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Algiers gripped by World Cup fever

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Algiers – Algiers was vgripped by World Cup fever on Tuesday, with giant flags hanging from buildings and cars parading through the streets in the national colours as Algeria’s first match in Brazil kicked off.As the Desert Foxes launched their campaign against Belgium at 1600 GMT, at Brazil’s Mineirao stadium, there was a carnival-like atmosphere in the capital.At the landmark central post office building, where a giant screen has been installed, hundreds gathered clad in patriotic hats and scarves, blowing whistles and South African vuvuzelas. Earlier, the blare of car horns resounded in the city centre, while shops rigged up televisions to attract customers.“I took the afternoon off so as not to be caught in the traffic and so I could watch the match,” said Kamel, in his 30s, convinced that Algeria’s Bosnia-born coach Vahid Halilhodzic can get them through to the knock out stages.“Hope is allowed right up to the final whistle,” joked his girlfriend Leila, who mentioned cited modest aspirations: “an honourable participation.”The crowds went wild when star midfielder Sofiane Feghouli scored from the spot in the 24th minute.Many across the city took the afternoon off work to watch the match, whether in public, or in the calm of their homes.While discussions about the likely score sometimes verged on the surreal, few doubted that Algeria would win.Kheira, in his 70s, said she had prepared snacks and bought cakes for her five children, their spouses and her nine grandchildren to watch the match at her home.“This is an opportunity to meet up and I hope we will be celebrating afterwards,” she said, ululating as passers-by clapped and youths chanted “One, two three, viva l’Algerie!”Algeria is the only Arab country represented in the World Cup, and the match has generated intense excitement in neighbouring countries, notably Morocco, where most football lovers are rooting for Algeria despite the long-standing animosity between the two regimes. read more

Closing Bell TSX adds to series of losses Thursday

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market added to a string of losses Thursday with investors cautious ahead of Friday’s release of U.S. and Canadian employment data for May.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,409.33 -34.32 -0.28%S&P 500 — 1,622.56 +13.66 0.85%Dow — 15,040.62 +80.030.53%Nasdaq — 3,424.05 +22.57 0.66%The S&P/TSX composite index fell for a fifth session, down 34.32 points to 12,409.33.The loonie closed up 0.81 of a cent to 97.47 cents US after earlier surging as high as 98.06 cents US as the U.S. currency sold off.U.S. indexes were volatile as the Dow Jones industrials came back from a 117-point slide to gain 80.03 points to 15,040.62, the Nasdaq rose 22.58 points to 3,424.05 and the S&P 500 index was 13.66 points higher to 1,622.56.Traders took some comfort from a report Thursday that U.S. claims for unemployment benefits, often seen as a proxy for a proxy for layoffs, fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.Economists have been forecasting that the U.S. economy cranked out a total of 165,000 jobs last month. But that modest figure was called into doubt Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector cranked out 135,000 jobs during May, less than the 165,000 that had been expected.Also, the latest reading on the health of the U.S. service sector showed rising expansion but the data also showed that hiring slowed further in May to the lowest level since last July.North American markets fell sharply on the jobs data. But the slide Wednesday was just the latest jolt of volatility over the last couple of weeks after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said May 22 that the Fed may decide to taper its bond purchase program within its next few policy meetings if the U.S. economy gains steam.That program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion in bonds each month, has not only kept interest rates low, it has also helped fuel a huge rally on U.S. markets, leaving the Dow industrials ahead about 14% for the year.“People just got scared by that statement and thinking that stimulus was going to come off,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investment.“I don’t think people are really believing that the stimulus is coming off but what they are saying is there is probably a higher risk than there was a few months ago and the fact the statement is out there is enough to cause unease.”The resource-heavy TSX is slightly below where it started the year as mining stocks in particular have been pummelled by a slow global economic rebound and lower demand for commodities. And Sadiq thinks the TSX is in for further losses.“We have had the estimate of three to five% down for the year,” he said.“Given the strong environment that we have seen, in the rest of the world’s markets, Canada hasn’t done anything. So imagine what happens when we see a decline in the world markets, Canada is going to go down.”Metals and mining stocks led declines, down almost one% while July copper stepped back five cents to US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 35 cents to C$26.76.Financials fell% with TD Bank (TSX:TD) down $1.02 to $81.83.Industrial stocks helped the TSX close off its worst levels of the session and Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained six cents to $4.92 as the transportation giant’s rail division won a US$771-million order from the Stockholm Public Transport Authority, which has ordered 96 Movia metro vehicles.The energy sector up 0.14% with July crude ahead $1.02 to US$94.76 a barrel. Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG) gained 32 cents to C$36.24 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) gave back 18 cents to C$39.39.The gold sector was up about 0.3% while August bullion climbed $17.30 to US$1,415.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) climbed 22 cents to $30.64.In other corporate news, Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) reversed a large loss last year to earn $27.5 million in the second quarter on stable revenues of $521.3 million. Adjusting for one-time items, the commercial printer and media company earned $34.8 million, in line with analyst expectations. Its shares slipped five cents to $11.70.What investors were watching today:New Bank of Canada chief says dangers of low rates not ‘threatening’ at momentPublic Mobile snapped up by Thomson family, NY investorECB holds rates, expecting recovery soonJapanese stocks approaching bear marketNestle Canada, two other companies facing criminal charges over chocolate price fixingON DECK FRIDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect the economy to gain 15,000 jobs, and the jobless rate to remain at 7.2% Labour productivity (Q1): Economists expect a 0.2% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect the economy to gain 163,000 jobs and the jobless rate to remain at 7.5% 3 p.m.Consumer credit (April): Economists expect a figure of US$13.3-billion, up from last month read more

Wall Street rises TSX posts tripledigit gain as oil rises and banks

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a second straight triple-digit advance as oil prices rose and two of Canada’s biggest banks posted solid results.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 166.23 points to 13,636.06 after a 101-point gain Monday, helped by a solid gain in the heavily weighted financials sector as both Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) turned in fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 168.43 points to end the day at 17,888.35, while the S&P 500 gained 22.22 points to 2,102.63 and the Nasdaq rose 47.64 points to 5,156.31.On commodity markets, the February gold contract fell $1.80 to end trading at US$1,063.50 an ounce, January benchmark crude oil rose 20 cents to settle at US$41.85 a barrel and January natural gas fell 0.4 cents to US$2.231 per mmBtu.The Canadian dollar ended the day down 0.06 of a U.S. cent to 74.83 cents U.S.Why Canadian stocks may outperform in 2016Bank of Montreal hikes dividend as profit climbs to record $1.21 billionScotiabank beats expectations with 28% profit gain after slashing 1,140 jobs since July read more

Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights calling for greater support

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In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war, until 31 December 2013. In recent months, the mission has faced a spate of security risks and operational challenges – including detention of UN personnel – as a result of the spill-over from the ongoing crisis in Syria, where Government forces and opposition groups have been engaged in a conflict spanning more than two years and which has already claimed more than 93,000 lives. In addition, Austria – which contributes about one-third of UNDOF’s troops – announced earlier this month that it is withdrawing its soldiers, reportedly citing a lack of freedom of movement and an unacceptable level of danger to its personnel. The Council today strongly condemned the incidents threatening the safety and security of UN personnel in recent months, and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to “cease military actions in the UNDOF area of operation.” The resolution “underscores” that there should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation, including military operations by the Syrian armed forces. In addition, it “underlines” that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in the area of separation. In his latest report on UNDOF, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that recent clashes in the Golan Heights area are threatening the decades-long ceasefire between Syria and Israel and putting civilians and UN personnel at risk. “Given the evolving security situation in the UNDOF area of operation, it is necessary to consider further adjustments to the posture and operations of the mission,” Mr. Ban wrote. This includes enhancing the mission’s self-defence capabilities and boosting its force strength by about 300 to some 1,250 troops. The Council today endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendations to consider further adjustments to the “posture and operations” of the mission, as well as to implement additional mitigation measures to enhance the self-defence capabilities of UNDOF, including maximizing the force strength and improving its self-defence equipment. read more

Buckeyes would be better off losing before big dance

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There’s a problem with the expectations that come with a perfect record: Anything less than perfection is a total failure. That’s what Thad Matta’s Buckeyes (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) are faced with. With their great season, these Buckeyes have set National Championship expectations just like the 2006–07 squad did. After what this team has shown so far, anything less would lead to scarlet-and-gray heartbreak. There’s no more esteemed company than John Wooden’s undefeated UCLA championship teams of the 1960s and early ’70s, or Bobby Knight’s Indiana team of ’76 that went unbeaten en route to a title, so it’s unrealistic to put the 2011 Ohio State men’s basketball team into the same category. Now, the talent pool is as wide and deep as it’s ever been. The clich&e exists for a reason: Any team can be beaten on any given night. If you don’t believe that, look at some of OSU’s stressful wins against lesser Big Ten teams and say you weren’t the least bit worried. You can’t. This team is far from perfect. It ranks 162nd in the country in rebounds and relies heavily on just seven players. Matta would tell you it still has plenty of room to improve, despite its flawless record. There would be little harm in the team familiarizing itself with the crushing feeling of defeat sooner, rather than later. A loss during the regular season or Big Ten Tournament wouldn’t change OSU’s chances at a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Getting that sentiment out of the way would alleviate the added pressure of going into the NCAA Tournament undefeated and dealing with all the nonmaterial questions about Wooden, Knight and the historical implications. Not to say the Buckeyes should lose on purpose, but knowing what a loss feels like could be beneficial — just ask the football team. OSU would have to get 16 more wins in the regular season and postseason to get to a perfect 40-0, the pinnacle of the sport. It undoubtedly would be one of the most incredible achievements in sports history, given the era and climate of college hoops. Is this team capable? Perhaps. Is it likely to happen? No. Only seven teams have won national titles while going undefeated, none more recent than Knight’s ’76 Hoosiers. Eleven teams have finished the regular season undefeated in the tournament era and come up short of the title. The most recent team to do so was Jameer Nelson and Delonte West’s 2004 Saint Joseph’s Hawks — a team that’s hardly memorable. These Buckeyes don’t want to be in that category. That’s why a national title would mean far more than an undefeated regular season. If they were to flame out in the tournament, the only thing that would be remembered about the 2011 Buckeyes would be their failure to live up to expectations. read more

A Chinese city is paying for a new garden in a Dublin

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first_img Share46 Tweet Email6 By Callum Lavery The Garden includes a shelter, planting, seating, a rockery, a pond and waterfall. Source: Carol Reynolds/Dublin City CouncilSenior Executive Park Superintendent, Michael Noonan said the project has been in the works since July 2016.“The garden includes a shelter, planting, seating, a rockery, a pond and waterfall. Yangzhou City will cover the cost of the garden construction on site by Chinese craftsmen who will travel from China. There will also be ancillary costs for Dublin City Council which will be covered in the existing Parks budget.”The new garden will be situated on the eastern corner of the park, between the Herbert Park lake and bandstand and behind the Herbert Park Hotel.Named the ‘Yi Garden’, which means ‘The Garden of Friendship’, the site was one of the show gardens for Bloom in the Park 2016 and is approximately 20m x 10m in extent.Noonan continued: “It is considered that ‘The Yi Garden’ will add significantly to Herbert Park and be an additional attraction for locals and visitors to enjoy. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys said the garden will be a “quiet spot where people can relax.” The garden will be paid for by the Chinese Embassy and constructed by Chinese workers. 31,677 Views The garden will be paid for by the Chinese Embassy and constructed by Chinese workers. Image: Carol Reynolds/dublin City Council Image: Carol Reynolds/dublin City Council 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL A Chinese city is paying for a new garden in a Dublin city park The donators of the garden have requested that it is located in the park close to the Chinese embassy on Merrion Road. A CITY IN China is funding and sending craftsmen to build a new ‘Garden of Friendship’ in Dublin this autumn. The project is being gifted to Dublin by the city of Yangzhou. Construction of the garden begins in September this year in Herbert Park in Ballsbridge and is expected to take six weeks to complete.The city of Yangzhou has requested that it is located in the park close to the Chinese embassy on Merrion Road.  Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4578163 Apr 7th 2019, 8:00 AM last_img read more

Real rates

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank reduced the official cash rate to 2.5 per cent this week, which is good news for people with a mortgage. However, I’m concerned that this low interest-rate environment has produced a very confusing borrowing market for consumers. With rates coming down and competition heating up, lenders have had to pull out all the stops in order to attract and retain customers. So, one tactic that has become popular amongst marketers is to highlight the ‘discount’ rate in mortgage advertising. Discounting isn’t new. Back in the ’90s, banks used to give their high-income customers preferential treatment by offering them discounts, otherwise known as professional packs, with the hope that they could reel the customer in and sell them on other products over the medium to long term. Now, as interest rates have dropped and margins on each loan are pressured, the discounting strategy is being used as a broader customer acquisition and retention tool, but with one key difference. Back in 2003, the advertising of ‘honeymoon rates’ became very popular, whereby the lender would promote a low introductory rate with no mention of the true long term cost of the loan. So legislation was created to control interest rate advertising by introducing what’s called the ‘comparison rate’. The comparison rate is a formula that includes all the costs and fees, and it factors in any potential short term discounting to give the borrower a clear picture of the loan’s true rate, the rate they’d be paying over the long term. Comparison rate legislation is still in place today. However, advertisers who are looking to get their product out to the market in the simplest and most effective way possible have moved away from advertising the interest rate and the comparison rate in favour of advertising just the discount. So now you’ll see ads spruiking a ‘1.05 per cent p.a.’ discount off for the life of the loan, but the interest rate is nowhere to be seen, leaving the consumer to dig to find the actual rate. This makes things all the more difficult for the borrower, who just wants to know the ‘true rate’ they’ll be paying on their loan. So now that you know how it works, I urge everyone seeking a mortgage to look past the discounts and to focus on the comparison rate, the true rate that you will end up paying over the life of the loan. This won’t always be easy because the discounts are designed to catch your attention and change your thinking. They make you feel like you’re getting a good deal, which may be true for a pair of sneakers or a new sofa. But with interest rates, there is a lot more to the equation than just the ‘per cent off’. So at the very least, find out how much your loan is costing you after the discounts and deals. Go searching for your true rate, and make sure it’s competitive. If it isn’t, go get a better one. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Markonmark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Twitter doit garantir la sécurité de son réseau social

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first_imgTwitter doit garantir la sécurité de son réseau socialÉtats-Unis – Twitter a passé un accord avec la Commission fédérale du commerce afin de garantir davantage de sécurité sur son réseau social. Le site a subi deux attaques importantes l’année dernière.Début 2009, les comptes Twitter de milliers d’utilisateurs dont Barack Obama avaient été détournés puis un hacker français était entré dans le système d’administration du réseau social, s’accaparant les informations confidentielles d’une multitude de comptes. Depuis, la sécurité sur le réseau social est remise en question et la Commission fédérale du commerce a lancé une enquête pour inciter les dirigeants du réseau social à combler les failles existant sur leur site. Celle-ci vient de se terminer et Twitter s’est désormais engagé à fournir un programme d’information sur la sécurité, lequel sera évalué annuellement pendant dix ans.Le 25 juin 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Canada une pénurie de bébés chez les bélugas du SaintLaurent

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first_imgCanada : une pénurie de bébés chez les bélugas du Saint-LaurentLes relevés effectués cet été par des biologistes québécois pour évaluer l’état de la population de bélugas dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent indiquent une chute drastique du nombre de bébés, alors que la population de cet animal menacé y est remarquablement stable depuis 20 ans. Erreur de dénombrement ou mortalité inquiétante ?  Deux bébés seulement repérés au cours des recensements effectués durant tout l’été, contre un à deux par jour les années précédentes. Ce sont les chiffres révélés par des scientifiques québécois qui s’inquiètent aujourd’hui pour les bélugas du Saint-Laurent, ces grands cétacés tout blancs dont une population sédentaire vit dans l’estuaire du fleuve canadien.À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaEstimée à 1.100 individus en 2009, cette population étonne les biologistes depuis 20 ans, car elle ne montre aucun signe d’augmentation, alors que les ressources alimentaires le permettraient largement. La contamination et les maladies infectieuses (81.% des décès chez les sujets de moins de 14 ans) décimeraient-elles de plus en plus impitoyablement les juvéniles ? Les chercheurs devront creuser la question d’ici au prochain recensement des effectifs totaux, en 2012-2013.”Hasard, (…) mauvais troupeau, (…) phénomène naturel avec moins de femelles fécondées cet été (…) ? C’est un signal difficile à interpréter. Il va falloir regarder ce qui va se passer au cours des prochaines années”, résume Robert Michaud, président du Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins, surpris par le faible nombre de nourrissons qu’il a observés lors de ses 60 à 80 sorties estivales en mer.  Le 28 septembre 2011 à 13:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les animaux sauvages bientôt interdits dans les cirques belges

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first_imgLes animaux sauvages bientôt interdits dans les cirques belgesLes cirques belges ne pourront bientôt plus présenter des animaux sauvages tels que des lions ou des éléphants. Bruxelles a en effet approuvé un projet de loi visant à renforcer le bien-être animal.Après la Grèce, c’est au tour de la Belgique de prendre une décision de taille pour le bien-être des animaux. Vendredi, le gouvernement belge a approuvé une loi qui prévoit notamment d’interdire la présence d’animaux sauvages dans les cirques du pays. Si le texte doit encore être approuvé par le Parlement, il pourrait donc signer la fin des numéros mettant en scène des lions ou encore des tigres. Une décision qui n’a sans surprise pas été du goût des professionnels du secteur. “Ces animaux sont la base du cirque traditionnel”, a déclaré Maurice Agnessen, responsable d’un festival de cirque organisé à Liège. “Ils sont régulièrement en mouvement, s’amusent et se reproduisent même mieux que dans les zoos”, a t-il souligné. Pourtant, ce n’est pas conclusion à laquelle était parvenue une enquête diligentée par le gouvernement belge en 2011, point de départ de cette nouvelle loi.Cette enquête avait révélé la difficulté pour les cirques de garantir le bien-être des animaux. Le rapport soulignait que ces derniers manquaient d’espace, ne pouvaient pas tous se baigner et que certaines espèces qui vivent habituellement en groupe ne disposaient pas de compagnon. De plus, le non-respect des exigences de température, notamment dans les camions, avait été pointé du doigt par le Conseil du bien-être des animaux.Une “importance avancée” À lire aussiQuand un hippopotame part en balade dans les rues d’une ville espagnolePour les organisations de défense des animaux, dont Gaïa, cette loi constitue donc une “importante avancée pour le bien-être animal” en Belgique, sachant que d’autres pays avaient déjà mis en place cette interdiction : Allemagne, Hongrie, Danemark, Suède et plus récemment la Grèce. Si la loi est approuvée par le Parlement, elle entrera en vigueur un an après sa publication au Moniteur belge, le journal officiel local, a indiqué le cabinet de la ministre de la Santé Laurette Onkelinx, en charge du dossier.A partir de là, seuls les bovins, buffles, porcs, lamas, dromadaires, chameaux, furets, lapins, chiens, chats, pigeons, oies, gallinacés, perroquets, perruches, canards, chevaux, ânes, poneys, moutons et chèvres seront alors autorisés dans les cirques, a précisé le gouvernement. Le 15 juillet 2013 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teen arrested on suspicion of social media threat to South Bay high

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first_img Posted: April 9, 2019 Teen arrested on suspicion of social media threat to South Bay high school April 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A 16-year-old boy was arrested today on suspicion of posting a social media threat against the South Bay high school he attends because “he thought it would be funny” to spread fear at the campus, a police captain said.The threat against Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista was the second to appear on Instagram over the weekend, police Capt. Phil Collum said.The initial message, posted Saturday by a user with the handle @f***diswrld, read: “Shooting up on the campus on Monday. I like some of you.Try to skip school if you value your life.”The user finished the comment with a profane hashtag directed at the high school, then posted another one to students: “I don’t think you guys aregonna wanna hide at the 900s” — apparently referring to a cluster of classrooms at the northern end of the school.The suspect in the subsequent threatening post told officers who detained him that “he had seen the first threat online and decided to join in to further scare people,” according to Collum.“He said he thought it would be funny,” the police captain said.The teen, a San Diego resident whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was arrested on suspicion of issuing criminal threats. He was expected to be released to his parents pending his initial court appearance in the case.The identity of the person who posted the original menacing message remains under investigation, Collum said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

11 get jobs under Singareni Collieries Company Limited Karunya

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first_imgKothagudem: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) General Manager Kothagudem area CH Narasimha Rao has handed over appointment orders to 11 new staff members under Karunya scheme here in Kothagudem on Wednesday.Speaking to the newly-appointed members, the GM said everyone should work with dedication and must work for the growth of the company. Special Officer Narayana, Area Engineer Damodhar, Assistant General Manager Srinivas, Project Officer Sanjeev Rao, officials Venu Gopal, Jyothi, Samuel, Kiran Babu and Butchaiah attended the programme.last_img read more

Texas Child Agency Workers Visit Hundreds Of AtRisk Youths

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first_img Share Texas Department of Family & Protective ServicesTexas Department of Public Safety special agents have helped Child Protective Services workers check on hundreds of at-risk youths in a review demanded by legislators.CPS officials on Tuesday reported initial visits were completed with more than 400 children who as of Oct. 17 were deemed high risk for harm.Concerns were raised last week by members of a Texas Senate committee who ordered immediate in-person visits with children not yet seen by CPS investigators, amid a backlog. Staffers are required to see children between 24 and 72 hours after an abuse report.DPS officials say most visits happened in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Lubbock and El Paso.Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman seeks funding to add more than 800 staffers.Texas lawmakers convene in January.last_img read more

Stop being offended over people identifying as queer

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Do it again, do it right. do it Quee’r AF’. | Photo: Kaleido Shoots for Brighton Queer PromIn 1990, an LGBTI activist group known as Queer Nation formed.They wrote on a flyer at the time: ‘Using “queer” is a way of reminding us how we are perceived by the rest of the world. It’s a way of telling ourselves we don’t have to be witty and charming people who keep our lives discreet and marginalized in the straight world.‘Yeah, queer can be a rough word but it is also a sly and ironic weapon we can steal from the homophobe’s hands and use against him,’ the flyer read.Since then, people have began identifying as queer as more of an umbrella term for gender and sexual minorities.These days, people now commonly also use the term to describe academic theory, film and literature.Let me identify as queer if I want toFor me, identifying with the term is an act of defiance.It’s using a term people taunted me with in the playground and flipping the narrative.I’m reclaiming the word you used against me and proudly owning it.Reclaiming historically offensive words thrust onto marginalized people happens all the time.Feminists reclaimed the word ‘Suffragette’ from a place of ridicule to a word of power. Sex-positive people reclaimed the word ‘slut’ from a place of shame in promiscuity to empowerment.So if I want to identify and reclaim the word queer, let me.Actor Keiynan Lonsdale identifies as queer. | Photo: InstagramSimilarly, if a celebrity (or anyone!) comes out as queer or proudly identifies with the term, who are you to object?Why can’t we let people identify how they like, without reminding them their identity is offensive to others?Yes, we understand the word has historically negative connotations. And yes, we understand the ‘status’ and ‘offensiveness’ of the term may have remained the same for some people.But increasingly, we’re seeing younger generations identifying with the term.They’re rejecting gender and sexual binaries in favor of a more fluid term. And it’s time you let them live their best unapologetically queer lives.James Besanvalle is the Family Editor for Gay Star News. You find him on Twitter.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . If people want to identify as queer, let them. | Photo: James Besanvalle Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img I’m queer and this is why you finally need to accept that wordQueer Eye’s Karamo on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerQueer Eye’s Kamaro on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/identify-queer/ Whenever we post stories on Gay Star News and describe someone as ‘queer’, there’s inevitable backlash.Even if the person who the story is about uses the term to describe themselves, a wave of people are quick to point out it’s a slur.Take, for example, a story we published last month about a guy winning a gaming world title.Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean self-identifies as ‘queer’ but also uses ‘gay’ interchangeably to describe himself.Gamer SonicFox. | Photo: @SonicFox5000 / TwitterHis Twitter bio says he’s a ‘Black Queer Furry’ (the latter because he dons his fox ‘fursona’ when he’s playing games) so we described him as such in the headline.But when we posted the story to social media, a few people commented: ‘Queer is a slur!’ and ‘There is no excuse for using a slur. Zero.’Yes, the term can absolutely be used as a slur. And, of course, it’s important to recognize the well-documented history of its use as a derogatory word.But now some people are reclaiming it and it’s also important to recognize and just accept that fact.History of the word ‘queer’The word ‘queer’ literally means ‘strange’ or ‘odd’.It wasn’t until about a century ago that it became a pejorative. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word as a reference to homosexuality came through an 1894 letter by John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.Douglas angrily wrote about the relationship his son Alfred had with famous poet Oscar Wilde. He referenced ‘snob queers’.The term then gained popularity in the early 20th Century, most commonly used to describe gay men who engage in receptive or passive anal or oral sex with other men.By the mid-20th Century, it became a general slur against all LGBTI people.But by the late 1980s, activists began reclaiming the word as a neutral or even positive self-identifying term. Queer is an incredibly divisive word in the LGBTI community.last_img read more

AI Isnt Replacing Workers Its Picking up the Slack Heres How

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first_imgApril 29, 2019 Enroll Now for Free A recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco showed that the U.S. labor market is “at or beyond its full potential.” While that might be good news for the economy, it’s not for the tech companies still out there, searching desperately for qualified talent.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Boosts Workforce ProductivityResearch firm Korn Ferry predicted that companies in technology, media and telecom will face a talent shortage of 1.1 million by 2020. By 2030, that number will grow to 4.3 million, the report said; and the result will be intense competition for a dwindling pool of tech professionals. The same survey showed that insufficient staff is already holding back digital transformation at 54 percent of companies surveyed.Skilled coders, of course, won’t materialize out of thin air. So, instead of hoping that traditional recruiting tactics will solve their mounting talent shortage, companies should consider a new approach — one that looks for alternatives to the human talent companies will always need but may have to struggle mightily to find. That approach: artificial intelligence.When AI is a human equivalentI’ve seen the effects of talent shortages firsthand during my career in app development. It’s something my own company has struggled with, in fact. Unfortunately, I think the outlook is even worse than the numbers imply.The university pipeline is not graduating nearly enough knowledge workers to fill even the present demand. Last year, there were more than a half million unfilled computer-related jobs, and relying on foreign-born workers has not been the best option due to tougher immigration restrictions.What if instead of trying to recruit a recent graduate who commands a six-figure salary, you could rely on technology to do the job? Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point that it can emulate the output of knowledge workers, not just perform repetitive manual labor.Related: A VC Perspective – How Valid Is the Threat of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market?Already, we are seeing AI that can handle coding on its own. You identify an objective, and the program then autonomously develops a framework, generates code and finds the ideal mixture of APIs and SDKs. AI might not be able to replace a human coder entirely, but it can already increase his or her productivity.As the talent pool dwindles, AI can pick up the slack and replace the talent that could not otherwise be replaced. It’s not a panacea for all staffing problems, but it just may help you boost your efficiency and productivity, cut time to market and improve product quality — all without your having to make new hires.AI and the future of workTech is not the only industry figuring out how to use AI to remain relevant and productive moving forward. Self-driving trucks, for example, promise to eliminate hazards from the road, delays from delivery schedules and the challenges companies experience in finding qualified drivers. That said, even industries that were not formerly considered technology-based are becoming just that.Fast food is such an example of industries now adopting new technology. Turnover in that food industry is high, but robots in the kitchen will never choose to leave. For example, I work with a company that is developing a robotic arm and sensor system that can cook the perfect burger with complete consistency. Robotic cooks mean smaller kitchens, lower labor costs and more affordable food prices for everyone. Because of this, these robotic cooks can support human ones without eliminating them.While we shouldn’t expect to see robots walking through the office any time soon, we should embrace AI in all of its forms throughout the workforce. Remember, technology isn’t displacing workers — it’s stepping in where labor is needed.Are you ready to employ AI?Employers should be cautiously optimistic about AI. It may well have a big impact in many places, but that doesn’t mean every workflow is ready to be automated. Use these strategies to employ AI where it’s most effective in your company:1. Identify your biggest pain points. Know your most persistent problems and how they might be exacerbated by talent shortages. Each department is led by someone who can give insight into what that department needs and where it’s hurting. Talk to these employees. Their knowledge and these conversations can serve as the basis for organizational charts, to help your company identify its greatest deficiencies and see how AI systems might cover your biggest unmet needs.An example? Illustrating the possibilities that come from identifying areas in which a company has room to grow, the Associated Press began automating its reporting on earnings rather than having people do that task manually.The result: The press service was able to write 12 times more stories.2. Analyze job postings to see where you could fill the void. Look at your company’s open job postings to see where AI might be able to fill roles for which you can’t find qualified candidates.There are more than seven million unfilled positions in the United States right now, which means that a growing company — or even a stable one — will naturally need to replace employees who are bouncing to different jobs or those who retire. That said, growing companies are in dire need of more human capital in their offices to stay on a steady path to growth.AI can assist in areas where candidates aren’t available. For example, the App Association’s 2018 State of the App Economy report revealed that there is just one computer science graduate for every eight available computing jobs. Yikes: Don’t suffer shortages like that where you don’t have to.By analyzing which roles you have open and which you’re struggling to fill, you’ll find areas for AI to step in and fill your need.3. Let AI consultants help you see how automated solutions can fill the gaps. In our case, we went to academics who were actually writing algorithms, white papers and dissertations on this subject. In academia, people have more time to drill down on research and development for their theories and aren’t constrained by the need to please stockholders or attain commercial success. They can therefore be key players as you acquire knowledge and eventually adopt AI for your workplace.For example, around 50 people from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab joined Uber to help that company build self-driving cars. Some of the university’s top talent made the move to be a part of the project, providing expertise and insights to the ride-hailing company as it embarked on a new journey with AI.Overall, there will likely be two types of companies in the future: those that adopt AI and use it to become more efficient, and those that choose not to use it, leaving the real possibility they will be left behind. My money is on the prior group, whose people will also have to be adaptive and willing to integrate technology into their workflows.Related: These 5 Companies Have Added Robots to Their Workforce In other words, AI solves talent shortages, but that’s just the start. This technology is poised to disrupt entrenched industries, redefine consumer expectations and optimize everything you do. It’s more than your solution for the future — AI has already begun ushering in a completely new paradigm. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Crocodile attacks surfer in Tamarindo

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first_imgOn the first day of his surf trip in Tamarindo March 6, Montreal native Val Muscalu was waiting his turn for a wave when suddenly he was ripped off his board. Muscalu felt something strong clamp down on his left foot.He remembers kicking out and swimming backstroke to shore, but everything else is a blur. It was only later, on his way to the hospital, that Muscalu learned the identity of his underwater assailant: a crocodile.“I couldn’t tell what it was,” Muscalu told The Tico Times. “But that thing was strong enough to pull me off my board. I thought it was a shark, but people on the beach saw a crocodile swim back into the river.”Other surfers helped Muscalu wrap his rash guard around his foot and someone rushed him to a doctor.Long curvy scars and puncture wounds consistent with a croc bite now run along the left side of Muscalu’s foot. But by all accounts the surfer got off easy.Muscalo — a former member of the Canadian National Waterpolo team — was strong enough to tread water even while the crocodile tried to tug him under, and paddle his way to shore with a serious wound.Related: Costa Rica’s crocodile conundrum“There was damage up the tendon, but I thought it could be a lot worse,” Dr. Luis Diego Herrera, the doctor who treated Muscalu, told The Tico Times.“In this case it wasn’t really severe, but he was a very big and strong guy.”American crocodiles don’t usually attack humans. And most croc attacks that do occur aren’t fatal.But not everyone gets off as easy as Muscalu. Normally, crocodiles bite down on their prey and drag it underwater. The crocodile sank its teeth into the entire left side of Muscalu’s foot. (Courtesy of Val Muscalu)Muscalu’s attack follows a series of others in recent years. Last year a man was eaten alive while attempting a drunken swim in the croc-infested Tarcoles river.Several months later, a wildlife expert was mauled while giving a demonstration on proper crocodile relocation.Since 2013, there were five other reported attacks, including one — on a Spanish surfer in October 2013 — in the same spot where Muscalu was attacked. The surfer’s injuries were minor.There’s no way to confirm if the two attacks were by the same crocodile, but locals say that over the past few years they’ve spotted one particular croc leaving the nearby Playa Grande estuary to hunt.“In at least 22 years we have only had this one serious attack,” Urs Schmid, president of the Tamarindo Development Association, said of Muscalu’s encounter.“So this attack came as a big surprise. But we still realize that this is getting dangerous.”In response to the attack, the development association wrote a letter to the Environment Ministry (MINAE) asking for help with the crocodiles. The letter asked the ministry to repost the crocodile warning signs that used to be in the area but were stolen, and to begin studying the area’s crocodiles to determine which ones should be relocated.MINAE officials responded to the note Tuesday afternoon and will meet with the development association Thursday to form a plan.“At this point we think the only thing we can do is to remove them,” Schmid said. “There are a lot of surfers and small kids who play in the area.”The association’s complaint is not isolated. Last year, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotel Owners wrote an open letter to MINAE asking for controls on the crocodile population.In the letter, the chamber’s president alleged that tourists were getting scared off by an increasing number of crocodiles on beaches and in other heavily-populated areas.Costa Rican law permits the relocation or euthanization of crocodiles in cases of overpopulation or, in rare cases, for safety.But crocodile experts say it’s often people, not crocodiles, who cause a problem.In Costa Rica, in particular, the prevalence of ecotourism and the habitual feeding of crocs by tour operators has made the animals accustomed to people. Schmid said feeding crocs has been a problem in Tamarindo.“I’ve seen some of the river guides do it in the past, as well as some restaurants,” Schmid said.He said he wanted MINAE to train the local guides to stop feeding crocs.Besides removing problem crocodiles, Schmid said his group hopes to come up with other ways to prevent attacks.Locals have noted that the crocodile who leaves the river mouth usually does so in the early morning or late afternoon when there are more fish in the area. If MINAE studies are able to confirm that the crocodile only hunts at certain times, the solution may be as simple as asking surfers to keep away from the estuary during certain times of the day.Despite Muscalu’s scare, the Canadian said he won’t give up on surfing in Costa Rica. Once he heals, he wants to return and get back in the water — but not near an estuary and not in the late afternoon or early morning.“It could have been so much worse,” Muscalu said. “If one of those pulls you under, you’re finished.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports Tamarindo crocodile suspected of attacking surfer will not be relocated Unidentified man devoured by crocodiles after jumping from a bridge over the Tárcoles River, Red Cross says Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man attacked by crocodileslast_img read more

Vacation guide to the Spanish island of Lanzarote

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first_imgLanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. The island is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Source: Expedialast_img

Vacation guide to the town of Killarney in southwest Ireland

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first_imgKillarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Its natural heritage, history and location on the Ring of Kerry make Killarney a popular tourist destination.Source: Expedialast_img

Police keen to launch investigation after child found wandering in street

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first_imgPolice on Tuesday said that they would arrange for the man who rescued a two-and-a half-year-old toddler found wandering alone along a road in the centre of Limassol on Monday to file an official report so that they can investigate.The toddler, a girl, was spotted by a man on Monday morning, at around 9.30am, walking by herself along the road. It later emerged that the child had found the front door of her kindergarten, located some 20 metres from where she was found, open and took off.Speaking to Sigma TV, the man, who wished to remain anonymous said that while in his car on Monday morning he saw a small child, a girl around two-years-old walking in the street.“I instinctively stopped the car in the middle of the street so as to stop the traffic, got out of the car and grabbed the child,” the man said. He added that the baby was not on the pavement but walking in the street.“I noticed a kindergarten nearby and I assumed that the baby had left from there. I put her in the car, and I took her back to the kindergarten,” he said.At the kindergarten, he said, he saw two women standing outside who he assumed were teachers there and asked them if the girl was one of their children.“They said yes. It appears they had realised the baby was missing and had been looking for her within the grounds of the school,” he said. He added that the teachers told him that a mother had left the door open and that the baby had probably walked outside.The man said that he was alarmed by the fact that the school did not bother to ask him who he was after showing up with one of their pupils. “No one from the kindergarten had registered my car licence plates or made further enquiries as to who I was”.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that they would begin investigating the case as soon as the man files an official report. Angelides said he would contact the man and arrange for him to file the report.“This is a very delicate issue as it concerns a small child but everything that needs to be done will be,” Angelides said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndo‘Enosis or death’, ‘taksim or death’.Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more