Today, on Veteran’s Day, we’d like to share how important agreements between the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the historic home of Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Defense have led to an important partnership to assist veterans and military families during times of both peace and conflict.As service providers who work with our military members and families in our current programs, USDA/NIFA and DoD, we strive to build capacity among service men and women and their families, and even the communities within which they live.The Military Families Learning Network recently launched this exciting new concentration area called “Community Capacity Building” which will work to accomplish three things:Build mutual awareness among Cooperative Extension faculty/staff, Military State and Family Programs Directors and Military OneSource consultants about how all participants can contribute to efforts to build community capacity among service men and women.Host compelling and useful training with each of the above identified audiences via easily accessed webinars, virtual workshops, and face-to-face meetings.Enhance the DoD’s Family Readiness System’s assets by explicitly including the Cooperative Extension assets and resources.Cooperative Extension has a long history of assisting veterans and military families during times of both peace and conflict. During the last decade or more of conflict in the Middle East, many Cooperative Extension programs have worked tirelessly to assist military families to enhance the capacity of military members and their families to thrive during and after their service to their country.In the Department of Defense, support to military families includes mobility and financial readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and personal and family life readiness and is delivered in the Military & Family Support Center located on the military installations, and through National Guard, and Reserve Family Programs. They, along with your and other civilian counterparts, make up the Military Family Readiness system.This system is designed to prepare service members and their families to effectively navigate the challenges of daily living experienced in the unique context of military service.Ready individuals and families are knowledgeable about the potential challenges they may face; equipped with the skills to competently function in the face of such challenges; aware of the supportive resources available to them; and make use of the skills and supports in managing such challenges. Family readiness services are intended to emphasize personal growth, positive development, and improve individual and family functioning.Please continue to visit us here to learn more, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on future MFLN Community Capacity building opportunities. We will be reaching out to you directly in the near future.If you need more information or assistance, please contact Dr. Keith Tidball (CE) at email@example.com or Pam Cunningham (DoD) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jungle Book figured out how to create natural light in the middle of a warehouse. How can you apply this technique to your next video?Top image from Disney via MashableAttaining just the right amount of light, mixed with the right tint and the right shadows, is one of the most difficult tasks in filmmaking — and achieving this goal is even harder when you have no natural light. Indeed, imitating natural light when you have none sounds like a migraine waiting to happen. Fortunately for us, the geniuses at Disney figured out a way to replicate natural light in the middle of a warehouse.Following suit of productions such as King Kong and The Hobbit, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book was filmed entirely in a warehouse in Los Angeles, California. The finished product was an impressive spectacle worth your time.Given the current state of computer motion graphics and 3D cameras, bringing a jungle to life in the middle of a city can be done and made to look convincing. Of course, this doesn’t come without a few production roadblocks like lighting and shadows. Watch the whole behind-the scenes video on Mashable.By placing LED panels with moving images in front of the actor, the shadows and moving light replicated real-life motion with outdoor lighting. The in-depth behind-the-scenes video also talks about the challenges and techniques that went into incorporating the CGI characters with the main actor in a natural way. This movie (and video) are required viewing for anyone interested in seamlessly blending human and CGI characters interactions.Projecting Images and LightsAnother example of using artificial light was put to use with 2013’s Oblivion. With a lot of the action taking place high above the clouds, production needed an effective way to bounce light off of Tom Cruise’s face while including the desired shadows and tint.Image via Universal Pictures UKTo achieve this feat, the camera units traveled to Hawaii and captured footage atop a volcano that would later be projected onto a screen surrounding the set. The above image is the crew capturing the footage and the image below is that footage being put to use during filming.Image via Universal Pictures UKWhen the actors and crew were on set, they had the benefit of feeling like they were actually on location, and the reflected light was the appropriate temperature and color. Check out the video below to see more.Realistic ApplicationsChances are you don’t have access to this technology or the budget for these elaborate sets, but don’t fret. Finding ways to apply some of these tricks is easier than you might think. Bouncing light off of actors can be achieved with a laptop, LED screens, or TV monitors. Don’t be afraid to try something new and unconventional. As long as your characters look appropriately lit for the setting, your method doesn’t matter. read more
There are many reasons for disliking The Love Guru. Just count the ways!Had it not been for the wide-spread consciousness-raising brought upon by Rajan Zed and other (unseen) protestors, one would not have to see this film. If you are a fan of Mike Myers, then perhaps you have some infantile desire to watch it. But otherwise, the scorching sun and the humidity of summer months is so much nicer.Mike Myers specializes in creating characters that suffer from arrested development. All of us get over the poop and pee and penis jokes as we grow up. The other little thing we learn, as part of our normal socialization is to feel secure in the world. We learn not to produce nervous laughs. Some of us see shrinks to find a cure for it. If you are a comedian, even at your own parties, you wait for others to laugh. In the Indian tradition you have Chamchas around so you don’t have to demean yourself by providing your own laugh track. Mike Myers, who clearly views himself as a comedian, laughs at his own antics, if we can raise the semantic level of that word. He has an obsession with short people/dwarfs/midgets and abuses them by tossing them around or kicking them for his own laugh. If you must, please watch his films just to see how we embrace abjection in our own lives and how a whole crowd can be downgraded below even the lowest denominator.Now, reportedly because of the therapies he received for his depression, and apparently because of the great reverence he acquired for Deepak Chopra, Mike Myers has turned his attention to the “Guru Business.” Admirable idea indeed! He is not quite poking fun at Hinduism you see, but the banal mockery of it by gurus (including Deepak Chopra, who appears in a lackluster cameo and blessed the film).Now there is so much to make fun of here, don’t you think! The pompousness of these gurus, the commodification of a great tradition, their unexplained lust for money and women! There is no end to this. Mike Myers has a lovely and precious plot line in his hands. Plus, let us admit, there is lot to make fun of when it comes to Hinduism. Like all great traditions it is as vulnerable as it is venerable. Parody makes the object richer. It invites sharper tools of insights and attention. If religions were perfect, we would not be so blinded by them and, even more importantly, we would not kill in their name.The objective of Guru Pitka in The Love Guru is to attain the stature of Deepak Chopra so he could appear on the Oprah Winfrey show. He wants to do this by saving the marriage of a football player with advice on relationship and kindness. Again, a commendable goal in an era marked by banality! Give all this to Mike Myers and you can see him regresses before your eyes, with his depthless and humorless forays into sexuality (with lots of penis jokes), into pop-psychology of advice based on nothingness. There is as much connection between all this and Hinduism as there is between Sean Hannity and reason, or between Genghis Khan and kindness….The film is replete with dirty jokes and double entendres that do not work. To top it all, Mike Myers laughs approvingly and admiringly at himself in a technique that underscores his lack of comedic command. One wishes he could hear the lack of laughter in the theater. If this were not enough, Ben Kingsley demeans himself by appearing cock-eyed (is he short on money?) as Guru Pitka’s guru who indulges in producing his own piss (which makes a mop wet so Pitka could fight with it).A film that barely mentions Hinduism, which, it is clear, would be hard for Mike Myers to understand, let alone grasp, has already disappeared from theaters and has been uniformly panned by critics. Dana Stevens, writing in Slate, called it a “tour of someone’s large intestine” and “the most joy draining 88 minutes I have ever spent outside of a hospital waiting room.”Why even grace this film with any attention, let alone serious consideration? Rajan Zed, a Nevada cleric who led a public campaign against the film for being anti-Hindu ought to lighten up. There must be other ways to attract attention to yourself than by protesting a foul film that stinks days after you have seen it. There is no need to defend Hinduism. It has done remarkably well for thousands of years, despite the paranoia and the fanaticism of some. It has done well even poking fun at itself. It does not proselytize; it is humble and it laughs at others who laugh at it. We should be laughing at all religions. After all, gods created laughter and unlike Mike Myers, the gods know how to laugh at themselves. Just listen!All this hoopla surrounding the release of the film, which got Paramount at least some viewers, brings to memory an old joke about Indians. The great philosopher Immanuel Kant explains in Critique of Judgment that the genesis of a joke comes from “from the sudden transformation of a strained expectation into nothing.” His example, in 1790 was that of an Indian (presumably the original Indian). As the contents of a beer bottle bubbled over after an Englishman opened it, an Indian was amused. He explained: “I am not amused at how it came out, but I am amazed how you managed to get it all in.” The lack of reason in making sense of this incongruity makes for an Indian in this joke.Mike Myers and Rajan Zed are both successors of this logic. They have no idea how all the bubbles got there. Will they ever? The problem with this film is that you cannot even enjoy the bubbles bubbling over. No Laughing MatterI started the campaign in March against The Love Guru alone, saying that “from the information available about the movie, it appears to be lampooning Hinduism and Hindus and using Hindu terms frivolously.”I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I received along the way. Besides Hindus; various Catholic, Presbyterian, Jewish, Native American, Methodist, Buddhist, youth, film, spiritual/religious, music, yoga, and civil rights leaders came out in support of my cause. A prominent Jewish Rabbi called for a boycott of the movie, because it “lampoons Hinduism, mocks Ashram life and Hindu philosophy” and wondering “who laughs at religious practices.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced the film as “morally offensive… unabashedly vulgar and tasteless … (and) wallows in endless penis jokes and fairly yucky potty humor.”Hindus are for free speech as much as anybody else and Hindu traditions encourage peaceful debates. But faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt devotees.Of course a small movie, which will be forgotten in few months, would not destroy the great tradition of Hinduism, which has been around longer than any other established religion. But Hinduism is often misunderstood and wrongly portrayed outside India. Movies like this add to the confusion and create stereotypes in the minds of audience, many of whom may not have had any other exposure to its tenets.Humor is a part and parcel of Hindu society and our folk festivals, plays, stories, etc., are full of parody, satire, mimicry, buffoonery, etc. We are strong enough to take jokes. But there are certain convictions in every tradition, which are venerable and should not be mocked.The broader aim of worldwide Hindu protests against this movie is to protect the interests of the various minorities and ethnicities of the world and save them from future ridicule. Everyone is a minority in some place and in some sense in this world and deserves to be respected. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion in the world with nearly one billion followers and rich philosophical thought, and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed.After seeing the movie, we called for a worldwide boycott. Besides Hindus, we urged other people of faith to also boycott it, because today it is Hinduism, tomorrow Hollywood might attempt to denigrate another religion/denomination. We strongly feel that our boycott call was one of the major factors for its abysmal failure at the box office. A guru is a highly revered spiritual teacher/master/preceptor in Hinduism and is often allied with the divine. But the guru in The Love Guru instigates a bar fight, repeatedly narrates penis jokes, mocks yoga, wears female jewelry, ridicules the concept of the third eye, makes disciples drink tea passed through his nose, orders alligator soup, induces elephant copulation in front of the crowd, introduces himself as “His Holiness,” lives in a lavish ashram staffed with scantily clad maids, and whose goal in life seems to be to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show.Going by the subject matter and scenes from the movie, here are my questions: When did Hindu gurus become available “for hire”? When and who started rating them? When did shishyas (disciples) started joining ashram for the sole purpose to make girls like them? Which Hindu ashram organizes fights among disciples with mops soaked in guru’s urine? Which guru urinates in the midst of disciples?This is pure and blatant ridicule and Paramount and its parent Viacom should immediately issue a general public apology for denigrating Hinduism and Hindu concepts, disregarding protesters, backtracking on promise to pre-screen the movie for me and other Hindu leaders, and making no efforts to have an open civilized dialogue with protesters to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.We are thankful to U.S. and Canadian filmgoers for feeling the pain of their Hindu brothers and sisters by rebuffing The Love Guru.We are very satisfied with the outcome of the protest, which has now become a worldwide movement. In the process, we have created awareness and clarified Hindu concepts among the populace. Moreover, with this awakening, we hope that future filmmakers will be more sensitive to the feelings of devotees when handling faith related topics.– by Rajan Zed Related Items read more
AdvertisementZlatan Ibrahimovic is currently signed to MLS side LA Galaxy; Photo Credits: Getty ImagesReal Madrid has not been the same ever since they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in July. They have been subjected to a difficult start to the new La Liga season under manager Julen Lopetegui. Ronaldo’s absence has created a goalless drought for the Los Blancos and they have only managed to win 4 games out of 9 in the current season.With pressure continuing to build on Lopetegui, Spanish journalist Manolo Lama has told the Tiempo De Juego show that Real Madrid wants to sign Ibrahimovic to fill the void of Ronaldo and provide the much-needed firepower.He said that Madrid desperately needs a forward and might jump for him during the January transfer window.Ibrahimovic joined LA Galaxy in March written off as being past his best after injuries thwarted his second season at Manchester United.The 37-year-old looks anything but down and out, though. Ibrahimovic has been in sensational form over at the Staples Center, bagging 22 goals from 26 appearances.Ibrahimovic would not be against a move to Madrid, despite previously turning out for Barcelona.The Sweden icon spent a year at the Nou Camp but left after clashing with Pep Guardiola.And his agent Mino Raiola has previously stated that Ibrahimovic initially wanted to join Real upon leaving Barcelona in 2010.Read Also: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince joins Manchester United takeover talks with a whopping £4billion bid Advertisement read more
Nagpur, Apr 17 (PTI) Heat wave continued in Vidarbha of Maharashtra as maximum temperatures remained at around 44 degrees Celsius in several parts of the region.With maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, Chandrapur remained the hottest in the region for the second consecutive day. The city had yesterday recorded a high of 44.8 degrees Celsius.Nagpur recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius, slightly lower than yesterdays 44.6 degree Celsius, Regional Meteorology Centre said.Akola recorded a maximum of 44.2 degrees Celsius, while in Amravati and Bramhapuri the mercury was at 41.4 and 44.2 degrees Celsius respectively.Temperatures in Gondia, Washim, Wardha and Yavatmal were recorded at 41.6, 42.2, 44.1 and 43.4 degrees Celsius respectively.People preferred to remain indoors on a Sunday due to the sweltering heat. PTI JOE NRB NSD SRE read more
Rice industry paralysis Looking at the SEA Games, she said, “definitely, this will be one of the hardest SEA Games for netball. The host nation has put in a lot of time in the last 12 months by getting new coaches and recruiting players. I think they are strong opponents.“Thailand has always been our main opposition and I am hoping that we can get a win. Certainly, our expectation is to win medal. I like a higher up medal but realistically if we can win against Singapore and Malaysia, it will be great as they are very tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAsked on the team, she said, “They are looking very fit. We have a height disadvantage against other teams but we have implemented strategies and skills. They train very hard. But we don’t have the competitions here. We need to test ourselves. Not having competition here means that we need to travel overseas for exposure games to test ourselves.“We pick the hardest nation to test ourselves. In my mind we are improving, we need to find out how we can perform against the best, the more we play against tougher oppositions, the more we can improve.” Meanwhile, President of the Brunei Netball Association (BNA) Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Hajah Wan Shahlimar binti Haji Suhaili shared the team had undergone a series of exposure games to prepare for the SEA Games. The Royal Bees will face Netfit All Stars in their final preparation for the SEA Games.“We are at the final preparation. The first exposure game was in Arafura Darwin, second was in Melbourne and third was in Singapore. This is our fourth and last before the SEA Games 2019.It was revealed during the press conference that BNA is looking to organize a netball league next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FROM LEFT: Founders of Netfit Kim Green and Sarah Wall with President of BNA Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Hajah Wan Shahlimar binti Haji Suhaili and national netball team head coach Jane Searle at the press conference. BORNEO BULLETIN PHOTO/JAMES KONBrunei national netball team head coach Jane Searle has expressed the team’s desire to win medal at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.“Preparations this year have been quite good. I have been in Brunei Darussalam for the last five months of training with the girls. Last year, I was here for only two and a half months before the netball championship. Hopefully, with a better preparation this year, we can get a better result,” she told a press conference yesterday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Vietnam aims to shine at SEA Games basketball Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more
Cricket Australia has proposed taking their pay dispute with the nation’s elite players to arbitration if there is no resolution by early next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Thursday.Australia’s top players have effectively been unemployed since the previous five-year pay deal expired on June 30, forcing the cancellation of the ‘A’ tour of South Africa as the acrimonious negotiations continued.Sutherland said the impasse threatened next month’s tour of Bangladesh, the one-day series in India that follows and even the home Ashes series at the end of the year and it was “time to get the show back on the road”.”We see the increasing need for urgency to get this matter resolved,” he told reporters in Melbourne.”We’re proposing in the short-term that both parties get together with really strong intent to get this deal sorted by early next week. In the event that it’s not resolved, we’re proposing any residual matters be sent to arbitration.”We’re prepared to accept whatever decision comes. In cricketing parlance, we will accept the umpire’s decision and move on.”At the heart of the dispute is CA’s insistence that the two-decade-old model under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue should be jettisoned.CA believe the revenue-share model was unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The dispute had been simmering for more than nine months and has grown increasingly heated with both sides embarking on a public airing of their respective positions and grievances.advertisementSutherland said that if the dispute went to arbitration, players could immediately be contracted on a short-term basis to allow them to tour Bangladesh.The test squad for that tour, which has not yet been announced, is scheduled to gather in Darwin for a training camp in the second week of August.Sutherland maintained the uncompromising tone of the dispute by suggesting the “peace plan” offered up by the Australian Cricketers’ Association last week would be “bad for the game”.He also said he had witnessed ACA strategies “perhaps designed to delay” talks but stumbled when asked to explain why, if the matter was so urgent, he personally was absent from negotiations until after the previous deal had expired.The ACA were not immediately available for comment. read more
Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan is facing the ire of right-wing groups for hosting season 2 of the popular reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. The group, Hindu Makkal Katchi alleged that it denigrated Tamil culture and demanded a ban on the show.In a scathing attack, the group has threatened to protest against the show. “We do not want Kamal Haasan to host this show. He is not just an actor but a politician as well. It does not augur well for an actor of his stature to host a show that has a negative effect on the society”, Arjun Sampath, state president of Hindu Makkal Katchi told India Today.In a video posted on the Facebook page of Arjun Sampath, the leader bemoaned the participants in the show allegedly conversing in an obscene fashion and sporting revealing outfits. “How can an individual watch this show with his family and kids? The content of the show is inappropriate for viewing. I sincerely request elders and kids to ensure the defeat of this show”.The group alleged that the show promoted enmity between different caste and religions as well.”Kamal Haasan has started his political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam. He claims to uphold the culture and values of Tamils. But the show is against all of these. He should not endorse a show like Bigg Boss which destroys the fabric of Tamil culture and is against the Hindu tradition.”This isn’t the first time that the Hindu Makkal Katchi has targetted Bigg Boss. Last year the group had protested outside Vijay Television’s office and filed a case asking for a ban on the show. The group will also launch an awareness campaign to put an end to the show.WATCH| Fringe group demands ban on Kamal Haasan’s Bigg Boss Tamiladvertisement read more
Rose Bowl GiftsOne of the more underrated parts of the bowl game experience for coaches and players? The free swag you receive just for showing up. Gifts could include anything from headphones, video game systems, clothes, watches and more.By the looks of these two videos posted by the Rose Bowl on Instagram, Iowa and Stanford players were not disappointed with the options they encountered in the Rose Bowl gift suite. Gift suite time for @hawkeyefootball. #RoseBowlA video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:59pm PST @stanfordfball and the #RoseBowl Game gift suite!A video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:57pm PST Definitely some quality stuff to choose from. What would you have picked?
Amethi: A labourer was lynched to death, while eight others were injured in an attack by a mob, which suspected them of being child lifters. The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district on Sunday evening. A video shot by an eyewitness shows a severely injured man, covered in dust, writhing on the ground. A group of people surround him and shout at him. Another video shows four policemen carrying a man away by his hands and legs from a paddy field. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ According to reports, a group of labourers from Pratapgarh had finished their work and stopped by at a liquor shop for some drinks. Outside the shop, they got into an argument with another person, who was drunk. Amethi, Superintendent of Police, Khyati Garg, said: “The labourers thrashed the man till he died. They were trying to shove the body into their vehicle when a villager saw them from a distance and assumed they were kidnapping a child.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Soon a mob descended on the spot and started beating them up. The injured have been admitted to a hospital and the deceased man’s body has been sent for post-mortem. Child lifting rumours have been leading to mob violence in Uttar Pradesh since the past one month. The police said they have been meeting village heads and making public announcements to guard against the rumours that could escalate into mob killings. At least 12 cases of mob assault on people accused of kidnapping have been reported from Bulandshahr district in the last one month, the police said. In Ghaziabad last week, a video of the woman being thrashed by the mob was circulated on social media. She was taking her grandson for shopping when she was mistaken for a child kidnapper. In Sambhal, a man was lynched when he was taking his nephew to a doctor. His brother was seriously injured in the attack. read more
Trina Roache APTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq boxer from New Brunswick set his sights on a Canadian title Tuesday night.Nathan Millier fought for the light heavyweight championship in Toronto.Millier started boxing six years ago.But he’s been fighting his whole life.
OTTAWA – The Canadian data scientist who admitted to helping political parties score electoral wins by exploiting the private information of millions of Facebook users also oversaw a short-lived pilot project for the federal Liberals shortly after the 2015 election, The Canadian Press has learned.Christopher Wylie came forward in recent days with accusations that a voter-profiling company improperly harvested Facebook data from some 50 million users in order to help seal victories for the Trump campaign and in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum.Wylie has insisted in interviews that he not only played a pivotal role in developing the data-mining technique, he also helped establish Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the controversy that was first revealed by The Guardian newspaper and the New York Times.In January 2016, months before U.S. President Donald Trump’s win, Wylie pitched his services to the Liberal caucus research office, said a Liberal parliamentary source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting.Even before the meeting, Wylie had experience working at the highest levels of the party.From 2007 to 2009, he worked in the office of the Liberal leader, when the party was helmed by Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. He was also a member of the party’s youth commission.Following the meeting, the Liberals signed a contract with Wylie in 2016 and he launched a pilot project, the source confirmed. The source would not provide further details on the nature of the contract or its duration, saying only that Wylie’s services were focused on “information management.”After seeing what Wylie had to offer, the party chose not to proceed further with the project, said the source, who added that it’s not uncommon for political parties to try out the services of contractors for brief periods of time.The contract was awarded in accordance with all the procurement rules, and at no time did Wylie have access to anyone’s personal data, the source added.Earlier this week, The Canadian Press spoke with an acquaintance of Wylie’s who described having drinks with the data expert in Ottawa in November 2015, a few weeks after the federal election.However, Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said in an email that the party did not contract Wylie to do any work after staffers met with him in January 2016.The acquaintance said Wylie talked about his plans to shop his Facebook data-mining techniques in the national capital, including with the Liberals, and also in Washington with the Republican party.Wylie described using a Facebook survey as an entry point to collect user data, and the pair discussed the ethical concerns surrounding the method, said the acquaintance.When asked about the party’s interactions with the data expert, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that a meeting took place between Wylie and the Liberal caucus research bureau in January 2016.“Mr. Wylie did some preliminary work for the Liberal caucus research bureau but ultimately it was decided not to move forward with his services,” Chantal Gagnon said in a brief email.By 2009, during Wylie’s stint working for the Liberal leader’s office, he had already begun to develop strategies on how politicians could capitalize on information collected through social media, another former Liberal insider said earlier this week.At that time, Wylie was pushing a fledgling form of the data-harvesting technique, but the idea was considered too invasive and raised concerns with the Liberals, who decided they didn’t want anything to do with it and chose not to renew his contract, said the insider, who also discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity.Wylie has not responded to interview requests by The Canadian Press.The federal privacy commissioner has formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is asking the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to take a closer look at the situation to better ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are protected.Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, said Tuesday he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better protect those who share their information online.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the data leak more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Press read more
Rabat – Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, says she will “not cover herself up” to meet with Lebanon’s Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian.The far-right French presidential candidate cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf. Le Pen was on a three-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her credentials as a presidential candidate when she walked out of a meeting with one of the country’s foremost religious leaders before it started.“You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” Le Pen told reporters. She reportedly added that she had met in the past with the grand mufti of Egypt’s Al Azhar, one of the world’s top Sunni clerics, without having to wear a veil. During her visit to Lebanon, Le Pen is also scheduled to meet with Lebanese right-wing Christian party leader Samir Geagea and with the Maronite Christian patriarch.Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon presided over by the mufti, said Tuesday in a statement that “its press office had informed the presidential candidate, through one of its collaborators, that Le Pen would have to cover her head when meeting his eminence (the mufti) according to the protocol of Dar al-Fatwa.” The Sunni institution added that “the leaders of Dar al-Fatwa were surprised by Le Pen’s refusal to comply with this well-known rule,” expressing its regrets in front of such “inappropriate behavior.”At a presentation of her 144 presidential commitments in Lyon in early February, the anti-immigration politician promised to “promote secularism,” to “fight against communitarianism” and to inscribe in the Constitution the principle according to which the Republic does not “recognize any community.”This is not the first time a female politician would refuse to wear the veil. Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Hillary Clinton and former US First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all refused to wear veils on diplomatic visits to Saudi Arabia, where every female who lives there is required to have her head and body covered in public. read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock Photo/Pixabay.com/660 NEWS) Business of Tech: Disney’s streaming service and the Apple Watch 3 by Jonathan Muma Posted Aug 28, 2017 11:34 am MDT The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E8: This week, Jonathan speaks with Haskayne School of Business instructor Catherine Heggerud about Disney’s decision to leave Netflix and start its own streaming service. He also chats with Mobile Syrup Senior Editor Patrick O’Rourke about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch 3.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/08/28/business-of-tech-aug-2417-s1e8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Searching for…May 24, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Can’t touch this…March 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …and BurnhamPressie, in his role as Leader of the PNC, along with his General Secretary, Basil Williams; other stalwarts of the party; and, most interestingly, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, vowed to continue the legacy of the Founder-Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham. It was the 32nd anniversary of the death of the man.So, the question arises as to what exactly is that “legacy” that’s gonna be unfolding. Well, politically, there’s the “Declaration of Sophia” by Burnham in 1974. This created a political system in which the PNC was declared “paramount” over the state. If there are some today who’re quibbling about the Executive favouring its “perceptions” of the Constitution over the opinion of the Judiciary, they should ponder this: under the “paramountcy of the party”, the PNC flag flew over the Court of Appeal!!On the legacy of “democracy”, there was also the routine rigging of elections in 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 — so the other political parties, like PPP and WPA — were so much window dressing. Is this what we’re to expect in 2020?On the economy, about which the speakers all extolled Burnham’s moves to “remove poverty”, what are the facts?In 1989 the McIntyre Report announced that, from being one of the more developed countries in the Caribbean, we were now just above Haiti in the rankings. The entire country was living in general poverty, with Guyana classified as a “Highly Indebted Poor Country”.By 1992 the UN-conducted Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed 43.2% of the populace living below “moderate” poverty, and 28.7% were in “extreme” poverty! And this was AFTER Desmond Hoyte worked for FIVE YEARS to undo Burnham’s economic follies!With the way the present lot’s handling the economy, they’re already well on their way to fulfil the legacy of Burnham in this area!But what was most troubling about the speeches extolling Burnham’s “greatness” was that no one even mentioned the circumstance under which he’d assumed office. It was described (most kindly) as a “coup on the cheap” executed by the CIA for just US$3.5M.But its cost to the Guyanese nation was much more expensive — a virtual civil war between the two major ethnic groups that left 176 dead, communities split, and a massive ethnic cleansing from the Bauxite mining villages that were soon designated as a “town” and named after Burnham – Linden.Hey! What the heck?But one thing your Eyewitness won’t disagree with is the claim that Burnham removed “inequality” from Guyana. He certainly did THAT by the time he died in 1985. He made all of us EQUALLY poverty stricken!!…and GuySuCo’s employment costsThe Government’s complaining about GuySuCo’s employment’s costs outstripping revenues. Well, Duh!! What’d they expect when they officially close Wales Estate, produce NO sugar, and then have to pay 1,700 workers severance pay?? And simultaneously shut down Skeldon factory, because they didn’t fix some boilers and obviously don’t produce any sugar – but have to pay the workers. But that’s not all. They go out and hire ten geriatrics — average age 80 years!! — and pay each of them over $1million a month to be “Interim Managers” in their Central Staff at Head Office!The mega salaries of the latter, such as marketing etc, are lumped in “employments costs”. When GuySuCo complains about this, it pretends it’s all for the 17,000 field and factory workers.They don’t let on: some 300 Central Staff rake in about 1/3 of what 17,000 estate workers earn!!But we all know what this narrative is all about, don’t we? Sugar workers must learn that the wages of not supporting the PNC is being on the breadlines!!…Broadcasting LicencesThe Muckraker complained their boss wasn’t “given” a broadcasting licence because Jagdeo didn’t follow the law in his allocation of the spectrum. But it’s OK now for Nagamootoo to break the law to now take away licences and award one to him! read more
The post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted on 16-year-old, Akisha Smith on Friday after the teen suddenly passed away in her sleep on August 15.Alva SmithThe mother of the teen, Alva Smith of Phase Two, Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, made a call on Wednesday for the body of her daughter to be released for burial since she succumbed eight days ago.According to reports, the now dead girl who suffers from frequent seizures was discovered dead in her bed at about 07:30h on the day in question by her mother who attempted to wake her.As such, the Police were called in and the body was taken to the funeral home. According to the woman, on August 20, she visited the Suddie Police Station to enquire about the post-mortem, but it was only then that the ranks reportedly informed the pathologist in Georgetown.She said she overheard the pathologist telling the rank that, had he been informed earlier, the post-mortem would have already been done.According to the mother, she became worried about the state of her daughter’s body, since there has been constant power outages in the region.The woman has said she is very poor, and it is her daughter’s grandparents who will be taking care of funeral expenses.According to the woman, for religious purposes, the family is hoping to bury the teen before the nine-night service.However, a visit was paid by the family to the Commander who informed them that the pathologist (name unknown) would be venturing to the region on Friday to conduct the long awaited autopsy.As such, the teen is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrime suspect in ECD teen’s murder to be charged soonAugust 22, 2016In “Crime”‘Satan’ remanded for ECD teen’s murderAugust 23, 2016In “Court”Student, teacher take lives in separate incidentsMarch 15, 2017In “latest news” read more
16-YEAR-OLD Raehel Andoh, who went missing on 27 February, has been located safe and well.Yesterday gardaí appealed for information about the whereabouts of the missing teen who had last been seen on the morning of 27 February in the Beechfirlend area of Clonee in Dublin.Today gardaí thanked the public for its assistance in locating the 16-year-old.Related: Teen (16) missing from Clonee, Dublin>
Voters who live in the area protected by North Country Emergency Medical Service are being asked to approve a three-year levy to continue paramedic ambulance service there.The area consists of about 1,000 square miles in parts of northern Clark County, southern Cowlitz County and Skamania County, including most of the wilderness surrounding Mount St. Helens.The request is for $1.10 per thousand dollars of assessed evaluation, or $275 for the owner of property assessed at $250,000.The money would be collected next year, and will be used in 2012, 2013 and 2014, said Ben Peeler, who is chief of North Country EMS and Fire District 13, both based in Yacolt.The ambulance service levy is separate from the funding of the fire department, Peeler said, and protects as many as 25,000 residents.In summer, he said, “We get a large influx of people coming in to enjoy our recreational areas.”Residents of the EMS district aren’t charged for ambulance transport, although North Country will bill their insurance company if any.Visitors are charged for ambulance transport, Peeler said.The request for $1.10 per thousand dollars is less than the $1.41 voters approved in 2006, Peeler said.In addition, the 2006 levy was for three years and North Country’s commissioners decided to stretch the money for another year.“We work very diligently at being responsible stewards of the public funds they entrust to us,” Peeler said.Nonetheless, with rising costs of fuel, insurance and other necessities for emergency medical service, North Country now needs proceeds from the levy to maintain the level of service that now is in place, he said.North Country now has two ambulances that are staffed 24/7 by a paramedic and an emergency medical technician certified to start IV lines. Two more ambulances are available if needed. read more
Employee Benefits poll: Less than one-fifth (15%) of employer respondents are currently looking at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on benefits and pensions.A poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 39 responses, also found that 31% are examining their staff data protection policies in light of the regulation, which comes into effect on 25 May 2018.Two-fifths (41%) of respondents are aware of the implementation of the GDPR next year but are not yet taking any action related to this. Just 13% of respondents are not aware of it.The GDPR aims to protect citizens of the European Union (EU) from privacy and data breaches. This includes mandatory notifications of data breaches within a 72-hour period where a breach is likely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of an individual. Subjects will also have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether their personal data is being processed, where and for what purpose.The legislation applies to organisations within the EU, as well as organisations that are outside of the EU but offer goods or services to EU data subjects or that monitor the behaviour of EU data subjects. It also applies to organisations that hold or process the personal data of subjects residing in the EU.Penalties for non-compliance include a fine of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million.The UK’s decision to leave the EU is not expected to affect the commencement of the GDPR in 2018.Helen Hall, legal director in the employment and pensions team at law firm DLA Piper, said: “Once the GDPR is in force, the regulator will require organisations to demonstrate how they’re complying. This is not a tick-box exercise, the legislation requires a change of approach and culture, and it requires privacy to be woven into the heart of the employment life cycle. Preparation will entail extensive data mapping, gap analysis, and documentation.“The first challenge is where this fits in an organisation: lots of organisations don’t have data privacy specialists and even if they do they don’t have the employment law understanding needed to assess legitimate use of HR data. It’s not solely legal or compliance but not purely HR either. Organisations need to be joined up in their approach in order to address the different facets to the issue.“Another key challenge is budget: lots of HR departments are aware of this issue but don’t have the budget to take it forward. Equally, there are situations where awareness within HR departments is still low or they don’t yet appreciate the potentially significant practical impact on day-to-day HR operations.” read more
PHILADELPHIA (WSVN) — Signs of change are underway with all-gender bathrooms in use at the Democratic National Convention. Those in attendance expressed their reactions to 7News.All-gender bathrooms are restrooms that men and women can both use. Democrats like to think of themselves as open-minded and progressive, so they installed one.“I don’t have an issue with it. I’m just using the bathroom,” said one female DNC attendee. “‘Oh, yeah, he’s not a woman.’ OK.”A male attendee feels like he has to get used to it. “This is as insane as anything I’ve ever seen,” he said.One woman seemed unfazed by the inclusive bathroom. “I don’t think it’s strange. I think it’s something you have to get used to,” she said. “At the DNC, there were gonna be all-gendered bathrooms.”“As far as I know, there hasn’t been any problem around it,” said another male DNC attendee.Others are very accepting of the stall. “Well, if that’s the bathroom, that’s the bathroom,” said attendee Steve Wimberly. “This is the first time I’ve ever walked into an all-gender bathroom. It was a little bit of a surprise.” “Gender neutral bathrooms are used in a lot of places around the country,” said another man in the restroom.One woman would prefer if men and women used separate bathrooms. “I hate to say this, but the men are slobs,” she said. “Leave the seats up, they don’t flush the toilet.”Regular men and women restrooms are available for use at the Convention as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more