Rogues Roost Wilderness Area, Halifax Co. Medway Lakes Wilderness Area, Annapolis Co. Kluscap Wilderness Area, Victoria Co. Harrison Woods Nature Reserve, Cumberland Co. Dunraven Bog Nature Reserve, Queens Co. The recent designation of more than 100 properties as wilderness areas, nature reserves and parks means that 12.26 per cent of Nova Scotia’s landmass is now protected. That meets the province’s goal under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act to protect at least 12 per cent by 2015. The newly designated sites were identified through the province’s parks and protected areas plan after consulting with municipalities, the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, community groups, industry, non-government organizations and hundreds of individuals. “This is a significant achievement,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful places in the country with our extensive coastline, pristine lakes, and parks. It is important that this land be kept natural to protect biodiversity and provide places for all of us to enjoy now and into the future. “That is why we will continue to look at other areas for protection and work with partners to help manage and realize the benefits of these protected areas.” The province’s consultations helped work out the details for each site, considering access roads, trails and off-highway vehicles routes, campsite leases, rights-of-way, forestry, petroleum and mineral exploration, and other interests. “Nova Scotia has taken a significant step forward for conservation,” said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “These sites will go a long way to protecting important coastal areas, significant wetlands, intact watersheds, rare species habitat, and old forests.” Recent designations include Each site has unique characteristics worth protecting, such as old forests, rare and endangered plants and animals, seabird populations and wildlife habitat, drinking-water supplies, canoe routes and opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation and tourism. The province is creating three new parks: Indian Fields Provincial Park in Shelburne County, and Lake Charlotte and West Dover Provincial Parks, both in Halifax Regional Municipality. More land is also being added to existing provincial parks at Cape Smokey, Five Islands, and Taylor Head. Learn more about the designations at novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/plan/progress .
Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British ColumbiansHydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
VANCOUVER — Tens of thousands of people remain without power two days after a powerful windstorm swept across southwestern British Columbia.BC Hydro says 800 field personnel are working around the clock to repair extensive damage to its infrastructure after one of the most severe windstorm the region has seen in 20 years.Power has been restored to more than 530,000 customers but about 66,000 across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands still didn’t have electricity on Saturday morning.The utility says restoring power to the remaining customers continues to be challenging and many require individual repairs, including restringing hundreds of spans of power lines and replacing power poles and transformers.Thursday’s storm left a path of destruction, killing one woman when a tree fell on her tent in Duncan, and causing Nanaimo’s water treatment plant to break down and part of White Rock’s beloved pier to collapse.Environment Canada issued a wind warning for much of the B.C. coast and Vancouver Island Saturday, forecasting winds up to 90 kilometres per hour.The Canadian Press
A timeline of the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the Canadians detainedA timeline of the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the Canadians detained
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
OTTAWA — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously” and that the final decision on extraditions lies with her. Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau says Canada will shortly be granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.The Canadian Press
Bruce Willis Auctions Fifth Motorcycle For CharityBruce Willis Auctions Fifth Motorcycle For Charity
October 16, 2019October 16, 2019
Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts – you can be the new owner of one of Bruce Willis’ motorcycles.The action film star donated five motorcycles from his garage for an online auction to benefit military, past and present, through the national 501c3 nonprofit, Boot Campaign. Now up for auction is a 1972 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster with a reverse shifter. Place your bid now through December 3, 2013 on Charitybuzz.This is the final bike being auctioned from Willis’ personal collection so don’t miss your opportunity to own this beautiful Harley. San Diego Harley Davidson recently restored the motorcycle. Renovations include: new carburetor, intake, and manifold, cleaned up wiring, new exhaust system, new battery, and new tires.Born on a military base in Germany, Bruce Willis has a long-standing commitment to supporting U.S. Forces. “I wanted to use my bikes in a way that would benefit our military service members, and I am thankful to have found the Boot Campaign as the catalyst for using my bikes in a way that will give back to our country’s true heroes,” said Bruce Willis. “These bikes have been a lot of fun to ride, and my hope is they can do a lot of good for our veterans.”The fifth and final bike of Bruce Willis’ five donated motorcycles will be auctioned online starting on November 5, 2013 at Charitybuzz.Motorcycles from Willis’ collection that were previously auctioned to benefit the Boot Campaign include: 1956 Cushman Eagle, 1988 Yamaha TW, 1991 Yamaha XT 350, 2005 Ducati 1000DS.The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 nonprofit that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return, and supporting their transition home. The Boot Campaign cultivates awareness, promotes patriotism, and provides assistance to military, past and present, and their families. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct initiatives – Jobs, Housing, Wellness, Urgent Assistance, and Family Support – that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.
AG Ferguson finds Nunavut Crown corps not following own rulesAG Ferguson finds Nunavut Crown corps not following own rules
October 14, 2019October 14, 2019
APTN National NewsThe Auditor General of Canada frequently looks over the books of the government of Nunavut as it has since the territory was created in 1999.Michael Ferguson’s recent report shows Nunavut’s Crown Corporations are ignoring their own rules and they’re doing it often.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
October 14, 2019October 14, 2019
APTN National NewsUN rapporteur James Anaya issued a report Monday urging the federal government to improve relations with Indigenous peoples across Canada.Anaya said that that relationship has deteriorated in the past few decades.Now reaction is pouring in from across the country.In British Columbia, chiefs are imploring Prime Minister Stephen Harper to listen.APTN’s Trina House reports.
3 Tips for Evaluating Cloud Providers in the XaaS Era3 Tips for Evaluating Cloud Providers in the XaaS Era
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
Achieving increased control of telecom resources is possible because innovative cloud-based communications providers offer enterprises complete autonomy over voice and messaging services. Additionally, enterprises have a variety of deployment options they can tailor to meet their unique business and industry needs. cloud-eval.jpg See All in Cloud Communications » Enterprises should partner with cloud-based providers that can operate at the enterprise-grade performance levels critical to meet customer expectations. Businesses can evaluate performance quality by confirming the provider supports the markets they operate within and has localized access in operating markets. When evaluating performance, enterprises should additionally consider technical expertise and solutions for support and customer service functions. Companies such as Rover.com and Lyft have taken advantage of telecom APIs for the routing and masking of phone numbers. This capability allows customers to contact drivers via their preferred modes of communication, and gives the company control of phone numbers to maintain privacy for its users and partners. Given more cloud-based voice and messaging services are deployed in the as-a-service model instead of as an on-premises solution, enterprises can provision telecom resources within a matter of clicks. This provides cost savings by reducing the need to invest in dedicated IT staff and infrastructure. Applications and services that used to take months to be processed can now be completed instantly through APIs and software developer kits. According to 451 Research, improving the customer experience continues to be a top driver for enterprises when investing in software. Enterprises are shifting toward cloud-based communications offerings because they provide a host of benefits, including enhanced user experiences, lower costs, greater scalability, and increased flexibility of services. Below are the top three criteria enterprises should consider when vetting communications partners in the XaaS era. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Log in or register to post comments 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. Whether through its own cloud call center or through a dedicated contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) vendor, the availability of accessible and high-quality customer service communications is critical to the long-term success of enterprises today. For example, businesses that can offer 24/7 customer agent support and leverage technology to provide immediate responses to customers’ needs are better able to build credibility and trust, and develop customer rapport and loyalty. Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? 3. Speed of deployment and ability to scale — In addition to control and performance, the ease and speed of integration of services are important for enterprises to evaluate in cloud CSPs. Enterprises are under constant pressure to keep pace with the rapidly evolving competitive landscape. Evaluating CSPs with control, performance, and scalability in mind will help businesses differentiate their communications capabilities, enhance user experience, and maximize the benefits XaaS has to offer.Tags:News & ViewsCloud communications providerscloud evaluationXaaSTipsCloud CommunicationsBest PracticesCCaaSCPaaSDeployment ModelsDigital Transformation Articles You Might Like Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. As the everything-as-a-service (XaaS) model continues to grow and drive innovation in the cloud, enterprises are looking to partner with cloud-based communications providers that offer more personalized, customer-centric approaches than traditional providers. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. 1. Complete control and increased access — Enterprises are highly focused on meeting customer preferences. Control over communications capabilities and access to telecom resources help them provide their customers with the flexibility to interact in the method and frequency that aligns with those preferences. As the enterprise communications landscape evolves, it’s changing the way businesses interact with their customers. Today’s consumers expect speed, flexibility, and integrated user experiences, and this expectation is driving more enterprises to prioritize digital transformation of communication solutions as a way to meet changing preferences and build their industry positions. Additionally, through the deployment of telecom APIs, developers are able to scale operations and services more efficiently to keep up with customer preferences and industry demands. This capability allows enterprises to automate the process of rolling out or updating product offerings, saving time and resources, while also evolving the user experience. For example, through access to resources such as telecom APIs, enterprises can directly obtain and control deployment of phone numbers, inbound and outbound calling, messaging, and advanced signaling data. These features also allow developers to launch new offerings more rapidly, as well as minimize or eliminate hardware investments, custom integration, and delays in service delivery. 2. Quality performance and support — Performance and service quality is paramount. If your service providers can’t ensure carrier-grade voice and messaging services, it’s time to look elsewhere. Other performance-related functions to evaluate include E911 emergency service, caller ID, troubleshooting, and compliance with telecom regulations and tax laws. A provider with attention to quality and technical expertise is a must-have, as these criteria can seriously impact the customer experience and a business’ bottom line.
Whole Foods to cut health care for parttime workersWhole Foods to cut health care for parttime workers
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
NEW YORK — Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, is cutting health care benefits for its part-time workers, a move that could leave about 1,900 of its employees without medical coverage.Starting next year, Whole Foods employees have to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for its health care benefits, up from the 20 hours a week it currently requires.The grocer, which has about 95,000 workers, says it’s making the change “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model.”Online shopping giant Amazon.com Inc. bought Whole Foods two years ago for nearly $14 billion, cutting prices on some items and adding its smile logo in its aisles.News of the benefits change was first reported by Business Insider.By Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press
WATCH 26yearold woman hears sound for the first timeWATCH 26yearold woman hears sound for the first time
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpi1xKD20dwYouTube/Catherine ArnoldAMY, 26, HAD been deaf since birth. She had never heard any sound – not her six-year-old son’s voice, nor those of her parents.This was the moment her cochlear implant was activated and she heard sounds for the first time.It begins around the 30-second mark. You may find somebody begins chopping onions shortly thereafter.Amy’s aunt Catherine writes:[Amy] is continuing her hard work of speech and sound therapy to distinguish what sound is. Her pronunciation has improved vastly and she can hear words and especially music! […] Every day is new and sometimes an exhausting experience.VIDEO: News anchor reads own marriage proposal… on her autocue>VIDEO: This is why you shouldn’t shout at cows>
The Irish For In 1990 Germany got Athaontú reunification and Milli VanilliThe Irish For In 1990 Germany got Athaontú reunification and Milli Vanilli
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 8:30 AM 17,092 Views Apr 7th 2019, 8:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email3 By Darach Ó Séaghdha https://jrnl.ie/4579148 Short URL 17 Comments Darach Ó Séaghdha This the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every week, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.2019 MARKS THIRTY years since the charts on both sides of the Atlantic were dominated by a German pop duo called Milli Vanilli who are now only remembered for one reason.Back in 1990 one of the duo, Rob Pilatus reportedly told Time magazine:Musically, we’re more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can’t produce a sound. I’m the new Elvis. Following a lip-syncing scandal which outed them as not being the same vocalists who appeared on their hit singles, they became the subjects of sustained global ridicule, ultimately ending in tragedy.There is another point to make about this band, however – riding high in the summer of 1989 and crashing spectacularly in 1990, this Munich band was the final pop culture export of West Germany – a singular political entity which lasted exactly as long as the Cold War.Athaontú: Reunification West Germany was a famously prosperous, inventive and open-minded state, and in some ways, it is strange that it did not exist for as long as less successful political entities.The fact that reunification was formalised during the Irish presidency of the EEC was seen as significant to some and a meaningless coincidence to others.As we once again live in an era where we are discussing contentious walls, the spectre of Russian influence and possible reunification of countries divided after wars, it is worth looking at the legacy of the Bonn Republic, its relationship with Ireland and what lessons can be learned.Geansaí As Baile: Away Jersey Irish people talk about the 1990 World Cup more than Germans too, even though West Germany actually won it.The famous story about the German team wearing a green away jersey as a tribute to Ireland being the first team to play against them after World War II is a tall tale; the Republic was the fourth team to play them in the post-war period, and green jerseys were worn in a match against Turkey prior to the Ireland game.Éadromán: Balloon Even without any lip-synching scandals, German music taste has been the subject of ridicule by Anglophones. The classic example of this is David Hasselhoff’s performance to huge crowds at the site of the Berlin Wall, but cheesy 80s floor fillers by Falco, Boney M and Nena also get cited.Whatever your opinion of wearable keyboards, it’s a bit unfair for monoglots to make fun of musicians writing in a second language, particularly if they are translating German lyrics while attempting to maintain the metre of a line.Nena’s Neunundneunzig Luftballons faced such a translating dilemma when there was no satisfactory three-syllable equivalent to luftballon, so the colour red was added. If she had been working in Irish instead, éadromán would have fitted perfectly.Saothair Cheardaíochta: Craftwork. The craft of translation is hampered by false friends in different languages. For example, Kraftwerk is the German for a power station (stáisiún cumhachta) rather than wholesome, constructive pastimes.The biggest Hiberno-English/German false friend is that a messer means a knife rather than a rascal.Dara Teanga: Second language. The investigation into Milli Vanilli was prompted by a journalist noting the difference between their spoken and sung English.This seems surprising given how Germans speaking such good English from a young age is often raised in Ireland when discussing language education here. What are they doing that we aren’t?It is possible that Germany just happens to have amazing English teachers, but factors outside the classroom take a part.Chief among these must be a German attitude to childhood. In the book Achtung Baby: An American Mom On The German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children, Sarah Zaske describes how German children are given the freedom to wander in nature and in their towns, to take risks and make mistakes- all in sharp contrast to the American obsessions with stranger danger, the pressure to clock up extracurricular achievements and constant supervision.Without wishing to minimise the effects of good teachers, the ubiquity of English-language media and the economic incentives to study English, it’s no harm that this German attitude to childhood happens to be the perfect approach to language learning. Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint.He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast.
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Greek universities are in for a new spell of upheaval as administrative staff are to walk off the job from Tuesday as part of a two-day strike called by their national union to protest the imminent dismissal of colleagues as part of the government’s civil service overhaul.The walkout, which could disrupt students’ chances of completing the winter semester, is being held “as a warning” to the government, unionists said over the weekend, referring to the fact that dozens of staff face dismissal at the end of this month when an eight-month evaluation period is set to expire. At the end of the assessment period, in accordance with troika-imposed reforms, the employees will either be transferred to another post in the civil service or fired.A three-month strike at the end of last year by staff at Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) threw the two institutions into disarray. Athens University staff have said they will assemble in front of the main faculty building in central Athens this week and block its entrance.Similar protests are expected at other faculties across the country.Universities were subject to a different kind of upheaval last week when hooded thugs stormed the campuses of the NTUA and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) during student elections and vandalized windows and tables as well as threatening staff and students. An academic at the NTUA was injured.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
These Cute SixWheeled Robots Are Now Making Deliveries in DC and CAThese Cute SixWheeled Robots Are Now Making Deliveries in DC and CA
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Stay on target For now, they’ll only be running routes in two of DoorDash’s markets: in Washington D.C. and Redwood City, California. They won’t be on their own, either. During the testing phase, each Starship robot will be accompanied by a human.It’s about quality assurance, not having someone nearby who can hit a killswitch if one of the robots goes berserk and starts running over people’s toes.Starship is also teaming up with Postmates, the “revolutionary Urban Logistics platform” that’s been delivering virtually anything from any store or restaurant in its service area in 26 states for the past five years. There’s a robot invasion under way in the U.S. They’re not here to bring about the fall of humanity, though. They just want to bring you delicious food and parcels.Starship says its robots are ideally suited to a particular kind of delivery — one that’s not necessarily a great fit for humans. Their robots will stick to a two to three-mile radius, and they’ll handle smaller deliveries. That leaves their fleshy counterparts to handle longer-range and larger orders, on which they generally make better money.At least they do with DoorDash, the food delivery startup that’s partnered with Starship for these early Stateside tests with real-world restaurants and their customers. “These robots are good for the short, small orders that lots of dashers avoid,” company spokesman Eitan Bencuya told Quartz.It’s a safe bet that DoorDash has plenty of data to back that up. Those are still paying customers that need service, though, and Starship’s bots will happily pick up the slack. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower
September 14, 2019September 14, 2019
All three will report to Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian.According to the Publishers Information Bureau, Fast Company’s ad pages through November were up 19 percent, while Forbes (-4.1 percent), Fortune (-18.6 percent) and BusinessWeek (-16.5 percent) were down. Newsstand sales for Fast Company were up 39 percent during the first half of 2007, according to the company. It’s only January 3, but the battle between consumer business magazines over talent is already heating up. 2008’s first shot across the bow: Mansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, which today announced the poaching of a pair of former Fortune and Portfolio staffers.Jane Meier, part of Condé Nast’s Portfolio launch team, becomes Fast Company’s deputy art director. Mark Borden, a reporter at Fortune from 1998-2002 and a noted freelancer, was named senior editor.Anya Kamenetz, Pultizer Prize-nominated author of the book Generation Debt, was named staff writer, effective January 14.
September 9, 2019September 9, 2019
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stopped by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday at the outset of a 12-day tour abroad. Hagel talked with army and air force personnel about the changes ahead as the U.S. transitions out of 13 years of war.Hagel brought tidings from the military’s commander in chief, President Obama, and the message that times are changing.“What is the role of America in today’s world?” Hagel asked. “With the kind of challenges we face — it’s complicated, more complicated than we’ve ever seen.“We’ve got budget challenges. But this is not unusual in our history. When you come out of wars, you do transition, and you do restructure, and reposition, and reposture.”U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson May 28 at the start of a 12-day tour overseas.As the U.S. removes itself from Afghanistan other parts of the world are emerging as priorities — including the Arctic, Hagel said.“The Arctic is opening. It will continue to open. That is going to make possible many new opportunities for many countries and many people. It’s going to present also new challenges. And new dangers,” Hagel said.After Hagel’s speech, those in attendance were invited to tell the defense secretary what was on their minds.A staff sergeant asked Hagel about care for veterans transitioning to civilian life.“In recent events we lost a veteran paratrooper from the 501st (Infantry Regiment) family. He suffered from PTSD and he tried to seek help at the VA hospital. My question is what the DOD and the Dept. Vet. Affairs is going to do to mitigate cases like his and others — and what is going to happen to be able to ensure that service members that transition out of the military to make sure that if they’re suffering from PTSD that they’ll be taken care of after serving their country.”“Preparing that active duty member for the next phase of his or her life is a big responsibility we have. We focus on that. It’s not perfect. We can do better. We will do better,” Hagel replied.Airman first class Samantha Place said Hagel’s speech helped reassure her that the military is hardly redundant even as the country transitions out of war.“When Secretary of Defense talked about reduction of force I kind of perked up a bit because I want to make this a career. It’s kind of frightening. But it’s comforting to know that the White House is here. They do care about us. And they are here for us. Just like we’re here for them.”Hagel is headed onward to Singapore, Afghanistan and several destinations in Europe.
WhatsApp gets much needed privacy feature Say good bye to pesky groupWhatsApp gets much needed privacy feature Say good bye to pesky group
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:20Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Fake WhatsApp can potentially gain access to users’ personal data Last month, a report emerged that WhatsApp testing new privacy feature that will give more power to the messenger user to decline group invite unlike before where anybody could just add anyone to a group without the latter’s permission.Now, WhatsApp has finally released the new update to its messenger app for both the iOS and the Android versions, bringing the aforementioned feature.Here’s how the new privacy feature works:With the new update, a WhatsApp group admin has to send a private message to get prior permission from a user before adding the latter to the group. This is a welcome move, as many and myself too, been a victim of people adding to unwanted groups and I had to leave the community only to be added again into the same group.If the user rejects the request, the admin will never be able to add a person to a group without the permission. Now, no can just add you random group chats on WhatsApp.WhatsApp Press Kit (screen-shot)To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: ‘Nobody’ or ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Everyone’.If you select ‘Nobody’, you’ll have to approve joining every group to which you’re invited, and ‘My Contacts’ means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups.In those cases, the person inviting you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite and if you don’t reply, it expires automatically.If you select ‘Everyone’, all those in your contacts and also unknown random people can just add you into a group chat without your permission. Readers are advised to not to select this option.”With these new features, users will have more control over the group messages they receive. These new privacy settings will begin rolling out to some users starting today and will be available worldwide in the coming weeks to those using the latest version of WhatsApp,” the company spokesperson said in a statement.In a related development, WhatsApp is testing ‘reverse image search’ feature, which will help user fact check whether the photo is fake or original. WhatsApp to bring Image search feature to curb fake news on its messenger appWABetaInfo (screen-shot)As per the image (above), we can see there is a new ‘Reverse Search image’ feature and if you select yes, it will upload the forwarded image to the Google browser and match it with the vast visual data available on the Internet. This will apparently give you a clear idea whether the image is a morphed photo used to project a particular person (or a political party) is bad or a saviour.It remains to be seen if the new image search feature comes before the Lok Sabha 2019 election in India, which is scheduled to kick off on April 11 and conclude on May 19. The counting of votes will be held on May 23. Close
Bangladesh UNHCR sign MoU on Rohingya repatriationBangladesh UNHCR sign MoU on Rohingya repatriation
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday. Photo: UNBUNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and the Bangladesh government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the voluntary returns of Rohingya refugees once the conditions in Myanmar are conducive, reports UNB.The MoU, signed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque in Geneva, established a framework of cooperation between UNHCR and Bangladesh on the safe, voluntary, and dignified returns of refugees in line with international standards.Over 670,000 Rohingyas fled violence in Myanmar since last August, joining an estimated 200,000 Rohingya who have sought shelter in Bangladesh, arriving in waves over the past decades.For the hospitality, protection and assistance provided to those refugees, UNHCR would like to extend its sincere thanks to the government and people of Bangladesh, according to a message received from Geneva.In the absence of a tripartite agreement between UNHCR, Myanmar and Bangladesh, UNHCR has continued to engage with both governments in negotiations on two separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), meant to ensure that any future returns are conducted in line with the international standards of voluntariness, safety and dignity.UNHCR considers that conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified and sustainable.The responsibility for creating such conditions remains with the Myanmar authorities, and these must go beyond the preparation of physical infrastructure to facilitate logistical arrangements.Refugees in Bangladesh have said before considering return to Myanmar, they would need to see concrete progress in relation to their legal status and citizenship, security and their ability to enjoy basic rights at home in Rakhine state.UNHCR has continued to call on the Myanmar government to take concrete measures to address the root causes of displacement, in line with the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state.One step it could immediately take is to provide UNHCR and other relevant actors with full and unhindered access to refugees
Latina Organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Enters Democratic Primary To Challenge CornynLatina Organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Enters Democratic Primary To Challenge Cornyn
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
Share Image via Cristina for TexasCristina Tzintzún RamirezLeading Latina organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is launching a campaign for U.S. Senate, entering a Democratic primary to oust Republican John Cornyn that has steadily grown throughout the summer.The daughter of an immigrant mother, co-founder of the Workers Defense Project and founder of the progressive Latino youth group Jolt Texas, Tzintzún Ramirez argues she has the best story, experience and ideas to harness the energy of Texas’ ascendant voters, particularly young people of color. To do so, she will have the help of some of the top organizers from Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign, a potentially pivotal asset as the crowded field vies to build on O’Rourke’s closer-than-expected loss to GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.“I don’t think we have a reflection of those in power that represent the Texas we are today. I think I represent those ideals and the diversity of the state, and I want Texas to be a national leader in solving the major problems that our country faces,” Tzintzún Ramirez said in an interview, citing health care, immigration and climate change as major issues the state should be at the forefront of tackling.Tzintzún Ramirez made her candidacy official in a video Monday morning.The longtime organizer joins a primary lineup that is approaching a double-digit tally. Among the better-known contenders are former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell of Houston, Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, 2018 U.S. House candidate MJ Hegar, state Sen. Royce West of Dallas and Sema Hernandez, who was the runner-up to O’Rourke in the 2018 Senate primary.Tzintzún Ramirez welcomed a competitive nominating contest as healthy for Democrats, saying the candidates in the Senate race are “all essentially at the same starting place,” unknown to most voters statewide and thus forced to run on the merits of their platforms. Asked how she plans to distinguish herself, she pointed to her forthrightness on the issues and her record of mobilizing the kind of voters often overlooked by politicians.“I know how to speak to the diversity of this state,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.Tzintzún Ramirez could add a more progressive and confrontational voice to the primary. In the interview, she voiced support for Medicare for All, the single-payer health care proposal championed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the two-time Democratic presidential candidate. At the same time, she said she would be pleased to start with a public option that would give people the choice of signing up for government-run health insurance.Tzintzún Ramirez also tore into Cornyn, repeatedly saying he should be “embarrassed” to represent Texas while not sufficiently addressing its biggest issues, such as its highest-in-the-nation uninsured rate. Discussing the recent El Paso shooting, Tzintzún Ramirez said Cornyn has “sat silently by” while President Donald Trump has used the kind of rhetoric that fueled the anti-immigrant attack, and the two have “created a target on the backs of immigrants and Latinos in this state.”As the primary caretaker for her 2-year-old son, Tzintzún Ramirez said it was a difficult decision to enter the Senate race. But much like when she started the Workers Defense Project when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and Jolt Texas when she was several months pregnant, she said she felt compelled by broader forces.“Those were not the right personal times, but they were the right political moments to do that work, and I think this moment is no different,” she said.Tzintzún Ramirez had been the subject of a draft effort by a group of progressive operatives, including alumni of O’Rourke’s Senate bid. They will fill top positions on her campaign — Ginny Goldman, co-founder and former executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, will be campaign chair; Katelyn Coghlan, O’Rourke’s deputy field director, will be campaign manager; and Zack Malitz, O’Rourke’s field director, will be senior adviser. Alexa Sousa, O’Rourke’s distributed organizing director, will also be involved in the campaign.Additionally, Tzintzún Ramirez is working with Middle Seat, the digital firm that helped O’Rourke raise record-shattering amounts of money last cycle. Her campaign treasurer is Eugene Sepulveda, the Austin entrepreneur, philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser who chairs the Jolt Leadership Council.Tzintzún Ramirez has left Jolt for the campaign, and Jolt’s senior strategist, Antonio Arellano, has taken over as interim executive director.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. Disclosure: Eugene Sepulveda has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Matt Trotta Exits BuzzFeed to Join Playbuzz as North America GMMatt Trotta Exits BuzzFeed to Join Playbuzz as North America GM
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Popular on Variety Matt Trotta is jumping from one buzz to another: The former BuzzFeed senior VP of agency strategy has joined interactive-content startup Playbuzz as GM of North America.In the role, Trotta will oversee U.S. sales, business development and operations for New York-based Playbuzz, whose investors include Disney. The company’s offerings include interactive branded-content solutions for marketers and engagement-based solutions for publishers.Prior to joining BuzzFeed in 2011, Trotta spent four years at Federated Media, most recently as director of East Coast sales, and before that worked at Turner Broadcasting in different digital research and sales roles.Playbuzz’s marketing clients include Netflix, Unilever, Universal and Brita. The company distributes branded content across a network of tens of thousands of publishers, which include ESPN, CBS, Time and Turner, and its publishing partners also use the Playbuzz platform to create visual-first, data-driven editorial content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We are excited to have Matt on board, bringing his passion for storytelling and ability to identify future market trends and key industry pain points, to our U.S. partners,” Tom Pachys, co-founder and COO of Playbuzz, said in announcing Trotta’s hire.Trotta commented, “As GM of North America, I look forward to building upon the existing solutions to ensure the industry understands the value of interactive, data-driven stories that users are compelled to engage with rather than avoid.”According to a Nielsen study in April 2018 commissioned by the company, Playbuzz-powered branded stories attracted an average brand lift of 91% and found that its solutions also achieved a 29-fold lift in perception and seven-fold lift in intent to purchase than the global norm.Playbuzz was founded in 2012 by Pachys and Shaul Olmert. The company has raised $66 million in funding to date, including a $35 milion round of strategic funding led by Viola Group with participation from existing investors Saban Ventures, Disney, 83North, Carmel Ventures and Firstime. In January 2018, Playbuzz named Rob Norman, former global chief digital officer at GroupM, to its board of directors.
August 29, 2019August 29, 2019
Say goodbye to the old Google Contacts interface by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2018 in Google – 59 commentsGoogle announced yesterday that it will shut down the old (classic) Google Contacts interface on February 12, 2019.Google customers who are still using the old interface on that day will be moved to the new Contacts interface automatically according to the company.Google launched an updated version of Contacts in 2015 to “provide a modern, smart, and quick contact management experience” and offered it as a preview for existing customers.Google customers could activate the Contacts Preview option in the sidebar on the Contacts website to switch to the new layout and version of Contacts, and return to the classic version by activating “switch to old version” in the new interface.The classic interface looked like this:The new interface looks like this instead. ItGoogle customers who use the Contacts Preview already won’t notice any changes in the coming months. Those who are still on the classic Contacts site will be moved to the new design.The company revealed the following timeline for the change:November 28, 2018: Google Suite admins could use a checkbox to enable the preview version of Contacts for users. The setting changes on November 28, 2018 to set a default version of Contacts. The current setting determines the new default. Admins can configure the option under Apps > G Suite > Directory > Sharing settings > Contacts Preview.January 15, 2019: All Google Contacts users are moved to the new Contacts version. It is still possible to opt-out and return to the classic version of Contacts at this point in time.February 12, 2019: All users who are still using the old Contacts interface are moved to the new version of Contacts automatically. An option to return to the classic version of Contacts won’t be provided anymore at this point in time. The classic version of Contacts is shut down.Closing WordsGoogle will shut down the classic Contacts design in the coming months; I never used it and have no intention to use the new “modern” version of Contacts either. I’d like to hear from you about the change, what is your take on it?SummaryArticle NameSay goodbye to the old Google Contacts interfaceDescriptionGoogle announced yesterday that it will shut down the old (or classic) Google Contacts interface on February 12, 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement