 45 inches tall and is 18 inches wide and deep. 2:33 The Ohm Walsh 1000 speaker Ohm Acoustics Ohm Acoustics is one of those perpetually under the radar speaker companies. Founded 1971 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the company specializes in hand-crafted omnidirectional speakers. Chances are you’ve never heard an omni model, so some explanation is in order: Most “normal” box speakers only project sound forward, but Ohm’s omnidirectional Walsh speakers have 360-degree radiation, so they produce a bigger soundfield. Ohm speakers sound great over a much wider area than most audiophile products. You’re not locked down to one “sweet spot.” I recently visited the factory where they not only build new speakers, but also repair and even update older Ohm speakers with the latest technology so customers get the equivalent of a new speaker. Ohm’s customer service extends all the way back to the very first Ohm speakers from the early 1970s! New speakers are sold with a 120-day home trial return policy. How to buy an affordable AV receiver 21 Photos Speakers Home Entertainmentcenter_img Share your voice Best-sounding albums to own on vinyl Comments Now playing: Watch this: 7 Tagslast_img read more

Dating app 3Fun had users data location and pictures exposed report says

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 3:59 Dating app 3Fun’s lax security measures reportedly made it easy to find its 1.5 million users’ personal data.  Screenshot Dating app 3Fun, which describes itself as an app designed “for meeting local kinky, open-minded people for 3some & swinger lifestyle” and claims over 1.5 million users, appears to have been open to more than just relationships. In a new post from security firm Pen Test Partners this week, it also apparently exposed sensitive user data including the “near real time location” of its members, their photos and information including birthdates, sexual preferences and chats. In short, the firm called the app a “privacy train wreck,” adding “how many relationships or careers could be ended through this data being exposed?”Available on iOS and Android, the app’s Google Play page lists it as having over 100,000 installs. Best dating apps of 2019 According to Pen Test’s findings, which were shared and verified by TechCrunch, getting some of the data was as simple as spoofing a GPS location in the app, which then pulled up information of users nearby. The results included finding members located in the Supreme Court and the White House, though the exact information on those users wasn’t revealed, and the report notes it’s possible somebody was spoofing their own location to appear as if they were in those government buildings. Pen Test says it reached out to 3Fun on July 1 to let them know about the holes, writing that the company responded “Thanks for your kindly reminding. We will fix the problems as soon as possible. Do you have any suggestion? Regards, The 3Fun Team.”The research firm says they did make some suggestions and that 3Fun “took action fairly quickly and resolved the problem.” In a statement, the company acknowledged the issues and says it will work to make its app safer going forward. “We sincerely apologize about the vulnerability. We took the action immediately,” the company told CNET. “Security updates to 3Fun’s API, servers and mobile application were made on July 2nd and a new, more secure version of the app was released on July 8th. We will focus on updating our product to make it safer.”Originally published August 9 at 10:08 a.m. PT. Updated August 12 at 8:00 a.m. PT: Added 3Fun comment.   Tags 0center_img Share your voice How Facebook Dating works Security Post a comment 13 Photoslast_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 40 Oprah 2020 And Trump Legislative Roundup

first_img X 00:00 /19:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen center_img Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty ImagesOprah Winfrey, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave a rousing Golden Globes speech that spurred talk of a 2020 presidential run. Redistricting in the courtsAnd finally, Brandon and Jay look at President Trump’s legislative roundup. Check out our weekly Texas-centered episode too which you can subscribe to on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share On the latest episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a look at yet another busy week on the national political scene and around the world since the end of 2017:Oprah 2020?DACA up for discussion againSheriff Joe Arpaio runs,  California’s Darrell Issa retireslast_img read more

Trump Nominates Abbott Adviser Oldham To The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals

first_imgJolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneThe John Minor Wisdom United States 5th Court of Appeals building in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 3, 2017.President Donald Trump has announced his third Texas pick for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Andrew Oldham, who currently serves as general counsel to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Oldham was on the short list last year for what is arguably the nation’s most conservative appeals court, when the president had two long-standing Texas vacancies to fill. But Trump ultimately tapped former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General Jim Ho. Both Ho and Willett were confirmed to the bench in December.Oldham, who has been at his post in Abbott’s office for just over a month, previously served as deputy solicitor general for Texas. He moved into the general counsel post in January after Abbott nominated his former top lawyer, Jimmy Blacklock, to take Willett’s place on the state’s highest civil court.Abbott reportedly had unusual and outsized influence on the nomination process for federal judges, which is traditionally a process led by a state’s two U.S. senators. That party infighting seems to have delayed what was expected to be a relatively smooth nominations and confirmation process dominated by Republicans. “This is an excellent choice of a strict construction constitutionalist,” Abbott tweeted Monday afternoon. “I think he’s even better than [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch].”Oldham will require a positive vote out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then approval from the full Senate. If confirmed, he’ll take the place of Edward Prado, a longtime 5th Circuit judge who Trump named last month as his pick for U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Sharelast_img read more

Psychologists say Facebook Twitter harden gender walls

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Psychologists say Facebook, Twitter harden gender walls (2012, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Adding to a cynic’s file of Hardly-Shocking research is a new study out from the University of Bath that reports women are more attracted to social-networking sites than are men, who learn more toward Internet sites that carry games and gambling. Where the study does merit interest, however, is that it is a ten-year follow-up study that explores what if any changes have occurred since its first examination of gender differences in Internet usage in 2002. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking The paper, “Gender, Internet experience, Internet identification and Internet anxiety: a ten year follow-up,” appears in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. Dr. Richard Joiner is the lead author.”In our previous research we had found no gender differences in the use of the Internet for communication, whereas in the current study we have found that females use the Internet for communication than males and were using social network sites more than males.”As the study authors point out, the Internet has changed considerably since their 2002 look, with the introduction of Facebook, Twitter and deluge of smartphones. Interestingly, some theorists claimed early on that technology advancements would lessen gender differences and that the Internet would be an equalizer, but these authors have found otherwise.Women were more attracted to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and were significantly more likely to use email and telephone over the web than males; males were more likely than females to use newsgroups, gaming and gambling sites.The University of Bath study examined results from 501 first-year psychology undergraduate students from six UK universities. There were 389 females and 100 males. Twelve participants did not specify their gender. The sample was chosen to match as closely as possible the 2002 study sample.Product vendors and marketing agencies, among others, are most likely to pay attention to Internet gender-usage studies. The takeaway of the University of Bath Department of Psychology study is that its authors say the gap has grown wider between the way in which men and women use the Internet.“Our findings indicate that rather than transcending or overcoming gender differences in wider society, Internet use by males and females seems to reflect, and in some instances even exacerbate, these broader trends.”They also express support of the view that gender differences in the use of the Internet reflect gender differences in wider society and are thus “more resistant to change than some people have suggested.” More information: Examining gender disparities in injury mortality; men at exceptional risklast_img read more

Hudson STARTALK camp hopes to preserve local Portuguese culture through language

first_imgBy Dakota Antelman, Contributing WriterA student in the Heritage STARTALK classroom plays handball, a classic European game during the camp.Hudson – A town historically proud of its heritage directed its zeal for cultural preservation not to its regionally renowned Portuguese Club last month, but to its middle school, where a crew of teachers were fighting a proverbial “Pac-Man” through the third annual STARTALK camp.English, said STARTALK director Ana Pimentel, is the Pac-Man of all the languages. And, in Hudson, like the video game character does to the dots in his maze, English is eating up the bilingualism of local children of Portuguese descent.The three week STARTALK camp was funded entirely by a $90,000 grant from the National Security Agency and taught 45 students Portuguese at three different levels. The first classroom focused on the basics of Portuguese. The second catered to students with foundational knowledge of the language, while the third focused on enhancing and preserving fluency in children whose direct family members already speak Portuguese at home.A student in the Level One STARTALK classroom writes during a class.Regardless of the level they were in, however, students, camp organizers said, overwhelmingly had at least some Portuguese heritage.“There [are] so many kids here who have people in their background who speak Portuguese but they never got the chance to learn it,” said Laysse Besserra, a recent Hudson High School graduate working as an assistant at the program. “It is important for the community to keep the tradition alive and this [camp] is doing that.”While the community and its teachers may be enthusiastic about passing Portuguese onto its children, those very children often present a challenge to STARTALK staff.A student draws during the STARTALK camp.“Sometimes we’re trying to give our kids something that they’re not sure is important,” Pimentel said. “When you come here as an immigrant, you just want to learn English and you don’t understand the importance of keeping your native language.”Indeed, staff fought societal pressures on their students to assimilate into American society every day. Students in the heritage classroom, who face some of the strongest of those pressures, saw their teachers’ efforts manifest in the form of daily guest speakers.“These students are able to see people who thrive in their careers because they kept their native language,” Pimentel said. “Or [they see] how people just kept connections with their family because they’ve kept that language. It’s not even just about the career.”But while students themselves weren’t feeling a focus on careers within the STARTALK program, staff definitely thought about them.As English is pushing Portuguese out of the minds of Hudson’s young people, Pimentel said there is also a severe shortage of capable teachers willing to help those children retain, learn or re-learn the language.A student in the Level One STARTALK classroom watches a teacher during a class.“We cannot find teachers to teach it,” Pimentel, who also serves as the foreign language curriculum director for the Hudson middle and high schools, said.On top of all that, in the past, even when she and her staff beat the odds and found candidates for open positions, they often struggled to evaluate them. STARTALK has changed that, giving Pimentel a program to hire candidates into as assistants to effectively test them in a classroom setting.“We have them for three weeks and we just don’t have other opportunities like that,” she said. “[In the past] when we were trying to hire teachers, we would have them come in and do a model lesson. It was just not the same.”All and all, Hudson adores its history, and particularly, its Portuguese roots. It’s kept those roots through decades upon decades, using a variety of celebrations and educational events. Now, in a new generation, and as the nation’s most popular language continually chomps away at fluency in Hudson’s second most spoken language, the town is hoping STARTALK can continue to keep those Portuguese roots safe and strong.“This is a community where Portuguese is alive and the community clearly wants it to stay alive,” Pimentel said. “They do that by having the kids learn it.”Photos/Dakota Antelmanlast_img read more