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Aimee Teegarden To Host Oceana Beach House Event

first_imgOceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, and Nautica, a leading global lifestyle brand and proud corporate sponsor of Oceana, are teaming up with LA Confidential Magazine to celebrate World Oceans Day with the first Oceana Beach House event.The evening will bring together ocean advocates in celebration of Oceana’s successes and work around the globe. Taking place at the Marion Davies Guest House located on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, hosts Aimee Teegarden (CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn (both currently on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars) will entertain guests with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live performances from Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker.Additional confirmed guests include: Whitney Port, Ashlan Gorse (E! News), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Rachael Harris (The New Girl), Donald Glover (Community), Jesse Spencer (Chicago Fire), Derek Hough & Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars), Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer) Nadine Velazquez (FLIGHT and TNT’s Major Crimes), Nicole Chavez (Celebrity Stylist), Janel Parrish (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars), and more.As lead sponsor for the event and a corporate partner since 2008, Nautica continues to cement its legacy of support for Oceana’s mission of protecting the world’s oceans. Following the Nautica brand’s lead, The Oceana Beach House is receiving generous support from LA Confidential, Chandon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, iTouchBooth and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.To learn more, please visit read more

New Round of Libyan Political Dialogue Starts in Morocco

Skhirat – A new round of Libyan political dialogue, hosted by Morocco and facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) with the aim of ending the political crisis and military conflict in the country, started Wednesday in Skhirat (outskirts of Rabat).Participants are expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the “Draft Agreement on the Political Transition in Libya”, which includes the key issues of forming a government of national concord and security arrangements, including a ceasefire and withdrawal of armed groups from the cities, the UNSMIL said in a statement.Significant progress has been achieved in earlier rounds, the last of which ended 26 March, the UNSMIL said, adding that since then, participants had the opportunity to consult with their constituencies and key stakeholders on a proposal on a comprehensive solution to end the conflict in Libya.UNSMIL believes this round may be decisive in consolidating the significant progress achieved so far.“The Mission is confident that the Libyan participants are coming to the talks in a spirit of reconciliation and determination to reach a political agreement to bring peace and stability to Libya”, the statement notes. read more

Cybersecurity study says 36 of Canadian businesses know theyve been hit by

TORONTO — More than one-third of Canada’s IT professionals know — for sure — that they’d had a significant data breach over the previous 12 months that could put their clients or their organizations at risk, a cybersecurity study suggests.And as startling as that statistic may be, the actual number of breaches could be higher since the same international study found 56% of the 236 Canadian respondents said they believed threats sometimes fall through the cracks.“Even the best-protected networks have regular security incidents,” says Jeff Debrosse, director of security research for Websense, a U.S.-based security company that commissioned the study.“It’s a 24-7 onslaught. It’s a barrage of attacks and attempts to penetrate the defences.”Debrosse says it’s a real challenge for organizations to understand their vulnerabilities, let alone prevent breaches. Technology is improving, he adds, but it’s more important to share information about attacks within and among organizations.“It’s not just about the vendors, it’s about creating this ecosystem of threat intelligence. And that’s a very important area of focus today,” Debrosse says.A Statistics Canada report in June said that 6% of the 17,000 private Canadian enterprises it surveyed had experienced an Internet security breach in 2013. About one-quarter of those reporting a breach — representing roughly 260 companies — said client or proprietary information had been corrupted, stolen or accessed without authorization.“It’s a bit misleading because we’re not 100% sure exactly how accurate the numbers are, really,” says Mike Park, an Ottawa-based cybersecurity expert now working for Trustwave, which has its global headquarters in Chicago.“It seems, in the last couple of years, the only time you’re really heard anything — a major breach or anything like that — is when it has become such big news that no one can keep a lid on it . . . or when its politically expedient.”A couple of recent examples of highly publicized Canadian breaches both involved the federal government.The Canada Revenue Agency discovered in April that somebody had exploited the Heartbleed security flaw, causing the CRA to call in the RCMP and temporarily shut down its public website for a weekend at a busy time of the tax year. Days later, the agency revealed that 900 social insurance numbers had been compromised.It’s a 24-7 onslaught. It’s a barrage of attacks and attempts to penetrate the defences The Canadian government said in July that a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had hacked computer systems at the National Research Council, forcing it to shut down its IT network and isolate it from other government systems.Park points out that in Canada, there’s no federal law that requires private companies to disclose breaches to the government or those affected. That may change with Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, now before Parliament.The act proposes making it mandatory for federally regulated businesses, as well as federal government agencies, to report significant breaches to the federal privacy commissioner and to customers and clients whose private information was leaked.The Websense report done by the Ponemon Institute, a private-sector think-tank that conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, was based on responses from 4,881 IT and IT security specialists in 15 countries surveyed in November.Among other things, Ponemon found 36% of the Canadian companies in the study had experienced one or more cyber attack over the previous year that infiltrated networks or enterprise systems.It also found 89% of the Canadian respondents said they personally know another security professional whose company had sensitive of confidential data stolen as a result of an inside threat.It also found 23% of the Canadian cyber security teams never speak with their executive team. Of those who did, nearly half did so only annually or semi-annually, while only 2% talked weekly with executives about security.“If the conversation is happening less than monthly, that’s a pretty significant problem,” Debrosse says.That’s because there needs to be an ongoing assessment of what personnel, software, hardware or outside security vendors are required to deal with the risks. There also has to be an understanding, at the top, of the potential costs so they can be included in the organization’s budgeting and pricing decisions.“If they’re not calculating the probability of a cyber event (and) loss due to various incidents, when they’re hit with one of them it is a major ordeal,” Debrosse says.Charles Henderson, a U.S.-based director within Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, which uses hacking techniques to detect vulnerabilities for clients, says Canadian companies face different types of threat than their U.S. counterparts.“You do see different systems targeted,” Henderson says.Canadians credit and debit cards, for instance, use computer chips and passwords that are more secure than the magnetic stripes still used commonly in the United States. That means criminals are more likely to target transactions where card information is entered without a physical contact.Henderson says that in both countries there are companies that will do the minimum to deal with cyber security.“This should be an absolute red flag for an executive, if they see it in an organization.”The Canadian Press read more

Making Ivanka Trump shoes Long hours low pay and abuse

by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 3:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, Ivanka Trump, and Alika Kinan, of Argentina, attend a 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. Kinan was one of eight individuals honored for their work to stop human trafficking. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse GANZHOU, China – A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with the sharp end of a high-heeled shoe.Workers from the factory, including one current and two former employees who spoke to The Associated Press, reported overtime that stretched past midnight, steep production quotas and crude verbal abuse at Ganzhou Huajian International Shoe City Co. They said beatings were not unheard of, but the shoe attack, which all three say they witnessed last year, was violent enough to stand out.“He was bleeding right from the middle of the head,” the current worker said.“There was a lot of blood. He went to the factory’s nurse station, passing by me,” said a second man, who said he quit his job at Huajian because of the long hours and low pay.The three workers are the first people with direct knowledge of conditions at the Ganzhou factory to speak with the media. All three spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution or arrest.Last month, three men investigating conditions at the Huajian Group factory in Ganzhou were detained, accused of illegally using secret recording devices to steal commercial secrets. They, like one of the three men AP spoke with, worked with China Labor Watch, a New York group that has been investigating Ivanka Trump’s Chinese suppliers for more than a year. The group said the men were released on bail Wednesday, the final day of their legally mandated 30-day detention period limit.Li Qiang, founder of China Labor Watch, describes Huajian’s Ganzhou factory as among the worst he has seen in nearly two decades investigating labour abuses. His group says pay can be as low as a dollar an hour, in violation of China’s labour laws. According to China Labor Watch investigators, until recently, workers might get only two days off — or less — per month.China Labor Watch said the company forced workers to sign fake pay stubs with inflated salary amounts and threatened to fire workers if they didn’t fill in questionnaires about working conditions with pre-approved answers. Workers also said the company pressured people not to speak with outsiders about conditions at the factory.In comments to the AP, the Huajian Group declined to respond to specific questions, but broadly denied all allegations, calling them “completely not true to the facts, taken out of context, exaggerated.” The company said it operates lawfully and that China Labor Watch “invented so-called ‘facts’ by illegal means of buying undercover work, which has already affected the enterprise’s normal business seriously and affected the survival and employment of tens of thousands of staff.” The company noted its significant contribution to the economy and to society, particularly through its employment of disabled people.Before taking on an official role as adviser to her father, Ivanka Trump stepped back from day-to-day management of her brand, but she has retained her ownership interest.In Washington on Tuesday, she spoke at a ceremony unveiling the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report, in which China was demoted to the lowest ranking over its human trafficking record. She said the report is “clarion call into action in defence of the vulnerable and the exploited.”She has not commented, however, on the detentions or the reports of poor working conditions at one of her brand’s suppliers. Her spokeswoman declined to comment for this story.Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, said “the integrity of our supply chain is a top priority and we take all allegations very seriously.” The company says its products have not been made in the factory since March, but China Labor Watch said it had an April production schedule indicating that nearly 1,000 pairs of Ivanka Trump shoes were due in May.In the past, some brands have used China Labor Watch’s reports as a tool to help keep their supply chains clean. Walt Disney Co., for example, investigated and ultimately decided to sever its relationship with at least one supplier following reports of poor conditions, and sought to improve labour practices at others.China Labor Watch outlined its findings in letters sent in June to Ivanka Trump at the White House and to other brands. So far, the group says it has gotten no response.The group said it also sent Ivanka Trump a video taken inside the factory in May. That video included a clip in which a manager threatened to rough up a worker who had apparently arranged shoes in the wrong order.“If I see them f—ing messed up again,” the manager yells, “I’ll beat you right here.”The video has not been released to the public, but it was shown to AP at China Labor Watch’s office in New York.Marc Fisher, which has made shoes for Ivanka Trump and Easy Spirit at the Ganzhou factory, has said it would look into the allegations.G-III Apparel Group, which produces shoes for Karl Lagerfeld, said it had not received a letter but “fully supports the independent monitoring of global supply chains.”“When workplace safety and fairness issues are brought to our attention, we take them very seriously and work with our partners to resolve them,” G-III spokesman Chris Giglio said in an email.Ann Taylor spokesman Shawn Buchanan also said the company takes the allegations “very seriously” and is “actively conducting an investigation to assess this facility’s compliance with our code of conduct and applicable laws and regulations.”The Kendall & Kyle brand said its “footwear manufacturer works with many footwear production factories and all factories are required to operate within strict social compliance regulations.”Other brands identified by China Labor Watch as customers of the Ganzhou factory include Nine West, Naturalizer and the Camuto Group, which makes shoes for BCBG Max Azria, Jessica Simpson and Tory Burch. None responded to requests for comment.The current Huajian employee who spoke to the AP said life at the factory has changed since the arrests of the three investigators brought the glare of public attention.Overtime was radically reduced this month, he said. Shifts used to run from 7:10 a.m. until after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., and sometimes after midnight, with two daily breaks, he and a former employee both said. But for the last few weeks, workers have been released before 7 p.m.They’re also starting to get every Sunday off, which is standard under Chinese labour law, said the current employee, who also moonlights for China Labor Watch.City government officials turned up recently, he said, and the factory gave everyone an egg to eat in the middle of their afternoon shift.Life inside Ganzhou Huajian is focused on a single number: the monthly quota of shoes that must be produced, according to China Labor Watch investigators and workers. A single production line of 50 workers may need to produce close to 30,000 pairs of shoes, depending on seasonal demand, the current employee and one former employee told AP.Those who miss their targets do not collect the full salary, said the current employee.“It is impossible to meet the target, actually, because it just keeps on going up,” the former employee said.The new abbreviated working hours are a mixed blessing, the current employee said, because they haven’t been able to meet production targets.Huajian, meanwhile, has been moving production to Ethiopia, where workers make around $100 a month, a fraction of what they pay in China, according to Song Yiping, a manager at Huajian’s Ethiopian factory, who spoke to the AP in January. He said he’s heard President Trump talk about bringing jobs back to America, but he doubts that will happen with shoes. Even Chinese vocational school dropouts don’t want to work for Ethiopian wages.“The American clients push down the price,” Song explained. “Consumers want to buy cheaper shoes.”___AP researcher Fu Ting contributed from Ganzhou, China, AP writers Anne D’Innocenzio and Bernard Condon in New York, Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at read more

Kentucky Power to assist domestic violence survivors with grant

The program’s goal is to support and empower domestic violence survivors, so they can establish financial stability and safety. Statistics show one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In Kentucky, 1 in 9 women has been a victim of rape.Related Article: Over $5 million in grant funding for local communities“Domestic violence is complex and not always easy to recognize but we know it exists in our communities,” said Kentucky Power President Brett Mattison. “This grant will give those in need a helping hand to move forward with their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.”Up to 3,200 domestic violence survivors in eastern Kentucky will receive assistance with access to financial education, emergency funds and matched savings accounts. The coalition provides services through Safe Harbor (Ashland and four surrounding counties); LKLP Safe House (Hazard, Whitesburg and eight counties); Cumberland Valley DV Services (Pikeville, Paintsville and five counties); and Turning Point DV Services (Prestonsburg and five surrounding counties). The services are free to all survivors of domestic violence without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation or handicap. Help is available with a 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-800-926-2150. Grants Image via MGN Online ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Power on Friday awarded a $30,000 American Electric Power Foundation grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to aid women in eastern Kentucky.The grant will fund the organization’s Economic Empowerment Program. – Advertisement – read more

Football Austin Mack heads to locker room during Oklahoma game with injury

Sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack comes down with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter leaping in the air to come down with a 31-yard reception, sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack was forced to exit the game with an injury. The catch by Mack had originally been ruled an incompletion, but after a video review, the referees overturned the call and gave Mack credit for the catch. The 31-yard reception gave him the team lead for receiving yards in the game. It was his only catch before exiting the game.Overall on the season, Mack has two catches — including the one made in Saturday’s game — for 37 yards. read more

Ramjattan cant have his cake and eat it – Ram on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo ‘business as usual’ once Parliament reconvenes – MPMarch 24, 2019In “latest news”APNU/AFC Govt remains defiant inspite of CJ’s ruling; says ‘status quo remains’February 1, 2019In “latest news”Speaker should not permit dual citizens in National Assembly – RamApril 1, 2019In “latest news” Political commentator and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram says the Guyana Government cannot ‘have its cake and eat it’ when it comes to the issue of dual citizens among Members of Parliament (MPs).Ram was at the time speaking during a teleconference on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York with Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan. The show was moderated by financial analyst Sase Singh.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion, which saw former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud voting in favour of the Opposition-sponsored motion that went on to topple the Coalition Government, the ruling administration has sought to question the validity of Persaud’s vote, given the fact that he is also a citizen of Canada.In fact, this matter was taken to the court, and acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to be a dual citizen and serve in the National Assembly.However, it was revealed since last year that there were other parliamentarians from both the Government and Opposition sides who are dual citizens. These include: Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Minister Rupert Roopnaraine as well as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and MPs Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba.Christopher Ram in discussion with AFC Chairman and Third Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan, and moderator, financial analyst Sase Singh during Globespan 24×7 live show in New YorkDuring Saturday’s live Town Hall discussion, Ram said, “Ramjattan cannot have his cake or roti and eat it. You cannot say Charrandas’s vote is illicit but Greenidge’s vote is legitimate.”He was at the time responding to Ramjattan’s attempt to downplay the dual citizen status of Government parliamentarians in the National Assembly.“He is trying to protect Dominic Gaskin because he was born abroad… [Gaskin] has renewed his passport (thus pledging his allegiance to another country)… The matter was decided (in the High Court), and that is the position throughout the world,” Ram stated.This issue came up for discussion when the moderator, Financial Analyst Sase Singh, asked about the international, political and security implications for Guyana if, after March, Venezuela does not recognize Guyana’s Government, particularly Minister Greenidge – who has been Guyana’s point person in the ongoing border controversy and had even filed the case at the World Court last year. Greenidge, while being a Guyanese, is also a British citizen.Ram posited that there could be implications for Guyana regarding the ongoing border controversy with the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation should the country go into a constitutional crisis after the March deadline.“The Venezuelans may very well use that (against us). What are we going to say? The De facto APNU/AFC ruling in Guyana… It’s ludicrous… It’s people like Ramjattan and (Prime Minister Moses) Nagamootoo who are the enablers of this lawlessness. (President David) Granger was quite prepared at one stage to accept the consequences. Even Nagamootoo was prepared to accept the consequences as well, but suddenly Nigel Hughes and his 34 majority has changed this,” the political commentator contended.But Ramjattan insisted that the Doctrine of Necessity and the De facto Doctrine allows the Coalition administration to remain in office until a new President is appointed.“…everyone in the world recognises the coalition government as the Government of Guyana… even after March… This concept of saying the President is not legitimate and is a squatter I think is very disrespectful… That president is duly elected and has not resigned, and even if you want to use Article 106 (6) to argue that he is resigned, the fact is that there is a provision to 10 (6), called 106 (7), that says notwithstanding that, he shall remain the President until next elections,” Ramjattan argued.Nevertheless, Ram believes that since the High Court’s ruling, both sides in the House should have immediately withdrawn their dual citizen members. In fact, last week Ram lodged a formal complaint with Police Commissioner Leslie James regarding possible violations of the law when it comes to parliamentarians holding dual citizenship, and he called for an investigation of the MPs. read more

These amazing photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

first_img ONE OF THE world’s foremost travel and cultural magazines has published some of the latest nominees for its annual photography award.  The 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest is well underway under three categories – Nature, People and Cities.The contest is accepting entries from 18 March to 3 May and National Geographic is publishing weekly images that will be considered for the winning prize.As well a cash prize of $7,500 and the prestigious title, the winning photo will also be featured on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account.To enter the contest, entrants must join National Geographic’s online photo community, Your Shot.Here are some more entries revealed this week across the three categories:Cities Source: Toby HarrimanHong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with an overall density of an estimated 6,300 people per square kilometre. By Rónán Duffy These amazing photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo Contest The contest carries a $7,500 first prize. Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 9:01 PM 36,449 Views Source: Abhishek SabbarwalThis was my first ever hike to taft point in Yosemite National Park. I had seen so many beautiful pictures of this location before. After reaching the point, I saw these slackliners. It was amazing to watch these guys over the high cliffs.  Source: Naveen SrikantachariIt took over three years to find the photo. I love everything about this picture—a prowling leopardess, a beautiful tree with the white flowers, soft sunlight—it was just a perfect setting, like a dream. 19 Comments Share8 Tweet Email6 Source: Azim Khan Ronnie/National Geographic500 enormous vessels being built or docked for maintenance work in Dhaka, Bangladesh.center_img Source: Tong SonThe Forest Walk is part of 10 kilometers of trails connecting four parks in Singapore. Source: Aya OkawaA Honolulu neighborhood at sunset. Source: Enrico PescantiniPetra is a 2,000-year-old city, carved in the rocks of Jordan.Nature Source: Clive BeavisLucky for me, a young southern fur seal decided to chase a group of Gentoos—right towards our Zodiac. It even has its mouth wide open to add to the drama. Right place, right time for the shot. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 7th 2019, 9:02 PM Short URL Source: Xjilien TanA picture of my team on the glacier of Amphu Lapcha Pass during my Three Peaks Expedition.People Source: Francesco Riccado IacominoThe white Camargue horses are living in the wild, but are being guarded and managed by the “guardians,” French Cowboys.last_img read more

Blood drive honors coworker

first_imgIn August, 57-year-old Lyn Hutchinson was given three to five months to live.Upon learning that the glioblastoma tumor growing on his brain would claim his life, Hutchinson drafted an email to his colleagues at RevQ, a division of Vancouver software company Columbia Ultimate.People have asked how they could be of help and show their love for me. We aren’t flower or fluff people, and we find joy in being practical. But if you feel a desire to do something for me, here are a few ideas:1. Donating Blood to the Red Cross. I’ve been a blood donor for years and years. My goal was 20 gallons, and I was soooooo close when I had to quit.2. An Act of Kindness. Bring a smile to someone in need.3. Help a Neighbor.4. Attend the temple.Hutchinson’s requests touched the hearts of his colleagues.“Here’s somebody who is in a situation where you think it’d be ‘all about me,’” said Mitch Taylor, Hutchinson’s supervisor at Columbia Ultimate. “And all he can do is think of others.”So when their friend was no longer able to lend a hand to others, Taylor and others at RevQ decided to step into his shoes.last_img read more

Gattuso says Milan is aiming higher

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is currently in fourth place in the standings and might be able to get to third in the next weeksItalian Lega Serie A team AC Milan is currently in fourth place in the table.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, the aim is high, but they got to focus game by game.“Are we pushing for third place? I’m not sure, it seems that more than a year has passed since we’ve been here,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If there have been improvements it’s because we need to stay on this path forward, with the desire to grow and improve. I’ve noticed this in many players, I want to see that desire, this venom.”“The pitch will tell us if we can play with everything the same, tomorrow we’ll have a difficult challenge,” he explained.“We must pay attention, I think that we’re on the right road mentally and as a group. It’s normal to have to grow a lot, but we have leadership who wants to do the important things.”“If we put everything together and stay on the same path forward, great things could happen,” he added.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Kristen Connors Honored At Newbury College

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”Wilmington’s Connor Bennett Named To American East Conference’s 2018 ‘Helping Hands Team’In “Sports”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Kristen Connors, a senior guard for Newbury College’s Women’s Basketball team, was honored on Saturday prior to the Nighthawks’ Senior Day Game.Connors, who graduated from Wilmington High School in 2015, was the captain of the WHS Girls Varsity Basketball team.Connors will graduate this spring. She is enrolled in the college’s communication program with a minor in sport management.last_img read more

The queen of England is hiring a social media strategist

first_imgTo be eligible, the candidate will need to have extensive experience creating and publishing digital and social media content, as well as have good photography skills with experience producing live social media content. The person hired will be paid a salary of approximately $38,000 (£30,000) and receive a comprehensive benefits package, including a generous pension scheme, 33 days annual vacation including bank holidays, free lunch and access to training and development to improve social media skills.This isn’t the first time the royal family has given special attention to social media. queen1.jpgYou could be paid to turn Queen Elizabeth II into the Queen of Memes.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Back in March, the royals released new social media community guidelines for their channels run by the royal family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.The new guidelines ask users to refrain from posting comments containing spam or that are defamatory, offensive, threatening or hateful. Queen Elizabeth II is no stranger to communicating via social media. In March, she published her first post on Instagram on the @TheRoyalFamily account during a visit to London’s Science Museum.The queen also used Facebook Live for the first time when she hosted the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony in 2017.The deadline to apply for the royal family social media job is May 26. More Royal Family Comments Share your voice Culture Online Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby name: Twitter has regally snarky ideas Bad Lip Reading hilariously redubs Prince Harry’s royal wedding All hail the green-screen queencenter_img Tags 2 Just imagine how much better the royal wedding would’ve been if you were paid by the queen to live-tweet it. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Those who think their tweets and Instagram posts are worthy of Buckingham Palace might want to apply for a new job working for the UK’s royal family.The royal household is looking for a digital communications officer to find “new ways to maintain the Queen’s presence in the public eye and on the world stage,” according to a job listing posted Friday. “Whether you’re covering a state visit, award ceremony or Royal engagement, you’ll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,” the job listing said.  Facebook Instagram Twitterlast_img read more

AL to accord mass reception to Hasina

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader was speaking at a press conference after a joint meeting at the party chief Sheikh Hasina`s political office in Dhanmondi on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom Alo.Prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will be accorded a mass reception on her return from the United States where she attended the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies will organize the mass reception on behalf of the countrymen on 7 October AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader told journalists after a joint meeting at AL president’s political office.”Preparations have been taken to accorder the mass reception to prime minister Sheikh Hasina for raising the five-point demand in the world body and mustering the support of global leaders, and to keep her role memorable,” he said.Presidents and general secretaries of all AL associate bodies, AL south and north cities’ presidents, general secretaries, and lawmakers of Dhaka city were present in the meeting.Quader said, “We hope Sheikh Hasina will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10am on 7 October via Sylhet. AL, countrymen and civil society will give a rousing reception to the prime minister at the airport.”He added that the people will greet the prime minister standing on both sides of the road from the airport to Ganobhaban.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina held our head high in the United Nations… Her five-point demand stirred the world community… She is now a leader of humanity,” said he.AL Presidium member Abdur Razzak, joint general Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, organizing secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Anamul Haque Shamim, information and research secretary advocate Afzal Hossain, relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, forest and environment secretary Delowar Hossain, AL city south unit general secretary Shahe Alam Murad and north unit general secretary Sadeq Khan, Swechchasebak League general secretary Pangkaj Debnath, Jubo Mohila League president Nazma Akthar and Chhatra League president Saifur Rahman Shohag, among others, were present at the meeting.last_img

Billions made over freedom fighters list

first_img.A quarter is making billions by including people who have not fought during the liberation war in the list of freedom fighters, alleged a new platform named ‘Freedom Fighters of 1971’.At the inception of the platform at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday morning, its leaders said the committees formed at the upazila levels to verify list of freedom fighters are taking money from even war collaborators and including them to the list.A number of corrupt people, including ruling party parliamentarians and grassroots leaders, officials at the liberation war ministry, and leaders of Jatiya Muktijoddha Council and Muktijoddha Sangsad, are behind this, alleged the platform’s leaders.They said they have set up the platform to press home only two demands — acknowledging the freedom fighters in the constitution, and deleting people who did not fight during the liberation war from the list of the freedom fighters.Convener of the platform Abir Ahad said only 150,000 people directly took part in the liberation war, but the present list has over 215,000 names. They have formed a 71-member committee to look into the issues.last_img read more

Update Chemical Fire At The Houston LyondellBasell Refinery Declared Under Control

first_imgThere are 8 Houston Fire Department trucks deployed at huge fire at Lyondell Basell facility in southeast Houston.— Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz (@AlvaroOrtiz100) April 8, 2016Update at 4:26 p.m.: The Texas Environment Quality Commission has cited the refinery twice in the past six months. Once in October 2015 for not preventing unauthorized emissions and again in March for failing to repair a leaking storage tank. The reports can be read below: at 1:28 p.m.: Statement from LyondellBasell:Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, a fire occurred at the Houston Refinery. The fire was in the Coker unit which is part of the refining process. The fire has been extinguished and we have begun the process of determining its cause.All employees have been accounted for and no injuries were reported. Additionally, offsite air monitoring shows no impact.  We want to thank all of our employees as well as our industry partners and local first responders for their assistance.  Update at 12:07 p.m.: The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 11:56 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured during the blaze.A LyondellBasell representative said, “The fire was in our Coker Unit which is part of the refining process.” Update at 11:15 a.m.: The shelter in place has been lifted. Earlier version:The Houston Fire Department confirms the LyondellBasell plant on 100 Allen Genoa Road is on fire. HFD arrived at 10:06 a.m. on Friday. As of 10:56 a.m., 25 HFD units have responded to the active scene, as well as the SEMA Fire Departments. HFD says the Port of Houston Fire Boat is in route.It has been determined by HFD that cleaning fluid and heavy fuel are burning. A shelter in place has been issued for Sims Bayou to Broadway and Manchester to Park Place. If you live or work in the area, HFD has asked for you to remain indoors and close all windows. Alert HoustonThe refinery is one of the largest in the U.S. that processes heavy-sulfur crude oil, according to the website . Sharelast_img read more

In Wake Of HoustonArea Chemical Fires Texas Senate Panel Weighs Input On

first_img Share Edmund D. Fountain/ProPublica/Texas TribuneAn aerial photograph of the Stolthaven Oil Tanking facility along the Houston Ship Channel.Weeks after a massive fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility garnered national attention, a panel of state lawmakers heard dueling testimony Monday night on a bill that would strengthen state oversight of above-ground tanks that hold petroleum products and hazardous chemicals.Freshman state Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas, authored Senate Bill 1446. It would require Texas’ environmental regulatory agency to develop and enforce standards for the design and operation of larger storage tanks in areas vulnerable to flooding and hurricanes to ensure that they don’t float away or otherwise fail.Government regulation of storage tanks came roaring back into the spotlight last month when a leak at a Deer Park tank farm owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company sparked a massive fire that spread to almost a dozen more holding drums. There are thousands in the Houston area alone — all sizes, usually made of steel plates welded together.State lawmakers already had been studying oversight of tanks following Hurricane Harvey, when at least 15 drums holding crude oil, gasoline and other hydrocarbons ruptured or malfunctioned. (A Texas Tribune investigation published a year before Harvey detailed research on the vulnerability — and patchy government oversight — of storage tanks.) A December report by the Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee didn’t make explicit recommendations, but said lawmakers should move to ensure “that storage tank designs along the Texas coast are protective of human health.”On Monday night at a hearing of another Senate panel, officials from environmental and citizen groups, as well as the city of Houston and Harris County, told lawmakers that the current standards fall far short of that goal. But officials from industry groups told the Water and Rural Affairs Committee that they are more than sufficient.Loren Raun, the chief environmental science officer for the Houston Health Department, told the committee that the ITC fire “would have been extinguished quicker” and probably “not allowed to spread to additional tanks” if there had been standards in place for what kind of water pressure firefighters can use when addressing blazes at tanks.“Currently, large, above-ground storage tanks don’t have performance standards and while the tanks can be inspected for basics there’s clearly a need for performance standards to prevent the kind of disasters exemplified recently,” she said.And Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen, who noted she worked in the oil and gas industry for 18 years before going to work for the county, said “there’s not necessarily a regulatory agency coming in and performing inspections.”“Until something occurs or a complaint comes in, those things aren’t looked at,” she said.Cyrus Reed, interim and conservation director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, noted that there are stricter regulations for underground storage tanks.But Don Lewis, an attorney representing the Texas Pipeline Association, said it’s unfair to characterize storage tanks as unregulated.“There are plenty of laws on the books against pollution so we have incentive and we work very hard to prevent spills and accidents,” he said.Sam Gammage, general counsel for the Texas Chemical Council, said it could cost as much as $1.6 million to retrofit one tank with the kind of roofs that are known to withstand floodwater.Cory Pomeroy, vice president and general counsel at the Texas Oil and Gas Association, argued that the bill was outside the purview of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality because it imposes construction standards rather than environmental ones.He said those are adequately set by the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group he described as “the preeminent standard-setting entity for the oil and natural gas industry.”Johnson, who proposed the bill, emphasized that it would require TCEQ to hold public hearings and gather input from the stakeholders as it crafts regulations.“I’m just not seeing what the panic is about,” he said. “The TCEQ is not known for being a hostile, left-wing organization. They’re going to do a good job and I trust them.”Several high-ranking Republicans on the committee, including its chairman, Lubbock Republican Charles Perry, expressed support for strengthening oversight while making it clear they don’t want to harm the oil and gas industry.“I do want to make sure we don’t make this overly burdensome,” said Larry Taylor of Friendswood. But “we do need some legitimate standards.”Perry didn’t call for a vote on the bill before the committee adjourned Monday night.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. last_img read more

by Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Posted

first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 1:20 pm PDT Video-game streamers open up about their lives in NFB/ARTE France web series A screenshot from the second episode of the web series “Streamers” is shown in this undated handout photo. It’s a subculture that’s becoming a thriving business model, social gateway and career aspiration for some: live video-game streaming. “Streamers,” a new web series from the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France, examines the growing phenomenon in which participants can build an online community, gain communication skills and even make money through monthly subscribers, spontaneous donations and sponsorships. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – National Film Board of Canada TORONTO — It’s a subculture that’s becoming a thriving business model, social gateway and career aspiration for some: live video-game streaming.“Streamers,” a new web series from the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France, examines the growing phenomenon in which participants can build an online community, gain communication skills and even make money through monthly subscribers, spontaneous donations and sponsorships.Montreal-based filmmaker Guillaume Braun created the series, in collaboration with Marie-Eve Tremblay, by immersing himself in the world of streaming service Twitch and interviewing some of the platform’s biggest stars, who spend many hours playing games as their fans watch. Twitch users can either just be a viewer or become a streamer and broadcast live, showing both their gameplay and themselves providing commentary onscreen. Users can also send each other messages and post in chat groups.“It’s a new opportunity to have a career in something you like doing, pretty much like in sports or other fields, where that did not exist maybe 10 years ago,” said Louis-Richard Tremblay, a producer on the series. “Being surrounded with 10-year-old boys now, when you ask them, ‘What do you want to do in life?’ often they say ‘I want to be a YouTuber’ or even a Twitcher now, or a streamer. It’s part of their professional desires.”Braun, who has worked with the NFB on several projects, is an avid gamer and spent four years on Twitch under the avatar “Will” for the series. He also narrated the episodes, in which popular streamers talk about their online lives through their own Twitch cameras.“Technologically speaking, it’s insane how fast it’s going on — new features, new stuff, multiple new platforms where people can stream,” Braun said. The space is getting more crowded, he said, citing Facebook and Microsoft’s Mixer as competitors to YouTube and Amazon-owned Twitch.“The whole demographic and ecosystem kind of exploded, especially in the last two years where streaming is more mainstream than ever.”Braun said he built the trust of the streamers he interviewed by being a part of the platform, getting to know them at TwitchCon and working with Marie-Eve Tremblay, whom he called “an expert of immersion into different cultures.”While the series that’s on YouTube and Facebook is about the culture of streaming in general, it focuses on Twitch because it’s the most popular platform with over 100 million users per month, said Louis-Richard Tremblay.The four episodes delve into why and how streamers build their communities. Some users say they’ve become best friends or even romantic partners “IRL” (in real life).Female streamers talk about sexism and misogyny in the industry, and some users say the career can be isolating.“Some of them don’t sleep, they do a marathon of many hours,” said Louis-Richard Tremblay.The series also looks at the pressures of competition and how to monetize in the space, noting money is a taboo topic in streaming communities.“It is really possible to make a lot of money out of this,” said Braun. “It’s basically the same business model as a specialized channel on television cable, with added benefits, like donations.”But establishing authenticity through passion and building relationships must come first, he cautioned.“Pretty much every streamer we talked to said that if you go into this thing to make money, it’s not the right mindset and you might not succeed,” he said.Braun likened streamers to entrepreneurs pioneering an industry that’s quickly evolving and requires great commitment at the start.“They learn really fast the basis of marketing, branding, broadcasting,” he said, noting streamers are savvy about the challenges and requirements of the space.But it’s like a hockey league, he added.“Not everybody who plays hockey makes it toward the NHL,” said Braun. “So there are a lot of streamers but the few of them live from it.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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