EVoting Gets A Boost With Capital Investment

first_imgA Dartmouth-based electronic voting system company will get a competitive edge through increased production capacity with investments in new hardware and software. Intelivote Systems Inc. will use $85,000 from the Productivity Investment Program (PIP) to invest in new software additions to its own e-voting technology. The modifications will allow Intelivote Systems to meet high international electronic security standards. “This investment will help open new markets around the world for Intelivote Systems, making them more competitive,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “That’s exactly what jobsHere is about; helping businesses become globally competitive and innovative.” Intelivote Systems Inc. is a premiere Canadian electronic voting system company that integrates traditional polling station voting with electronic voting by telephone, wireless and Internet. The system also addresses the data collection and reporting requirements for corporate surveys, opinion polls, and other activities that require mass participation. “The funding received from the PIP program will allow us to enhance our international standards for e-voting,” said Bill Parsons, chief executive officer for Intelivote Systems Inc. “This will help tremendously in securing larger international contracts.” The PIP program provides financial incentives to encourage businesses to become more productive, innovative and globally competitive by supporting capital investments through the Capital Investment Incentive stream, as well as workplace training and certification through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive stream. For more information on jobsHere and the PIP program, visit gov.ns.ca/jobsHere.last_img read more

Investment to Support Vulnerable Youth Families on South Shore

first_imgVulnerable youth and their families on the South Shore will soon have better access to more family services. The Department of Community Services is partnering with Family Service of Western Nova Scotia to link families to more health, education and residential supports. The new service will replace a residential program known as Empire House, which was the only shelter in the province being run by government instead of a community provider. “Community-run organizations are best positioned to provide families with the services they need,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard today, April 17. “This change will allow us to focus on our job to make sure our resources are being spent wisely to support healthy communities and keep kids safe. “I look forward to working with the board to complete the next steps.” The program will link youth and their families with health providers, school, housing, employment and other social and community supports. The new service model will begin in July to allow four youth at the shelter to complete the school year. “This represents a very positive step forward in the province’s capacity to meet the needs of all Nova Scotians,” said Art Fisher, executive director of Family Service of Western Nova Scotia. “Transitioning this work to an intensively collaborative, community-based outreach model significantly increases our capacity in Nova Scotia to meet the needs of our most vulnerable youth, adults and families.” Ms. Bernard praised staff at Empire House. Youth workers will be re-assigned within the department. “Staff have been doing their best to serve youth since government inherited the shelter in 2007,” she said. “But now it’s time to let the community take over. They will be able to deliver more services more efficiently, and we will re-assign our four staff, putting their valuable skills to work in the department to support more young people in the community.”last_img read more

Reviving the art of Mithila

first_imgAn exhibition titled Likhiya, showcasing rare artworks of the Mithila painting tradition will be held at the Indira Gandhi Natinal Centre of the Arts (IGNCA), Twin Art Gallery, New Delhi, from September 6 – 22, 11 am – 7 pm.In Mithila, painting is writing and is called Likhiya, from where the exhibition gets the title. The mythological origin of Mithila paintings date back to the time of the Ramayana, where Mithila nagari was decorated with wall paintings for the wedding of Princess Sita to Lord Rama. This painting style is one of the oldest traditions evolved, practised, and preserved by women, and passed on orally from one generation to another. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWomen in the villages of Bihar, with remarkable skills, have been painting walls in form of bhitti-chitras and floors in form of aripan for centuries. All the rituals, paintings and songs developed when group of women from the villages sat together to paint walls for a wedding, sacred thread ceremony and other local festivals. Mithila painting has always been a group activity which involved women of all ages: the oldest ahibati would put a dot in centre of the wall, middle-aged women would make a sketch and the younger generation would fill the forms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThere are three styles of Mithila paintings namely, Bharni or coloured paintings, practised by Brahmin women, Kachni or line paintings, practised by Kayastha women, Goidana (tattoo) paintings, practised by Dalit women. Today, all the three styles have merged; the Likhiya exhibition comprises all these three styles. IGNCA has been exploring the creative world of women and their contribution in the making of Indian civilization through various programmes and research projects, field studies and documentation. The IGNCA, between the years 2006-2011, initiated several projects documenting the oral traditions of women of Mithila. While some of these projects were brain child of Professor Madhu Khanna, the then Head of Narivada Programme at the IGNCA, the other two projects documenting the living traditions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata were carried out at the Janapada Sampada Division, IGNCA, with Professor Molly Kaushal as the Principal Investigator and Project Head. Under these projects, the Kala aur Katha workshop brought together sixty women artists from different villages of Bihar on the occasion of Madhushravani Parva. The festival was documented along with its fifteen narratives, songs and rituals associated with the festival, and at the same time these were visually created on canvas in the form of large Mithila paintings for the first time ever. The workshop Gunavati Nari celebrated feminine power, produced paintings of women characters, both mythological and historical. The workshop on Rishikas depicted Vedic deities and women scholars such as Vac, Apala, Indrani and Shradhha. The Mithila Ramayan workshop was called Sitayan in which the ten scrolls were painted from the perspectives of women of Mithila. The Sitayan scrolls depict wedding rituals and Kohbar images in details. Along with it, fifty women artists from different villages of Bihar, painted episodes from Mahabharata, popular in the Mithila region. The Likhiya exhibition displaying rare and unique artworks from the archives of the Janapada Sampada Division, IGNCA, and personal collection of Madhubani artist Manisha Jha is divided into six parts. The first section starts with the artworks of the Mithila painting artists from late 50’s to 80’s era, and depicts the journey of the younger generation of artists as well. The rest five sections display selected Mithila paintings from the above-mentioned workshops held at the IGNCA, where the oldest participant was of seventy-five years, while the youngest was eighteen year old. These workshops produced paintings which were of 22′ by 7′ size, which is a remarkable achievement in itself. The exhibition displays artworks of five Padma Shri Mithila painting artists – Jagdumba Devi, Mahasundari Devi, Sita Devi, Godavari Dutt and Baua Devi, and several National Awardees artists such as Manisha Jha, Leela Dutt, Urmila Devi, Jamuna Devi, Bharti Dayal, Ambika Devi and several others. Interviews of the women Mithila artists would also be shown at the exhibition, adding a unique dimension to it. A unique installation of the Madhushravani aripan will be installed at the exhibition, along with live demonstration of Mithila painting by artists. A catalogue with detailed information about the journey of the Mithila art along with images will be accessible at the exhibition through sale.last_img read more

CN Rail reaches tentative agreement with 2100 Canadian mechanics electricians

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway and the union that represents its 2,100 mechanics, electricians and apprentices in Canada say they have reached a tentative collective agreement.No details of the deal are being released until it is presented to members in ratification meetings.Negotiations began Oct. 5 with Unifor saying that wages, benefits and the contracting out of repair and overhaul work were key issues.Unifor national president Jerry Dias says in a news release that the agreement provides “significant gains” for its members.The current contract expires Dec. 31.Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, representing 315,000 workers.last_img read more

Miamis Versace Mansion Turns into a Moroccan Palace

By Karla DieseldorffMiami- South Florida feels the splendor of Morocco during the latest Miami Swim Week. Renowned designer Mara Hoffman gets inspired by the city of Marrakesh in Morocco to present her 2016 Resort Swim collection.The famous Versace Mansion in Miami Beach, also known as Casa Casuarina could have well been confused with a Moroccan palace in the last few days. From colorful artifacts, appealing lighting, Arabic music, exotic plants, and those amazing tribal Moroccan rugs, the mansion hosted an exquisite Moroccan style. Mara Hoffman 2016 Swim Collection at Versace Mansion. Photo Credit: George MartinezConsidered one of the most expensive mansions in the world, it was the perfect choice of backdrop for Hoffman who created the splendid ambiance for her boho esthetic designer swimsuits.Mara Hoffman 2016 Swim Collection at Versace Mansion. Photo Credit: George MartinezHoffman told Miami New Times “I was just so in love with the time that Yves Saint Laurent spent at the Majorelle Gardens; it was the most beautiful garden in Marrakesh and he eventually bought it in 1980. I just loved that aesthetic and style.”Casa Casuarina was purchased by designer Gianni Versace in 1992, who renovated it for more than $33 million. Versace was tragically killed in front of the mansion in 1997. Causing heavy controversy after Versace’s death, the mansion has been listed up to $125 million, and sold for a mere $41.5 million. Nowadays, it is a high-end boutique hotel in South Beach.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

US House of Representatives Condemns Trumps Racist Remarks

Rabat – The US President may provoke more than just a media backlash with his recent comments targeting four American congresswomen, who are all women of color, telling them to go back to “the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”Believing something must be done to formally condemn Trump for his racist comments, Democratic leaders are pushing for Trump to be censured or possibly impeached.The US Senate describes a censure as a measure that does not remove an official from office but instead “provides a formal statement of disapproval, that can have a powerful psychological effect on a member and his/her relationships in the Senate.” President Andrew Jackson was the first and only US President to ever be censured, and that was in 1834, over 180 years ago, meaning Trump’s possible censure would carry significant weight. Trump’s comments “do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America”On Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives voted on a nonbinding resolution that affirms support for immigrants and condemns Trump’s comments. The House successfully passed the measure, even though just four Republicans out of 197 voted for the resolution.“President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color: Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the House of Representatives […] condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments,” said the resolution from the senate.The comments “have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries.”Trump’s statements “referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders”, and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America,” said the concluding words in the resolution.Democrats calling for further action to be takenWhile the resolution shows where the House of Representatives stands in regards to Trump’s racist comments, it is still not an official censure and Democrats are calling for further action to be taken.“This sends a very, very clear message,” New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. said of the condemnation resolution. “But a censure … is more forceful.”Some Democrats are calling for an even more extreme measure: impeachment. Impeachment would remove Trump from office, and the measure has only been taken against two US Presidents before. On Wednesday, Texas Democrat Al Green filed a resolution to impeach Trump, but the measure failed to gain support, with 332 voting against it. However, a total of 95 Democrats voted in favor of the measure, showing a marked increase for Green’s two previous attempts to impeach Trump, in 2017 and 2018.Green said after Wednesday’s vote that he did not view it as a failure. “We got 95 votes this time, 66 the last time. So that’s a plus. But whether we get 95 or five, the point is we have to make a statement.”Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, said she did not want to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump until an ironclad case is built against him. “We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in. That is the serious path that we are on,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday.Trump continues to stick to his statementsDuring all the commotion over his statements in the House of Representatives, Trump was at a rally in North Carolina. At the rally, he again accused the 4 congresswomen he originally targeted – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who were all born in the US with the exception of Omar who came to the US as a refugee from Somali aged 12  -of “hating America.” As he talked, the crowd cheered him on – chanting “Send her back! Send her back!”Trump also took to Twitter on Wednesday, where the controversy first began, to again attack the four women, calling them the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” and “wackjobs.”“In America, if you hate our Country, you are free to leave. The simple fact of the matter is, the four Congresswomen think that America is wicked in its origins, they think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil. They’re entitled to their…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 juillet 2019…opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, & I just think they’re left wing cranks. They’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle, & we should ignore them. The “squad” has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 juillet 2019….they are destroying the Democrat Party. I’m appalled that so many of our Presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to try to agree with the four horsewomen of the apocalypse. I’m entitled to say that they’re Wack Jobs.” Louisiana Senator John Kennedy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 juillet 2019In response to the impeachment movement, he said it “ridiculous” and “should never happen to US President again,” especially to a president who “has led greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more.”The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 juillet 2019….Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 juillet 2019 read more

State Minister Sriyani Wijewickrama injured in accident

The Police said that Wijewickrama was admitted to the Peradeniya Hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) State Minister Sriyani Wijewickrama was injured and admitted to hospital following an accident this morning.Wijewickrama was injured when her vehicle crashed into a tree.

UN welcomes Polands decision to admit refugees from Chechnya Russian Federation

Just days after voicing concern over reports that Poland was closed to asylum-seekers from Chechnya, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today commended Warsaw for admitting those fleeing the war-ravaged Russian republic. “UNHCR welcomes Poland’s decision last weekend to allow a group of 150 Russian Federation nationals from Chechnya to enter the country and seek asylum there,” agency spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. “They are the first Chechens to be allowed to seek asylum in Poland in weeks.” The Polish authorities had decided to bar Chechens from entering the country following the 23 October terrorist attack on a Moscow theatre by Chechen separatists. The decision sparked protests by human rights groups and UNHCR, which urged Poland not to close its doors to Chechen asylum-seekers. “UNHCR hopes that the admission of 150 Chechens to Poland last weekend represents a permanent return of Poland’s policy of open doors to Chechen asylum seekers,” Mr. Janowski said. This year alone, over 1,600 Russian Federation nationals – virtually all of them Chechens – sought asylum in Poland, according to the agency. The spokesman voiced UNHCR’s continued concern about the situation in neighbouring Lithuania, which earlier this month barred 26 Chechens – mostly women and children – from entering and applying for asylum. “UNHCR hopes that Lithuania will follow Poland’s example and reopen its doors to Chechens,” he said. read more

Six months into DR Congos deadliest Ebola outbreak top UN official praises

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, was speaking to journalists in Geneva, where she said that challenges persist in overcoming virus hotspots in the north-east of the country.“We have some 500 staff on the ground at the moment, the great majority from the DRC, and also from WHO offices across the African region. Some of these people have been fighting Ebola since the first 2018 outbreak began in the west of the DRC in May. These brave people and colleagues really do make us all proud.”  To date, Ebola has claimed 461 lives in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and 258 people have recovered from the illness, which attacks the immune system, causing internal-bleeding and major organ damage, if unchecked. Dr. Moeti said that although there have been successes in bringing the disease under control in Beni and Mangina, the outbreak continues to affect a wide geographical area. There has also been a rise in the number of reported cases, including in Katwa health zone. In addition to nine treatment centres, WHO has traced more than 45,000 people who have come into contact with suspected Ebola sufferers.More than 69,000 people have been vaccinated in DRC to date, including 21,000 health-workers and 16,000 children.More than 30 million people have been screened at the country’s borders and vaccinations have also begun in neighbouring South Sudan and Uganda.Insecurity remains one of the biggest obstacles stopping health-workers from reaching those at risk in the vast country, in an area where more than 100 armed groups operate.“The situation in North Kivu is actually relatively calm compared to the pre-election period, and obviously calm is a relative term in North Kivu and Ituri, there’s a constant threat of violence and attack from non-government forces,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies at WHO.“But I would echo Dr. Moeti’s thanks to our colleagues in MONUSCO (the UN’s stabilization mission in DRC) and the Force Intervention Brigade who continue to provide active defence for Beni, Butembo and surrounding areas.”An additional obstacle to healthworkers is suspicion among communities. Despite the challenges, major advances are being made in tackling DRC’s worst Ebola outbreak, helped by a new therapy now being tested on patients with their consent.“This is the first time we’ve managed to deliver so many therapeutics with the higher standard of care into an integrated system for managing patients in a safe and dignified way,” he said. “The results are encouraging in the sense anecdotally when you look at those results you are seeing on the face of it higher levels of survival”, he said, adding that “we have to be extremely careful, there are lots of biases there regarding the condition of the patient when they arrive…but we are certainly encouraged by the data we’re seeing.” read more

LUE réduit ses ambitions de capture et de stockage de CO2

first_imgL’UE réduit ses ambitions de capture et de stockage de CO2Plusieurs des huit projets de captage et de stockage du CO2 devront être abandonnés par l’Union européenne (UE), à l’image du programme Ulcos en France. Plusieurs des huit projets de captage et de stockage du CO2 devront être abandonnés par l’Union européenne (UE), à l’image du programme Ulcos en France. Ce projet pilote, emmené par 48 entreprises européennes, devait être mis en œuvre sur les hauts-fourneaux d’ArcelorMittal à Florange. Mais l’Europe ne parvient pas à lever suffisamment de fonds, notamment à cause du faible prix du carbone, ont confié à l’AFP des sources proches du dossier.Ulcos figure en huitième et dernière position sur la liste des projets sélectionnés par la Commission européenne comme bénéficiaires du programme spécial de financement NER300. Ce programme prévoit de monétariser 300 millions de tonnes de quotas de CO2 prélevés sur une réserve destinée aux nouvelles entreprises dans le système d’échange de quotas instaurés par l’UE pour réduire ses émissions de gaz a effet de serre (GES). En effet, l’UE produit 12% des émissions mondiales de GES (4 milliards de tonnes d’équivalent CO2 par an). En 2008, les Etats européens se sont ainsi engagés à les réduire de 20% d’ici 2020, ce qui nécessite une réduction de 21% de leurs émissions par rapport à 2005. Toutes les études de financement se basent sur une tonne de CO2 valant entre 20 et 30 euros. Toutefois, les premières ventes de quotas (140 millions de tonnes de CO2) se sont faites à 8,05 euros la tonne et ont rapporté 1,14 milliard d’euros. Le prix de la tonne de CO2 est donc aujourd’hui inférieur à 8 euros. Comme l’explique la Commission européenne, “si le prix reste inférieur à 8 euros, il sera possible de co-financer 2 ou 3 projets. S’il monte à 15 euros, on pourra en co-financer 4”. Mais les huit projets initiaux ne seront pas tous conservés, Ulcos devant certainement passer à la trappe. Une remontée du prix du CO2 ? À lire aussiSynth (e) tech (e) Cology : une structure architecturale capable de transformer le CO2 en carburantL’annonce de ceux qui seront retenus se fera en octobre, les trois premiers soutenus par les autorités étant Don Valley Power au Royaume Uni, Belchatow en Pologne et Green Hydrogen aux Pays Bas. Le programme NER300 co-finance les projets à hauteur de 50%, le reste étant assuré par les investisseurs privés ou les Etats. Le dernier espoir est que le prix du CO2 pour la seconde tranche du NER300 remonte de façon significative. Pour y parvenir, la Commissaire en charge du Climat, Connie Hedegaard, préconise de geler un grand nombre de quotas. Mais cette proposition se heurte à de fortes oppositions de la part des industriels, tous les membres de la Commission européenne eux-mêmes, n’étant pas d’accord pour intervenir sur un marché privé. Malgré tout, Mme Hedegaard soumettra certainement cette proposition d’ici la fin juillet, “avant la pause de l’été”. Le 18 juillet 2012 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Aston Villa went to the casino rolled the dice and it

first_imgAston Villa are now in very big trouble after they played their “Get Out Of Jail Free” card and saw it backfire in their  Championship play-off final defeat, says the club’s former finance director Mark AnsellThe Lions were in desperate need of a return to the Premier League for next season with club owner Dr Tony Xia reportedly having no other option than to sell Villa now.Currently, Villa are working alongside the HM Revenue & Customs in order to resolve an unpaid tax bill.“You have to question the management of the club,” Ansell told BBC.“The Revenue would have looked at the playoffs as a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card. When they didn’t win that promotion, they would then have been questioning whether or not they could get their money.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“They’ve [Villa] gone to the casino, they’ve rolled the dice and it hasn’t worked.”Following their 1-0 defeat to the 10-man Fulham in last month’s Championship play-off final, Captain John Terry left the club after the owners admitted that they would be unable to pay for his wages next season.On Tuesday, the board then suspended chief executive Keith Wyness – although it is understood that this is not in regards to the unpaid tax bill.In Villa’s first season in the Championship and under Xia’s ownership, they reported a £14.5m loss in the 2016-17 season.Their failure to beat Fulham and win promotion back to the Premier League last month cost them an estimated £160m.last_img read more

WORLD AIDS DAY FUNDRAISING TONIGHT AT SEVEN STARS

first_img PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Related Items:rufus ewing, turks and caicos aids foundation, World aids day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness Foundation, World Aids Day cocktail party fundraiser is being held at the Seven Stars resort; and though the patron of the event Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, the Premier of the country will not be here for the shindig; it takes place tonight. Support for $40 that will get you cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and yes, attendees are encourage to wear red! NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premierlast_img read more

An Introduction to Structured Data at Etsy

first_imgEtsy recently published a blog post detailing how they store and manage structured data. The Etsy team make extensive use of taxonomies, and store the structured data within JSON files.Etsy is a marketplace allowing sellers to post one-of-a-kind items. Their landing page slogan “If it’s handcrafted, vintage, custom or unique, it’s on Etsy” reveals that uniqueness is a selling point for Etsy. As long as an item falls within the three broad categories of craft supplies, handmade, and vintage, it can be listed in the marketplace.Etsy’s organisation of structured data defines a taxonomy comprised of categories, attributes, values and scales. For example, an item in the taxonomy can have category “boots”, attribute “women’s shoe size”, with value “7” and scale “United Kingdom”. Etsy’s taxonomy contains over 6,000 categories, 400 attributes, 3,500 values and 90 scales. All these hierarchies combine together to form over 3,500 filters. The taxonomy is represented by JSON files, with one file per category that contains information about the relative placing of the category in the hierarchical tree and attributes, values and scales for items in this category.The taxonomy is used in two cases. For the seller, it is used to categorise the listing at the time of creation. When a seller is creating a new listing, they can choose its category from within the taxonomy. Using a smart auto-complete suggestion textfield, they can select the most appropriate category. Based on the category selection, JSON provides information about attributes, value ranges and scales (e.g. “women’s shoe size”, “2…10”, “United Kingdom”). This reduces the need for overloaded product descriptions, simplifies the process for sellers and guarantees that Etsy collects just the relevant attributes for each category.On the other hand, the taxonomy is used by the buyer to allow users to search by category and subcategory. Every category has its own distinct filters that are defined by the taxonomy. Any search query gets classified to a taxonomy category via a big data job which then gets displayed to the user along with the category’s filters.The next steps for Etsy revolve around structuring unstructured data like listing titles and descriptions. Also, Etsy can use Machine Learning to discover more information about a listing. An example could be inferring the colour of a listing by the submitted image rather than asking the seller. The goal for Etsy is to use structured data to power deeper category-specific experiences, thus creating a better connection between buyers and sellers.last_img read more

Asda equal pay claim proceeds to employment tribunal

first_imgAn equal pay claim brought against retailer Asda is to proceed to the Employment Tribunal following a Court of Appeal decision published yesterday (22 June 2016).The claim is being brought by more than 7,000 former and current Asda employees, the majority of which are women, who work in hourly-paid roles at Asda’s retail stores. The claimants allege that the value of the work they do is equal to that of employees working in Asda’s distribution centres, who are largely male. They argue that their pay should be comparable with those in the depots, claiming that historical discrimination has occurred and has not been corrected.Asda denies that any discrimination occurred and argues that the claim should fail on merits.The retail organisation contended that due to the complexity and potentially far-reaching impact of the case, the Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings should be stayed and the claims pursued at the High Court.This was rejected by the ET on the grounds that it did not have the power to impose a stay on proceedings and that, if it were to have that power, doing so would be inappropriate in this case.Asda appealed to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), arguing that the ET does have that power and that it should have exercised it. The EAT upheld the ET’s decision.An appeal against the latter decision was allowed. This appeal relates to the case proceedings rather than to the merits of the case itself.The Court of Appeal hearing took place at on 26 May 2016 before Lord Justice Elias and Lord Justice Christopher Clarke.The appeal was dismissed, with the Court of Appeal finding that it was not for the ET to relinquish jurisdiction in favour of the High Court and supporting the ET’s right to conclude that it would be inappropriate to transfer the case.A spokesperson at Asda said: “The ruling from the Court of Appeal relates solely to the way the case will proceed in the courts, it has nothing to do with the merits of the case itself. While we disagree with the decision, we continue to strongly dispute the claims being made against us in the employment tribunal.“This is a legal case about different rates of pay for different jobs. We believe that jobs in question are very different in terms of their demands, and we strongly dispute the claims being made. At Asda people doing the same job are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our retail stores are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our distribution and logistics centre are paid the same. Pay rates in stores and depots differ for legitimate reasons, including the different market rates for different jobs.”last_img read more

Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US Canada

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple That’s web-only, but apps will launch on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices on April 8, it said.It’ll offer more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films from its library, nightly thematic programming, a Sunday Spotlight series, a Tuesday short film, its Adventures in Moviegoing (a guest-curated series that’s previously featured Barry Jenkins and Guillermo del Toro) and other features. 3 Time Warner Android Pie HBO Amazon AT&T Roku Apple Criterion’s only confirming a US and Canada launch initially, and said via email that it’ll keep us posted about plans for an international release.WarnerMedia, which comprises HBO, Turner and Warner Bros, became a subsidiary of AT&T after the phone company’s $85 billion megamerger with Time Warner last June.First published Jan. 31 at 4:49 a.m. PT.Updated Feb. 1 at 1:59 a.m. PT: Adds Criterion comment on international release. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:33 77 Photos See it Share your voice Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV and Movies Internet Services Preview • Amazon introduces world’s first reasonable $50 tablet (hands-on) Amazon Fire Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV You’ll be able to use The Criterion Channel on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices in April. Criterion The Criterion Channel, Criterion’s streaming service for film lovers, will launch on April 8 in the US and Canada.You can sign up for a subscription now and it’ll set you back $11 a month (or $100 a year). It’s a little cheaper if you sign up before April 8, with Charter Subscribers paying $10 a month (or $90 a year).It’s the same pricing model we heard about back in November, when WarnerMedia announced the FilmStruck replacement.Charter Subscribers also get an exclusive movie of the week between sign-up and launch — the first being its newly released Criterion edition of 1976’s Mikey and Nicky. • 2019 movies to geek out over reading • Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US, Canada Our first Movie of the Week is MIKEY AND NICKY! Charter Subscribers can watch our full edition of Elaine May’s 1976 masterpiece now alongside our special features! 📽️ pic.twitter.com/cJSSyQWTKA— Criterion Channel (@criterionchannl) January 30, 2019 Tags $35 Review • Amazon Fire review: Is this $50 tablet any good? We tell you why it is and isn’t. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

We Are AVCP claims tribal representatives seeking transparency on recent controversies

first_imgTribal representatives from across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta met in Bethel earlier this week to hold what they called a special convention of the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP— the regional, tribal non-profit for 56 villages across the YK Delta. The goal of the meeting was two-fold: to discuss forming a regional tribal government and to get answers to recent controversies surrounding AVCP. But the group left with their questions unanswered.Download AudioIvan Ivan, addressing the tribal gathering on the first day of the meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)“We are AVCP. We should not be ignored. We have questions that need to be answered,” Ivan Ivan, chairman of the gathering and chief of the Native Village of Akiak, said. In February, Ivan resigned from the AVCP Executive Board.About 25 people showed up both days of the meeting. Eight were delegates, representing villages across the Delta. But to make a quorum, the meeting needed 38 delegates.Their message—AVCP members are the organization’s true board, and the administration and executive board answer to them.Unable to take action on their agenda, the group turned to defining AVCP’s power structure and claiming authority within it.“We are entitled as board members for disclosure, answers, honesty, transparency,” Nick Andrew Jr., delegate from the Native Village of Marshall and vice chair of the gathering, said.All those things the group claims is what they aren’t getting and haven’t been getting for months as a series of AVCP issues have come to light.Vice Chair Nick Andrew Jr., delegate from the Native Village of Marshall. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)In December AVCP laid-off 30 employees, citing “changing economic times.” In January KYUK reported the administration’s almost decade-long mishandling of money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family or TANF funds, which are federal dollars designated for low-income families. Later that month, the Executive Board rescheduled a special convention from February to June without consulting its delegates, who voted for the earlier date. Then in February, the Executive Board announced the shutdown of its Allanivik Hotel.“When something has gone terribly wrong, which [it] has, the board has every right to exercise and flex our political might,” Vice Chair Andrew Jr. said.The meeting’s agenda called for the AVCP Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Chairman to explain under oath the decisions surrounding these controversies. But neither official appeared at the meeting, which disappointed Willie Atti, vice president of the Kwigillingok IRA.“These are valid agenda items,” Atti said. “That’s what I came for. The E Board, for the AVCP administrative level, it seems like there’s a hindrance to its village members who they represent.”In March, Executive Board Chairman Henry Hunter Sr. sent a letter to the tribes, saying the meeting is not an AVCP sponsored event. The word “not” in the letter is capitalized and underlined.AVCP bylaws say a special convention requires the approval of two-thirds or 38 tribes.Harold Napoleon, who called into the meeting, says he helped write those bylaws when he served as Executive Director of AVCP in the 1970s.Mike Williams Sr. speaking at the meeting. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)Napoleon says regardless of what what the bylaws state about holding a convention, the AVCP executive board and administration is accountable to its members, and if the members have questions, then the executive board and administration must respond.“All of you who are in that room,” Napoleon said, “you are sitting in that room as board members. You might not be the majority, but there are enough of you there to warrant the respect and the attention of the people who are running AVCP.”Napoleon says the members have not only the right but the responsibility to get answers, especially concerning financial matters, because he says, AVCP applies for funding on the tribes’ behalf.“You—the 56 villages, the tribes—you are the ones responsible for this money. When they apply for money from the federal government and from any agency, they do it in your name,” Napoleon said.At the end of the first day, the gathering appointed three members to go to the AVCP building and summon President and CEO Myron Naneng to attend the next day’s meeting. Vice Chair Andrew was one of those selected and says Naneng responded through a receptionist that he was too busy to attend. The next day neither Naneng nor anyone from AVCP administration or the executive board showed up.The group plans to network among the tribes to get their questions for AVCP on the agenda for the AVCP sponsored June special convention.This year is an election year for AVCP leadership. Representatives at the meeting say they can vote to replace the administration and executive board at the annual fall convention. Naneng won the last election by one vote and has served as president for 24 years.Naneng did not respond to KYUK’s requests for comment.last_img read more

Vedanta prepares legal challenge to India copper plant closure report

first_imgWomen shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarVedanta Resources is working on a legal challenge to the Tamil Nadu government’s closure of one of its copper smelters, but it will not proceed until tensions over the deaths of 13 people during protests last week have eased, two sources told Reuters.The Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of the smelter on Monday after police fired on protesters demanding its closure on environmental grounds.London-listed Vedanta, majority owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal, considers it is now left with no other option than to file a writ petition challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision in the Madras High Court or the Supreme Court in New Delhi, the two sources close to the company said.”They have not presented a single (piece of) evidence against the company,” said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be named. “Vedanta is confident that it has a strong case legally. It has not violated any law.”However, the sources said that with local tensions running high over the deaths of the protesters, the resources company was holding off for now from filing the legal challenge.A Vedanta spokesman did not respond to requests seeking comment. The company earlier said it had broken no rules, and hoped soon to reopen the plant and double its capacity to 800,000 tonnes a year at a cost of more than $700 million.The chief of Vedanta’s India copper business, P. Ramnath, told Reuters on Friday the company would legally fight any attempt to close the plant.D. Jayakumar, a senior Tamil Nadu minister, said the smelter was closed mainly in response to the demands of residents of the coastal city of Thoothukudi, and that the state government would defend itself in court.”We’ve closed the plant based on various violations raised by the pollution control board. They will of course say that they have not violated any rule,” Jayakumar, who speaks for the state government, told Reuters.”People are totally against the plant. We’re with the people only. We go by their demand and the law.”He declined to give details of the violations.D. Sekar, a senior official with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, also declined to explain the reasons, saying only that the closure was a “policy decision”.The plant, India’s second-biggest copper smelter known as Sterlite Copper, has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, as residents continued largely peaceful protests demanding it be shut for good.Residents and environmental activists have long demanded a shutdown of the copper smelter, which has annual production of more than 400,000 tonnes, citing air and water pollution. Vedanta denies the accusations of pollution.The opposition escalated last week when thousands of people marched towards a government office on the 100th day of the protest. Ten people were killed in police firing that day, while three more died in subsequent days, piling pressure on the state government as protests spread elsewhere in the state.Minister Jayakumar said his government has been opposed to the smelter since 2013, when a suspected gas leak led to its closure for more than two months. The plant was allowed to reopen after a court-appointed team of experts found no instance of emissions beyond set limits.In recent weeks, however, Tamil Nadu has cancelled a decision to allocate a plot of land to Vedanta for a doubling of the plant’s capacity and cut its electricity connection and water supply, he said.[ Source- reuters]last_img read more

Female SI found hanging in Savar

first_imgA female sub-inspector of Savar model police station was found hanging at her staff quarters room on Saturday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Tahmina Akhter.Officer-in-charge of the police station Mohsenul Kadir said other residents of the staff quarters spotted Tahmina hanging from a ceiling fan when they peeped through a window of the room getting no response from her after repeated calls.Later, they recovered the body breaking open the door, said the OC, adding that the reason behind the death was yet to be identified.The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for autopsy, the police official said.last_img read more

Ozil departure puts focus on German relations with Turkish community

first_imgTurkish president Tayyip Erdogan meets with Arsenal`s soccer player Mesut Ozil in London, Britain on 13 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersGerman soccer player Mesut Ozil’s decision to quit the national team due to “racism and disrespect” he faced over his Turkish roots threw a spotlight on Monday on the country’s relations with its largest immigrant community.The most prominent German politician of Turkish origin said it would be difficult for the head of the national soccer association to stay in the role, adding that Ozil’s departure would only be welcomed by those who opposed diversity.Ozil’s announcement on social media late on Sunday lead national newspapers to clear their front pages for the midfielder, 29, a key member of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014 – and also of the side eliminated at the group stage of the 2018 tournament in Russia.The player, who faced a barrage of criticism for having his photograph taken with Turkey’s authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan in May, was especially piqued by criticism from German Football Association (DFB) head Reinhard Grindel, who he said blamed him for Germany crashing out of this year’s tournament.Cem Ozdemir, the former head of the Greens party and the most prominent politician of Turkish background, said it would be difficult for Grindel to do his job in future given the diverse reality of Germany and its soccer team.”It will be very hard for Grindel after this,” he told Deutschlandfunk radio. “He doesn’t reflect the breadth of football in Germany and so it will be hard for German Turks, or indeed German Croats, to feel that the DFB is theirs.”Former DFB President Theo Zwanziger was quoted in German media as saying the DFB had not done enough to solve conflicts ahead of the World Cup.”Communication mistakes mean something happened that should never happen to migrants: They should never feel like second-class Germans,” he said, adding: “Ozil’s resignation is a major setback for integration efforts beyond football in our country.”A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that that the majority of the roughly 3 million people with Turkish roots who live in Germany were well-integrated.She also said people with migrant backgrounds were welcome in Germany and added that the German chancellor valued Ozil.The row comes amid a political debate in Germany about an influx of 1.6 million migrants since mid-2014 that has seen a rise of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at the expense of traditional parties.It also exposed differences of opinion over the country’s large and well-established Turkish community.Just as 2014’s victorious German side was celebrated for its diversity, so too was France’s World Cup-winning team in 2018 for having numerous key players with African ethnic roots.CRITICISM AND PRAISEBut the mass-selling newspaper Bild accused Ozil of “pure self-pity” and its editor highlighted his decision to post in English, accusing him of trying to maximise his audience.Ozdemir said that even if Ozil had been naive, however, his departure would be “good news for Erdogan, for the AfD, all those who are against diversity.”Alice Weidel, leader of the AfD, wrote that: “The integration dream doesn’t work even with football millionaires,” describing Ozil’s “tirade” as a “typical example of failed integration”.In Turkey, however, politicians heaped praise on the player and lashed out at those who had abused him.”We support from the heart the honourable stance which our brother Mesut Ozil has displayed,” Turkish Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu wrote on Twitter on Sunday night.”What Mesut Özil went through and how he was treated is unforgivable. There is NO excuse for racism and discrimination,” Gulnur Aybet, a senior adviser to President Tayyip Erdogan wrote on her Twitter account.Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter on Sunday after Ozil released his statement:”An extremely accomplished footballer provides a perfectly reasonable explanation for meeting with President Erdogan. But imagine the pressure under which he felt compelled to make this statement. What a pity for those who claim to be tolerant and multiculturalist!”last_img

The Twisted Fate of Bobby Fischer – How Americas Chess Prodigy Became

first_imgBobby Fischer is considered by many to be the greatest chess player ever and certainly the greatest American to ever play the game. His story is an amazing one, coming from humble roots in a single parent household in Brooklyn to winning the World Championship in 1972. However, Fischer’s life and legacy are clouded by decades of odd behavior, public outbursts, life as a recluse, and more. He reportedly hated the film, Searching for Bobby Fischer claiming it used his name to generate profits but he was not compensated.Bobby Fischer in 1972. Photo by Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0 nlMuch has been written about him since he passed away in Iceland in 2008 at the age of 64 including the 2015 film starring Tobey Maguire titled Pawn Sacrifice. Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about one of the most intelligent people of the 2nd half of the 20th century.AdChoices广告inRead invented by Teads Dominating at an Early AgeFischer in 1960. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0Fischer began playing chess at a very young age, competing against his sister and mother until they were neither available nor interested in playing him. He often played matches against himself at a young age until he was able to find a proper coach and guidance.In 1956, Fischer became the youngest United States Junior Chess Champion by defeating nationwide competitors many years his senior – he was only 13. A little over a year later, he would win the U.S. Championship becoming the youngest ever to hold the title.“You Don’t Learn Anything at School”William Lombardy and Fischer analyzing, with Jack Collins looking onAt the age of 12, based on his incredibly high IQ and his achievements playing chess, Fischer was given a scholarship to Brooklyn Community Woodward. He later went to Erasmus Hall High School until he dropped out at the age of 16 and only because he couldn’t do it sooner. He stated at the time, “You don’t learn anything in school.” Interestingly enough, Fischer attended Erasmus Hall at the very same time as iconic performers Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond.Dominating the Local CompetitionFischer in Amsterdam in 1972. Photo by Anefo – Dutch National Archives CC BY-SA 3.0 nlStarting in 1957, Fischer won eight U.S. Championships in chess over the next 10 years. His streak was only broken because he chose to skip the 1961 tournament while he was preparing for international competition and the 1964 tournament didn’t take place.Not only did he win all eight tournaments, he dominated them. Out of all his matches in those championship tourneys, Fischer only lost three games. He won 61 and drew 26.Talking the TalkBobby Fischer (middle) at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, with FIDE chairman Max Euwe (right) and director of the American chess federation Ed Edmonson (left)Clearly an American in nature, at the 1962 Chess Olympiad in Varna, Bulgaria, Fischer called his own shot in advance of playing Argentinian Grandmaster, Miguel Najdorf. Fischer predicted that he would beat his Grandmaster opponent in only 25 moves. He did it in 24 moves at the age of 19.Bringing Chess to the LimelightFischer aged 17 playing 23-year-old World Champion Mikhail Tal in Leipzig. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0From 1970 to 1972, Fischer was dominating his competition everywhere in both five-minute “blitz” and traditional matches. He was undaunted and eager for a shot at the World Championship.When Fischer agreed to play the World Chess Champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, it became an international event. Fischer had lost a game to Spassky the previous year in a tournament. Ironically, none of the major U.S. networks were interested in covering the match so PBS stepped in to broadcast the historic head to head competition between the Soviet and American.The match was full of controversy with Fischer arriving late, losing two games at the beginning, and getting encouragement from Henry Kissinger to complete and win the match. Fischer did return to the match and dominated afterwards, giving PBS its best ratings in history and making Fischer a household name. It wasn’t long before parents of all backgrounds were teaching their children the game.Odd Behavior and Bank Robbery?Fischer in Cuba, March 1956. Photo by RAYMOND BRAVO PRATS CC BY-SA 4.0After becoming such a celebrity, Fischer chose not to defend his World Championship title and it was then forfeited to the current Soviet champion, Anatoly Karpov, in 1975.This began a weird era for Fischer who renounced his Judaism, joined an upstart church named the Worldwide Church of God, donating huge sums of money to its leaders and also making fiercely derogatory remarks about his former faith.During this time, Fischer’s appearance was a bit unkempt and it resulted in him being mis-identified as a suspect in a robbery. He was summarily arrested and held for two days in Pasadena before being released.A Fugitive From the United StatesPhoto by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0053 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0In 1992, a Yugoslavian businessman organized a rematch between Spassky and Fischer with a $5 million purse ($3 million to the winner). Both of the players agreed to the match. However, the U.S. State Department had other ideas since Yugoslavia was then under sanctions by the U.S. and they wanted no American participating in the event, which they found “harmful” to U.S. foreign policy.Fischer in AmsterdamFischer went to Yugoslavia anyway and won the match against a much older and less competitive Spassky. Fischer reportedly spat on a U.S. Treasury letter to him warning him of the implications of his participation.At this point, Fischer never returned to the U.S. and instead lived in Southeast Asia for the next decade or so. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the U.S. Department of Justice.Fischer Died a Citizen of IcelandGrave of Bobby Fischer in Laugardaelir Church Cemetery, Selfoss, IcelandFischer moved to Japan in 2000 and was living there after the 9/11 attacks that saw significant changes in the way the U.S. State Department handled visas and passports.Although his U.S. passport was current, he was detained at a Japanese airport when attempting to take a flight to the Philippines because the U.S. had revoked his passport and had asked Japanese officials to detain him on the outstanding warrant from the 1992 Yugoslavian affair.Related Video: The Modern Day Revival of the Knights TemplarFischer was held in a Japanese prison for several weeks awaiting extradition to the United States. Despite many appeals from the chess community and journalists, the U.S. would not budge.Fischer in Belgrade for the USSR vs. Rest of the World match in 1970. Photo by Stevan Kragujević CC BY-SA 3.0 rsFischer then applied for citizenship first in Germany, which was declined, and then to Iceland. Because of his significant influence in “putting Iceland on the map” in 1972 and due to his popularity, Iceland’s parliament approved his citizenship and granted him a passport.Read another story from us: Two Chess Pieces were Found Hidden in a Barn to Protect Against Evil SpiritsFischer renounced his U.S. citizenship, moved to Iceland, and lived there the remainder of his days. He passed away from renal failure surrounded by some close friends and was buried in a Christian cemetery 30 miles outside of Reykjavik.last_img read more