NBA: Noah Vonleh joining Knicks, will compete for forward spot

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Knicks reportedly reached an agreement to sign power forward Noah Vonleh on Tuesday afternoon. Vonleh, a 2014 lottery pick, last played for the Bulls. Chicago did not extend him a qualifying offer, making him a free agent.The Knicks will be the fourth team in five seasons for the No. 9 overall pick of 2014, who will join a bench mob of former top-10 selections that includes Mario Hezonja (No. 5, 2015), Emmanuel Mudiay (No. 7, 2015), and Trey Burke (No. 9, 2013).Vonleh and Gerald Henderson were traded to Portland after his first season in exchange for Nicolas Batum, and Vonleh started a majority of games for the Trail Blazers in the following two years, averaging just over 5 points per game.The Knicks also re-signed young forwards Luke Kornet and Isaiah Hicks to provide more depth in the frontcourt behind Enes Kanter. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the team.Still just 22 years old, Vonleh played in 54 games split between the Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers last season, averaging 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a night.last_img read more

ST brings 32-bit-MCU possibilities to simple applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Flex Power Modules adds active current sharing to DC-DC converterNext Murata’s ultra-small SAW devices address the needs of 5G STM32 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics are now available in an 8-pin package, enabling simple embedded projects to leverage 32-bit performance and flexibility in a compact and cost-effective outline.The four new STM32G0 devices deliver a unique combination of 8-pin economy with a 64MHz Arm Cortex-M0+ CPU giving 59 DMIPS, up to 8Kbyte RAM and 32Kbyte Flash on-chip, and high-performing peripherals including a 2.5Msps ADC, high-resolution timer, and a high-speed SPI. With flexible mapping of I/O pins and internal MCU functions, designers can upgrade end-product functionality without trading board real-estate or bill-of-materials costs. The stability of the internal oscillator, which is accurate to ±1% over wide temperature and voltage ranges, also saves external clock components.Benefiting from the proven low-power design features of the STM32 MCU family, the 8-pin STM32G0 devices are ready to take over in energy-conscious applications governed by battery-capacity limits, eco-design legislation, or market expectations such as appliance energy ratings.The new MCUs also ease future scalability through the features available across the STM32G0 series, which offers up to 100 package pins, up to 512Kbytes Flash, additional high-performance analog peripherals, and cyber-protection features.The new 8-pin STM32G0 MCUs are available now in 6mm x 4.9mm SO8N, from $0.31 for 1000-piece orders of the STM32G030J6 Value Line MCU. The 8-pin Discovery kit STM32G0316-DISCO eases developers’ lives with quick and affordable evaluation. STM32G031J6, STM32G031J4, and STM32G041J6 Access Line MCUs are also available in SO8N, offering additional functionality including a hardware AES acceleration, Securable Memory Area enabling secure boot or firmware update, extra timers, and 96-bit unique device ID.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

ISSF World Championships: Mitharwal wins maiden gold, Bhaker and Sidhu falter

first_imgOm Prakash Mitharwal won his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships as he won the 50m pistol event in Changwon, South Korea on Tuesday even as Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu faltered in the 10m air pistol event.Earlier in the year, Mitharwal has bagged a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol and the 50m pistol events but in Changwon, he shot a score of 564 to bag the top prize.The silver medallist Serbia’s Damir Mikec finished with a score of 562 while the bronze went to local favourite Daemyung Lee (560).India’s veteran shooter Jitu Rai, who had bagged a silver medal in the 2014 edition of the tournament, disappointment after his below-par shooting left him at the 17th place with a score of 552.Also read – Shooters Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela secure Olympic quotas for IndiaChangwon World Championships is the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics but since 50m pistol is no longer a part of the Games roster, there were no quota places to be sealed.The tournament by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events.In the team competition of the same category, Mitharwal, Rai and Manjit (532) combined for a fifth-place finish with a total score of 1648. Manjit signed off 56th in the individual field, failing to make the finals along with Rai.Even though Mitharwal could not have booked an Olympic quota even with the gold, the women shooter in the 10m air pistol event had the opportunity to seal their Olympic qualification. However, Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker both failed.advertisement16-year-old Manu Bhaker, who endured a medal-less Asian Games campaign, and senior shooter Heena Sidhu were off-colour and both failed to make the finals. Bhaker shot a score of 574 to be 13th, while Sidhu was further down at 29th with a total of 571.The Indian team finished fourth with Bhaker, Sidhu and Shweta Singh (568) combining for a total of 1713.On Monday, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event.Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Enthusiasm for New Ship Orders Started to Wane

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The enthusiasm for newbuild orders across most shipping markets has started to wane after over USD 10 billion were committed in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report from VesselsValue.The total committed to new deliveries is now the lowest since the start of 2016. Ordering trends in the start of the year were highest in the markets that recorded the highest returns. This includes the dry bulk and LNG carrier markets, while interest in the low earnings environment tanker markets was softer.“In one sense this highlights the short-term view that some investors take of the market. It still appears to be easier to secure financing for ships in a strong market as opposed to those that are suffering in the doldrums.”VesselsValue explained that rising asking prices from shipyards are partially to blame in the downturn in new orders. Higher steel prices, smaller workforces, and less willingness by yard creditors to accept low margins are contributing to lower buyer interest.“The slowdown in newbuilds is an encouraging sign that over-ordering may not be a significant issue.”Some of the market segments have a large outstanding orderbook, but most of these are offset by an equal number of ships on the water which are equal to their recycling value. If orders remain between USD 4 and 8 billion level through rest of the year it should support the asset values of younger ships as well, VesselsValue said.The headwinds to global trade may give some owners pause in fleet renewal plans, especially in the container and dry bulk markets, however, most shipping markets appear to be at their trough level or improving.last_img read more

Annual Garden Party at Government House June 19

first_imgThe public is invited to attend the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Garden Party on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc will host the garden party on the grounds of Government House in Halifax. The 50th anniversary of official bilingualism in Canada will be marked as part of this year’s garden party. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band and les Sœurs Doucet – Céline and Danelle. “Patsy and I look forward to welcoming Nova Scotians and visitors to this annual reception,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “The garden party marks the start of our summer events and it is a cherished opportunity to meet everyone at the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians. All are welcome.” Those planning to attend the party should enter Government House through the main entrance on 1451 Barrington St. Parking is not available at Government House, but is available on surrounding streets and lots. In case of inclement weather, the garden party will be held indoors at Government House. Further details are available at lt.gov.ns.calast_img read more

Burns and blindness Very nasty giant hogweed plant spreading in Canada

first_imgIt can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness – and it’s spreading.Giant hogweed is cutting a wider swath in B.C. and Ontario, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada is urging people across the country to document sightings of the­ towering, three-metre green plant with large umbels of white flowers.Dan Kraus, a biologist with the conservancy, said the invasive Asian species likely arrived in Canada in the 1940s and can now be found in areas of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, and has been spreading in southern Ontario and southern B.C.“Nobody’s really sure when it arrived here. It was probably introduced as an ornamental plant and it is starting to slowly spread,” said Kraus from Guelph, Ont.“It’s possible people are moving it from garden to garden. They see it in their aunt’s garden and they think it’s this wonderful plant, and they’re collecting seeds and moving it to another location, which is something we definitely don’t want people to do.”In 2015, five children in England were reportedly burned in two separate incidents after coming into contact with giant hogweed in public parks.Often mistaken for the similar-looking cow parsnip, it can be seen growing in gardens, along roadsides, in ditches and on the shores of rivers and streams. Its clear sap can cause blistering third-degree burns and even permanent blindness if it touches the body and is then exposed to the sun, through a phototoxic reaction.“It’s very nasty. It can cause huge water blisters — almost like boils — that erupt on your skin,” said Todd Boland, a research horticulturist at Memorial University’s Botanical Garden in St. John’s, N.L.“It may be the next day before you start to see the effects. That’s the funny thing about this. It’s not like it’s an instant thing. It takes awhile and you have to have repeated exposure to the sun.”But simply touching the plant is not dangerous, Boland stressed. It’s the sap that is problematic and washing your body and clothes after exposure can prevent the phototoxic reaction.“If you get it in your eye, it can lead to permanent blindness, but that’s pretty rare. You’d be hard-pressed to get it in your eye unless you were rolling around in the plant,” said Boland, adding that giant hogweed can be found in the St. John’s area.The plant has prompted communities across Canada to issue warnings to residents in recent years.Guelph, Ont., has been dealing with giant hogweed for about two years and although it is now contained in two locations, eradicating the plant has proven difficult.“In 2015 we removed some plants from one location and the next year we returned to the site and there were no plants, but this year we returned to find plants,” said Timea Filer, an urban forester with the city. “So there appears to be a seed bank and we’ll have to monitor it continually.”Kraus said there is also a concern about a loss of native biodiversity, as giant hogweed is an aggressive plant that can outcompete native plants and spread — especially when it grows near waterways and its seeds are carried downstream. One plant can produce thousands of seeds and they can stay in the ground for years before germinating.The conservancy is asking people to document sightings of the invasive plant through apps such as iNaturalist, which helps scientists understand how the plants are spreading and identifies areas in which they need to be eradicated, he said.“We also want to make people aware that they may have a plant in their garden which at some point could spread into a natural area and impact on biodiversity… or have public health impacts,” said Kraus.“Ideally you want to keep invasive plants out, but the next best thing is to detect them early and to remove them before they take over large areas.”Kraus said Canadians who spot giant hogweed should contact local parks officials.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Silicon Valleys Jumio launches AI lab in Montreal to hone ID verification

first_imgMONTREAL – Jumio has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal, adding to the city’s ranks of machine-learning firms.The Silicon Valley company says it plans to work on fraud detection and data extraction as part of a push toward refined identity verification.Jumio says the satellite lab, which numbers seven employees after quietly opening last month, will have 30 engineers and specialists by the end of next year. The lab expands on work underway at the company’s Vienna-based AI hub.Over the past year, Ottawa and Quebec have pledged more than $300 million toward AI development in Montreal, while tech giants Google and Microsoft Corp. have invested in machine learning research.Startups in the city are exploiting AI to build technology applicable to everything from tumour detection to navigating the immigration process.In 2016, Jumio filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. business following government investigations into financial irregularities, but raised US$15 million in funding a few months later.last_img read more

Capital One hacking exposes data of 6 million Canadians in one of

A massive data hack at credit card giant Capital One Financial has compromised the personal data of roughly six million Canadians and exposed one million social insurance numbers — making it one of the largest security breaches in Canadian history.The incident, which affected about 106 million North American credit card holders, was announced by Capital One Financial late Monday after the alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, was charged with computer fraud and abuse in Seattle.Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Capital One has been in contact about the incident and the two are “engaging” but did not say whether it would launch an investigation. Capital One says personal information hacked of over 100 million Americans, 6 million Canadians Tipster led to arrest in massive Capital One breach, one of biggest bank hacks yet 5G has 200 times more access points for hackers than existing networks, experts warn “Given the number of people impacted and the nature of the incident, it certainly raises significant privacy concerns,” spokeswoman Anne-Marie Cenaiko said in an emailed statement.In Canada, where Capital One provides Mastercard credit cards for Costco Wholesale’s Canadian retail network and the Hudson’s Bay Company, Capital One said approximately one million social insurance numbers were compromised. Capital One credit card applications include the option for consumers to provide their social insurance number, but only some applicants choose to provide it.The incident also exposed the data of roughly 100 million U.S. clients, including about 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers.Most of the information obtained was on consumers and small businesses who applied for a credit card from 2005 through early 2019 and included names, addresses, postal codes, phone numbers, dates of birth and income.Capital One said affected individuals will be notified through a “variety of channels.” Impacted Canadians will also receive free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance.HBC did not respond to a request for comment. Costco Canada said senior management has been “in constant contact with Capital One from the time we received news last night of the data breach,” it wrote in an email.The Capital One compromise is one of the biggest-ever breaches to impact Canadians — six million is a large chunk of the country’s population, said David Masson, director of enterprise security for cybersecurity firm Darktrace.“These were economically active members of the Canadian population. So if you strip out young people, those who have retired, this … figure becomes even more statistically significant.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he has asked the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, to investigate the breach and ensure that “appropriate steps” are taken to protect Canadians.“We are deeply concerned by the unacceptable breach at Capital One… Affected Canadians should contact Capital One immediately. We are working on this vigilantly,” he said on Twitter on Tuesday.He added that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is also in touch with his counterparts in the U.S. about the matter.The financial services regulator is “monitoring the situation closely,” said OSFI spokesman Colin Palmer.“When incidents like this occur, OSFI stays in close contact with the financial institution to ensure everything is being done to address the situation as quickly as possible,” he said in a emailed statement.Capital One said that it was unlikely that the information was used for fraud, but Masson said that once data has left secure channels, there is always the possibility of compromise.“If that information has gone somewhere else, it is now possible for somebody else to use the exact same information to obtain a credit card, bank account, a loan, a mortgage, a financial instrument,” he said.“That’s why it’s so serious. In the modern world, that kind of data is almost effectively currency that can be bought and sold, particularly on the dark web.”In addition to credit card application data such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income, the hacker was also able to access credit scores, credit limits and balances, as well as fragments of transaction information from a total of 23 days in 2016, 2017 and 2018.“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank in a news release. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”Capital One said it could not provide information on several questions posed by The Canadian Press, including how many and which branded credit cards were affected and how many of those had their SIN compromised.The company said it was in the process of notifying impacted customers, but would not elaborate on how or when it would contact consumers.Under new federal privacy rules that came into force in November, organizations are obligated to report a breach involving personal information under its control if there is a “real risk of significant harm” to an individual. Organizations must also notify the persons impacted and detail, among other things, the circumstances, the personal information compromised and steps the firm has taken to reduce harm.The security breach is just the latest in a string of data hacks that have affected Canadians in recent years, including at U.S. companies such as Uber and Equifax.In Canada, Desjardins Group revealed a data breach in June that saw the leak of names, addresses, birthdates, social insurance numbers and other private information from roughly 2.7 million people and 173,000 businesses.In May, Freedom Mobile confirmed that it had been the victim of a security breach, but said the number of customers potentially exposed to the breach numbered 15,000. Researchers at vpnMentor, who discovered the breach and alerted the company, claimed that up to 1.5 million customers had been potentially affected. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street in early trading at the end of an unusually turbulent week for the market.Technology and communications companies were among the biggest losers in early trading. Chipmaker Micron Technology lost 1.6% and TripAdvisor fell 1.2%.Uber plunged 8.8% after the ride-hailing company reported a $5.2 billion loss in its latest quarter, its largest on record. The results were weighed down by stock-based payouts following its initial public offering.The S&P 500 fell 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,929.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 74 points, or 0.3%, to 26,309. The Nasdaq fell 35 points, or 0.4%, to 8,003.The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 1.71%.The Associated Press read more

Senate leader announces bipartisan deal to avoid default end government shutdown

Senate leader announces bipartisan deal to avoid default, end government shutdown by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:21 am MDT WASHINGTON – Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.Reid made the announcement at the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.The deal would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7.Reid thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working out an agreement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

WestJet performing 12000 minimiracles Wednesday

WestJet performing 12,000 “mini-miracles” Wednesday by Mike Tarasko Posted Dec 9, 2015 7:14 am MDT WestJet is spreading more holiday cheer this season.Employees across its network will be performing acts of kindness all day Wednesday, then sharing them on Twitter and Instagram.In a video posted online, the WestJet Santa, all dressed in blue, asks for help in achieving the goal of 12,000 mini-miracles.The company says take a pic of yourself, or someone else performing an act of kindness, and then post it online using #WestJetChristmas.The Calgary-based airline’s Christmas campaigns have become viral successes in recent years, often evoking laughs, and sometimes tears as gifts and trips are given away.Last year, they delivered a winter wonderland to a beach in the Dominican Republic. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In phone call UN chief congratulates Nigerias Presidentelect Buhari

Taking note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him, and called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections. “The Secretary-General talked to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari. He congratulated President-elect Buhari and commended President Jonathan for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process,” said a note released by Mr. Ban’s spokesman’s office in New York. “The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy,” the statement added. Mr. Ban also thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organizing and carrying out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances. He also appealed to the Nigerian people to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels. The UN chief also said that he hoped the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April. read more

After Mosul victory senior UN officials detail Iraqs political and humanitarian needs

‘Fighting may be over, humanitarian crisis is not’Some 700,000 civilians have been displaced from Western Mosul, according to UN figures.Speaking via videolink from Baghdad, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Iraq Lise Grande told journalists in New York that the top priority right now is to reach civilians who might still be in Mosul’s old city.“We believe perhaps hundreds of people are still there,” said Ms. Grande, who is also the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. She noted that in the last week of fighting some 12,000 people were evacuated. The majority of them are children and the elderly, who without sufficient water or food were too weak to even walk on their own. Triage stabilization units established right on the front lines by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) received up to 100 patients per hour, spending about 4 minutes to stabilize each patient, before passing him or her on to a field hospital. “The fighting may be stopping but the humanitarian crisis has not,” noted Ms. Grande.Of the 54 residential districts in western Mosul, 15 are heavily damaged, “basically flattened,” Ms. Grande said, 23 are moderately damaged and 16 neighbourhoods have light damage.The UN estimates the costs to stabilizing these areas and making them liveable to be more than $700 million, of which $237 million would be for the moderately and lightly damaged areas and $470 million for the more destroyed neighbourhoods. “That is double the estimate for stabilization,” Ms. Grande said, due to fighting which was “so fierce and so much worse that what anyone else experienced.” The UN has requested nearly $1 billion in assistance to aid the people in Mosul, with a focus on re-establishing crucial services so that people can safely return home to western Mosul.Meanwhile, in eastern Mosul, which has been liberated since January, “schools are open, businesses are thriving, the city is recovering,” said Ms. Grande. Since the beginning of the fighting last year, about 940,000 civilians fled Mosul. Nearly all have been housed and are receiving direct assistance, an outcome that Ms. Grande called “very positive.” The UN official attributed the ability of aid workers to stay “one step ahead” due to the UN’s early contingency planning under the Government’s leadership and a flash appeal that was 100 per cent funded; Iraqi forces’ commitment to protecting civilians during the battles; and strong civilian-military liaison communication.She noted that an additional 100,000 civilians are expected to flee their homes by the end of this year, as Iraqi forces start to reclaim new areas in other parts of Ninewa and Anbar Governorates and in Kirkuk Governorate, where ISIL still holds territory. Security Council meeting on the situation concerning Iraq. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “The historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely challenging,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, told the Security Council.He praised the Iraqi security forces and international partners for “an exceptional effort” to save and protect civilians during the military drive to liberate the Iraqi city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known by its Arabic acronym, Daesh, and for showing a readiness to be held accountable for violations.The effort was “in stark contrast” to ISIL, which showed “absolute disregard for human lives and civilization” by booby-trapping and destroying homes and critical monuments, indiscriminately shelling civilians, and by having civilians “butchered” by females and brainwashed children suicide bombers. “To turn the gains of the military victory into stability, security, justice and development, the Government will have to do everything possible to give the people back their lives in security and dignity,” said Mr. Kubiš, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).De-mining, stabilization and reconstruction efforts to allow the return of displaced people, as well as the elimination of ISIL cells and militias, are among the priorities.He noted that the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait had confirmed their willingness to assist the Government of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, and urged all of Iraq’s partners to “stay on course.” In addition, the Iraqi Government has to work for national settlement and societal reconciliation within the country, as well as to enter into negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the UN envoy said. ISIL would ultimately be defeated only “through inclusive solutions, addressing the grievances, needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people,” noted Mr. Kubiš.He reiterated the UN’s commitment to facilitating the national settlement process and supporting grassroots reconciliation efforts. Also, with ISIL pushed out of Mosul and the people held by the group freed, the UN is “repositioning” its response to supporting survivors of sexual violence and helping to integrate them back into their communities. The UN is also working to ensure that children arrested for terrorism-related charges are transferred to juvenile institutions. read more

New UNbacked action plan promotes hiring of refugees

Launched on Tuesday by the UN refugee agency and the 35-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the plan identifies challenges to integrating refugees into the labour market, but also lists concrete actions to boost their participation.Volker Türk, the UN  agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said it supports a “new approach” where refugees are included in communities from the very start and ultimately contribute to local economies.“This Action Plan shows the way forward to ensure that the economic potential of refugees is fully harnessed, contributing to their social integration and offering a win-win situation to refugees, employers and host communities,” he said.Refugees account for 22.5 million of the more than 65 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced from their homes.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) interviews with refugees found employment and housing as their top concerns, with most saying having a job makes them feel integrated into their new communities.While receiving countries face major challenges with refugee integration, both in the economy and society, the partners behind the plan believe “refugees also represent a significant opportunity for the host country, given the many skills and aptitudes that they bring.”The Action Plan was based on extensive consultations with employers, trade unions, civil society organizations and others.It lays out 10 recommendations, such as taking stock of refugees’ skills, identifying possible gaps and matching “refugee talent” with employers’ needs. Navigating administrative rules and regulations covering refugees is another area, with public authorities and employment services encouraged to streamline procedures for work permits and other necessary documents.Employers are also encouraged to make the business case for hiring refugees, for example for jobs that have been difficult to fill.“Harnessing the full potential of refugees in receiving economies and societies requires a whole of government approach in close partnership with the civil society,” said Stefano Scarpetta, OECD’s Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.“Employers can and should play a central role in this process, but need to be supported by sound policy and actions from other stakeholders, including at the local level. Together we can make the most of refugee skills, talent and potentials.” read more

More than 30 air traffic controllers at FLL to receive 50 gas

first_img(WSVN) – Local air traffic controllers are being gifted a free fill up.More than 30 workers from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will each receive a $50 card for gas.The gift cards were made possible thanks to talk show host Reverend Dennis Grant.Grant hopes the gesture will inspire others to help the workers as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Conde Nasts New Address Will Be 1 World Trade Center

first_imgA decade after New York City sustained one of the largest terrorist attacks in recent American history on September 11, 2001, Conde Nast has decided to move its head quarters, 18 magazine titles and 5,000 employees to 1 World Trade Center.Currently at 4 Times Square, Conde Nast will anchor the 1 World Trade Center building; the million- square-feet-lease is estimated to be worth $2 billion over the next 25 years, according to NYTimes.com. The lease will go before the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s board (who owns 1 World Trade) on May 26 for final approval. Conde Nast is slated to occupy floors 20 through 41, beginning in 2014. Annual rent is set for $60 per square foot, around the same price Conde currently pays in Times Square. Security around the Ground Zero area has been a concern for Conde, “The negotiations involved reams of traffic studies and security discussions, to ensure that its black cars (more than 100), its racks of designer dresses and its well-shod executives would be able to pass swiftly each day through the police-imposed security zone that is to surround the complex,” says NYTimes.com.After the 1,776 foot-tall building at 1 World Trade Center was erected, critics believed that only government agencies, not corporate tenants, would be willing to move to the site. Dubbed “The Freedom Tower”, construction began in 2006; the Port Authority board approved a $2.9 billion budget in February 2006 for the project. The building is now the tallest in Manhattan.last_img read more

Trump Takes a Swing at Golf Magazine Industry Notes

first_img“Fake News”President Trump criticized Golf magazine on Twitter Wednesday evening, adding the infamous liberal propaganda outlet to the ranks of Vanity Fair, Time, People, and National Review among magazines who have drawn public scorn from the commander-in-chief’s social media accounts in recent months.Unfortunately for newly appointed editor-in-chief David DeNunzio and his team, the President didn’t directly name-check them when he charged their reporting as “Fake News” and “TOTALLY UNTRUE.” Trump was, of course, disputing part of a 7,000-word story by senior writer Alan Shipnuck posted Tuesday on Golf.com and appearing in this week’s Sports Illustrated — specifically, one quote: “That White House is a real dump.”On this week’s Golf.com podcast, Shipnuck tells the story behind the story, including the pushback he received from White House communications adviser Hope Hicks after it went live.“The week of the U.S. Women’s Open [in July], I heard the same story told by two or three different other sources,” Shipnuck tells SI senior writer Michael Bamberger. “This is certainly a moment that has already passed into legend at Trump Bedminster. It might be inconvenient for her boss and she might wish he didn’t say it, but it’s not a lie.” Perhaps it’s unfortunate that one line out of Shipnuck’s lengthy, insightful piece on the President’s deep relationship with the sport has been singled out to dominate the conversation, but surely the inevitable traffic surge driven by the added attention won’t hurt.Prophyts gets a thumbs-up1105 Media’s newly launched predictive ABM platform received an endorsement from advisory firm Outsell, which called the product a “true end-to-end solution for B2B marketers.”Prophyts went live in June after more than a year in development, and 1105 executive chairman Jeff Klein called it “one of the most exciting new products I’ve seen in 35 years,” and hailed its “significant potential beyond our own markets.”“In terms of funnel dynamics, more than three-quarters of the buyer’s journey is already complete before the person even reaches sales,” added Outsell VP and lead analyst Randy Guisto. “Prophyts identifies early-stage buyers and influencers well before they are on most customers’ radar, and they quickly map them to 70 ready-to-go customer segments. This saves time, money, and precious marketing resources.”AMI needs a fulfillment managerFrom the job board… American Media, Inc. seeks a full-time New York-based subscription fulfillment manager with three-to-five years experience and knowledge of both CDS Global’s fulfillment system and Alliance for Audited Media rules and procedures. This and other job openings at careers.foliomag.com.Sports IllustratedTime Inc. betting on swimsuitsSpeaking of Sports Illustrated, as Time Inc. mulls a sale of some of its brands, it continues to seek out opportunities to build out others.The company followed up last week’s runway debut of new apparel lines tied to the SI Swimsuit brand by announcing Wednesday the creation of SISE — Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Enterprises, a new division overseeing licensing and brand extensions for the 54-year-old franchise.In a release, Sports Illustrated group SVP Chris Stone called the brand’s swimsuit franchise-turned-brand a “pop culture powerhouse” and touted its “extraordinary potential to develop new licensing and business opportunities that span a variety of categories.”Time Inc. has spent at least the past year aiming to expand the SI Swimsuit franchise from a once-a-year event to a year-round brand, but it’s hardly a new tactic for the company, which was as far back in the ancient past as 2005 was pulling in $10 million a year off of secondary products like calendars and DVDs, according to then-publisher Dave Morris (The first-ever SI Swimsuit calendar came out in 1983).Silicon Valley at the Folio: ShowNew to the Folio: Show speaker lineup: Peter Elkins-Williams, strategic partnerships manager at Facebook, and Eric Kuan, webmaster relations project manager at Google.Elkins-Williams will sit for a session on publisher partnerships, while Kuan will join Time Inc.’s Jon Hawkins and TechTarget’s Jessica Levenson for the panel, “Not Ranking? SEO Strategies That Really Work.”For more on the Folio: Show or to register, click here. A trade magazine acquisition north of the borderOntario-based B2B publisher Annex Business Media has acquired IPP&T magazine and sister title Process West, a pair of bimonthly magazines serving process engineers across Canada, from owner Michael Swan.Billing itself as “Canada’s progressive magazine for processors,” IPP&T joins Annex’s stable of 65 media brands serving a vast swath of markets, including Canadian Chiropractor, Canadian Packaging, Canadian Pizza, Pulp & Paper Canada, and Manure Manager, among numerous others.last_img read more

What AncestryDNA taught me about DNA privacy and the complex world of

first_img Share your voice Tags The hardest thing about having your DNA sequenced is generating a teaspoon’s worth of spit.They don’t tell you this in the marketing materials for your typical at-home DNA test kit, but producing enough saliva to fill a pen-sized tube up to its high spit mark is hard work — and strangely nerve-wracking, too.I sneak into an unused meeting room, chewing on air to generate slobber. The kit has two tubes. One, now full of my spit, and a second smaller tube with a chemical mix that stabilizes DNA. After uniting the two tubes, I stick the pale blue spit-mix into a box and mail it off to AncestryDNA, the genetics arm of the world’s largest genealogy company, Ancestry.In 2012 Ancestry launched the AncestryDNA service, which provides paying users the ability to build a timeline of their genes, search for relatives and understand what geographic regions their DNA originates from. Ancestry has sold 14 million kits since launch, and the number continues to grow as curious consumers turn to DNA to unravel their histories. The AncestryDNA kit Chris Linton So it’s not just me caught up in this craze — search for “Ancestry DNA results” on YouTube and you’ll find an entire subculture propped up by enthusiastic explorers probing their genetic histories. There’s a whole genre of evening TV dedicated to analyzing the family histories of the rich and famous. Over the last two years many DNA kit manufacturers have begun marketing their products as “perfect gifts.” In the 2018 Thanksgiving period, AncestryDNA broke its November sales record. Your DNA story has become this year’s hottest Christmas gift! Consumer genealogy tests have become big business practically overnight. Why are we so interested in finding out the secrets of our DNA?”I think the major appeal of DNA testing is to find out something new about us,” says Caitlin Curtis, a population geneticist at the University of Queensland. That’s certainly true for me, at least. My first thought is what revelations my spit might teach me about myself. But in the quest for answers, do we truly understand what kind of information we’re giving up?Related: The best DNA testing kits for 2019 Digging into your DNAThe almost unfathomable complexity of all life on Earth, from bacteria to humans, relies on DNA, but the DNA code itself is made up of just four letters: A, T, C and G.These letters, known as bases, always pair together the same way — A with T, C with G. The order in which these letters are arranged is what makes us different and gives us our unique traits. And because we hand parts of our DNA from parent to offspring, it also links us to the past. We just need to be able to “read” it and put all those bases in order. This is known as DNA sequencing. In the future, not even your DNA will be sacred Genealogy site credited with helping ID Golden State Killer suspect Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kits Now playing: Watch this: The genealogy craze 8 7:06 DNA data storage could solve a big problem Comments Who does that data belong to? It can be confusing, especially when these companies make deals with huge corporations to share their data.”I believe that there is an ethical obligation for these companies to be very upfront, honest and explain in simple terms to people what might happen to their data after they take a test, but that is not always the case,” says Curtis.AncestryDNA’s terms and conditions state that it “does not claim any ownership rights in the DNA submitted for testing” but by submitting a sample you effectively “grant AncestryDNA … a royalty-free, worldwide, sublicensable, transferable license to host, transfer, process, analyze, distribute, and communicate your Genetic Information for the purposes of providing you products and services.”It may be my DNA, but how it’s used in the future is something that AncestryDNA decides. However, there is a failsafe. The nuke-it-all option.”It’s your data, you should be able to do with it what you want,” Starr says. “If you decide at some point that you don’t want us to have it anymore, you can tell us to delete it and you can even tell us to destroy the DNA sample.”DNA as data”The biggest danger with handing control of your DNA data is the potential for discrimination based on that information,” says Curtis.Now that even our DNA is being digitized and stored in the infinite online filing cabinet of the World Wide Web, we must confront a reality in which our own genetic makeup can be hacked, stolen or used against us.”There are some parallels to broader conversations around how to govern our personal digital data online – and the possibility for it to be used in unanticipated ways in the future,” she continues.When we began signing up, en masse, for social media services such as Facebook and Twitter over a decade ago, we blindly shared our best baby photos and snarkiest thoughts with reckless abandon. Little did we know our personal data was being siphoned off insidiously and then used to target us in ad campaigns. And that data is still being generated and used today — Facebook gets to know exactly who we are in a matter of months. A cautionary tale, it would seem, considering genealogy testing has undergone rapid growth in the last two years. And though the science is getting better, the regulations and potential pitfalls are becoming harder to nail down.”It’s a complicated issue because in some countries there is protection against discrimination, and in some countries there are very few laws about what you can do with genetic data,” explains Curtis. In the US, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prevents health insurers and employers from discriminating against you based on your genetic profile. However, in Australia, insurance companies can discriminate based on the results of a DNA test, increasing premiums or completely excluding coverage for certain diseases.Cool. Cool cool cool. Almost none of this research was done before I spat into a tube six or seven weeks ago, and now I realize my nerves weren’t about how much spittle I could produce. I jangled because I was diving headfirst into a world I thought I understood, but actually knew hardly anything about. There were voices gnawing at my subconscious. A devil on one shoulder, an angel on the other. One quietly trying to tell me that it’s kind of weird to give a private, multinational company access to the immutable information that can be used to identify me — and only me. The other saying “what can you lose?”You already know which one I listened to. I click through ready to solve this admittedly feeble personal mystery. But there are no shocking revelations. I end up with an ethnicity estimate that puts my DNA origins at 55 percent England, Wales and Northwestern Europe and 44 percent Ireland and Scotland.However, there’s also a zero to 1 percent chance my DNA comes from a region in West Africa that AncestryDNA pegs as relating to “Benin/Togo.” Surprising to me, but not unusual, according to Starr.”A 0-1 percent would say there might be something interesting here, but there might not,” he says. A result such as this might “fall out” in the future, as AncestryDNA’s databases continue to be refined by additional samples and research programs. My ethnicity estimate is only one half of the picture, however, because I can also look at my DNA matches, which directly correlates my DNA with that of other users in Ancestry’s database. In my case, it throws up two matches that AncestryDNA classes as “second cousins” — pretty close relatives of mine, according to my genes.I’ve never seen these people.And this is a caveat for the AncestryDNA kit. Your DNA might kick up matches with people you’ve never seen before, but if you want to fit them into your family tree, you need to subscribe to the other side of the Ancestry business to pore over how you might, potentially, be related to one another.  dnastoryMy ethnicity estimate had me at a 0 to 1 percent chance of having genetic heritage in Benin/Togo Jackson Ryan Digital DNA trailIn January, Buzzfeed News reported that FamilyTreeDNA, another huge provider of at-home DNA kits, had given the FBI access to its database of over a million profiles. The company provides the FBI with the ability to upload genetic profiles from crime scenes to FamilyTree’s database, which may aid them in genetically hunting down criminals. However, FamilyTree didn’t notify users that their genetic information might be used this way before giving the FBI access. And while there have been high-profile, beneficial uses for law enforcement — the apprehension in 2018 of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, for example — it does raise issues about how this highly personal information may be shared in the future. Particularly concerning is the idea that you don’t even have to share your own DNA data for it to become searchable because your third cousin has already uploaded their own profile. It’s your data, you should be able to do with it what you want. Barry Starr The technology to perform this task has improved dramatically over the last two decades, driving the costs of DNA sequencing down from $10,000 in 2011 to $1,000 in 2017, according to the US National Human Genome Research Institute. Those advances have trickled through to the commercial sector, allowing a myriad of companies, from startups to huge public organizations, to develop their own at-home DNA testing kits.Kits provide customers with an estimation of their genetic histories, ancestries and even potential health issues they might run into. But going from a saliva sample to a genetic history solution is a complex process involving overwhelming amounts of data and statistical analyses that often confound more than they clarify. “There is a general lack of knowledge about how the whole process of ancestry testing works,” Curtis says. “People’s perceptions of the results might be different from the way a genetic scientist might interpret the results.”I’m pretty well versed in the complexities of molecular biology, but after sending my spittle away I become acutely aware that I have no idea how AncestryDNA’s test works. I know it’ll give me an “ethnicity estimate” and tell me my “DNA story,” but beyond the marketing buzzwords I’m in the dark.Science, math and dataAncestryDNA uses a database that contains more than 16,000 reference DNA samples from 43 regions around the world. About 12,000 of these samples come from Ancestry users who opt in and allow the company to use their DNA for research purposes, while the remaining reference samples come from public databases such as the 1000 Genomes Project.”We find people with long family histories from a certain part of the world and we analyze their DNA, and their DNA becomes, by definition, 100 percent from the region” says Barry Starr, director of scientific communications at AncestryDNA. The science of it is complex: The procedure splits up a DNA sample into 1,001 different “windows,” as Starr calls them. All up, those 1,001 windows look at approximately 700,000 spots in the DNA code. When you take the test, every window is compared to the 1,001 windows in a reference sample, and that occurs for each of AncestryDNA’s 43 regions.If 500 of those windows match, say, a Canadian region, then by AncestryDNA’s definition, I am 50 percent Canadian. Sci-Tech “It really is cutting-edge science, and as the field advances we advance with it and so provide updates to consumers when we have made changes based on the progression of the science,” says Starr.CNET rates AncestryDNA as having one of the best kits available, in large part thanks to its huge database. But testing doesn’t just rely on database size — where the data comes from is also important. Almost 75 percent of AncestryDNA’s ethnic regions skew toward European descent, so detailed estimates of ethnicity from other regions is difficult to obtain at present. A study, published in Nature in 2016, suggested that the scientific inquiry into genomes was also suffering from bias.With fewer reference samples from both consumers and scientific research available in regions of Africa and Asia, accurate estimates for genetic heritage in those locations are more prone to error. “Everyone started out in Africa, and a small set of them moved out of Africa and colonized the world,” explains Starr. “The genetic diversity within Africa is huge compared to the rest of the world, which means you need larger reference panels.”And the results of different genealogy tests may show marked differences. For instance, 23AndMe, a rival genealogy company based in California, has a more extensive catalogue of East Asian regions than AncestryDNA. Providing DNA samples to both companies could lead to completely different ethnicity estimates. It’s not that your DNA has changed — but the different databases and algorithms used to calculate it have. ancestrydnakit-3crop Ian Knighton/CNET My DNA storyI’m not exactly sure where I come from.An educated guess would say this impressively pale skin hails from a region localized entirely within Britain. There could be some Scottish in there. Maybe a hint of Irish, too. I don’t think there’s lots of room for suspense or intrigue here.Four weeks after I spat in a tube, my email chimes. Your AncestryDNA results are in!last_img read more

Nelson Mandela New Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds

first_imgMadame Tussauds Washington, D.C. celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela with a wax figure of the social and political icon. To remember his life and recognize the two years since his tragic passing, his wax figure will be placed next to the historic “Free Mandela” Sidewalk Slab located on the George Washington University’s campus, H Street, Between 22nd and 21st Streets NW, on Dec. 4 from noon – 2 p.m. For more information, visit madametussaudsdc.com or call 202-942-7300.last_img

Step into the Churchill

first_imgThe Churchill, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort’s Cigar lounge, was named hence as a tribute to the most popular connoisseur of cigars in history, Winston Churchill. True to its name, the lounge serves its guests a select range of the finest quality of Cuban cigars. These handpicked cigars when combined with our assorted selection of fine liquor exude understated power and unassuming elegance. The menu staples range between the high-end Cubans including Montecristo Grand Edmundo, Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2, Parthagas Serie D No. 4 and the quintessential Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill, also the more modest Cubans on the lines of Fonseca KDT Cadettes and Jose L Piedra Nacionales are included. The menu will undergo some interesting changes in October apart from some new additions Cubans will be paired with classic drinks.last_img read more