71.1% voting in J&K panchayat elections

first_imgJammu and Kashmir recorded a 71.1% polling in the second phase of panchayat polls on Tuesday. Despite the cold wave in the Valley and Ladakh, voters queued up outside the booths since the morning. “An overwhelming 80.4% polling was witnessed in the Jammu division and 52.2% in the Kashmir division,” Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said.Kupwara in north Kashmir registered the highest 69.7%, while Anantnag in the south, once the bastion of Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti, saw just 1% polling. “Voters here are dejected about the failure of the Centre and the State to adopt a policy to resolve the political problem of Kashmir. Even the PDP is hated by many for allying with the BJP. Besides, daily killings of civilians and militants also made participation in the polls difficult,” Ghulam Muhammad Dar, a resident of Anantnag, said. Kargil recorded a 66.5% polling and Leh 66.3%, with election staff trekking over snow to deploy ballot boxes at an altitude of 4,870 metres in areas such as Lingshed.A total of 4,014 candidates are in the fray for 281 sarpanch seats and 1,286 panch seats. “Ninety sarpanchs and 1,069 panchs were declared elected unopposed,” Mr. Kabra said.Kashmir witnessed a 64.5% polling and Jammu 79.4% in the first phase.last_img read more

Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party leader found dead in Amethi

first_imgA leader of the Shivpal Singh Yadav-led Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) was found dead near the Amethi railway station on Friday, police said.Thirty-three-year-old Rohit Agrahari was the state unit secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Ayodhya.His body was found in an orchard along the railway tracks on the morning of July 12, Deputy Superintendent of Police Piyush Kant Rai said.Mr. Rai said it appeared that his body was dumped after he was killed.The body has been sent for post-mortem.Agrahari was a native of Keshav Nagar in Amethi.last_img read more

Will break heads of those trying to poach Shiv Sena MLAs: Abdul Sattar

first_imgShiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar on Thursday warned that heads of those who try to poach his Party’s legislators will be broken. Mr. Sattar, who represents Sillod constituency in Aurangabad, said poaching or buying out legislators was not legal in a democratic set up. The legislator made the remarks even as the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are working out a coalition in Maharashtra, which is placed under the President’s rule since November 12. “BJP will not be able to poach any MLA. But those who try to poach MLAs will have their heads broken, and as a special case, we will make arrangements to treat them at a hospital,” Mr. Sattar said. “Poaching or buying out legislators was not legal in a democratic set up. It is not some retail shop to (buy MLAs out),” he added. The BJP and Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly elections together and won 105 and 56 Seats respectively. The two Parties, however, fell out after the Shiv Sena persisted with its demand of sharing the Chief Ministerial post for two-and-half years on a rotational basis. The NCP and Congress won 54 and 44 Seats respectively.last_img read more

Why Being Vulnerable at Work Is a Good Thing

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Maintenance Technician Wilkinson Asset Management Atlanta, GA Caregiver Rivera Mansions Portland, OR FE Admin Coordinator Humanetics Innovative Solutions Farmington Hills, MI 3.3★ Hair Stylist – Cosby Station Great Clips Douglasville, GA 23 hours ago 23h 2.7★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Let’s be honest… No matter how successful or advanced, every pro was once an amateur. At some point, they needed the one thing very few people like to admit they need: Help.Asking for help means allowing yourself to be vulnerable, but being vulnerable goes against just about every business or professional training I’ve ever received. I was taught to show everyone I was strong — that I could handle it all on my own. Yet, when I decided to move from Florida to New York, I was drowning in my own pride.Asking for help can be uncomfortable. But it’s important to remember that others have gone before you and have achieved the level of success you desire (or at least somewhere close to it!). They’re part of your “success GPS.” After all, getting from point A to B is easiest with a guide. You can activate your GPS by asking for help, whether it’s about business development, networking, salary negotiations or professional snafus.During my move to New York, I had to ask for help. It was the best decision I’ve made to date. I had saved what I thought was a considerable amount of money to become a full-time entrepreneur, but after 90 days of living in NYC, I didn’t have enough clients to maintain my living expenses. I was out of cash. I reached out to a sponsor and friend and, through strained tears, I explained what happened and that I needed help finding a job. She connected me to one of her contacts who was managing Disney star Zendaya Coleman’s new fashion line. I interviewed on a Tuesday and began as the strategic marketing director for Daya by Zendaya that following Thursday. I’ve worked with the brand for more than a year, simply because I asked for help.Asking for help requires the one thing business school doesn’t teach you: how to be vulnerable enough to admit you need support. These five tips will show you how to use your vulnerability to progress in your career, no matter which stage or phase of life you’re in.1. Develop Key Strategic RelationshipsThere are three key relationships every professional should cultivate. It’s difficult to ask for help if you’ve isolated yourself. Your success in life is directly connected to the relationships you’ve developed. Understand that building connections take time, so you’ll need to invest in these relationships before you ask for a favor. Think of these relationships as a garden. Before you can enjoy the fruit from it, you’ll first have to plant the seeds. These three types of relationships are game-changers for your career:Mentor: A trusted advisor or guide who provides direction or counsel, and consults on a wide range of topics and situations.Sponsor: An advocate who can use his or her influence to help you make more money (ie, get a promotion or bring in revenue) and/or assist with your overall personal growth.Fairy Godparent (a phrase learned from ColorComm): A person who can completely change your life by making one phone call.6 Mentors You Need To Have On Speed Dial2. Be HonestIn order to truly ask for help and clearly articulate your needs, you have to be honest with yourself first. During my move, I had to get real: I didn’t have enough clients to cover my business expenses. Honestly articulating your needs allows your mentor, sponsor or fairy godparent to provide the right type of help at the right time.3. Be SpecificNo one can read your mind. You will have to ask for what you need. And you will need to do it as clearly and directly as possible. First, pick up the phone, or ask to meet in person. This isn’t a text conversation. Then, when you get ready to make your ask, condense it to no more than two 140-character tweets. Your mentor, sponsor and/or fairy godparent are busy people. Deciphering what you truly need takes time away from them actually helping you. Do the pre-work to ensure you’re able to clearly articulate your needs.4. Know What You Bring to the TableYes, you need help, but in the spirit of being an asset to whoever you meet, always bring something of value to the relationship. In the development of each of the relationships identified above, do your homework on each person, so when you connect you can bring something of value to help them too.5. Follow Up and Follow ThroughAfter your initial “ask,” schedule a reminder in your calendar to follow up on your request two weeks later if no progress has been made. If things have still not progressed by then, allow an additional two weeks. Be sure to include a reminder of what was discussed, what you need and how grateful you are for his or her time assisting you. If you still see no progression, connect with the person once a week sending helpful articles relevant to his or her industry or desires. This will keep you top of mind while serving as a reminder of what you need. If you do get the help you need, don’t forget to follow up with a thank-you note that updates them on your progress.To Email or Not to Email? A Glassdoor Recruiter’s Tips for Following Up After Applying to a JobIf you remember nothing else, remember this: People can do a lot of things, but they can’t read minds. Asking for help can be uncomfortable, yes, but your greatest growth is usually found outside of your comfort zone. When you need help, you have to say so.This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. The Well is the digital magazine of Jopwell, the career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American professionals and students. Subscribe to receive weekly stories and advice in your inbox.Browse Open Jobs RN-HOME HEALTH SKILLED NURSING Presbyterian Healthcare Services Espanola, NM 4.2★ Restaurant Assistant Manager D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches North Foxboro, MAcenter_img 23 hours ago 23h N/A Medical Assistant – Podiatry Premier Medical Associates Monroeville, PA Body Heavy / Collision Technician Dickinson Fleet Services Doraville, GA 3.4★ Wound Care Physician Vohra Wound Physicians Montgomery, AL 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.3★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR Deco Products Decorah, IA 23 hours ago 23h See More Jobslast_img read more

7 Ways to Deal with Anxiety on the Job

first_img Mobile Developer PCI Fort Meade, MD 2.6★ Business Development Associate Kforce Doral, FL Developer Somos Littleton, CO 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Application Developer Century Support Services North Huntingdon, PA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Salesforce Developer Statera Denver, CO Java Developer DeVine Consulting, Inc. Seaside, CA Let’s face it: A lot of our go-to stress-management tools—think: taking a bubble bath, binge watching our favorite Netflix shows, hitting the gym, or drinking a glass of beer or wine—aren’t exactly office-appropriate or possible. So how can we deal with serious stress on the job? For the answer, we turned to expert who gave the following seven de-stressing ideas. 1. Incorporate “distress breaks” into your workday. If you can, schedule five minutes for every work hour in which you can take deep breathes, stretch, or even meditate, suggests Gloria Mitchell, personal crisis and performance coach. To breathe deeply, “inhale for five seconds, hold, then exhale for five seconds,” she says—and recommends YouTube for guided stretches and meditation you can do at your desk. 2. View, smell, and touch a potted desk plant. (Or just look out your window.) “OK, this may seem odd,”  John La Puma, M.D. board-certified internal medicine specialist, warns, “but many office plants are not fragrant. But those that are—especially herbs, such as chamomile—may be relaxing.” So, add a fragrant plant to your desk—and when you feel stressed, take a sniff. If you already have a non-fragrant plant on your desk, don’t worry. It can help you de-stress, too. “Feeling their leaves lets you use a different part of your brain, and restores your attention to something natural—instead of lists and demands,” he says. No plant? No problem. Puma says looking out a window at trees or greenery can help, too.How to Avoid Burnout3. Grab a healthy snack or drink. Hunger and dehydration play a huge role in agitating and exacerbating stress, says Mitchell. So, when you feel stress, ask yourself if you’re hungry or dehydrated. If you are, head to the water cooler for a glass of water—and pack healthful snacks you can nosh on at your desk. 4. Hang a nature poster.Puma says that “views of nature in hospitalized patients improve satisfaction, lower stress levels and the need for pain-killing medication, and shorten hospital stays.” By hanging a nature poster by your desk, similar results can be achieved in the workplace. “In the work setting, they lead to more kindness between co-workers, and better focus,” Puma explains.  Quality Advice on How to Communicate During Stressful Times5. Use your lunch break to your advantage.If you can, spend your lunchtime doing more than just eating, says Mitchell. (But be sure to eat, no matter what!) “That could mean walking, reading a book, or even watching a funny comedy on your phone,” she says. “The main goal is to get away from your desk, preferably out in the fresh air, and focus on something other than your work during your lunch hour.” 6. Listen to relaxing nature sounds.Rather than play your party playlist at work, consider switching to a soundtrack of nature sounds, which will soothe you and help to release your stress, Puma says. The sounds can be water, forest, meadow, wind, or leaves, he says. But no matter which sound you choose, this white noise “can lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels, all of which are elevated in people acutely and chronically stressed,” he says. (Spotify offers nature tunes.)7. Turn off your notifications.From the buzz of your phone to your computer’s alerts when you’ve got incoming mail, you are barraged with notifications all day long—and that can cause stress, Puma says. “But switching off notifications for a few minutes allows you to appreciate that there are things in life more important than them,” he says. Of course, you need to turn them back on—but there’s nothing wrong with a five-minute break from notifications while you simply relax. 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Java Developer Infinite Resource Solutions Atlanta, GA 4.7★ C++ Developer Progsit LLC Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Database Developer PrePaid Ventures New Hyde Park, NY Appian Developer BridgeStreet Global Hospitality Reston, VA 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ View More Jobs 3.8★ N/Alast_img read more

New MDG Report Highlights the Need to Invest in Girls, Women and Youth

first_imgThe MDG report draws from official statistics to provide up-to-date summary data on each target at global and regional levels, with country-level data available online. There is much to celebrate: maternal and child mortality rates have dropped, and fewer people are dying from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis than ever before. After two years of steady decreases in development aid, official development assistance hit a record high of $134.8 billion in 2013. However, aid has been redirected away from the poorest countries where it is needed most. This trend will need to be reversed in order to see future progress.Despite declines in maternal deaths, almost 300,000 women continue to die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, and largely from preventable causes. Access to family planning has been identified as a life-saving, cost-effective intervention, yet more than 220 million women in the developing world still have an unmet need for modern contraceptives. Adolescent girls are particularly at risk, with 117 out of every 1000 adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa giving birth in 2011.Given this, it is critical that girls and women are prioritized and have a voice in planning the new sustainable development goals. Women Deliver Young Leader Esther Agbarake, Co-Founder of the Youth Climate Coalition, spoke today at the High-Level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and drove home the importance of engaging with youth.“For young people to also make successful transition to adulthood, they need access to affordable and quality adolescent-and-youth friendly health services and information,” she told the high-level participants. “It is, therefore, imperative that the issues of governance and participation, health including reproductive and sexual health and rights, peacebuilding and security as they relate to young people are reflected in the new development framework… Young people can and are providing the answers, ideas and innovations that can drive sustainable development and produce solutions to today’s greatest challenges. This requires the meaningful participation of young people in governance and decision-making processes across all levels.”Read the Press ReleaseRead the Report Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:,The MDG report draws from official statistics to provide up-to-date summary data on each target at global and regional levels, with country-level data available online. There is much to celebrate: maternal and child mortality rates have dropped, and fewer people are dying from HIV, malaria and tuberculosis than ever before. After two years of steady decreases in development aid, official development assistance hit a record high of $134.8 billion in 2013. However, aid has been redirected away from the poorest countries where it is needed most. This trend will need to be reversed in order to see future progress.Despite declines in maternal deaths, almost 300,000 women continue to die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, and largely from preventable causes. Access to family planning has been identified as a life-saving, cost-effective intervention, yet more than 220 million women in the developing world still have an unmet need for modern contraceptives. Adolescent girls are particularly at risk, with 117 out of every 1000 adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa giving birth in 2011.Given this, it is critical that girls and women are prioritized and have a voice in planning the new sustainable development goals. Women Deliver Young Leader Esther Agbarake, Co-Founder of the Youth Climate Coalition, spoke today at the High-Level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and drove home the importance of engaging with youth.“For young people to also make successful transition to adulthood, they need access to affordable and quality adolescent-and-youth friendly health services and information,” she told the high-level participants. “It is, therefore, imperative that the issues of governance and participation, health including reproductive and sexual health and rights, peacebuilding and security as they relate to young people are reflected in the new development framework… Young people can and are providing the answers, ideas and innovations that can drive sustainable development and produce solutions to today’s greatest challenges. This requires the meaningful participation of young people in governance and decision-making processes across all levels.”Read the Press ReleaseRead the Reportcenter_img Posted on July 9, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This article originally appeared on the Women Deliver blog on July 7th, 2014Since their implementation fourteen years ago, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have made critical strides, yet challenges remain for girls, women and young people, says a new report released today by the United Nations. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 shows that while some MDG targets have been met, including the reduction of extreme poverty by half, other critical targets such as MDG 5—the reduction of maternal mortality by 75%—remain far off course. The report indicates that large-scale progress is possible, but only with sufficient funding and data to address staggering inequalities.last_img read more

How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda

first_imgPhoto Credit: Zika and SRHR Agenda, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this: Posted on April 22, 2016May 23, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Every day, we learn more about Zika: its epidemiology, transmission, and myriad complications. As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the highly suspected link between Zika and microcephaly and other potential brain defects. While agencies work feverishly to develop and test a Zika vaccine for future prevention efforts, we must confront the current outbreak’s ongoing repercussions.On April 12, the Maternal Health Task Force co-hosted a dialogue on Zika and its implications for sexual and reproductive health. The event, How Zika is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda, was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.Experts in global, sexual, reproductive, and maternal health convened for an engaging and timely dialogue focused on Zika through the lens of sexual and reproductive health. Due to its effects on pregnant women and infants as well as the risk of sexual transmission, Zika has created an opportunity to set the conversation on access, quality, and equity of sexual and reproductive health care in affected regions. It has caused us to grapple with hard questions: What is the impact for women in these areas who do not have a full range of health services including contraception and abortion? How will we mitigate potential implications caused by this outbreak, such as higher rates of unsafe abortion and maternal mortality? How can we facilitate maternal and newborn health for women in affected areas who want to become pregnant?Panelists and speakers agreed that we must ensure that all women have substantial information to make informed decisions regarding their reproductive health. We can support all women in Zika-affected areas, regardless of their pregnancy decisions, by providing access to high quality sexual and reproductive health care. We must keep the setting of this outbreak, where access to contraceptive methods and abortion is highly restricted or illegal, at the forefront of our response.We must also consider our target population. Unfortunately, the most disadvantaged women are also the most vulnerable for contracting Zika. Panelist Alaka Basu, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, outlined some of the factors that contribute to the spread of the virus: poor water supply and sanitation conditions, overcrowding, and lack of access to contraception.  According to Anne Burke, Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Among the women most affected are those with the least resources, and these [women] really must be the focus of the majority of our efforts.”With roughly 23 million women of reproductive age in Latin America and the Caribbean facing unmet contraceptive needs, lack of access to sexual and reproductive health care is not a new issue, but an ominous problem exacerbated by Zika. Chloë Cooney, Director of Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, provided insight on how disparities in Zika-affected countries likely foreshadow what the United States could expect from an outbreak, “Women who have the least access to reproductive health services, including family planning, will bear the greatest burden in this epidemic…the same is going to be true in the contiguous United States as it becomes more prevalent here.”Given this trajectory, we must focus on what we can do to allay Zika’s far-reaching consequences. As Burke said, “At the very least, we do need to focus preventive efforts, particularly on educating women who may have low literacy levels and educating women who may not have had good access to health care.” In addition, we must mobilize providers and expand access to sexual and reproductive health services, which will be especially important for at-risk women who wish to become pregnant.Collaboration is crucial in our fight against Zika. As Congressman Eliot Engel advised, “We can’t put our heads in the sand and pretend that this is somebody else’s problem, another country’s problem, another hemisphere’s problem…What’s one problem becomes a global problem.”As the virus, expected to impact areas in North America, such as Puerto Rico, draws global attention, we must make every effort to confront this issue from a rights-based perspective.As Congressman Engel emphasized,“Every person everywhere should be able to make free and informed decisions on reproductive health and family planning. People should be able to protect themselves and their babies if they choose to become pregnant… If we fail to act as Zika spreads, we will see the price of that inaction in unwanted pregnancies and potentially poor pregnancy outcomes.”The current landscape of Zika-affected areas, rife with inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health care and barriers to preventing pregnancy, underscores the importance of addressing women’s unmet needs for family planning. As Burke articulated, “Avoiding pregnancy until 2018 should not be considered an effective public health intervention.” Advising women not to become pregnant in the indefinite time of Zika is an unsustainable solution and violation of human rights. Instead, we must support women in their reproductive desires now (and always).Furthermore, the devastating effects of the Zika virus extend beyond women’s ability to access high quality health care. The outbreak has both significant social and economic impacts, such as the disintegration of families and increased care giving demands for babies born with microcephaly or other birth complications in families affected by Zika. Panelists and presenters called for social support systems to protect these vulnerable populations.While we learn more about the Zika virus every day, there are still many questions to answer. As the Zika-affected cohort of women and babies ages, we will become familiar with the developmental needs of babies born with microcephaly. Health leaders must be well-positioned to respond to other potential Zika-related health complications that are not apparent at birth. As the panelists and presenters discussed, the global health community must have a plan in place to closely monitor all Zika-affected babies for developmental and health sequelae, even those without microcephaly. We must reach women in disadvantaged areas, not only to provide adequate sexual and reproductive health care, but to ensure that they and their children receive high-quality follow-up care and are counted in our efforts to overcome Zika. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Should Freelancers Get Royalties?

first_imgA few weeks ago, I received a looong contract for a prospective article. One of the many clauses said that the magazine might repackage and resell my work, and unless my share of the extra cash was over $200, they weren’t going to pay it. My editor wouldn’t negotiate on this, saying they didn’t have the “manpower to track that stuff.” So I was interested to read on San Francisco’s BeyondChron that oral arguments were recently heard in Manhattan on an appeal to a huge copyright infringment class action case involving freelance writers getting cut out of the revenue from repackaging. The article’s (freelance) author, Irvin Muchnick, is also the lead plaintiff in the case, which he blogs about at Freelance Rights. (and told the whole story of here.) Apparently, a 2001 Supreme Court decision found that freelancers have the right to a percentage of profits from the repackaging of their work, for example through TimesSelect. The original class-action case offered a one-time settlement of $12 million to a mass of writers whose work was offered on LexisNexis and other paid databases. Muchnick and co. want something better: a long-term royalty or residual agreement for writers whose work is made available online. This idea is bound to start a debate at your next creative-workers gathering. As revenue models change and online access to information gets more ubiquitous, just what is your intellectual property worth? I felt that I was taking a risk by dickering over my own contract, but I think it’s important to at least ask the question.last_img read more

5 ways to be philanthropic as a freelancer

first_imgThroughout my professional career, I worked for institutions and colleges that were deeply vested in philanthropic work. This would range from having the option of having money withheld from our bi-weekly paychecks for United Way to adopting a school in a foreign country.Since transitioning from working for someone else to working for myself, philanthropy has taken on a different meaning. I no longer have the ease of showing up for an event on behalf of my employer or checking off a box for my HR representative. Now, I have to be more intentional and deliberate in cultivating relationships with organizations that advocate for causes that I believe in. In light of this, I have uncovered that giving back is not only doable, but quite enjoyable.Here are 5 ways that you too can be philanthropic as a freelancer:Volunteer with other FreelancersOne of the reasons that I did not engage in that much philanthropic work when I first started freelancing was because I had grown so accustomed to volunteering in groups, that I did not even know where to begin. Now, I realize that Meetups and virtual communities are great ways to mobilize other freelancers to engage in service, especially if that service is hands-on. Depending on where you live, some community organizations prefer if groups volunteer and they may not accept or have a need for a single volunteer. So, reach out to a fellow freelancer and see if it’s feasible for you to volunteer together.Or, volunteer your information and contribute your expertise to this blog!Adopt a Not-for-Profit or Community GroupIn 2018, I am adopting a small, independent transitional housing facility called Dayspring Center. By adopt, I simply mean that my team (of contractors and freelancers) will be volunteering there throughout the year. As much as I wish I could whip out an extra-large check with many zeroes on it, that’s not feasible right now. But what is feasible is engaging in sweat equity, including painting, helping to organize supplies, and doing some light maintenance work. We are calling it the Seldon Writing Group Day of Service and its my intent to volunteer a day per quarter.Dedicate Your Anniversary or Birthday to a CauseSocial media, and Facebook in particular, has made it much easier to engage in philanthropic causes. Facebook will allow you to share your cause with your FB friends, and make donating as simple as clicking a button. It will also keep people updated about how well you are doing in reaching your monetary goal. It is an easy way to raise funds for an organization that you believe in. The cool thing is that you can use your birthday (or freelancing anniversary) as the occasion, so instead of gifts and well wishes, people can donate on your behalf.Donate your Unused SuppliesIf you look around your work space, there is a strong possibility that you have a box, shelf, or file cabinet full of ‘things’ that you are no longer using. While we may not give much thought to these items, there are people within our communities who truly can be blessed by our excess. Shelters for women, places of worship, schools in impoverished areas, and food pantries are places that may gladly accept your donations. Because I believe that all people should be treated with compassion, make sure that you are not getting rid of junk or things that are no longer functional. Before I donate, I ask: Would I want this?Tutor or Volunteer at a SchoolIf you have paid attention to the state of our K-12 educational systems then you know that many of our students are in great need of positive adult contact and role modeling. One way that freelancers can give back is by sharing our skill sets with younger children. Skills that may come naturally to us—accounting, writing, speaking, drawing, debating, taking pictures—may be skills or areas that a child needs extra support in.Do note that gone are the days when you can just pop up at a school, so make sure that you call to find out what is required before you can start volunteering. Many school districts now require background checks and even fingerprinting. There may be a lapse in time between when you express interest in volunteering and when you can actually start, so be patient. The wait is worth the joy you will see in a child’s eyes when you help her pronounce a difficult word or show him how to work through the steps for a difficult math problem.Marian Wright Edelman is credited with saying, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” I have found that pouring into my community and engaging in service has enhanced my life tremendously. In fact, it has made me a better freelancer, business owner, and most importantly, a better human being.last_img read more

Freelancing means freedom–and a serious pitfall no one wants to talk about

first_imgAh, freelancing. The freedom to set your own hours, work in your underpants, spend days on end without leaving the house or interacting with other human beings while subsisting entirely on cheese slices and handfuls of stale cereal: both the perks and pitfalls of freelance life are well-documented.But there’s one particular risk to freelancing most people don’t want to talk about: What happens to your family if something happens to you?Why you need life insuranceLife insurance probably doesn’t top your list of coverage priorities, especially if you’re young and healthy. But if anyone depends on your freelance income in addition to you, it’s something you should seriously consider. Freelancers don’t have the same protections as traditionally employed workers; if something happens to you and you’re not covered, your family loses your income–for good.Build your own safety net, support your unionLife insurance is an important part of your freelance safety net, along with disability, health, and dental insurance. And it can cost as little as $7 a month. Buying insurance through Freelancers Union means you’re directly supporting your union, which means that by protecting your family, you’re also fighting for a better future for freelancers.Where you buy insurance matters. Get insured and support a better future for freelancers.last_img read more

FPGA-based frameworks speed blockchain processing

first_imgInterest in using blockchain technology is increasing exponentially, from embedded systems designers to enterprise-level institutions, but expertise in this technology is currently “thin on the ground.” In order to address this problem, the folks at Accelor.io have been working on a suite of FPGA-based solutions and services. Accelor.io emerged from stealth mode to unveil two FPGA-based frameworks — the Accelor Performance Engine (APE) and the Accelor Security Architecture (ASA) — that have been architected to optimize blockchain-centric computing performance and decentralized security.The APE overcomes barriers to scalability by providing the dedicated hardware infrastructure required to optimize the computation of intensive cryptography, storage of distributed ledger data, and transaction relays over networks. APE has been tested using Hyperledger Fabric in a live environment, where it sustained 10-times-greater end-to-end throughput against software-only implementations; also, APE has a theoretical limit upwards of 200,000 TPS.Meanwhile, the ASA removes the most harmful threats endemic to CPU-based networking. These threats, such as Spectre, Meltdown, and Foreshadow (see also “Cloudborne Punches Hole in Cloud Security”), have been reported as critical in all of the latest Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) of commercial processors. They enable malicious actors to read the most sensitive information, such as private cryptographic keys, which is detrimental to the development of blockchains and secure cloud computing environments. ASA leverages an FPGA-based confidential computing model that gives users ultimate authority over their hardware, affording them the flexibility to choose where to place their root of trust, thereby achieving a more decentralized hardware solution.Accelor’s newly announced FPGA-based frameworks are intended to furnish a full suite of tools, techniques, and IP to optimize performance throughput, privacy preservation, database management, network latency, and smart-contract execution, thereby removing roadblocks currently holding back Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) providers that service the DApps being developed in the industry. In the future, the company intends to address the entire spectrum of operations required by decentralized protocols. For more information, visit www.accelor.io.>> Read the complete article including Max’s introduction to blockchain technology on our sister site, EEWeb: “Blockchain Hardware Accelerator Addresses Security, Performance, and Decentralization.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology center_img Continue Reading Previous ETAS and NI set-up joint venture to meet needs in automotive electronics software validationNext Solid Sands: the day that GNU-C++ -Os brokelast_img read more

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 Final

first_imgThere were contrasting scenes in the VVIP box at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow.Emmanuel Macron, the French President, couldn’t contain his excitement as he leapt in joy after the final whistle while his counterpart, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, was left heartbroken but still put up a brave face.FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russia President Vladimir Putin were also among the dignitaries who watched the match together, seated in the best place possible inside the stadium.All four VVIP’s were then present for the post-match ceremony as Macron and Kolinda congratulated the players from their respective countries.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Macron hugged French players thanking them for the victory while Kolinda also embraced the Croatian players and wiped team captain Luka Modric’s tears at the podium as all the players, officials and VVIP’s got drenched in the rain which came soon after the Les Bleus’ victory.Kolinda won hearts on social media as fans lauded the 50-year-old for being present on each of Croatia’s matches at this World Cup dressing in the colours of the national flag.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersSome reports also claimed that she travelled to Russia in economy class and hasn’t taken pay for the days not at work. Before the match Kolinda even presented Putin with a Croatian soccer shirt with the name “Putin” printed on the back, hours before the final. Putin reciprocated the gesture by handing her a bouquet of flowers. Croatia was the team which had knocked out Russia in the quarter-final.advertisementAlso read -World Cup 2018: Fans clash with police in Paris, Croatian fans celebrateOn Sunday she got a couple of chances to celebrate as Croatia’s Ivan Perisic and Mario Madnzukic scored a goal each but it wasn’t enough to stop a rampaging French team led by Hugo Lloris.France triumphed thanks to an own goal from Mandzukic, an Antoine Griezmann penalty – awarded after a VAR review – and second-half strikes by Paul Pogba and teenager Kylian Mbappe.Also read – World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rain It was the highest-scoring decider since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.There were as many goals in 90-action-packed minutes in Moscow as in the last four finals combined, and three of those went to extra time.Also read – World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe’s high-five with Russian pitch invader goes viralThe game featured the first final own goal and the first VAR-decided spot-kick – one that Croatia were furious about and that was arguably the turning point of the game.Also read – Pele welcomes Kylian Mbappe to elite club as France win World Cup 2018But the only statistic France will really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil 20 years ago.last_img read more

Why is Alex Cora’s success as a Latino manager so exceptional?

first_imgBoston Red Sox Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans’ Summer of Love and Reckoning Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pinterest The decisions by MLB front offices to ignore the highly qualified Latinos available as managers is even more glaring considering how these teams have treated young talent from the region. The treatment ranges from unethical to potentially illegal. In a 2013 exposé, Mother Jones described the Dominican academies as the MLB’s “sweatshop system”. It detailed the death of teenager Yewri Guillén who died after reportedly suffering bacterial meningitis and going untreated while he was at the Nationals’ Dominican Republic academy, where Mother Jones alleged the team had no authorized medical staff. An MLB medical committee disputed the that and said Guillén suffered a “brain infection caused by an aggressive case of sinusitis”, according to ESPN.Team’s fronts offices are willing to exploit young Latino players desperate to make it in the professional game too. CBS Sports’ Jonah Keri wrote about these unethical dynamics in October 2017. “This is what we’re doing when we celebrate our team landing a prized athlete from Venezuela or the Dominican Republic for millions less than that player’s true market value,” wrote Keri. “We praise our favorite team’s shrewd negotiating skills and think nothing of the teenager who doesn’t get to negotiate under fair, unfettered labor standards.” By setting a hard cap on the amount teams can pay international players, it makes it more likely that Latin American teenage players, without real collective bargaining power, are going to be lowballed when it comes to their salaries.And earlier this month, Sports Illustrated reported that the United States Department of Justice was investigating “possible corruption tied to the recruitment of international players.” The investigation is said to investigating whether teams were involved in the process of transporting Cuban players to countries such as Mexico and Haiti where it would be much easier to get them to the United States.Despite the influx of talent from these regions and the rules and laws MLB front offices are willing to break to sign Latino players, a dogged pursuit of Latino managers does not appear to be happening. At the beginning of 2017, there had been only a total of 17 Hispanic managers out of a nearly 700 openings according LaVidaBaseball.com. With the addition of Cora and Martinez last offseason that number is now at 19 – which is approximately 2% of vacancies in MLB history.Teams want the talent on the field, but largely have not wanted Latinos leading the team as manager. It’s an odd decision given that Latino coaches are often bilingual and can communicate fluently with both English and Spanish speaking players. Cora and Guillen prove Latino coaches can lead teams to success, and a title for the Red Sox in the next week would emphasize that fact. Regardless of what happens in the World Series, Cora has brought joy back home.“For everything we’re going through as a nation, as a country, for me to stand up here with this trophy, I know there’s a lot of people who are proud of me in Puerto Rico” he told Anderson while holding the ALCS trophy. Share via Email Since you’re here… US sports Baseball Share on LinkedIn Facebook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar World Series Share on Messenger Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora had just become the first Puerto Rican to take a Major League Baseball team to the World Series when TBS’ Brian Anderson asked Cora what the achievement meant for him and the island where he was born.“I still remember, it was around this time when we got the deal [to become Red Sox manager] done,” he said. “I didn’t talk about money, I didn’t talk about incentives, I didn’t talk about housing or cars and all that. All I wanted was a plane full of supplies for my hometown [Caguas, Puerto Rico].” Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Cora was, of course referencing Hurricane Maria, which struck just before he was announced as the new Red Sox manager. Maria ravaged his homeland in 2017 and left nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans dead as a result of the storm, along with a seemingly unsatisfactory response from the federal government.It was a powerful statement from someone who had been rumored as a strong managerial candidate for years before he got his chance with Boston. He played 14 seasons in MLB as serviceable utilityman and after that he stayed heavily involved in the game, serving as manager of the Criollos de Caguas Winter League team in Puerto Rico and as an assistant coach for the World Series-winning Houston Astros in 2017.Cora now has the chance to become the second Latino to win a World Series – Ozzie Guillen became the first when he led the Chicago White Sox to the title in 2005. But the reality is, opportunities like this for Latinos in MLB are far and few in-between despite their dominant presence in the sport.Thirty-one percent of MLB players are Latinos (and nearly 50% in the minor leagues) and yet year after year the lack of adequate representation among managers continues. This year, there were three managers of Latino descent (the Nationals’ Dave Martinez and and the White Sox’s Rick Renteria are the others) and that came less than two years after there was a period, where there were no Latino managers. Indeed, 2016 marked the first time since 1991 that the league had no Latino manager, a troubling figure considering the increasing number of players from the Latin American region since then. Reuse this content Read more features Race and sports Twitter last_img read more

Major Head Coach Calls Out His Conference

first_imgPenn State football players sing to celebrate win.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 05: Penn State Nittany Lions players and fans sing to celebrate the team’s win over Iowa Hawkeyes on November 5, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Iowa 41-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)A major head coach has called out his own conference following the College Football Playoff selection committee’s decision on Sunday.The Big Ten’s champion has missed the College Football Playoff for the third season in a row. Ohio State has missed it in back-to-back seasons and Penn State missed it in 2016.Penn State head coach James Franklin believes the Big Ten needs to take a serious look at its makeup and scheduling process moving forward.The Big Ten plays nine league games – unlike the SEC – and the East Division has been significantly more top heavy than the West Division.“We’ve got to look at our model and see it if makes sense, especially on our side of the conference,” Franklin told reporters on Sunday. “We’re beating each other up week in and week out.”Franklin continued:“Obviously when you play eight conference games, then each school has a little bit more ability to schedule what they think gives them the best chance to be undefeated,” Franklin told reporters. “In my mind, that’s what you need to do. You need to do everything in your power to give yourself the best chance to be undefeated at the end of the season.”It really comes down to one key point for Franklin (and, likely, the rest of the league’s coaches).“Then, we’ve got to ask [in the Big Ten], are we putting our programs in the Big Ten in the best position to compete for national championships?”At this point, the answer to that question is probably “no.”last_img read more

Northern shelters for victims of violence got small share of federal funding

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s Far North is getting the short end of the stick on a major federal investment aimed at reducing gender-based violence, advocates say, because the money is being meted out based on the size of a region’s population, rather than need.“When I go to meetings with shelters in southern Canada, I am hearing about all these shelters being built (or repaired) with the renovation money and I’m thinking, ‘Holy cow! What happened to the North?’” said Lyda Fuller, executive director of the YWCA Yellowknife.The Liberal government committed $89.9 million over two years in the 2016 budget for building or renovating shelters and transition houses for people escaping family violence. The investment was also highlighted in the recently launched federal gender-based violence strategy.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), through which the money flowed, split the money up among the provinces and territories, which were not required to match the funds in order to get things rolling.But the money was divvied up according to the usual per-capita funding model, which means each share of the pie was determined according to the number of people who live there.Ontario — home to about 14 million people — got about $28 million over the two-year period.Meanwhile, each of the three territories, which have a total population of about 120,000, received just under $500,000 over two years.Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters Canada, said the money was welcome, but the relatively small sums provided to the territories would make it difficult to build any new shelters there, never mind come up with the extra money to maintain them.“It’s more than needed, but it’s not going to have a huge impact on capacity in terms of creating new spaces,” she said.Martin has been among those calling for a national action plan on gender-based violence, which would go farther than the federal strategy by ensuring equal access to comparable services, no matter where someone lives.Mathieu Filion, a spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, suggested these issues could be addressed by the national housing strategy later this year.“The national housing strategy will ensure that more Canadians, including survivors of family violence, have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford,” Filion said in an email.The northern territories have the highest rates of family violence in the country.According to Statistics Canada, there was an average of 241 incidents of police-reported family violence in Canada per 100,000 people in 2015.Nunavut had the highest rate, with 2,504 per 100,000 people, followed by the Northwest Territories at 1,938 and Yukon at 731.Ontario, at 150, had the lowest rate that year.Jonathan Rotondo, a spokesman for the CMHC, said that as of March 31, the $60 million set aside for the first year of the investment had been used to create 325 new units or beds in shelters and transition houses across the entire country.There were repairs or renovations impacting another 4,006 spaces.The Northwest Territories Housing Corp. said its share of the money for fiscal 2016-17 amounted to $315,789, which the territorial government used to make “urgent repairs and renovations” to four of the five shelters in the territory. Another $157,368 has been committed for this year.That included renovations to reconfigure a surplus unit the territorial housing authority donated to one of the shelters after it realized the existing building was essentially beyond repair and would not last much longer.The YWCA Yellowknife also operates the shelter in Fort Smith, N.W.T.; Fuller, who has been trying to make it wheelchair-accessible, said the territorial housing authority chose to spend the money on basic improvements like replacing the oil tank.“We tore out the 35-year-old carpeting!” she said with a laugh. “No new beds.”The Nunavut Housing Corp. said it spent about $395,000 on repairs and improvements at two shelters in the territory, and will save the remaining $78,000 for emergencies and additional work.The Yukon Housing Corp., meanwhile, decided to put its $473,166 into a program that allows non-government organizations to apply for grants.Tim Sellars, the director of policy and communications, said $170,000 has gone out so far.Barbara McInerney, executive director of the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society in Whitehorse, said things are so tight that she cannot even manage to prepare a proposal to apply for badly needed funding.“So much of the time we are fighting for survival to keep the day-to-day running, that it’s very difficult for us to see past that and look at painting our building or whatever,” said McInerney.“You’re operating a 24-hour facility, you’re on call 24-7, you’re trying to support staff in a very difficult job, and you’re going to take on a construction fight?”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Angelina Jolie Donates 50000 To Girls Education Fund

first_imgAngelina Jolie has donated $50,000 to the Women in the World Foundation’s Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls’ Education Fund.In honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was tragically shot by the Taliban for exercising her fundamental right to an education, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Woman of Impact Award for Girls’ Education to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.The Foundation is making an emergency appeal to their Women in the World Community to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.“We are sure you have been shaken by the news that last week, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she left school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan,” said Angelina Jolie and Women in the World Foundation founder Tina Brown in a joint statement. “Her crime was promoting girls’ education in Pakistan and publishing a blog about life under the Taliban. She remains unconscious, and has been flown from Pakistan to the United Kingdom to receive specialist treatment.“As a response to Malala’s bravery, girls across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world are standing up and saying, “I am Malala” – and this is our opportunity to show the same solidarity.”To join Angelina in donating to the cause, click here. To read Angelina’s reaction to the shooting of Malala, see our earlier story.last_img read more

Supervisor agrees management of Phoenix Sinclair not good enough

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe way child services in Manitoba dealt with Phoenix Sinclair was substandard a former supervisor testified Wednesday at the inquiry looking into the five-year-old’s murder.Angela Balan was agreeing with a report completed after Sinclair’s death in 2005 that said how the case was maintained from November 2000 to March 2002 was substandard.Balan was the supervisor of Delores Chief-Abigosis who was in charge of the file from November 2000 to July the next year.Chief-Abigosis already testified she couldn’t remember much of the time she spent on the file. She also didn’t keep notes.The inquiry is looking into how child services handled Sinclair’s case.last_img read more

Facebook ads tracking and some ways to opt out – somewhat

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2014 3:19 pm MDT Facebook ads, tracking, and some ways to opt out – somewhat NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook — your profile information, status updates, likes and interests.That’s changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads to what you do outside Facebook. Shopping for a new TV? Get ready to see ads for TV sets on Facebook.Unless you’re willing to unplug, there’s little you can do to avoid being tracked online. But there are some ways to control what ads you see and how the ads are tailored to you.— HOW IT WORKS:Facebook doesn’t share your specific identity with advertisers. Rather, the advertiser can select the types of people to show ads to.An advertiser might want to reach women who just moved to Boston and who just got engaged, for instance. When buying the ad, the advertiser checks all the boxes that apply. Facebook matches the ads to the specific people who fit those attributes, without having to reveal their identities to the advertiser.Besides the obvious attributes such as location, age and gender, advertisers can select languages, “ethnic affinity” and life events such as people who have recently moved, are living away from their family, got a new job and so on. Advertisers who want to target the newly engaged can narrow that down to engagements within one year or within three months. There are even options to target baby boomers, video game console players, early or late adopters of technology, fans of specific sports teams or people who go on cruises.Facebook even considers your offline shopping behaviour. Facebook’s advertisers can see, for example, whether the ad for detergent you saw on Facebook led you to buy that brand in a drug store the following week. Facebook works with outside analytics firms to match what Facebook knows with what the retailers have on you and what you bought. Your name isn’t attached to this, but it may still feel creepy.Not every piece of data is used to target advertising, at least not yet. For example, the company recently introduced “nearby friends,” which lets you share your exact location with your Facebook buddies so you can meet up. So far, you won’t see ads targeted to you based on the street corner you are standing on, but it’s easy to see how this could happen one day.— WHAT’S NEW:In the coming weeks, Facebook will start offering advertisers another way to tailor ads in the U.S., based on information gathered from other websites you visit and the apps you use. This is called interest-based advertising, and Facebook says “many companies already do this.”Facebook already serves “retargeted” ads. So if you visited Zappos.com and looked at a pair of black flats, you might see the same shoes pop up in a Zappos ad on Facebook. With interest-based targeting, a company selling socks might show you an ad based on your interest in shoes — even if you did not previously visit its website.— WHAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL:The best way to stop tracking is to stop using the Internet and move into a cave.“Everywhere you go on the Web, with almost no exceptions, you are going to be receiving ads based on lots of data about you,” says Jules Polonetsky, who advises Facebook on privacy issues as director of the Future of Privacy Forum, an industry-backed think-tank in Washington.A few Internet companies such as Twitter, Hulu and Pinterest, along with some advertising networks and analytics firms, have agreed to adhere to voluntary guidelines called “do not track.” That lets people decline tracking by websites that they don’t visit.Google, Facebook and Yahoo — among the largest hubs for online advertising — isn’t participating so far, so your preferences mean nothing there.— WHAT YOU CAN DO:Facebook does participate in a version of “do not track” for mobile devices. Go to http://www.optoutmobile.com to sign up.If you are a Facebook user in the U.S., you will soon be able to click on a drop-down menu on the top right corner of every ad to find out why it’s being shown to you. You’ll still have the option to hide the specific ad from your feed, or hide all ads from that particular advertiser. Now, you can click on “Why am I seeing this ad?” to see why the ad was targeted to you.Reasons could be your interests, such as the Olympics or the World Cup, or an advertiser’s desire to, say, reach women in your age group who live in your city. An ad offering called “lookalike audiences” lets advertisers target users with a similar profile as their existing customers. Let’s say a restaurant’s ideal customer base is over 35 and a fan of Mercedes-Benz. The restaurant can target this group with ads, for example.You can opt out of having ads targeted to you here: http://www.aboutads.info/choices . Besides Facebook, some 115 companies are participating in the program.That said, opting out of targeted ads won’t stop you from seeing advertisements. They just won’t be tailored to you based on your online profile and activities. It also won’t stop Facebook (and other companies) from tracking you. It simply means that information won’t be used to show ads targeted to you. read more

Air Canada signs deal with Air China for MontrealBeijing direct flights

by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2015 6:59 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada and Air China have announced an agreement for direct flights between Beijing and Montreal three times a week starting in September.The flights will be operated by Air China but also sold to travellers through Air Canada (TSX:AC) as the first step of a broader partnership.Air Canada and Air China eventually plan to secure a revenue-sharing joint venture for flights between China and Canada.The agreement follows a relationship between the airlines reached in November 2014 which outlined the steps towards building a revenue-sharing relationship.Both companies expect to begin sharing revenue for the flights in the second half of this year. Air Canada signs deal with Air China for Montreal-Beijing direct flights read more

At UN countries pledge to be guided by Mandelas legacy in working

At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held in New York, Member States adopted the first resolution of the General Assembly’s 73rd session, “committing to demonstrate mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and reconciliation in [their] relations.”“We resolve to move beyond words in the promotion of peaceful, just, inclusive and non-discriminatory societies, stressing the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women and the meaningful participation of youth in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security,” read the resolution.Member States, many represented by their heads of State and government, also reiterated the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and said that they remain committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner.Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security – General Assembly resolution“Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security, and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. We reaffirm our pledge that no one will be left behind,” they resolved.Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke of the growing pressure against human rights around the world, and urged everyone to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s wisdom, courage and fortitude, to face the challenges.“[That] is the only way to build the just, peaceful and prosperous world envisioned in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Mr. Guterres.“Madiba was a global citizen whose legacy must continue to guide us,” he added.Today’s Peace Summit coincides with the centenary year of Mr. Mandela’s birth. UN Photo/Cia PakFrom left: Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa; María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assemby; and Secretary-General António Guterres unveil the statue of Nelson Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New york.Unveiling of Nelson Mandela’s statueEarlier in the day, a statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at UN Headquarters by Mr. Guterres alongside Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, and María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the current session of the General Assembly.Gifted by South Africa to the UN, the life-size statue shows Madiba with his arms outstretched and bears his warm and broad smile.Speaking at the unveiling, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted Mr. Mandela’s humility as a hallmark of his greatness.“When he achieved the pinnacle of power as president of his beloved country, Madiba set an example that still resounds throughout Africa and the world – he stepped down after one term, confident in the durability of South Africa’s newfound democracy … He did not pursue power for its own sake, but simply as a means of service,” said the UN chief.Also speaking at the unveiling, Ms. Espinosa recalled Mr. Mandela’s first landmark speech at the UN, in 1994, in which he spoke of the interdependence of all nations and asked what can and must leaders do to ensure that democracy, peace and prosperity prevail everywhere.“It is my hope that the placement of this statue – within the physical boundaries of the UN territory – will serve as an inspiration and reminder to all Member States,” added the Assembly President.“A reminder that our differences are to be celebrated; that our work is wholly and unreservedly for the people for whom we serve; and that our efforts, in whatever form they take, should always be guided by the inspiration and the promise that Mandela has left us.” read more