Vernon BC ultra athlete Shanda Hill tests her endurance in latest race

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first_imgVERNON, B.C. – Ultra marathon veteran Shanda Hill from Vernon, British Columbia, is jumping right into her next test of endurance after completing a 2,260-kilometre race in Switzerland just over a month ago.The 35-year-old athlete is in Virginia competing in the Triple Anvil, featuring a 12-kilometre swim, 540- kilometre bike ride and 126-kilometre run, all to be completed within 60 hours.Hill is no stranger to the course, she finished first among women and fifth overall in Virginia’s Quintuple Anvil last year.That race is even longer, including a 900-kilometre ride, 210-kilometre run and 19-kilometre swim.She reached her most extreme achievement in August when she took on the Deca Ultra Triathlon in Switzerland, becoming only the sixth woman ever to complete the 38-kilometre swim, 1,800-kilometre ride and 422-kilometre run.Hill says the 60-hour time limit in the Virginia event leaves little opportunity for sleep, adding that many things can go wrong in a race that long.She says the early start to the Triple Anvil is tough because she hates getting into her wetsuit before the sun rises over a cold lake, so she takes that leg easy before powering through the bike ride and run.“I love the challenge. As much as I love the racing, I love the people. If it was just the race and we didn’t have the unique people out here, I don’t think it would be half as fun.” (CKIZ)last_img read more

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Quebec to ban highsugar highalcohol drinks from grocery convenience stores

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first_imgMONTREAL – The Quebec government will move to ban sales of sugary, high-alcohol beverages in convenience and grocery stores in an attempt to prevent younger consumers from buying them.Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said Tuesday he will introduce an amendment to a bill seeking to modernize the province’s alcohol and gaming legislation that would see the sweet, boozy drinks taken off the shelves.It comes amid calls for government action following the death of 14-year-old Athena Gervais, who reportedly consumed such a product last month before vanishing.She was found dead in a stream behind her high school in Laval on March 1.Under the proposed measures, Coiteux said beverages that contain more than seven per cent alcohol would be available only at Quebec liquor commission outlets and that it would be up to the Crown corporation to decide whether to stock the items.“You got those convenience stores next to schools … where all minors can go in because they buy other things than just alcohol,” Coiteux told reporters in Quebec City.“The chances they will consume those products when they are widely available in convenience stores are much higher.”Coiteux said Quebec will maintain pressure on Health Canada, which is reviewing various products on the market with Quebec authorities and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assess their safety.Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois added that a prevention and education campaign — for substance abuse in general — would be part of the Quebec government response in the near future.Charlebois said the province ordered a report last October when health officials noticed a spate of intoxication cases among young drinkers blamed on the sweet alcoholic drinks.She said the report, produced earlier this month by Quebec’s public health institute, suggested that of 7,055 emergency room visits for intoxication between January and late November last year, 2032 cases involved people between the ages of 12 and 24.Of them, the report suggested 484 involved people who were not of legal drinking age.There have been calls for stricter rules since the teen girl’s death.Montreal La Presse reported Gervais had been drinking stolen cans of FCKD UP, a sweetened, malt-based alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content of 11.9 per cent — the equivalent of four drinks.The company has since ceased production of the beverage.Charlebois said those alcohol products can contain the equivalent of four glasses of alcohol and that the volume of sales exploded by 316 per cent in 2015 and 2016.“They are particularly dangerous because they combine extremely high levels of alcohol with extremely high levels of sugar,” he said.“Apparently those people who consume those products don’t even notice they are consuming alcohol and reach a point of intoxication that is a real, real threat for their health.”Premier Philippe Couillard said Quebec was doing its part but it would be up to the federal government to deal with issues of distribution, labelling and legal authorization.“We have seen the horrible tragedy of this young girl recently, we do not want to see others (so) we must play our part,” Couillard said.Coiteux said the proposed measures would come into effect once the law is adopted, hopefully by the end of the current parliamentary session in June.last_img read more

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I seen women raped Report alleges hydro development led to abuse in

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first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Manitoba government is asking the RCMP to investigate accusations that hydro development in northern Manitoba decades ago led to sexual abuse of Indigenous women.The allegations are contained in a report from the province’s arm’s-length Clean Environment Commission, which held hearings earlier this year on the environmental and social effects of energy development from the 1950s to the 1980s.Much of the development was centered around the community of Gillam and the nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation.“The arrival of a largely male construction workforce led to the sexual abuse of Indigenous women. People spoke of construction workers getting them inebriated and then taking advantage of them,” the report said.“Some spoke of instances of institutions intended to protect people, particularly the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, brutalizing men, permitting the exploitation of women, and failing to take local complaints seriously, although there were also instances of these complaints being addressed.”Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires called the allegations disturbing and said she is referring the issue to the RCMP.“We know that there (is) no statute of limitations on sexual violence,” Squires said Tuesday. “We want to ensure there is a path forward for anybody to come forward and have their complaints, or their allegations, heard and investigated if that is their wish.”The Mounties will also examine their original handing of complaints, Squires added.Hydro spokesman Bruce Owen said officials at the Crown utility “take these allegations extremely seriously and we will co-operate fully with RCMP.”The commission was tasked with a broad examination of social and environmental impacts of the construction of a series of dams along northern Manitoba rivers over the space of four decades.Some elders told the hearings they remembered thousands of workers coming into the region and creating conflict.“I’ve seen men – Fox Lake band members – young men my age that I used to hang around with, my brothers-in-law later on, get beaten up. I seen women raped,” Franklin Arthurson told a hearing in January, according to Clean Environment Commission transcripts.“I seen a woman getting raped and I couldn’t do a damn thing. And all they did was laugh, like it was nothing, it was no big deal,” Marie Henderson told the same hearing.The arrival of Hydro workforces also led to racial tension, environmental degradation and an end to the traditional way of life for some Indigenous people, the report said.“Forested areas have been cleared to make way for construction sites and transmission lines. Access to the land became, and remained, limited as Hydro consumed ever greater portions of the landscape.”The government will discuss the report’s findings with leaders from the communities and try to ensure future development is very different, Squires said.“We are also acting, in conjunction with Hydro, to work towards mitigating environmental impacts as well as ensuring that future projects are not going to be adding to the systemic challenges that have faced northern Manitoba.”last_img read more

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RCMP investigating Suspicious Fire

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- On June 25, 2019 at 11:50 p.m., the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a structure fire in the 8100 block of 99th Ave, Fort St John, BC. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in relation to this suspicious house fire.“Arson is a crime of deliberately setting a fire with full expectation of destruction“, said Cst Chad Neustaeter.  “In this case the destruction was limited to the house structure and there were no injuries to any persons, which we are so thankful for.”According to Deputy Fire Chief, Darrell Blades, crews arrived on scene to a building fire just before midnight at 11:50 p.m. Blades says the fire started on the exterior of the building and extended onto the roof, with the fire being quickly extinguished by the first crews on scene.As a result of the fire, Blades says the interior of the building suffered smoke and water damage.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying suspects, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Portuguese Man Tries to Smuggle Moroccan Girl in Trunk of His

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Rabat – Last week Spanish authorities arrested a Portuguese national over attempting to smuggle a Moroccan girl into the Iberian Peninsula, media reports said. A report published by Ceuta Actualidad said the 19-year-old girl was hidden inside the trunk of a car belonging to a Portuguese tourist. The vehicle’s trunk was loaded with packages and bags making it hard to spot the Moroccan girl.  The Portuguese tourist was attempting to clandestinely immigrate the Moroccan girl into the Iberian Peninsula in a ferry crossing from Ceuta. Spanish civil guards arrested the Portuguese National who was born in 1950, in the pre-boarding area after they discovered the girl. Around 7,000 undocumented migrants were intercepted trying to enter Spain illegally last year, according to European border control agency Frontex. In a similar incident last month, a Moroccan man died while trying to smuggle himself into Spain in the trunk of a car. The 27-year-old man was stowed inside a suitcase on a five-hour ferry crossing from Melilla to the Spanish city of Almeria. In May, an eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was discovered inside the suitcase of a Moroccan woman as it went through security check at the Ceuta border control.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Kosovo UN envoy on final status talks calls for more progress on

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“Status has to go with Standards, and more concrete progress is needed in the implementation of the Standards,” Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari said in a statement after his first visit to the region since his appointment, referring to eight targets that also include creating a functioning economy and setting an impartial legal system. Possible options could include independence or autonomy for Kosovo where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, and which the UN has administered ever since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting. Serbia opposes independence. During his visit from 21-27 November which took him to the regional capitals of Pristina (Kosovo), Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Montenegro), Tirana (Albania) and Skopje (fromer Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Mr. Ahtisaari called for more progress in the areas of decentralization, returns and freedom of movement.These terms have been long-standing conditions for progress. In a report in July, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo Søren Jessen-Petersen stressed the need for stronger commitment by Kosovo’s Albanian leaders to move forward on the return of Serbs who fled their homes during the 1990 fighting, as well as on freedom of movement.“We need the action of the Kosovo Albanians, but we also need the support of all the minority population groups like the Serbs,” he said in regard to those issues at a news conference in Belgrade on Friday.In his statement today, he stressed that Serbia must encourage Kosovo’s Serbs to participate in the talks so that their interest can be protected. He reiterated that there is no time frame or deadline for his mission. “I will work as expeditiously as I can and I don’t want to prolong the process one day more than necessary,” he said.Mr. Ahtisaari and his team have returned to Vienna where his office will be based. He will travel to other capitals for further consultations before he pays another visit to the region early next year. read more

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South By Southwest Secrets surveillance IBMs Watson helps chefs cook

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South By Southwest: Secrets, surveillance, IBM’s Watson helps chefs cook by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2014 4:01 pm MDT Edward Snowden talks during a simulcast conversation during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Snowden talked with American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist Christopher Soghoian, and answered tweeted questions. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AUSTIN, Texas – FOMO —or the fear of missing out— is a common complaint at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas each year.It’s here, after all, that “Girls” creator Lena Dunham spoke on Monday at the same time that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a teleconferenced talk. All the while, 7-11 trucks handed out free pizza in exchange for a tweet, and IBM showed off the capabilities of cognitive computing in a language anyone could understand: food.Here’s a sampling of what you missed if you weren’t able to make the annual geek pilgrimage:— WATSON IN THE KITCHENIBM served up a six-course tasting menu and gave out food samples to show off Watson, the computing system best known for winning “Jeopardy” three years ago. What happens when you ask a computer to analyze thousands of recipes and match chemical flavour compounds that are most likely to surprise people —but also taste good? Recipes a human would have never dreamed up, says Carly DeFilippo of the Institute of Culinary Education, whose chefs created the recipes inspired by Watson. Input a region — be that Russia, Kansas or Ecuador — a main ingredient or two and a type of food, such as soup or pie. The output: Creations such as a creamy Czech pork belly moussaka with peas, parsley root, cottage cheese and dill, or Kenyan Brussels sprouts with sweet potato puree, ginger and almonds.IBM is quick to point out that Watson is not meant to replace chefs. Rather, the project is meant to get people thinking about real-life applications for cognitive computing.— WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?An app called Secret is no longer hush-hush at South by Southwest. Launched just 40 days ago and especially popular in tech circles, Secret lets people share their deepest and darkest thoughts with the people they know, without their names attached. Co-founder David Byttow is quick to point out that Secret is not anonymous, per se, nor is it necessarily about sharing secrets.“The best things I see are not secrets but things that are meaningful,” he says. The company set up a special South By Southwest feed of secrets its users are sharing in Austin this week. Here’s one: “I used to bring out cocaine to share with people to help make new friends. Now I bring a really big phone charger. #getting old.”— LOW BATTERYPortable smartphone chargers may well be the event’s hottest commodity this year, as attendees rush from panel to meeting to party and more meetings with little time in between. Jessica Latterman, a marketing director from Washington DC, overnighted a small Anker charger to herself the day before leaving for Austin.“It’s my third time here and it’s such a huge bummer when you lose battery life,” she says. “It’s kind of disrupting to go back to my hotel. I realized I had to do this, it was as if I was out of soap.”Mike Edgell, vice-president and creative director at Toronto’s 76 Brand Films, described a tangle of cables, battery packs and plates of barbecue ribs at dinner with a group of some 10 people.“My phone was nearly dead,” he says. “Two seats over my colleague offered a charge. It’s almost like going back to the time when cellphones had battery packs.”Edgell thinks the battery problem will be resolved — it has to be.“If there is any place in the world to present a problem like this, it’s to this crowd,” he says.— STANDING OVATION FOR SNOWDENSpeaking via Google Hangouts from Moscow, Edward Snowden told a packed audience Monday: “I took an oath to support the Constitution and I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale.” He received a standing ovation after the hour-long talk with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian.“The most interesting point that was emphasized is that (regardless) of how you feel about what he did, it has improved security,” says Kent Larson, principal research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.For Daniel Miller, CEO of London creative agency Human After All, seeing Snowden talk gave a clearer idea of the man behind the news.For someone who’s “entire life has been destroyed,” Snowden could have been “an angry guy shouting, ranting,” Miller says. “He had done something very interesting but I had no idea he was an eloquent person, a nice guy, dignified.” read more

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Seeing inside manufacturing Jaguar Land Rover

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Since 2009, Jaguar Land Rover has undergone a period of unprecedented growth.  Its manufacturing output has doubled, with 425,000 cars rolling off its various UK production lines last year. This has been driven by a raft of exciting new models appealing to emerging and developed markets alike, the latest of which were unveiled at this year’s Paris motor show.Jaguar Land Rover’s recent product offensive is the result of significant investment by the manufacturer. In the last five years it has invested over £10 billion, while tripling its annual engineering spend in just six years.The manufacturer’s flurry of investment has also seen its workforce double in recent years. It now employs more than 28,000 people (93% of its total staff) in the UK, 7,000 of which are engineers – a number which is growing on an almost daily basis.Once open, its new i54 engine manufacturing centre near Wolverhampton will employ 1,400 skilled individuals, while expansion at the Solihull facility has created an additional 1,700 new jobs.However, Jaguar Land Rover says its biggest challenge at the moment is recruiting enough skilled manufacturing and engineering employees to fill its ever-growing vacancy list. This skills shortage is exacerbated as the manufacturer needs new and different skills sets to match its latest technologies, which include infotainment, wireless connectivity and the extensive use of aluminium. Unsurprisingly this is an area that the company is keen to tackle head-on – not only through in-house training, but also by encouraging the next generation of engineers to join the profession.Almost 2,000 young people have joined Jaguar Land Rover as part of its graduate scheme and apprenticeship programmes since 2010, nearly a quarter joined this September. Graduates undertake a tailored two-year scheme in their specialism, while apprentices develop practical engineering skills over four or six years, alongside qualifications such as an NVQ3 or even a BEng degree in applied engineering.In addition, over 7,700 individuals have already completed a first level apprenticeship of 12 months that equips shopfloor personnel to carry out their activities on a day-to-day basis and also suggest improvement ideas. With hundreds of new employees all joining the organisation at the same time, overseeing effective training could be a daunting task, however each specific role and wider job function is assessed for its own custom training programme.The organisation is also looking to the future, by encouraging talented young people to become the next generation of engineers and technologists. One such scheme, ‘Young Women in the Know’, was launched to promote engineering careers to young women undertaking their GCSEs and A-Levels.Similarly, the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ school education programme engaged more than 328,000 young people in 2013 alone. This is in addition to forming an alliance with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, that includes backing a specialist academy to house up to 640 budding engineers during apprenticeships, further education or direct employment.Jaguar Land Rover views initiatives such as these as crucial, in order to ensure that not only their business, but also the wider industry are equipped with a sustainable skilled workforce for the future.Automotive manufacturers across the UK, including Jaguar Land Rover, are running a number of events throughout October as part of See Inside Manufacturing. See Inside Manufacturing is an initiative organised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that aims to change young people’s perception of manufacturing industries and make a career in industry an attractive option.This is the first part of ‘Seeing inside manufacturing’ – a series focusing on the success of UK manufacturers and their employees. Part two will feature Nissan.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Chasse à la baleine des négociations tendues entre le Japon et lAustralie

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first_imgChasse à la baleine : des négociations tendues entre le Japon et l’AustralieFloride, États-Unis – Le 2 mars s’est ouverte en Floride la réunion de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI). Une réunion marquée par l’opposition entre l’Australie et le Japon concernant la chasse des cétacés.Après trois jours de négociations, les quatre-vingt-huit pays membres de la Commission baleinière internationale ne sont pas parvenus à dépasser le conflit qui oppose partisans de la chasse à la baleine et défenseurs du cétacé.Les discussions ont tourné autour d’un projet qui autoriserait le Japon, la Norvège et l’Islande, à poursuivre la chasse à la baleine en réduisant sensiblement le nombre de cétacés tués, et ce en se prêtant à un contrôle accru. L’Australie, en fervent défenseur des cétacés, et le Japon, grand amateur de viande de baleine, ne parviennent pas à s’entendre sur un tel compromis. Le mois dernier,le Premier ministre australien menaçait de poursuivre en justice le Japon s’il ne cessait pas de chasser la baleine. Depuis 1986, la chasse commerciale du cétacé fait l’objet d’un moratoire mais le pays du soleil levant est autorisé à mener une chasse dite “scientifique”. De leur côté, la Norvège et l’Islande refusent tout simplement de respecter le moratoire.Quant aux États-Unis, le gouvernement se dit prêt à accepter une légalisation internationale de la pêche à la baleine si le nombre de prises diminue, a déclaré une négociatrice. “L’administration américaine ne prendra jamais une position qui autoriserait la chasse commerciale à la baleine. Mais d’un autre côté, nous n’avons pas les moyens actuellement de l’empêcher”, a-t-elle expliqué.Suite aux négociations en Floride, la CBI va revoir et étoffer sa proposition. Cette dernière sera soumise aux pays membres d’ici le 22 avril, afin qu’elle puisse être examinée avant la prochaine réunion de la Commission prévue en mai au Maroc.Le 5 mars 2010 à 13:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Gets Labo VR Headset

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first_img The rumors were true. The Nintendo Switch is becoming a VR headset. Only instead of hooking up to a powerful PC to deliver cutting-edge virtual reality visuals, the Switch’s take on VR comes in the form of a new Nintendo Labo cardboard toy. This newly announced kit slots the Switch tablet into a headset you build yourself. The goggles then attach to five different new Toy-Con accessories: a blaster, an elephant, a camera, a bird, and a wind pedal. We love the emphasis on kids staring inside animals.Our initial concerns about Labo VR still remain. How will these games even look on such a low-res screen? But Nintendo pitching their VR as a simple Labo kit and not the Next Big Thing sets the right expectations. The kit comes with a screen holder and safety cap but we hope there’s an easy way to keep your eyes clean, too.Nintendo Labo VR Kit launches April 12, just in time for Labo’s first anniversary. You can either buy the $40 Starter Set and Blaster alongside two $20 expansions or just get it all in one $80 package.Last week’s Nintendo Direct gave us plenty of reasons to be happy Nintendo Switch owners in 2019 with games like Super Mario Maker 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, and the only good battle royale game Tetris 99. But 2019 has just started and there are definitely still Switch secrets left to be revealed, especially as Nintendo prepares for the upcoming battle against the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox hardware.And rumors are suggesting that one of the big 2019 Switch reveals could be some kind of accessory that turns the console/handheld hybrid into a full-on virtual reality headset.If you know your gaming history, the idea of another Nintendo virtual reality headset should shock you. After all, the launch and death of the Virtual Boy in 1995 is still probably Nintendo’s greatest failure. Even the 3DS had to convince people its display tech wouldn’t give them huge headaches like that red-and-black monstrosity.But that was then and this is now, a time when VR gaming headsets are basically an established thing. The question is how would the technology work on Switch specifically, a platform less powerful than the PlayStation 4 let alone the hefty gaming PCs that the HTC Vive takes advantage of.According the rumor, coming from famous Nintendo gossiper Emily Rogers, you would slot the tablet itself into a headset as the display. If this is a Nintendo Labo kit, you may even be building that headset yourself. That sounds pretty cool! In 2017 a modder turned his Switch into a headset using basically the same idea. But now you could get official VR support for Nintendo games.And beyond just being an intuitive idea, there have been enough hints of Switch VR throughout the years to make us believe this is the real deal. Executives have alluded to it. Patents have described it. Jailbroken operating systems contain references to it. The Switch’s 720p screen is relatively blurry for VR, but if phones inside cardboard can pull this off so can the Switch. Maybe this is also why a smaller Switch with higher pixel density is on the way.A Switch VR reveal would be a pretty exciting E3 announcement. Maybe pair it with the new Pokemon games to give you a Pokemon Go experience without leaving the home. If you’re looking for some Switch games to play right now in regular reality though we’ve got a nice list right here. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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WWE attendance 611615 MITB PPV TV tapings NXT

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first_img WWE attendance figures from June 11 to June 15, 2015.* 6/11 NXT live event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 1,600 fans (sellout).* 6/12 NXT live event in Cleveland, Ohio: 1,300 fans (sellout).* 6/12 live event in Springfield, Illinois: 3,500 fans.* 6/13 live event in Terre Haute, Indiana: 3,000 fans.* 6/13 live event in Dayton, Ohio: 5,000 fans.* 6/13 NXT live event in Columbus, Ohio: 1,100 fans (sellout).* 6/14 Money in the Bank PPV in Columbus, Ohio: 13,000 fans (sellout, 12,000 paid).* 6/15 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Cleveland, Ohio: 9,600 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Twitter AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve Ring of Honor announces Pacific Northwest debut with two events this June * 6/12 live event in Springfield, Illinois: 3,500 fans. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE attendance figures from June 11 to June 15, 2015. * 6/11 NXT live event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 1,600 fans (sellout). Velvet Sky Pinterest Facebook Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp * 6/13 NXT live event in Columbus, Ohio: 1,100 fans (sellout). Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet * 6/13 live event in Terre Haute, Indiana: 3,000 fans. * 6/12 NXT live event in Cleveland, Ohio: 1,300 fans (sellout). Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next * 6/13 live event in Dayton, Ohio: 5,000 fans. Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It * 6/14 Money in the Bank PPV in Columbus, Ohio: 13,000 fans (sellout, 12,000 paid). Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission * 6/15 RAW/Superstars TV Tapings in Cleveland, Ohio: 9,600 fans.last_img read more

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Consultation launches on gender pay gap reporting

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first_imgThe government has launched a consultation to establish the details of its plans to make it complusory for large employers to publish the average salaries of male and female staff. The consultation will also look into what information from employers will be published, as well as where and when.Plans for the new reporting regulations, which will apply to organisations with more than 250 employees, were first announced in March 2015. Prior to this, employers were encouraged to publish information about differences in men and women’s salaries under the 2011 ‘Think, Act, Report’ campaign. However, this was voluntary and organisations could choose what information they made public and where.  In an article published in The Times today (14 July), prime minister David Cameron said that the measure would help to address the gender pay gap. “Today I’m announcing a really big move: we will make every single [organisation] with 250 employees or more publish the gap between average female earnings and average male earnings. That will cast sunlight on the discrepancies and create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up.“Transparency, skills, representation, affordable childcare: these things can end the gender pay gap in a generation. That’s my goal.”Nicola Rabson, global head of employment and incentives at law firm Linklaters, said: “The consultation is a prelude to regulations designed to speed up the rate at which the UK’s gender pay gap (currently standing at 19.1%) closes.”The consultation is wide ranging and has reopened the question of the size of employers, in terms of employee numbers, which will be required to report, as well as the content, frequency and manner of reporting.“The most vexing issue is likely to be the level of detail that is required to be published; an overall pay comparison of the pay of an organisation’s male and female employees will provide considerably less information than a job-by-job comparison. Although at this stage there is little concrete action for employers to take, businesses may well be inclined to respond to the consultation.”Tim Thomas, head of employment policy at manufacturers’ organisation EEF, added: “Businesses will want to ensure that the data they publish on any gender pay gap is not confused with equal pay, with the difference between the two not always obvious and the UK already having had equal pay legislation since 1970.“Government will need to implement the new rules in a flexible way allowing employers to demonstrate the action they are taking to address any gender pay gap and allow businesses the time to work with their employees to tackle the complex issues surrounding gender pay.”Kathryn Nawrockyi, gender equality director at Business in the Community, added: “We welcome the government’s intent to close the gender pay gap and will be contributing to the Section 78 consultation along with our member companies.”We know from our research that while [organisations] that carry out gender pay audits are more likely to have higher numbers of female managers, one in five organisations has never conducted one. It is critical that all employers committed to gender equality undertake a pay audit. We will continue to encourage all employers to get ahead of the Section 78 legislation by carrying out a gender pay audit at all levels of their organisation so that they can set out clear steps on how to close pay gaps that do exist.“All of this has huge potential to make a difference, so it ultimately comes down to workplace cultures. These must evolve in parallel with legislation and news ways of thinking, so that business practices like flexible working and shared parental leave are normalised. This way we are ensuring that no one, man or woman, suffers from pay or career penalties as a result of parenthood or their gender.”The consultation will close on 6 September.last_img read more

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Google vows to fight abuse that could pop up in Stadia communities

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first_img Share your voice Google’s Phil Harrison said the company wants to fight potential abuse on the platform.  James Martin/CNET Google wants to prevent its new Stadia from filling up with racists, bigots and trolls who congregate online. Earlier this week, the search giant unveiled its cloud-based video game service, which lets people play games streamed over the web. It’ll also let players connect and share content on YouTube, which Google also owns. Creating that community could also open the door to abusive conduct and content, a problem that already plagues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms. Tech platforms are under intense scrutiny for failing to police what happens on their services. Google wants to make sure the problems don’t reappear on Stadia. In a 30-minute interview, Phil Harrison, who runs Stadia, said the game project was committed to keeping abusive activity off the service. But he offered few specifics and acknowledged it would be hard to combat. “I wish we could make some grand proclamation that it’s going to go away,” Harrison said on the sidelines of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “I don’t think that is true.” Wading deeper into video games means facing challenges that have already beset the gaming community. Discord, a chat app for gamers, has been criticized for being what some say is a safe place for white supremacists and anti-Semites. GamerGate, an online movement that gained steam in 2014, pushed some of the sexist and racist tropes of prevalent in gaming culture. Separately, Google-owned YouTube has had trouble containing abuse on its site. After a shooter opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand last week, video footage of the terrorist attack spread relentlessly on video site, which welcomes more than a billion visitors each month. In the hours after the shooting, a team at Google worked through the night to take down “tens of thousands” of videos. The site has also faced controversy for scandals involving pedophilia, extremism and disinformation. During the interview, Harrison also discussed game design and internet speeds. He declined to talk about pricing or business models, saying the company will share more details this summer. Below are edited excerpts from the conversation.  Question: How are you looking at trying to prevent abuse and whatever toxic behavior on Stadia? Harrison: We’re going to work as hard as we can on that. I wish we could make some grand proclamation that it’s going to go away. I don’t think that is true. I think we can marginalize it to a large degree. And there are certain gamers who enjoy that type of communication. But that’s not what we want to associate with as a platform. And we will do everything we can to find it and insulated from the rest of what our platform is. gdc-2019-google-stadia-controller-9707The Google Stadia controller. James Martin/CNET There’s clearly some things that we can lean on from the rest of Google that will help us. We are investing in robust parental controls that will help at a more kind of account level mean that the right content is matched with the right age, you play with the right people, and you play with the content at the right time. How will Stadia’s technology, like being able to share a playable snippet of a game through a link or on YouTube, influence the nature of game design? I hope it radically changes it. If I wanted one headline or one takeaway that came out of yesterday’s presentation, it was what this means for game design. For the last 40 years, until 10 o’clock yesterday morning [when Stadia launched], all game design was device-centric and package-centric. The package was initially a cartridge, it was in a cassette, it was a floppy disc, then a shiny optical disc, and then more recently been a downloaded package. For the mental model of design has been the same for the last 40 years, I think we just broke through that glass ceiling. And I think that we just gave the development community a vision of the future of what it means when your data center is a platform, and you are no longer bound by the device you’re playing, and that you are now screen agnostic. And that’s really exciting. The industry wide shift in its entirety overnight. But if we’ve given it a tip in the right direction, that’s great. What kind of role could YouTube creators play in terms of interaction with gamers? What is going to be fascinating is when a game studio is thinking about “play” and “broadcast” as two sides of the game design coin: When a developer is purposefully thinking about “What’s the role of the player in this moment?” And “What’s the role of the viewer in this moment?” And that’s even why our platform is called Stadia. It’s this idea of participation and watching. “I wish we could make some ground grand proclamation that it’s going to go away. I don’t think that is true.” Phil Harrison, Google Do you see VR as a possibility for Stadia? We have lots of R&D, but nothing to share. How important was it to have a Google Assistant button on the controller? It’s very focused on the experience. It is not an always-on microphone. Only when you press that button does it invoke the microphone. But there’s a secondary — and I believe longer term — more important innovation, which is that it also allows you to engage with the game. And just being able to bring the best of Google to support a game developer. In a future role playing game, rather than going through a complex text tree of creating a sentence, you have a conversation, or understanding, or relationship with an NPC [non-player-character]. How magical would that be? You’re actually just using your voice to influence and understand and tell stories inside a world. Will you be able to do the other Assistant stuff on it? Like look up your flight info or read the news? No. This is explicitly for games. I wouldn’t say “never.” We will evolve that over time. But personally, I don’t know that there’s a strong use case for bringing up the weather while you’re in the middle of playing a complex RPG. How do you handle the “last mile latency” problem of slow internet connections? Twenty to 30 megabits per second is not crazy future talk. That is within the realm of possibility for a very, very large number of people — hundreds of millions of people in the markets that we’re talking about. There will be continued capital investments necessary to reach more and more people. We know that just over the horizon are some innovations in cellular technology, particularly 5G.  0 Tech Industrycenter_img Tags Post a comment Google YouTube Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

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Cruise industrys Juneau lawsuit could set wider precedent

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first_imgPassengers walk a downtown Juneau dock where three cruise ships are tied up June 11, 2017. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A federal lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry against the City and Borough of Juneau says its passenger head tax is unconstitutional.Listen nowIf the industry prevails it could impact the statewide passenger fee.After 18 months of litigation and at least $498,000 spent by the city in legal costs, the two sides are no closer to a resolution. John Binkley is president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, the industry group suing the city over how it spends the $8-per-passenger fee it collects.“We don’t dispute the collection of the fees. We don’t dispute those at all, it’s just the expenditures,” Binkley said.Binkley says the passenger and port development fees are required by federal law to support cruise ship operations, not fund local vanity projects.“And the city disagrees,” Binkley said. “They say it can be spent on things like the artificial island it built, the Whale Park, the airport or pretty much anything else it wants.”The city argues that the industry reads the law too narrowly.One example is seasonal crossing guards near the cruise docks; the city uses passenger fees to pay for them.“We have a million people getting off the ships in the summer,” City Attorney Amy Mead said. “We think that crossing guards provide a service to the passengers because it enhances their safety and CLIA would disagree with that.”But Binkley said his industry’s position is these fees are for port infrastructure – like a dock.“Any of that money collected must be spent on a service to the ship because it’s a fee on the ship,” Binkley said.(Actually, it’s a fee on the passenger that’s paid by the passenger. But that’s the gist of the dispute.)In a filing last month, the cruise industry upped the ante. It asserts Juneau’s passenger fees are unconstitutional. It points to the Commerce Clause and Tonnage Clause, both of which give Congress the sole authority to regulate interstate commerce.Mead said that shows the industry is seeking a ruling with a wider precedent.“If it were just a Juneau case, their motion would be tied to very specific expenditures and this case would all be about very specific expenditures,” Mead said. “That is not how CLIA has fashioned this lawsuit. They challenge the constitutionality of the fees.”The cruise industry opposed past citizen-led referendums in Juneau and statewide that created the head taxes.An industry lawsuit against the state’s head tax was settled in 2010 after the Legislature slashed the passenger fee by 25 percent.That seemed to settle the issue, but state lawyers are still watching the Juneau case with interest.Juneau’s local law closely mirrors the state’s law – so precedent matters.“By challenging the underlying constitutionality of a tax on cruise ship passengers, a victory by CLIA would establish a precedent,” Assistant Attorney General Chris Peloso said. “That could be useful in a future challenge against similar taxes levied by other municipalities, like Ketchikan, or a challenge against the state Commercial Passenger Vessel Excise Tax.”In other words, it could open the flood gates to fresh challenges.The cruise industry insists that’s not its aim. If the judge overturns Juneau’s passenger fees, Binkley said the industry would continue to pay the full amount to the state. And he says more funding might be available for other Southeast ports-of-call.“The resources, we feel, are being not properly spent in Juneau, when they should be spent on port infrastructure in other, smaller communities,” Binkley said.The Attorney General’s office hasn’t gotten involved.But if the cruise industry’s lawsuit challenges the state’s passenger fee, Peloso said the state would intervene.last_img read more

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Institute of Metro and Rail Technology to train Nigerians in

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first_imgHyderabad: Institute of Metro and Rail Technology (IMRT) in association with Major Academy Nigeria Ltd., has entered into an agreement to develop a curriculum for the National Diploma in Railway Training for Nigerian Railway. IMRT will provide training in railway engineering and technology to Nigerian trainers who are already qualified as civil, electrical or mechanical engineers. These engineers will then train local students in various polytechnics in Nigeria. The agreement envisages training of about 50 Nigerian trainers to support the emerging railway industry in Nigeria. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The training programme is of 10 weeks duration with both classroom interactions and field visits. The programme covers various topics viz: railway track technology, bridges, tunnels, railway operations & infrastructure management, railway traction, signalling & communications, railway economics and planning, high speed railway. “IMRT is the first-of-its-kind initiative in India to offer specialised training and education for engineering graduates as well as experienced professionals in the metro and rail space including high speed railway” said Sunil Srivastava, the IMRT founder. He added that over the past 6 years IMRT trained over 300 professionals in various aspects of railway technology. IMRT’s flagship programme is one-year PG programme in metro & rail technology.last_img read more

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SpiceJet Announces WeAreCelebratingSoShouldYou Sale

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first_imgBudget airline SpiceJet on Tuesday announced the launch of its “WeAreCelebratingSoShouldYou” sale with one-way fares starting at Rs 1,299.The three-day offer celebrates a decade of flying and also celebrates SpiceJet’s return to profitability in the last quarter. The sale will begin on 2 June and go through midnight 4 June; and is for travel period between 20 June and 31 July 2015.Fares start at Rs 1,299 on routes such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Agartala-Guwahati, Bengaluru-Kozhikode and Delhi-Jaipur.”We have a lot to celebrate now. This sale celebrates a decade of flying and making flying more affordable for more Indians than any other airline. It also celebrates our return to both net and operating profitability as per the results for the last quarter ending March 2015,” said Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, SpiceJet Ltd.The offer is applicable for travel on Direct, Via & Connecting domestic flight only. International flights are not featured in this sale. Bookings can be made on SpiceJet website, online travel portals and through travel agents. Tickets under the offer are non-refundable (taxes and fees are refundable) though they can be changed with payment of a change fee and any applicable fare difference.There is limited inventory under the offer, and tickets will be available on First-Come-First-Served basis. The sale is not applicable on group bookings. Fares vary from sector to sector depending on the travel distance and flight schedules, and timings are subject to regulatory approvals and change(s).On the occasion of its 10th anniversary on May 23, 2015, SpiceJet recently launched two successive sale offers – the #CelebrationSale, and the 5 hour “Happy Birthday to Us” Flash Sale.last_img read more

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Gauri Khan collaborates with Nita Ambani for Antilias lounge area

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first_imgGauri Khan and Nita AmbaniPR HandoutRecently, Nita Ambani visited the lavish 360 degree home decor store owned by Gauri Khan and now, the latter who is an ace interior designer has worked on Antilia’s lounge area with Nita Ambani. Antilia is considered to be Asia’s most expensive house.Gauri Khan has emerged as one of the strongest entrepreneurs over the years and now, the interior designer is working on her topmost projects in her career in interior designing, leading the line.To share the news of her topmost project, Antilia, Gauri Khan posted a picture with Nita Ambani and wrote a heartfelt caption on working with Nita Ambani. Gauri Khan shared, “It’s been such an incredible experience working on this space at Antilia. This has definitely been one of our top bespoke projects and working with Nita and her keen eye for design has been truly inspiring #GauriKhanDesigns #bespoke # interior design #antilla # bar lounge”.Gauri Khan’s flagship store situated in Mumbai is a hit amongst Bollywood celebrities. From Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan to Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, many Bollywood celebrities have visited her store and wished Gauri well for her future endeavours.Moreover, Mrs. Khan has even designed the houses of many celebs like Ranbir Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez amongst others.Gauri Khan was seen greeting Nita Ambani and having a good time with her as Nita Ambani paid a visit to the luxurious collection at her flagship store.last_img read more

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VIDEO Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving team up to mock LeBrons viral

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first_img Advertisement For comparison, here’s LeBron:LeBron James working out to Boosie. What’s happening. pic.twitter.com/xEKlKo559A— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWill) July 5, 2017 Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving have become fierce rivals on the court, after facing off in three straight NBA Finals, but they have one thing in common, they both hate LeBron James.At former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes’ wedding, Curry, with Irving laughing by his side, took to the dance floor and mocked LeBron’s viral workout routine. The entire thing was caught on video.If there is another explanation for this, I’d love to hear it. People love kicking The King while he’s down.Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving clowning LeBron James ? pic.twitter.com/rPTOqqpOOI— NBA (@hofmatchup) July 30, 2017last_img read more

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Enforcing Your Right to Be Forgotten May Get You Remembered

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first_img 6 min read Whoever recently succeeded in removing this 2002 New York Times story from his Google.co.uk search results may now need to file a new request with Google: “Please remove links to last week’s Times story reporting on my successful removal of that 2002 story from my search results.”The individual’s predicament illustrates some recurring challenges that have arisen as European authorities enforce, and Google complies with, a ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union last May, which found that search engines must sometimes remove links that violate an individual’s “right to be forgotten.”Privacy rights in Europe are considered sufficiently fundamental that they can sometimes outweigh rights to free speech in ways that would not be possible in the U.S., where the First Amendment almost always trumps. The European court found that Google had an obligation to remove links to online versions of two 1998 newspaper articles about Mario Costeja González, a Spaniard who once faced attachment proceedings stemming from a debt. The articles had accurately reported on those proceedings, but since Costeja later cleared up the problem, the court felt that Internet users’ residual interest in the matter were outweighed by his privacy rights. (The ruling only affects the search engine’s links pointing to the newspaper articles; the court declined to require the newspaper to remove the articles themselves.) The full ruling is here, and a court press release summarizing it is here.The Costeja decision requires search engines to balance the “legitimate interest of Internet users” in obtaining accurate information against the “fundamental rights” of individuals who file complaints like Costeja’s. In the event Google declines to remove a link, the complainant can appeal to the Data Protection Authority (DPA) of his European Union country.Google began complying with the ruling almost immediately, although it has interpreted that ruling as applying only to complaints lodged by Europeans (usually meaning residents of those countries) and only to links that appear on Google sites tailored to European countries, for instance, google.co.uk, google.fr, google.it, or google.de. It does not remove links from its U.S. site, Google.com, even when that site is accessed from Europe—a bone of contention with DPAs.Another source of aggravation for DPAs is that when Google removes a link, it informs the affected site of that fact. (It does not identify the complainant who requested the removal.) Accordingly, Google informed the New York Times last month that it was removing links to five specified Times articles.DPAs object to Google informing affected publishers in this fashion, because it enables them to do precisely what the Times did, which is publish an article about the link removals—which runs the risk of reminding the world about the very people who were seeking to be forgotten.In fairness, the Times reacted in a very measured way. If it wanted to be ornery—as some web publishers may—it could have identified all five articles. Instead, the story, by Noam Cohen and Mark Scott, alluded only generically to three of them, which it judged to be “intensely personal—two wedding announcements from years ago and a brief paid death notice from 2001.”On the other hand, the article did fully identify the other two articles. That, too, seems reasonable under the circumstances, since those details have considerable news value: they provide some of the only concrete clues we are getting at the moment as to how the right to be forgotten is being administered in practice. DPAs do not release any specifics about requests being made or granted—which would defeat the purpose of the requests—and the search engines, too, are being circumspect, lest they be seen as flouting the court.One of the articles to which search links were being suppressed, the Times explained, had reported in 2002 on a federal court ruling shutting down certain web sites in response to a Federal Trade Commission suit. The sites had sold $1 million worth of unusable Web addresses, the judge found. In last week’s article the Times then re-identified the two individuals whom the FTC had claimed controlled the sites, who had both been named in the 2002 article and were both said to be from London.If you type either of those individuals’ names into google.co.uk now, and look for news stories, you won’t get the 2002 Times story—at least I didn’t—but you will get last week’s story. You’ll also get a notice—and these also anger the DPAs—saying, “Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more.”Since Google only takes down specific links that complainants object to, whoever objected to the 2002 story about the FTC case will have to file a new request objecting to last week’s story if he wants to try to eliminate the brand new reminder of the 12-year-old events he hoped would be forgotten.Why does Google notify web publishers when it removes links to some of their pages? Last July it provided this explanation to a group composed of all the European DPAs: “The notice … both ensures transparency and makes corrections possible when a removal process proves to be a mistake. We have received information from webmasters that has caused us to reevaluate removals and reinstate search results. Such feedback … enables us to conduct a more balanced weighing of rights, thereby improving our decision-making process and the outcome for search users and webmasters.”Google also notes that it adds the warning, to the effect that results “may have been removed,” to all non-celebrity name inquiries in Europe, so as not to single out those who’ve filed privacy petitions.The other Times article to which links were removed last month was also newsworthy, though mainly because it posed such a puzzle as to who would have ever gone to the trouble to suppress a link to it. The story in question was an amusing description of an acrobatic Off-Broadway show by the avant garde troupe De la Guarda, which featured “no seats, no plot, [and] no dialogue.”According to a Google spokesperson, as of mid-September it had received 135,000 requests to remove links to 470,000 internet addresses. He said the company isn’t currently publishing the number of removals, but as of late July Google told to the DPAs that links to 53% of the addresses identified in removal petitions had been removed. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine October 7, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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GitHub acquires Spectrum a communitycentric conversational platform

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first_imgLast week, Bryn Jackson, CEO of Spectrum, a real-time community-centered conversational platform, announced that the project is now acquired by GitHub. Bryn, along with Brian Lovin, and Max Stoiber founded the Spectrum community platform in February 2017. This community is a place to ask questions, request features, report bugs, and also chat with the Spectrum team for queries. In a blogpost Bryn wrote, “After releasing an early prototype, people told us they also wanted to use it for their communities, so we decided to go all-in and build an open, inclusive home for developer and designer communities. Since officially launching the platform late last year, Spectrum has become home to almost 5,000 communities!” What will Spectrum bring to GitHub communities? By joining GitHub, Spectrum aims to align to GitHub’s goals of making developer lives easier and of fostering a strong community across the globe. For communities across GitHub, Spectrum will provide: A space for different communities across the internet. Free access to its full suite of features – including unlimited moderators, private communities and channels, and community analytics. A deeper integration with GitHub Spectrum has also opened a pull request to add some of GitHub’s policies to Spectrum’s Privacy Policy, which will be merged this week. Though many users have not heard about Spectrum, they are positively reacting towards its acquisition by GitHub. Many users have also compared it with other platforms such as Slack, Discord, and Gitter. To know more about this news, read Bryn Jackson’s blog post. Read Next GitHub Octoverse: The top programming languages of 2018 GitHub has passed an incredible 100 million repositories Github now allows repository owners to delete an issue: curse or a boon?last_img read more

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