12. Crvena Zvezda (-8)2110110557 : 555213 3. Vrbas211218546 : 557-1125 7. Rudar219111540 : 542-219 14. Crvenka214215523 : 619-9610 13. Železničar (-2)217014561 : 615-5412 10. PKB216411579 : 592-1316 9. Napredak218112549 : 576-2717 ← Previous Story Marcus Ahlm to retire at the end of season Next Story → Germany and RNL without Roggisch in next weeks POLICE HANDBALLRK Partizan BeogradRK Vojvodina Novi Sad 6. Kolubara219210585 : 594-920 4. Metaloplastika2110110528 : 5111721 8. Jugović207310530 : 536-617 In Serbian derby for the Championship title, Vojvodina Novi Sad beat current champion RK Partizan Beograd 30:28 (15:17) and became the leader of Super Liga. Last year’s runners-up from Novi Sad have destiny in their own hands now. If they win in the last five matches, Vojvodina will take the second championship title (first was 2005) and chance to play at the VELUX EHF CL next season. The man of the match was Vojvodina’s left back, Uroš Elezovic with 11 goals…VOJVODINA – PARTIZAN 30:28 (15:17)SC SLANA BARASPECTATORS – 18007 meters Vojvodina 5(5), Partizan 10(7). Exclusions: Vojvodina 18, Partizan 10 minutesVOJVODINA: Popov 5/5, Radišić, Elezović 11(5)/14, Barišić 1/4, Veselinov, Stjepanović 1/2, Abadžić 10 saves, Stojanović 6/7, Arsenić, Čupković, Pušica 0/1, Jošić 4/9, Marjanac 0/1, Stanković 2/3, Bogdanović, Ćurković 1/2PARTIZAN: Vasić 5 saves, Milošević 3/5, Ilić V 4(4)/6, Radanović, Pavlović, Mihailović 1/1, Maksić, Radovanović M 6 saves, Radivojević 4(2)/7, Mršulja, N. Ilić 4/5, Radovanović 3/4, Ivošević 3/4, Mitrović 6/8, Marsenić, SretenovićRESULTS: 3:6 (8.) 6:6 (11.) 8:10 (15.) 10:10 (17.) 11:13 (22.) 13:16 (27.) 17:17 (32.) 20:20 (38.) 20:22 (42.) 23:24 (46.) 25:24 (49.) 25:25 (51.) 28:25 (55.) 29:27 (59.)Best Player: UROŠ ELEZOVIĆ (VOJVODINA) SPECIAL: Match was suspended for 15 minutes due problem with the fans. Police reaction was caused after an domestic fan ran over the court and try to get back to his group… source: balkan-handball.com 5. Zaječar2110011600 : 597320 11. Radnički208012517 : 543-2616 2. Vojvodina211902589 : 4949238 1. Partizan211821650 : 52312738
Mounting evidence suggests that Alienware has three new gaming notebooks on the way. These would be the predictable release of the M11x R3 (the third edition of the M11x), a 14-inch M14x, and then the M18x, which would presumably have an 18-inch display. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the rumor mill heat up, a full review of the M14x, and even leaks from Dell. And now we have even more on the M18x and the M14x, both from what appears to be an employee on Dell’s own forums.First up is more near-confirmation that an M18x is, at the very least, in the works. A Dell social outreach/community liaison person has explicitly listed the M18x in his work history. This was just noticed over on the NBR forums and is especially interesting as the liaison seems to be pretty connected over at Dell, at least according to his 38,000+ forum posts and 14-year history at the company.AdChoices广告The same person seems to have also posted the full specs of the M14x. They basically match those we saw in the review and those posted by rumor site Dell-Labs recently. The two sets line up quite closely with the M14x packing second-gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors, up to 8GB RAM (Dell-Labs said 4GB), up to 750GB storage, a 14-inch LCD running at either 1366×768 or 1600×900 (Dell-Labs said 1920×1080) and Nvidia GT 555M graphics. Overall, it looks like these are the official specs, as they not only fall in line with older rumors but they do eliminate the questionable choices, like 19×10 on a 14-inch display and the 4GB RAM limit. No price or date was listed. You can see the screen grab below or read the article “M14x FAQ” (login required).Side point: we finally have the crucial weight/dimensions information we’ve been looking for. The post has it that the M14x will be 6.35 lb with the 8-cell battery. It will measure 1.49 inches x 13.27 inches x 10.17 inches (HWD). The current M15x is a good deal larger at 9.3 pounds and 1.9 x 14.9 x 12.1 inches. So, as suspected, the M14x is significantly more portable, which means this might not be the end of the M15x.The final bit of information floating around, and the most shaky of the bunch, is a few of the forum posters saying that Alienware will be announcing something on April 19th. It’s not clear what this will be, one poster said it would be the M11x R3, which would have Sandy Bridge (second-gen Core i3/5/7) processors.So it looks like we might have some real information on these computers soon. We’ve reached out to Alienware and are awaiting comment.m14x_review_leakm14x_review_leakdell_m18x_support_CMdell_m18x_support_01dell_m18x_leak_faq
Free ne veut pas payer de taxe sur sa nouvelle boxL’opérateur souhaiterait échapper à une redevance de 35 euros par Freebox Revolution, la version 6 de sa box, figurant dans la législation sur la copie privée.La nouvelle box de Free, qui se veut “révolutionnaire”, fait encore parler d’elle. Mais plus en matière d’innovation aujourd’hui. Il s’agit d’un désaccord avec la loi. L’opérateur refuserait de s’acquitter de la taxe sur la copie privée, taxe à laquelle les box sont assujetties en temps normal, explique Le Figaro.Le directeur de la Société civile des producteurs phonographiques (SCPP), Marc Guez, a menacé l’opérateur dans Les Echos, ce matin : “Free doit payer. Sinon, ça se terminera au tribunal”.Cette redevance est reversée aux secteurs de la musique et de l’audiovisuel qui sont frappés de plein fouet par le téléchargement pirate. Le Figaro indique que ses revenus avoisinaient les 182 millions d’euros au total l’an dernier. Plusieurs produits de consommation sont concernés : les CD vierges, les baladeurs numériques, ou encore les tablettes et les box. Lorsqu’elles sont équipées d’un disque dur elles doivent participer à cette taxe. Et c’est le cas de la Freebox Revolution, récemment présentée par Xavier Niel, fondateur de Free, en grandes pompes (voir notre article). Or, celui-ci indique que sa box est différente des autres : le disque dur est un serveur de fichier autonome (NAS). Ce type de matériel est exempté de taxe.Free pourrait ainsi économiser 17,5 millions d’euros pour 500.000 Freebox Revolution, en attendant que la redevance pour la copie privée soit ajustée, ce qui se fait régulièrement.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un accord conclu entre Yahoo et ABCLe portail Internet américain a signé un partenariat avec la chaîne de télévision. Une convergence médiatique qui en rappelle d’autres, et dans lequel les deux parties s’y retrouvent plutôt bien.Conscients que les habitudes pour s’informer ont changé et les gens se tournant de plus en plus vers Internet, la chaîne ABC a passé un accord avec le portail Yahoo !. Un partenariat grâce auquel la société bénéficiera d’un plus vaste éventail de vidéos originales accompagnant les articles de son site d’actualités, explique Clubic. À lire aussiYahoo prêt à déclarer la guerre des brevets avec FacebookIl est également clair que Yahoo ! et ABC veulent, grâce à cet accord, contrer l’association entre Microsoft et la chaine télévisée NBC pour le portail MSNBC. Les deux nouveaux alliés annoncent une audience combinée de 100 millions de visiteurs uniques sur plusieurs supports, PC, tablettes tactiles et smartphones. La célèbre émission de la chaîne, Good Morning America, fera par exemple l’objet d’un portail spécial sur Yahoo ! tandis que des émissions spécialement conçues pour le format Web feront leur apparition. Reste à savoir si cet accord aura un équivalent dans d’autres pays, dont la France.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambert
During the World Cup, Zlatko Dalic talked to Mateo Kovacic and while he didn’t decide for the former Real Madrid player, he helped him choose the best chanceMateo Kovacic didn’t feel so good while playing with Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.And during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he had an idea to look for something else in a new club.He then signed for English Premier League club Chelsea.And now, Croatia national team manager Zlatko Dalic has revealed what he spoke to the footballer to help him choose.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Yes, I talked to him, but he made a decision, that was his idea. I just told him what I think, what I would do,” Dalic told Sport Witness.“He also talked to people who led him and this [joining Chelsea] was his good decision.”“He made a big move to change club. It’s a big thing leaving Real. He had a good status, a good deal, he won several times the Champions League,” he added.“But he didn’t have enough time. I hope he plays at Chelsea, I think he will have more chance there than Real. His great quality and strength are that he left Real. Only constant games can make progress for him.”
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have raised the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible of stabbing a dog and stuffing him in a suitcase.Ollie the pit bull was found inside a suitcase, Oct. 10. Officials believed he was stabbed more than 50 times.Despite all efforts by veterinarians, Ollie died two days later.Crimes Stoppers is now offering a reward of $40,000 to help bring Ollie’s killer to justice.If you have any information on who might be behind this cruel act, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for that reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
4:18 E3 2018: Lengthy Death Stranding preview revealed Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos Death Stranding features a very honest depiction of Norman Reedus. Kojima Productions If Death Stranding does its job, you might weep while playing it.Developer Hideo Kojima elaborated on his upcoming PlayStation game’s theme and its development Thursday during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in a wide ranging conversation with starring actor Norman Reedus and game journalist Geoff Keighley.No new gameplay footage or images were provided — Kojima hinted that’s possibly coming next month — but he did tell audiences that the open world action game is designed to bring out all kinds of emotions from a player. Tags The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Sony 0 “I think people will cry, yeah,” Kojima told the crowd, noting that players will make decisions in the story that are intended to get them emotionally attached. But he also noted plans to stir emotions other than despair, alluding to for example seeking one’s own relationship when seeing a romantic couple in public.”When you actually go out with someone, sometimes you have a great time but maybe [decide] actually I want to go and stay at home,” Kojima said to his audience’s amusement.Without revealing plot elements, Kojima noted that the game depicts a very honest portrayal of Reedus in order to help bring out that emotion, updating the game to reflect the actor’s tattoos in real life.Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima first met through Guillermo del Toro and then in-person at Comic-Con. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I really want to replicate his whole life in the game,” Kojima said, joking that if Reedus gets more tattoos that they might be included as downloadable content. The game director said that Reedus’ character of Sam is also intended to be an amalgamation of several of the actor’s famous roles, including Murphy from The Boondock Saints, Daryl from The Walking Dead and the actor himself on AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus.”It’s not a turn left, turn right [game], it’s emotion. You get invested. I think that’s why there’s such an honest depiction of me in the game,” Reedus said.Kojima also spent a lot of time elaborating on the open world nature of the game, which sounds somewhat similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Grand Theft Auto series in terms of how a player can go anywhere, but must go to certain locations in order to progress in the story.Reedus’ character was updated when the actor got tattoos in real life. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I want the player to play freely but at the same time there’s more dramatic storytelling … It’s really difficult but I’m trying really hard to do both,” Kojima said.The game’s fuller theme has been shrouded in secrecy, with Kojima elaborating that a feeling of connection will be a big part of the story.Enlarge ImageDeath Stranding will produce a feeling of connectedness, but Kojima did confirm fans should expect a bit of crazy. Sony “There’s so many things happening in the real world, America and Europe, everything is actually connected by internet. I’m kind of putting that metaphor in the game. So the player will have to reconnect the world in the game. You are very alone and solitude feeling as well but trying to get connected,” Kojima said.The director also noted that the game will produce some type of feeling that multiple people are playing together, but did not elaborate further as he didn’t want to become “disconnected to Sony.””In Death Stranding I do have a little secret that you get tied into and you have to make a decision,” Kojima said.Reedus also praised the performances of costars Mads Mikkelsen and Léa Seydoux, noting that the former gives an “intense” performance while the latter gives “hope” in her depiction.”In this open format you can go in any direction and do all these different things. It’s a 360 of possibility. You get emotionally involved in so many different ways,” Reedus said.And some meta-zaniness is to be expected in true Kojima-fashion as seen in the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima teased that players can take Reedus’ Sam to a location where the player would strictly control the camera and watch as Reedus reacts, possibly giving a knowing wink back.Reedus has completed substantially more motion capture since the first 2016 trailer, including scenes where his character is hiking. Mike Sorrentino/CNET Reedus also went into the motion capture and body scanning process for the game, which has been ongoing ever since the first E3 2016 trailer revealed a nearly naked Reedus and an attached baby.”First I get there and there’s a skintight blue Lycra bodysuit. Never done that before. Put all these velcro balls on me and I’m sticky… a zillion little dots on me… and I pick up a plastic baby and I’m crying and it’s gone,” Reedus said regarding the creative process for that trailer. Just the body scanning alone took two days.Kojima said since then, many more scenes have been created, with Reedus doing motion capture for sequences that even included a simple hike.The talk also stretched into how the director and Reedus met through Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con. Originally Reedus showed up in P.T., the terrifying 2014 playable teaser for the game was intended to become the next chapter in the Silent Hill franchise, but Kojima’s sudden departure from Konami in 2015 changed that.”Unfortunately we could’t get P.T. out. I’m really sorry about that. And Norman was really concerned about that. I always thought if I go independent and make a new game I’m going to have Norman and I’m going to have every aspect of Norman in my main character,” Kojima said. Post a comment Share your voice Kojima has said since moving to development of Death Stranding with the actor, Reedus has remained a collaborative partner through the process.”When Norman gets an idea I give an idea back and it’s real fun. He does a lot of ad libs as well and I thought that was great,” Kojima said.Death Stranding does not currently have a release date, but is expected to eventually come to the PlayStation 4. Video Games
Share Friday, September 28, 2018Top afternoon stories:Win McNamee/Pool Photo via APJudge Brett Kavanaugh.Republicans advance KavanaughAfter a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegations against the high court nominee.However, it’s unclear if Republican leaders — or President Donald Trump — will support Flake’s call for the investigation or might instead press forward with a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.The dramatic scene unfolded a day after Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified in an emotional, hours-long hearing. Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations that he assaulted Ford while they were both in high school, while she said she was “100 percent” certain he was her attacker.Marcio Jose Sanchez/APMark Zuckerberg.50 Million Facebook accounts affected by security breachFacebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts.The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service.In a blog post , the company says hackers exploited its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.Facebook says it doesn’t know who is behind the attacks or where they’re based.Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA METROLift bus.METRO addresses complaints from disabled ridersThe Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has received many complaints come from riders who use mobility devices, things like electric wheelchairs or power chairs.Some of the riders have told the METRO board they’ve endured rude treatment and others say that bus operators aren’t properly securing their devices once they board the bus.In response to those complaints, METRO Chief Operating Officer Andy Skabowski said drivers will now be trained once a year on how to better assist disabled riders. That includes customer service, as well as proper techniques for securing mobility devices.Skabowski is also encouraging disabled riders to come forward if they’re not being treated properly.
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Robotics is a serious science, but like all of the most serious things in this world it does have a fun side too. Sometimes a robot, with all of its advanced equipment and the intense hours of programming involved, comes along and it does something that is so silly and so darn entertaining that you just have to sit back, watch the video and laugh. When a robot begins making you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes you can begin to suspect that you are experiencing one of those moments. When that robot is made of Lego’s then you can be sure that you are in one of those situations. A more stealthy robot may be hearing you soon This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Of course, this bot can do more than just the icon of a children’s toy corporation, it can make any shape that you can programming it to, provided that it fits onto the griddle. The pancake cooking bot is in reality a 3-axis CNC-made robot, designed by Mexican Viking. The machine uses the Z coordinate to control where the batter is released. The robot was originally coded in Python NXT but had to be changed due to unnamed complications with the use of the language in this application. Mexican Viking changed it to the LEGO Mindstorms programming language. This programming language then creates the image using a text files with three coordinates that tell the machine where to move and when to dump the batter. The machine cannot be bought commercially and it is not going to be on sale in the near future. If you want to make one of your own you can use the directions on Mexican Viking’s website to create one for yourself. Citation: A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes (w/ video) (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-robot-micky-mouse-pancakes-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A novel genetic typing approach reveals focal transmission of the bacteria that cause the flesh-eating disease Journal information: Science Advances Explore further People have been cutting down the rain forests for years to provide land for human activities. While some of the ecological impacts of deforestation is evident, such as the reduction in amounts of carbon dioxide the remaining rainforests can pull from the atmosphere, others are not so clear. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the possible impact on the spread of infectious diseases.Prior research has found links between human environmental impact and the spread of diseases such as malaria and Zika, but other less well-known diseases might be impacted as well. One such disease, known as Buruli ulcer, results in skin ulcers and bone damage. It is caused by infection of the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans, generally in tropical areas. But what happens with these bacteria when tropical forests are cut down? To find out, the researchers ventured to French Guiana, where people are commonly infected with Buruli ulcer. They collected approximately 3,000 organisms from 17 places around the country and then tested each for M. ulcerans. In studying the numbers, they discovered that the bacteria are not particularly fond of any given host—they will infect a wide range of insects, fish and many other invertebrates. They also noted that infections were more prevalent the farther down the food chain they looked. The team also noted the locations of the organisms they collected and found that in places where deforestation had occurred, there were, quite naturally, fewer organisms that lived higher up on the food chain. This in turn led to increases in the numbers of those they normally preyed upon and that led to more infections in lower order animals by M. ulcerans.The researchers did not compare their findings against increased human infections, but the data suggests it as a likely possibility, which, in a broader sense, offers yet more evidence of the negative consequences of deforestation of the rain forests—a possible increase in the spread of bacterial infections—at least initially. Their research also showed that as deforested land was converted to human use, even lower-order organisms were eventually pushed out, along with the bacteria they were carrying. More information: A. L. Morris et al. Deforestation-driven food-web collapse linked to emerging tropical infectious disease, Mycobacterium ulcerans, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600387AbstractGeneralist microorganisms are the agents of many emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), but their natural life cycles are difficult to predict due to the multiplicity of potential hosts and environmental reservoirs. Among 250 known human EIDs, many have been traced to tropical rain forests and specifically freshwater aquatic systems, which act as an interface between microbe-rich sediments or substrates and terrestrial habitats. Along with the rapid urbanization of developing countries, population encroachment, deforestation, and land-use modifications are expected to increase the risk of EID outbreaks. We show that the freshwater food-web collapse driven by land-use change has a nonlinear effect on the abundance of preferential hosts of a generalist bacterial pathogen, Mycobacterium ulcerans. This leads to an increase of the pathogen within systems at certain levels of environmental disturbance. The complex link between aquatic, terrestrial, and EID processes highlights the potential importance of species community composition and structure and species life history traits in disease risk estimation and mapping. Mechanisms such as the one shown here are also central in predicting how human-induced environmental change, for example, deforestation and changes in land use, may drive emergence. Citation: Deforestation in French Guiana linked to increase in infectious tropical disease (2016, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-deforestation-french-guiana-linked-infectious.html Apatou, French Guiana, January 2004. Credit: public domain © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests human deforestation efforts in French Guiana has led to an increase in the number of animals and insects infected with the tropical disease Buruli ulcer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of the bacteria that causes the disease and what their findings imply for the study of the spread of diseases in such areas.
Former MP Naveen Jindal on Tuesday refuted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) allegation in a special court that he had pressurised the then Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to recommend his firms for coal block, with a promise to garner support of the Congress for his unstable government.Senior advocate SV Raju, appearing for Jindal, said his client had nothing to do with the Congress’ outside support to Koda’s government from 2006 to 2008 and it was senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel who was concerned with it. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“I (Jindal) was only an MP of the Congress and had nothing to do with the party’s support to the Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand….there are statements of CBI witness who says that Koda had met Ahmed Patel in Delhi,” Raju told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar during arguments on framing of charges.“It was Ahmed Patel who was concerned with the Congress party’s support to Madhu Koda’s government. As far as support to Koda’s government is concerned, I (Jindal) had no role in that,” he said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“As far as the alleged political compulsion of Koda is concerned, I had nothing to do with it. It was Ahmed Patel who was the man concerned,” he argued, adding: “The CBI’s allegation that I was pressurising Koda, is vague.” This assumes significance as the CBI had claimed in its charge-sheet that Jindal, who was then a Congress MP, had conspired with Koda and promised to help him in completing his term as Chief Minister in return for allocation of coal block in Jharkhand to his firms. Koda, who was an Independent MLA, was Jharkhand Chief Minister from September 14, 2006, to August 23, 2008, with the support of Congress, RJD and other parties.
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’re constantly checking or updating your company’s LinkedIn page over a mobile phone, the professional networking site has some good news for you today. LinkedIn has redesigned its apps for iPhone and Android phones with the goal of giving them a more engaging stream and more personalization features.”We want to make it easier for our members to quickly discover and engage with the rich professional insights being shared across LinkedIn to help them make smarter decisions from wherever they may be working,” said Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn’s mobile product lead, in a blog post announcing the redesign.Here are the three areas where users should see significant changes:Related: What You Can Learn From Disney, CNBC and Adobe About Creating a Great LinkedIn Page1. A more interactive content stream.With the redesign, LinkedIn says it will surface the most relevant and timely insights into users’ streams. Meaning, content streams will feature updates tailored to users’ interests and connections, news and original posts from LinkedIn’s Influencers such as President Barack Obama and business titan Richard Branson. Liking and commenting features have been built directly into the stream.2. Updated navigation.Now, all users have to do is swipe a finger to navigate away from LinkedIn’s main homepage. Simply slide the homepage screen to the right to access options such as your private messages, connection invitations, calendars and groups you belong to.3. More emphasis on international users.LinkedIn says more than 60 percent of its members are located outside the U.S. In response, the network has expanded its language capabilities, adding Dutch and Norwegian for iPhone, and Turkish, Dutch and Norwegian for Android. This brings the total count to 15 available languages for both apps, LinkedIn says.Related: The 10 Most Overused Buzzwords on LinkedInLinkedIn will also start adding advertisements in the form of sponsored content in the stream of these new smartphone apps, according to TechCrunch.Beyond its smartphone apps, LinkedIn has made a number of changes in recent weeks. Last week, it spent $90 million to acquire Pulse, a well-regarded news reader with 30 million users. In February, it improved its LinkedIn Jobs service, making it easier for job searchers to find specific positions in specific areas. Last fall, LinkedIn rolled out a major redesign for Company Pages.LinkedIn’s redesigned apps are available for free for iPhone as well as Android-powered smartphones.Related: 10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedInWhat do you think of LinkedIn’s new smartphone apps? Let us know in the comments below. 3 min read April 18, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
5 ways to recognize low testosterone Among the suspects are officers from eight commercial banks in Nigeria, including bank leaders Ecobank and Zenith Bank, it said.The fraud involved using cut-up pieces of newspaper to replace notes in Nigeria’s naira currency that had been designated for destruction at the Central Bank. It charged the commercial bank officers then helped put the defaced and mutilated notes back into circulation.Those arrested will be charged on five counts in a federal high court this week, the statement said.Nigeria’s newly installed President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to fight Nigeria’s endemic corruption and graft.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Financial crime agents arrested 21 bankers including senior executives of the Central Bank of Nigeria for the theft of $33 million worth of defaced naira currency notes, Nigerian officials said Monday.The Economic and Financial Crime Commission said a whistleblower alerted it to the “mega scam.”“The lid on the scam, which is widely suspected to have gone on unchecked for years, was blown via a petition to the EFCC alledging that over 6,575,549,370 naira was cornered and discreetly recycled by light-fingered top executives of the CBN,” a statement said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments Share
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh addressing a press conference at Aizawl, Mizoram said, the government is committed to develop Mizoram as the ‘Bamboo State of India’.Dr Jitendra Singh said that the State of Mizoram is blessed with very high production of bamboo, which can be turned into a major source, not only for furniture but also for paper supply to the rest of the country. This could not only generate revenue for the State, but also create opportunities for youth outside India. In this regard, he said, he had already initiated an effort to reinforce “Bamboo Development Board” of India.Dr Singh said that the successive Governments had neglected Mizoram’s vast potentials and this is an opportunity for the people of the State to ensure adequate implementation of various pro-poor Central schemes initiated by the Modi government.The minister referred to the rising prevalence of cancer in the State, which is the highest in Mizoram and said, at the initiative of the DoNER Ministry, there will soon be cancer care facilities in collaboration with other advanced institutes of the country like Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai. In this regard, he said, the local municipal bodies to be elected through the poll will be expected to play a crucial role by mobilising local population to avail of the facility provided by the Modi Government.Mizoram has a high literacy rate of over 92%, next to the State of Kerala, said Dr Jitendra Singh and added that some of the scholars from Mizoram are occupying important teaching faculty positions in reputed colleges and Universities in the rest of the country. But, he said, the irony is that the local government here has failed to bring up standard educational institutes which has led to brain drain to other parts of the country.
Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News Tags: #SB, increase penalties for fraudulent service, op-ed, process server, Runestad 03Aug Curbing an abuse of court process Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The work life of a process server in Michigan is no picnic. Your job is to deliver bad news to strangers. At first glance, delivering some papers to folks at $26 per hour plus gas reimbursement for each successful service seems like a good deal. Rarely, however does this job ever actually go smoothly.Usually no one is home and it can take multiple attempts over the course of many weeks to reach the defendant. Often the address is incorrect and residents do not feel compelled to respond to the notes left on their front door. In these instances where there is no response or confirmation, the papers must be returned as undeliverable at a fee of $10, which averages just short of earning minimum wage.This is certainly an incentive to find the defendant and serve the papers, but it is also motive to falsely report the papers as served to expedite the process. You don’t need the defendant’s signature or photograph; so, it’s easy money if you are willing to fill out a form creatively.Easy, yes, but this neglectful behavior is not to be taken lightly. The court system depends on its forthright process servers. Such fraud undermines our confidence in the justice system. More importantly, an individual’s welfare can be at stake. The victims are often invisible and vulnerable. While a defendant could argue that he wasn’t served, it may be impossible for someone to go to court and prove an alibi for some unremarkable day that was months or years ago.This is what happened to Carnell Alexander, the Detroit man who was arrested and had his wages garnished for support on a child that he had not fathered and had never known. Mr. Alexander claims he was not served, and fortunately had a solid publicly documented alibi. However, due to his failure to respond to the service that never happened, he was ordered to pay.I have supported the integration of better evidence, such as smartphone GPS and cameras, into process serving, but this can’t solve the whole problem. It only makes it easier to prove fraud after the fact. For this reason, I am currently working on legislation to introduce this fall that will increase the penalties for fraudulent service and require a declaration by the process server given under penalty of perjury.Ideally, the bill will establish a separate crime for process serving fraud, which carries a possible two-year prison sentence. This directly addresses the relationship created between the signer and the court. The declaration requires the process server to state that the employee has examined the proof of service and its contents are true. My bill will ultimately hold the process server accountable and force employees to be honest in their day’s work.######
Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News 01May Rep. Afendoulis congratulates nationally-recognized schools, including Grand Rapids City High-Middle Today, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township applauded four Michigan high schools recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being in the top 100 nationwide. The annual report ranked City Middle-High School in Grand Rapids, the International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township, the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, and Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti among the best in the nation. Rep. Afendoulis particularly acknowledged the importance of this achievement by City Middle-High School for all students and parents of Kent County.“My daughter graduated from City High in 2016,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with her education and am not surprised the school finds itself on this prestigious list again. City High is a beacon of learning and opportunity not just for the students from the city of Grand Rapids, but also those from other districts fortunate enough to be admitted. Congratulations to everyone at City for this great and well-deserved recognition!”Rankings are determined through a holistic look at a school’s college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates. The 100 schools were ranked out of more than 17,000 examined nationwide.
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesDavid P. Lewis / Shutterstock.comOctober 8, 2015; ReasonIn August, NPQ covered Amnesty International’s announcement that its delegates had voted to support a policy change that decriminalizes the sex trade, which would include legalizing operation of brothels and use of prostitution services for both buyers and sellers. About 400 members of the organization from 60 different countries voted at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland, to pass the policy, which Amnesty says took two years of research to construct.Amnesty contends that decriminalization of the sex trade is the best avenue to support prostitutes and reduce the risks of the work, which sometimes includes physical and sexual violence, extortion, and arrest. According to Amnesty, research supports the position that criminalization of sex work has actually contributed to human rights violations. Allowing sex workers to operate out in the open instead will help better regulate the risks.“The policy proposed by Amnesty International aims to provide greater human rights protection for sex workers—who are often among the most marginalized women in society—by arguing for greater protection and empowerment of women sex workers,” says the organization on its website. “Gender inequality and discrimination can have a major influence on women’s entry into sex work. We are not naive or blasé about this problem. But we do not think that criminalizing women for their lack of choices or using criminal laws and police practices that make their lives less safe is the answer to this problem.”Following the vote of the delegates, Amnesty’s 12-member board will now construct the final draft that will be used to persuade governments around the world to repeal laws that forbid the economic trade of sex. However, almost immediately after the policy was proposed in July and subsequently voted for in August, it was strongly criticized by human rights organizations worldwide for effectively legalizing exploitation and violence against sex workers as perpetrated by those who profit form the sex trade, including buyers and facilitators.Some of the specific criticisms that have been lobbied against Amnesty International were iterated at a press conference held by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) in a panel discussion with vice president Lisa Thompson and Dr. Eleanor Gaetan, the senior legislative advisor for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and a member of Amnesty International. In response to the policy, NCOSE is launching a campaign, “No Amnesty For Pimps.” (NCOSE, in its former guise as anti-pornography organization Morality in Media, has previously launched campaigns against, or spoken out about, the magazine Cosmopolitan, the American Library Association, and the film version of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey.)Both Gaetan and Thompson noted the lack of transparency in not only the vote that took place in August, but also research surrounding the policy itself and the subsequent vote that will take place among the 12 board members. The initial vote among the 400 delegates was confidential and the precise votes are not available. Moreover, according to Gaetan and Thompson, the research supporting the policy proposal has also not been made available, nor has the public been notified when the final vote will take place with the board members.“Of course, because they have kept their study secret, we’re not sure what they based this decision on. But it’s a wrong decision,” said Gaetan at the press conference.Amnesty notes generally on its website the research was derived from “extensive work done by organizations such as World Health Organization, UN AIDS, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and other UN agencies. We also looked at the positions of others such as Anti-Slavery International and the Global Alliance in Trafficking in Women. We conducted detailed research, interviewing more than 200 sex workers—and former sex workers, the police, governments and other agencies in Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea.”Gaetan also went on to the call the process “undemocratic” and is “thrilled” that there are several organizations fighting the policy. She believes the secrecy on Amnesty’s part is due to the fact that many members of the organization are opposed to the policy.The crux of the disagreement between Amnesty’s policy and the stance of NCOSE and other groups is whether sex work can be considered a viable job position. Amnesty’s policy implies that sex workers can and should be treated as workers in an attempt to improve their conditions.“We believe that decriminalization would help tackle trafficking,” says Amnesty on its website. “When sex work is decriminalized, sex workers are better able work together and demand their rights, leading to better working conditions and standards and greater oversight of commercial sex and potential trafficking within it.”But opponents believe we shouldn’t be helping to improve sex workers’ positions or provide greater oversight; rather, we should be working to eradicate prostitution altogether. They say that the very act is inherently exploitative and violent, an attack on human rights directly in contradiction to Amnesty’s mission. Instead, according to Gaetan, Amnesty’s campaign is based on the “fiction” that Amnesty is helping vulnerable workers, when in fact it is only aiding in their victimization.Others have also voiced criticism about the premise behind the proposal that sex work is a legitimate job. “It is the myth of the happy prostitute who does this as a free choice,” said Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister. “Unfortunately, I can now hear people saying ‘hurrah’—all those johns and pimps who run the brothels. It’s a multibillion-euro industry.”—Shafaq HasanShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Share41Tweet46Share36Email123 SharesBy Petritap (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 6, 2017; Government TechnologyNonprofits and federal and state lawmakers are waking up to the fact that access to the Internet is key to building healthy economies, and that both have a critical role to play in closing the digital divide that particularly plagues rural areas.As documented in a white paper on persistent rural poverty published by NeighborWorks America, success in higher education and employment often goes hand in hand with broadband access.Those looking for work will find that 60 to 70 percent of jobs are posted online. If the applicant needs to have a bachelor’s degree, that rate rises to 80 percent.When looking at middle-skill jobs, those that require some post-high-school training but not a four-year degree, nearly eight in 10, representing 32 percent of all labor market demand in the nation, require digital skills. Those digitally intensive middle-skill jobs have grown more than twice as fast as the other kind, and pay about 18 percent more.Rural areas, however, lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to high-speed Internet access. According to the data collected by NeighborWorks, “45 percent of rural tracts don’t qualify as having broadband Internet, compared to 17 percent for suburban and 11 percent for urban areas.”Fortunately, as reported by Government Technology, four bills are winding their way through the U.S. Congress that are designed to ease this disparity. Strategies range from expansion of broadband infrastructure, to reduction of implementation costs, to provision of tax incentives, to streamlining of the permitting process.“We need to reduce the rural and urban divide in digital connectivity,” Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), said in a press release. “By eliminating unnecessary regulations, we can more rapidly connect rural America and deploy broadband infrastructure.”In addition, the Government Technology piece reports that 10 states have passed their own bills to reduce the digital divide. Another 10 states have introduced such bills, and one (California) has a bill on hold.However, nonprofits have a vital role to play as well, both in public education and in helping residents access available Wi-Fi services and understand how to benefit. For example, Eden Housing in Hayward, California, offers education in digital literacy geared to different groups, including a “Generation Exchange” program where young people teach computer skills to seniors. Now, Eden seeks to do more:“We originally focused on educating and inspiring our residents to adopt broadband, but then we learned that for many of our residents, the monthly fees for access cause a severe hardship to the family,” explained Jennifer Reed, director of fund development and public relations for Eden. “So now, we are expanding to a portfolio-wide approach to provide access as well.”Using a grant from the California Emerging Technology Fund, Eden surveyed residential adoption rates across its properties, identified residents’ desires and needs, forged partnerships, and created a digital literacy toolkit. With additional funding from the California Public Utilities Commission, it has set out to achieve its goal of providing free or very low-cost internet access to all of its residents within five years (ideally in each unit but in a community space at the minimum).To date, free broadband has been extended across 11 of the properties. And it’s being used. At one of the senior-housing sites, data show that nearly 100 percent of the residents have accessed the internet compared to an average of 40 percent in other developments for seniors where free services is not yet available.Native Americans have been hit particularly hard by this issue. Last year, the FCC reported that 68 percent of people on rural tribal lands lack access to broadband. In response, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association has, through its Tribal Digital Village program, constructed access-point towers and connected hundreds of homes in 12 of the 17 tribal communities in San Diego County.“It’s really an awareness thing—building up the tribal knowledge base and trying to teach the companies that when they’re passing the reservations, it’s an opportunity for revenue,” says Matt Rantanen, director of technology for the association. “[We need to] give everybody an opportunity.”—Pam BaileyShare41Tweet46Share36Email123 Shares
Share15Tweet13ShareEmail28 SharesU.S. Air National Guard photo by Daniel H. FarrellSeptember 8, 2017; MashableThe Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is enormously busy right now, making plans and coordinating responses for people with disabilities in the path of natural disasters. The Partnership is accessed by means of a toll-free hotline. It requires coordination with local, state, and federal groups, which can be complex. Is this effort simply redundant to what is being done by FEMA?During Harvey, the Partnership received 650 urgent calls from disabled people—some already in shelters that could not accommodate their disabilities—and their family members and caregivers. They had to do with transportation, access to medication and medical treatment. Of those, 77 percent were resolved.What makes this effort notable? It’s based on a community organizing and networking model they describe as follows:The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a clearinghouse for information and a community organizing resource on the needs of people with disabilities within disaster planning, has been announced.The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies’ main purpose is to provide information on everything having to do with the Access and Functional Needs of the disability community in emergency management. This includes assessing the current state of disaster planning, and information on ways people with disabilities can be included in all aspects of emergency management and disaster cycle services. The Partnership will also provide information on how communities as a whole can advocate for accessible services and disaster preparedness education.The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies’ main goal is to strengthen the community’s capacity and effectiveness by formalizing its network. Efforts to reach this goal include:Representing the disability community at all levels of governmental meetings, and events held by national associations for emergency managers, first responders and providers of emergency management training and education;Recruit volunteers for the American Red Cross and other organizations from within the disability community, which will also improve the visibility of people with disabilities in disaster response;Collaborating with the Centers for Independent Living and similar groups to improve their ability to respond directly to disaster survivors in their community.Emergency managers at local, state and federal level, disability stakeholder organizations, and individuals active in emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, are currently eligible to sign up for a membership. Along with being able to share information with other members, a number of other perks are available, such as access to training materials and webinars, discounts to Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies-held conferences, and networking between the disability stakeholder community and emergency managers.Executive Director Marcie Roth says people with disabilities are more likely to be killed or injured in natural disasters. “We are extremely resourceful,” she says. “We’re actually quite good at solving complex problems; however, when physical accessibility isn’t provided, and communication isn’t accessible, we have a much more difficult time accessing the same services and supports everyone else gets.”“Each disaster has its own fingerprints,” says Roth. “There are just layers and layers of challenges.”Roth was FEMA’s first and only director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination before she was asked to resign late last year because of a hiring snafu seven years previous. At that time, Paul Timmons, head of the disability disaster relief organization Portlight Inclusive Strategies, was quoted as saying, “Much of the work that Marcie did at FEMA over the last seven years to establish credibility for the agency has been undone. At the end of the day, Portlight and other stakeholders in disaster relief are going to do everything we can to ensure people with disabilities are well-served, but without somebody in FEMA with some roots in the community it’s going to be hard.”The position Roth held at FEMA remains in the hands of an acting director with no experience in disability issues. The Partnership is one of the groups promised a donation by President Trump last week. No word yet on whether it has been received.—Ruth McCambridgeShare15Tweet13ShareEmail28 Shares
Share181Tweet2ShareEmail183 Shares“Hunger?” Dennis Skley.December 4, 2018; GenerocityAccording to Hunger Free America’s 2018 United States Hunger Atlas, one in eight Americans, representing 12.3 percent of the population, are food insecure, meaning they are unable to afford a consistent supply of food throughout the year. While this is startling enough, when looking at racial and ethnic disparities, the story is far more concerning, and reveals a direct connection between discrimination and food insecurity.Many nonprofits address food insecurity programmatically by delivering services that alleviate hunger. However, programs and services aren’t enough. Nonprofits must diligently work to understand the dynamics of systemic racism and the impacts it has on communities of color, including the implications racism has on the incidence of food insecurity. This understanding is the basis of, and is essential to, dismantling systems that perpetuate inequality. Nonprofits interested in expanding their perspective on the connection between discrimination and food insecurity can review five reports released last week by Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, a Philadelphia-based research, service, advocacy, and policy center whose goal is developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.This series, entitled “From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America,” places discrimination into a contemporary context and looks at disparities and discrimination in Philadelphia. Basing research in Philadelphia is in part because of the location of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, but also because the reality of food insecurity in the city: 302,685 people, or 18.3 percent of the population, experienced food insecurity between 2015–17, representing an increase of 22 percent over the past six years. This is coupled with a high poverty rate of over 25 percent and, more broadly, with limited access to healthy foods, as is reflected in the city having the highest proportion of residents with diabetes of any big city in America.Drawing on the research expertise of Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, each report in the series explores the dynamics of discrimination in various settings, and its impact on food insecurity. Specifically, the reports focus on four major areas: schools and workplaces; housing, public assistance, and healthcare; streets, public settings and judicial systems; and disparities in household food insecurity by immigration, race, and ethnicity. A major finding of the research is that people who experienced discrimination firsthand struggled with hunger twice as often as others, regardless of when—or where—that discrimination occurred. The takeaway is that someone who experiences racism and discrimination is more likely to be food insecure.In addition to detailing the connection between discrimination and food insecurity, each report discusses potential solutions. While not exhaustive, here are some of the ones discussed in the series:Discrimination in Education. Train education professionals in implicit bias and hold schools accountable by tracking student outcomes based on race and ethnicity.Employment and Wages. Ensure that hiring practices focus on fair processes and equal pay for men and women and that anti-discrimination policies in hiring and in workplace settings are properly enforced.Housing. Strengthen and enforce the Fair Housing Act of 1964, which aims to protect renters and home buyers from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and religion.Healthcare. Train all health professionals in implicit bias, support doctors and medical researchers of color, and hold hospitals accountable by tracking patient outcomes based on race and ethnicity.Police. End the criminalization of minor offenses that are often used to police people of color such as marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, trespassing, loitering, and jaywalking.Nonprofits. Identify the social and economic and systems that cause poverty and food insecurity. Investigate root causes—and not simply call poverty a root cause—in all research on disparities in food insecurity and poor health among children and families in the US.The need to explore solutions and understand the various ways that racism plays out in society is important to shifting systems. It’s also something NPQ covers regularly. Last week, for example, NPQ had a newswire discussing how racism costs black families hundreds of billions in housing wealth, detailing a new study by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution that found that neighborhoods with high levels of black homeownership are penalized. Last month, NPQ had an article examining the question “What if we treated bigotry as a public health concern?” through a paper exploring hatred being conceptualized as an infectious disease leading to the spread of violence, fear, and ignorance. Finally, NPQ has an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series on its homepage and currently is hosting a series of webinars on Remaking the Economy: a Guide to Nonprofit Roles and Tools that discusses strategies and tools for creating an economy that works for everyone.Ultimately, nonprofits must confront racism and recognize the expansive deleterious impacts it has on communities of color. As Mariana Chilton, Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and the Director of the Center for Hunger Free Communities, notes, “Racism and discrimination are certainly not a sideline issue. It has continuously kept people of color in positions where they can’t make enough money.” Nonprofit programs and services that engage communities of color need to understand the dynamic interplay between racism and discrimination in multiple contexts and the downstream effects it has, not only on food insecurity, but also on people of color’s quality of life.—Derrick RhaynShare181Tweet2ShareEmail183 Shares