Sheryl Sandberg Breaking up Facebook wont fix social media

first_img 6 On Friday, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said breaking up Facebook would be “a remedy of the very last resort.” This may come as a surprise given that the European Union has typically been more heavy-handed than the US when it comes to regulating Silicon Valley tech companies. Vestager in particular has a reputation for coming down hard on US tech giants, thanks to record-breaking fines she’s handed out to Amazon and Google. Originally published May 17, 9:19 a.m. PT.Update, 11:49 a.m.: Adds comment from EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Comments Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Facebook isn’t secretly listening in on your phone conversations. Really Facebook’s ad targeting has created a creepy image problem it can’t shake EU competition commissioner: Facebook breakup would be ‘last resort’ Sandberg also responded to a recent op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who said Zuckerberg had too much power and that the company should be broken up.”You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don’t address the underlying issues people are concerned about,” Sandberg told CNBC.Facebook, along with other social media companies like Twitter and YouTube, has been called out for not doing enough to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech. Critics have also argued that Facebook’s enormous power needs to be kept in check.Sandberg acknowledged that users are concerned about privacy, but added that every one of Facebook’s engineering and product teams now have systems in place focused on protecting people’s privacy, according to CNBC.When it comes to elections, Sandberg said Facebook is ready for 2020.”We never foresaw Russian interference in the 2016 election … and that’s on us,” she told CBS This Morning. “Going into the 2020 election, we have war rooms in place. We have a working relationship with the FBI and Homeland Security … and we’re all working together.” 5:10 More on Facebookcenter_img Facebook knows it has hard work to do, says COO Sheryl Sandberg. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook is doing the hard work necessary to protect elections and your privacy. That’s the message from Sheryl Sandberg in interviews with CBS This Morning and CNBC on Friday.Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer, told CBS This Morning that earning back people’s trust will be hard, but that she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will do “whatever it takes” to keep people safe on Facebook. (Editor’s note: CNET is owned by CBS.) Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberglast_img read more

SpaceX Starlink satellites have astronomers amplifying the cosmic alarm

Sci-Tech Elon Musk Space SpaceX 23 Photos This image of a distant galaxy group from Arizona’s Lowell Observatory is marred by diagonal lines from the trails of Starlink satellites shortly after their launch in May. Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory The world’s largest organization of professional astronomers is sounding the galactic alarm over Elon Musk’s plan to send a swarm of SpaceX satellites into low-Earth orbit. Almost immediately after a Falcon 9 rocket released the first batch of the company’s Starlink broadband internet satellites last month, stargazers were dismayed by just how bright and noticeable the train of orbiting routers is in the night sky. Now the concern has moved from chatter on social media to a more formal call for new government regulation from the International Astronomical Union. In a statement Monday, the IAU said large satellite constellations like Starlink could have unforeseen consequences for advancing our understanding of the universe and the protection of nocturnal wildlife. “We do not yet understand the impact of thousands of these visible satellites scattered across the night sky and despite their good intentions, these satellite constellations may threaten both,” the statement reads. The IAU shared the above image, which shows bars of light from Starlink satellite trails in the field of view captured by Arizona’s Lowell Observatory. The trails obscure the view of galaxy group NGC 5353/4.  Comments Every Elon Musk project right now Tags There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people notice ~0% of the time. Starlink won’t be seen by anyone unless looking very carefully & will have ~0% impact on advancements in astronomy. We need to move telelscopes to orbit anyway. Atmospheric attenuation is terrible. pic.twitter.com/OuWYfNmw0D— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019 8 Originally published June 4.  “Although this image serves as an illustration of the impact of reflections from satellite constellations, please note that the density of these satellites is significantly higher in the days after launch,” the organization explained. A SpaceX spokesperson added via email that “the observability of the Starlink satellites is dramatically reduced as they raise orbit to greater distance and orient themselves with the phased array antennas toward Earth and their solar arrays behind the body of the satellite.” Nonetheless, should SpaceX deploy all the Starlink satellites it is permitted for, it would more than double the amount of satellites currently orbiting Earth, with some being granted permission to orbit at even lower orbits than originally conceived. The IAU, which represents over 13,000 astronomers, called for satellite constellation operators and astronomers to work together more closely and urged “appropriate agencies to devise a regulatory framework to mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts on scientific exploration as soon as practical.” Are SpaceX Starlink satellites ruining the night sky? For its part, SpaceX has already been coordinating with the US National Science Foundation, which oversees the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. “After working closely with SpaceX, NSF has finalized a coordination agreement to ensure the company’s Starlink satellite network plans will meet international radio astronomy protection standards, limiting interference in this radio astronomy band,” the NSF said in a statement Tuesday. Elon Musk also hinted at a possible long-term solution on Twitter: “We need to move telelscopes (sic) to orbit anyway.” 2:57 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice read more

How To Win The Presidency With 23 Percent Of The Popular Vote

first_img Share Stacy ThreattIt’s that time again: time for Americans to figure out how, exactly, their presidential election works. “Electoral College” searches spike every four years, just before Election Day, according to Google … and the search volume is picking up right now.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Long story short: To win the presidency, you don’t have to win the majority of the popular vote. You have to win the majority of electoral votes — that is, 270 of them.* In most states, a candidate wins electoral votes by winning the most voters.So. Win a state by just one vote, and you win all of its electoral votes (unless you live in Nebraska or Maine, which divvy up their votes a little differently).This can lead to off-kilter election results — in 2000, for example, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote by a few hundred thousand votes, but lost the presidency by five electoral votes. So we wondered: Just how few votes would a candidate need to win 270 electoral votes?We decided to find out. A candidate only needs to win the 11 states with the most electoral votes to hit 270. Assuming only two candidates (a big assumption; see below) and that one candidate won all of those states by just one vote, and then didn’t win a single vote in any of the other states (or D.C.), how many votes would that candidate have to win? It depends on how you do the math. Either way, it’s far less than half.Initially when we did this story, we found that if you start with the biggest-electoral-vote states, the answer is 27 percent. However, we have an update: as Andrej Schoeke very nicely pointed out to us on Twitter, there’s another way to do it (via CGP Grey) that requires even less of the popular vote: start with the smallest-electoral-vote states. Our math went through a few iterations on this but by our final math, in 2012 that could have meant winning the presidency with only around 23 percent of the popular vote.The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes.And if one were to start with the largest states, it would be 27 percent. Here’s a look at that math:We’re making a lot of assumptions here — we’re using vote totals from 2012, for one thing. Moreover, we’re assuming there are only two candidates in the race.And let’s be clear about the obvious here: This kind of an extreme election isn’t going to happen. And if it did — if there were somehow a bunch of 1- or 2-vote wins, you can bet the recounts would stretch into 2017.And we’re also sure that with any number of tweaks to the math (like plugging in a third or fourth candidate), you could come up with results that are slightly-to-moderately different. But that’s not really the point here. The point is that the Electoral College can skew election results to a fantastic degree.How a 7-point win becomes a “landslide”This kind of popular-electoral vote discrepancy is why some articles about the 2008 election had to be careful to call Obama’s win an electoral landslide — he won 68 percent of the electoral vote but only about 53 percent of the popular vote.Skewed wins like this happen regularly in U.S. elections — a modest popular vote margin can yield a ridiculously large Electoral College margin. For example, in 1984, Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in the popular vote by 18 points — a sizable gap, but nothing like the Electoral College walloping: Reagan won 525 electoral votes, beating Mondale by 95 percentage points.Here’s what those gaps look like in every election going back to 1960’s race, in which John F. Kennedy only squeaked past Richard Nixon in the popular vote by around 100,000 votes:Ironically, the 2000 election — whose outcome struck many people as unfair because Gore won the popular vote but not the electoral vote — also has the electoral-vote margin that most closely reflects the popular-vote margin. In that sense, one could call it one of the “fairest” elections in modern politics.Well, maybe. But then, come Nov. 9, there will be no difference for the losing candidate between getting 250 electoral votes or 150 — a loss is a loss.The difference an Electoral College makesThe Electoral College and current demographics mean that both parties often take particular electoral votes for granted: Democrats regularly win California and New York, while Republicans win Texas and Georgia (however, things have been closer than usual in those states this year).(Likewise, there are plenty of easy wins for each party at the low end of the spectrum. Wyoming is regularly Republican. Hawaii regularly votes Democratic.)And that means that candidates regularly spend a disproportionate amount of time in high-electoral-vote battleground states like Florida and Ohio as they plot their “paths to 270.” This means voters in Los Angeles or San Antonio (or Cheyenne or Honolulu) don’t get that much attention.If the Electoral College disappeared tomorrow, campaign strategy would probably shift dramatically; Democrats might campaign more in Austin, Texas. Republicans might do more outreach in conservative parts of California. Either way, the people of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania might get some respite from the onslaught of rallies and ads every four years, as candidates try harder to win bigger parts of the country.*Before you fire off an email, yes, we know: You can still win the presidency without winning 270 electoral votes. If no candidate hits 270, then the House votes. But we’re talking outright on election night.Copyright 2016 NPR. 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Increased Attacks on Mosby Reflect Vast Power of FOP

first_imgSean YoesThe trial of Baltimore City police Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth trial (another bench trial) of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray began earlier this week. So far, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is winless — there has been a mistrial and two acquittals — in her search for justice in the death of Freddie Gray last April, which was ruled a homicide.At the end of the last trial, for Caesar Goodson, the van driver the prosecution accused of delivering the so-called, “rough ride,” which allegedly led to Gray’s ultimate demise, Mosby was seen in the courtroom shaking her head after the, “not guilty,” verdicts of Judge Barry Williams were rendered.Clearly, the pressure to deliver a guilty verdict in one of these trials continues to mount on the State’s Attorney.However, added to Mosby’s burden is the egregious specter of threats on her life.According to WBAL-TV (as reported recently in the AFRO), there has been a litany of threatening emails (the news organization obtained through a Public Information Act request) directed at Mosby and her husband Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby. One anonymous emailer sent a fake news account of Marilyn Mosby’s murder.“Marilyn Mosby was gunned down in cold blood walking into the courthouse. Not one officer came to assist. A police statement simply read, `Sucks to be her.’ Nobody will miss that (expletive),” the account reads.To be clear, I’m not suggesting the cowardly trolls who spew this venom are somehow connected officially or unofficially to the FOP or do I believe the union condones their actions. But, I do believe their bunker mentality and often unwavering position when it comes to plausible charges of police brutality and misconduct gives some cover to those who would unleash this type of hate-filled vitriol or worse.“You are out of your mind,” another emailer wrote. “When the violence starts and they turn their anger on you, maybe the officers will be a little slow to react. You are a cop hater. Marilyn Mosby is nothing but a (expletive) Black Panther (expletive). She should be hung.”The position of FOP unions across the nation is united and unequivocal; either your with us or against us. And indicting police officers for, “fulfilling their duties,” means you’re against us.“Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night,” wrote FOP President Gene Ryan in a letter to Mosby, which asked her to recuse herself. The letter was released moments before she announced charges against the six officers. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” Ryan continued. Yet, the fact remains, Gray entered that police wagon last April alive, when he exited his death was imminent.When Mosby announced charges against officers Porter, Nero, Goodson, Rice, White and Miller on May 1, 2015, she launched an almost unprecedented salvo against Baltimore police. In 30 years prior to her action, only five officers had previously been indicted for killing a suspect while on duty in Baltimore, only one was convicted and that conviction was overturned on appeal.Mosby had effectively become Public Enemy Number One of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge Number Three, and many members of the rank and file and they have acted accordingly ever since.The truth is the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the most powerful political lobbies in the country. And Maryland’s FOP is among the most potent and their Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights is the oldest and most expansive in the nation.And although the Black Lives Matter movement has received significant media coverage in the wake of Ferguson (Michael Brown), Cleveland (Tamir Rice), Staten Island (Eric Garner) and now Freddie Gray, there are millions of Americans still invested in the “traditional” role of American law enforcement rooted historically in the practice of antebellum slave catching. They are emboldened by the fact that no officers were indicted in the cases of Brown, Rice or Garner. And they are enraged by the fact Mosby would even try in the case of Freddie Gray.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and is host and executive producer of, “First Edition,” which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA, 88.9.last_img

Sonos Beats Earnings Expectations Teases OutofHome Product for 2019

first_imgThe investor letter also previewed a number of initiatives that could add further growth. This includes the company’s partnership with Ikea, which will “potentially introduce millions of new households to the Sonos app and experience,” according to the letter.What’s more, executives also used the letter to preview another significant opportunity for the company: sound outside of the home. From the letter:“While approximately 50% of listening happens in the home, the other 50% happens outside the home. So, to be the leading sound experience company, we need to continue to offer differentiated listening experiences in the home while extending our platform and products to all the places and spaces our customers listen to the fantastic breadth of audio content available on demand today. In FY2019, we plan to push our boundaries by investing resources to make the experience of Sonos outside the home a reality.”Sonos CEO Patrick Spence expanded on that opportunity during Thursday’s earnings call, saying that the company had “several products that take us outside the home” on its 3-year roadmap.A first such product is expected to ship within the next 12 months, Spence said. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of these products, but it’s possible that the company could make a portable speaker, or partner with car makers to bring Sonos sound to the automotive space. The smart speaker maker saw a sales boost from its newly-introduced Sonos Beam soundbar, with executives writing in their investor letter Thursday that the Beam became the number 1 soundbar in the U.S. during that quarter measured in shares of dollar spent. That’s despite the fact that the soundbar only launched halfway into the quarter. “Beam exceeded our forecast,” the company said in its letter to investors.Sonos also revealed its full-year totals Thursday, detailing that it sold products worth $1.14 billion during its fiscal 2018. This marks the first time the company surpassed $1 billion worth in revenue. The company’s net loss for the year was $15.6 million.Over the 12 months ending September 30, Sonos sold more than 5 million products to consumers, adding 1.5 million homes to its customer base. What’s more, both revenue and household additions are accelerating significantly year-over-year, as the company illustrated in a chart: Sonos share prices rose sharply Thursday after the close of markets on better-than-expected earnings news: Investors sent the company’s stock up nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading after Sonos revealed that it nearly broke even in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and surpassed $1 billion in revenue for its fiscal full year of 2018.“2018 was a great year for us,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence during Thursday’s earnings call.Sonos generated some $273 million in revenue during the last quarter, compared to $214.1 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net loss for the quarter was $1.7 million, down from $14.9 million a year ago. This equals a loss of $0.02 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $248.7 million, and losses of $0.10 per share. CREDIT: Courtesy of Sonoscenter_img ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Artistic nuances

first_imgAn exhibition of paintings and sculptures titled ‘Ballad of Love’, curated by well known artist Poonam S Kohli, will be held from March 7-11 at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre in the national Capital. This artistic extravaganza features 22 participating artists and four guest artists. Some of the participating artists include Dalip Chandolia, Roop Chand, Poonam Singh Kohli and well known guest artists like Padma Bhushan Sri Ram Vir Sutar, Alka Raghuvanshi, Vijender Sharma and Anil Sutar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Poonam Kohli, herself is a well-known artist and sculptor. She feels it is imperative to give a platform to contemporary upcoming as well as well-known artists. She feels that promoting art and artists will go a long way in making their works more visible and will attract wider audiences. Dalip’s paintings are infused with happiness and joy. The motif of the bird is symbolic of peace and serenity and brings with it the hope of dawn and new beginnings. Bright colours are used consciously to instil a feeling of energy and vibrancy in his paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“My paintings always depict happiness and joy of life. Bird is a symbol of peace and serenity. I have a feeling that by making these birds my work has become more lively and admirable as it gives my viewers a hope and a certain amount of pleasure when they look at them. “I use only bright and eye catching colours to show happiness and instill energy in my paintings”, said Dalip Chandolia.Fusing the splendid themes of love and peace, Roop Chand makes his masterpieces stand out. Spanning over twenty years, the transformation in his works is towering. Entrenched in Indian heritage, his superlative artworks will indubitably imprison your psyche. Where: Open Palm Court, India Habitat CentreWhen: March 7-11Timing: 11 am to 8 pmlast_img read more

Opt for facials as per skin type

first_imgThere are different kind of facials for different purposes and skin types. While de-tan facial helps remove tanning mostly for oily skin, gold radiance facial suits all skin types, say experts.Here are some facials that you could opt for:1. De-tan facial: De-tan facials suit oily skin that gets sun-tanned. The creams used for this facial cut the melanin on the skin, hence gives immediate de-tan results.2. Diamond facial: This facial is ideal for special occasions, and suits dry, oily as well as combination skin types. Mostly chosen for wedding, parties or festivals. The fine dust massage cream used for this facial reduces signs of ageing, acne as well as lends a whitening effect to the skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf3. Aromatherapy facial: The aromatic oils used in aroma therapy facial have potent curative and permeating ability. Experts analyse skin type and accordingly suggest the oil which when blended with base oils show unique set of beneficial properties. Aroma of these oils when inhaled work positively on emotions and cause a physical and psychological response like relieving stress, overcoming depression, energising and enhancing mood. 4. Collagen facial: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCollagen, a natural protein has the ability to get absorbed and hold moisture in skin, this vital protein makes 70 per cent of the skin but is lost as we age, thus causing wrinkles. The Collagen facial replenishes this important protein to provide texture and resilience to skin.5. Photo facial: This kind of facial is the latest, safe, non-invasive and comprehensive treatment which uses light and treats various skin disorders like wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, coarse skin, large pores and blemishes. 6. Gold radiance facial: This facial suits all skin types. The end result of this facial is a yellowish gold glow that is ideal for brides as well as women who have to face strong lights that are usually warm white in colour.7. Wine facial: Red wine acts as an anti-oxidant which is twenty times more effective than vitamin C and fifty times more than vitamin E. Application of red wine improves moisture content, skin elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.It increases levels of vitamin C within the cells which has an anti-wrinkle effect. Red wine acid also dilutes the pigment and promote skin metabolism. 8. Ultra hydrating watermelon facial: Beat the summer heat with this ultra-hydrating watermelon facial especially created for the heat fatigued skin. Enriched with water infused extracts it will magically sink into your skin leaving it with revived and refreshed feel.9. Anti-ageing facial: This facial is a great choice for women in the age group of 35-50 years. Mostly for combination and normal skin types, the mask used for this facial helps in lifting the skin, reduce traces of wrinkles and skin sagging as well.last_img read more

Emergency services dealing with accident near StokeonTrent pub

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services are dealing with a two-vehicle accident near a Stoke-on-Trent pub this evening. The collision is believed to have taken place on Leek Road near the Sneyd Arms pub in Abbey Hulton at around 11.20pm tonight (Friday February 22). An eyewitness reports police, paramedics and the fire service are at the scene. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they remained in attendance. A spokeswoman said:  “We were called at 11.20pm to a two-vehicle collision.  No one was trapped.” We will bring you an update on this story when one becomes available. Read MorePolice release post-mortem result after woman’s body found at city house Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive  or message us on   our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

Big Five Tours moves Canadian office to Alberta

first_img Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Big Five Tours moves Canadian office to Alberta Tags: Alberta, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Edmonton STUART, FL – Big Five Tours & Expeditions is on the move, relocating its Canadian registered office to Edmonton effective June 15.The company’s new Canadian address is:Big Five Tours & Expeditions Limited2900, 10180-101 StreetEdmonton, ABT5J 3V5Its phone number will remain the same at (800) 244-3483, as will its business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST).“Big Five sells through travel agents, not direct, and we have a great working relationship with our Canada retail partners. This move to Alberta does not change the role of our VP sales, Paul Dorgan, to serve our Canada retail partners (East, Central or West) based out of Toronto,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five.last_img read more

Continental Airlines found guilty in France

first_imgAmerican-based Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics have been found guilty of involuntary homicide in regards to Air France Concorde crash in 2000. The crash killed all of the 109 passengers and crew members on board, including four people on the ground. A French judge has ordered Continental pay civil damages of US$1.3 million to Air France, and has fined the American airline US$265,000. The middle-aged mechanic was accused of using incorrect materials when repairing the aircraft.Continental Airlines is appealing the ruling. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Cole votes for budget that pays down debt controls spending

first_img12Jun Cole votes for budget that pays down debt, controls spending Categories: Cole News,News Fiscally conservative plan has record K-12 school fundingState Rep. Triston Cole today joined a majority of his legislative colleagues to approve a state budget that keeps government spending in check while reducing the state’s debt.Cole, of Mancelona, said fewer state tax dollars are in this budget than in the previous budget cycle. The limits do not affect spending for education and roads, which are at a record level.“Smart and strategic financial planning allows us to pay down our debt and puts more money into the state’s main savings account, key steps that will continue to reduce the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers in the future,” Cole said. “We have been diligent in protecting the funds taxpayers entrust to the state, and in this budget we continue to be conservative and do more with less money.”Cole said most school districts in the Northern Michigan district he represents will receive all or near of the maximum $240 per student increase in the school budget.“This will help close the funding gap that has existed for years between smaller, rural schools and those in larger, urban areas,” Cole said.Other key elements in the budget are:·       Savings for taxpayers. While investing more in top priorities, overall the state is spending less in the next budget year than during the current year. Budgets for several state departments will decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste.·       Road repairs. The new plan accelerates the timeline for desperately needed improvements, spending $4 billion overall on road repairs next budget year – a record-high investment up about $1 billion in state money alone from just a few years ago. Projects must be done on time and on budget, with strengthened warranties to ensure quality.·       Workforce development. Michigan students will have more opportunities to train for high-demand jobs and higher wages through a $100 million program Gov. Rick Snyder has named the Marshall Plan for Talent. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent this spring.·       School safety. The plan dedicates roughly $60 million to upgrading school security in buildings across Michigan. The OK2SAY confidential tip reporting program will be expanded.·       Community safety. The plan funds training of 155 new Michigan State Police troopers – putting our trooper strength at its highest level in 18 years.·       Health care. Community mental health funding will increase by more than $65 million statewide so residents can live happier, more independent lives. Also supporting the House CARES initiative, about $15 million will be invested in a range of programs including increased access to health care, services to military veterans, problem-solving courts and crime victims’ rights programs. More resources also will be dedicated to battling the opioid abuse crisis.House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.#####last_img read more

He also warned that the shortage of social housing

first_imgHe also warned that the shortage of social housing had pushed many ordinary families into taking on mortgage debt that many are now struggling to manage.He commented: “It’s important that those with interest-only mortgages ensure they have appropriate plans in place to repay the original loan when the term of their agreement expires.“At the height of the property boom many people on lower incomes were encouraged by lenders to take out interest-only mortgages as a way of keeping their monthly payments manageable. “But this has left them vulnerable to losing their homes if they can’t pay back the original loan when the agreement ends.“Many families could be facing foreclosure and they should be contacting their lenders now and try to change the terms of their mortgage agreement.“It seems a long time ahead but even if the terms don’t end until the 2030s, the Financial Conduct Authority advises that it’s better to try and resolve this now,” he added.‘INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGE HOLDERS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE’ – KELLY was last modified: February 13th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Sinn Fein councillor Colly KellySINN Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged any householders with outstanding interest-only mortgage debt to speak to their lenders if they think they may be in danger of losing their homes. ‘INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGE HOLDERS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE’ – KELLYcouncillor Colly KellyFINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITYSinn Feinlast_img read more

GARDAI in Donegal are appealing for witnesses foll

first_img GARDAI in Donegal are appealing for witnesses following the fatal road crash involving a teenage boy. The young teen, understood to be only 14 years old, was driving the car when it crashed at Tullyalley, Redcastle, between 5pm and 6pm last evening, Friday June 8th 2018.The teenager was the only occupant and was fatally injured when the car he was driving lost control and crashed. ShareTweet 14-year-old boy dies in Donegal car crashbuncranagardairedcastleteenage boyTullyballeycenter_img He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.The stretch of road is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.Gardaí  wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.14-year-old boy dies in Donegal car crash was last modified: June 10th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Click on image to enlarge The CMEs Daily Deli

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 88 gold and 27 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Both GLD and SLV had withdrawals by authorized participants yesterday.  In GLD it was 145,034 troy ounces…and in SLV it was 1,544,992 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint reported selling 5,500 ounces of gold eagles yesterday…and that was it. It was a busy day in silver over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  They reported receiving 1,274,887 troy ounces of the stuff…and shipped 513,511 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. On the same day in gold, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 75,751 troy ounces…and shipped 44,054 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. Like yesterday, I have no other news, charts, or graphs to post…except for your “cute quota”… Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the Comex action in more detail. It was pretty much the same sort of price action in silver…and the silver chart looks a lot like the gold chart.  The low tick…$22.41 spot…most likely came at the same moment as gold’s low, but even the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart didn’t come close to catching it.  Not surprisingly, silver got hit worse than gold, as that’s “da boyz” problem child…at least it is for JPMorgan Chase and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia. Silver closed at $22.59 spot…down 82 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Gross volume was a very chunky 65,000 contracts. The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…and then headed south with a vengeance when gold was hit at the London p.m. fix.  The stocks finished barely off their lows of the day…as the HUI was crushed for another 4.72%. Sponsor Advertisement Silver came within a few pennies of its Far East April 16th low price tick at 10:00 a.m. BST in London, but gold is still fifty bucks away from its low of the same day.  If I use Wednesday’s trading action as a template for what might happen in Comex trading in New York today, I’d guess we’ll see JPMorgan et al try to punch a new low price in silver.  But as Ted Butler has carefully pointed out, there are few technical fund long holders left to sell…and even fewer of them are prepared to go short at these prices.  “Da Boyz” may get the price lower, but it will probably won’t allow them to improve their short positions by much…or go long themselves. As you can imagine, I await the New York open with some apprehension. See you on Friday…or on Saturday west of the International Date Line. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com.center_img All four metals closed down on the day.  Gold was down 2.34%…silver was down 3.50%…platinum down 0.67%…and palladium 0.41%. The dollar index closed at 83.605 in New York late Tuesday afternoon…and traded just about ruler flat until shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time.  The rally from there peaked out at precisely 8:00 a.m. in London.  The high tick was 84.05.  From there, the index sagged slightly for the rest of the Wednesday session, closing in New York at  83.785…up 18 basis points from Tuesday’s close. JPMorgan et al made no attempt to hide their actions behind the smoke screen of a currency move in New York yesterday, as it was all blatant in-your-face price management that started right at, or just after, the London p.m. gold fix. Platinum got sold off as well during the New York session, but recovered smartly once the selling pressure disappeared.  There was no such sell-off in palladium, as the chart below so plainly shows. Of course the silver stocks got hammered as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down another 4.33%. I have a lot fewer stories today, which suits me just fine…and probably you as well. I believe that the big buyer of the 10 million oz of gold liquidated in the GLD was JPMorgan, either alone or with other collusive commercial banks. It dawned on me that the same methodology I’ve previously attributed to a potential Mr. Big in SLV (also probably JPMorgan) is at work in GLD. If one (or 2 or 3) big buyers in GLD had merely purchased the 100 million shares that were sold in GLD by liquidating shareholders, that would have quickly pushed the big buyer(s) over the 5% SEC reporting threshold, thereby revealing the identity of the buyers. Remember, we’re talking about 23% of shares outstanding and there is no way to buy that many shares and not quickly be into reporting status. But by having the gold redeemed out of the trust and the metal being purchased (instead of shares), stock reporting requirements are evaded. A single holder, perhaps working with a few collusive partners, came to own what is, effectively, almost a quarter of the world’s largest gold stockpile and no one is the wiser.  – Silver analyst Ted Butler…15 May 2013 Another day…and another engineered price decline in silver and gold.  One would have to fairly delusional to buy into the ‘stronger dollar’ story considering it’s rather anemic performance.  The price action in both those precious metals had zero to do with currencies, as the dollar index was doing squat at the London p.m. gold fix where most of the price damage occurred. It’s amazing…and discouraging…to look at the precious metal share prices.  They’re now back to where they were when silver was selling for under ten bucks an ounce…and gold around $500.  You’d think that the mining companies would be up in arms, but there hasn’t been a peep out of any of them…or from the organizations that purport to represent them…the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute. Of course these organizations are strong with the dark side of The Force…and any mining executive that has ever worked in an executive position in either of them had already been totally compromised, or they would never have been offered those positions in the first place. It’s too bad that yesterday’s price action occurred on a Wednesday, as it was the day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.  And as I’ve pointed out countless times over the years, this is a little trick “da boyz” pull when they want to hide their tracks for as long as possible, as what happened yesterday won’t be public knowledge until the COT Report on May 27th. Not much happened, or was allowed to happen, in Far East trading on their Thursday…and as the London open approaches [in less than ten minutes] as I write this paragraph, all four precious metals are basically unchanged from Thursday’s close in New York.  Volumes are already very high in both silver and gold but, as per usual, it’s virtually all high-frequency trading.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points. It’s been more than two hours since I wrote the above paragrah…and there have obviously been some ‘developments’.  Around the time of the London open, the high-frequency traders showed up on the scene…and all four precious metals came under selling pressure once again.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. EDT…gold is down seventeen bucks, silver is down 40 cents…and platinum and palladium are down over a percent each.  Volumes skyrocketed…now over 65,000 contracts in gold and 14,000 contracts in silver…and the dollar index is up a magnificent 15 basis points. It’s amazing…and discouraging…to look at the precious metal share prices. The gold price didn’t much of anything in Far East trading for most of their Wednesday.  However, about 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, which is thirty minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open, gold got sold down about fifteen bucks by 9:00 a.m. BST…and that certainly could have been currency related. After that, the gold price didn’t do much of anything until at, or shortly after, the London p.m. gold fix.  Then, in the space of less that ninety minutes, gold got sold down about twenty-five dollars, with the low tick [$1,387.00 spot] coming shortly before 11:30 a.m. EDT in New York. The subsequent rally, such as it was, didn’t amount to much…and after that, gold continued to sell off quietly into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Gold closed at $1,392.50 spot…down $33.30 on the day.  Net volume was very large…around 204,000 contracts.last_img read more

Covered California the states health insurance m

first_imgCovered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care.Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven’t met certain designated targets for safety and quality, they’ll risk being excluded from the “in-network” designation of health plans sold on the state’s insurance exchange.”We’re saying ‘time’s up,’ ” says Dr. Lance Lang, the chief medical officer for Covered California. “We’ve told health plans that by the end of 2019, we want networks to only include hospitals that have achieved that target.”Here’s how hospitals will be measured: They must perform fewer unnecessary cesarean sections, prescribe fewer opioids, and cut back on the use of imaging (X-rays, MRIs and CT scans) to diagnose and treat back pain.Research has shown these are problem areas in many hospitals — the procedures and pills have an important place, but have been overused to the point of causing patient harm, health care analysts say.C-sections, in particular, have come under scrutiny for years.Many women who don’t need a C-section often get one anyway, according to the data — and it varies from hospital to hospital. Even for low-risk cases, Lang says, several California hospitals are delivering 40 percent of babies by C-section. At one hospital, it’s 78 percent.”That means that when a woman goes to a hospital, it’s the culture of the hospital that really determines whether or not she gets a cesarean section, not so much her own health,” says Lang.Hospitals get paid more to perform a C-section than a vaginal delivery, and the operation usually takes less time, though it is major surgery. Performing it when it’s not needed exposes a woman to unnecessary risks: infection, hemorrhage, even death.Studies also have found that babies delivered by C-section are more likely to have complications and spend more time in the neonatal intensive care unit.That’s not quality health care, Lang says, and that’s why Covered California is telling hospitals they need to reduce their C-section rates to 23.9 percent or lower, for low-risk births.In this case,”low-risk” is defined as a healthy, first-time mom who has carried the single fetus with its head down, all the way to full term — now defined as 39 weeks gestation.Medi-Cal, the state health program for low-income residents, CalPERS, the retirement program for state employees, and the Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents self-insured employers, are also calling on hospitals to improve their quality measures.Together, these groups pay for the health care of 16 million Californians, or 40 percent of the state, which gives them substantial leverage with hospitals.But only Covered California is telling hospitals that if they don’t play by the rules, they’ll be benched.”It’s probably the boldest move we’ve seen in maternity care ever,” says Leah Binder, CEO of the Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that rates hospitals on quality.Expecting hospitals to meet external metrics for quality control is a recent phenomenon, and compliance is still largely voluntary, she says.”Back in the ’80s and ’90s, nobody ever thought that hospitals should have to report to anyone on how they were doing,” she says. “There’s never been a culture of accountability.”Covered California’s move is nationally significant, Binder says, given the consequences for hospitals, and the agency’s reach — 1.4 million people buy coverage through the marketplace — and they shop among plans offered by 11 state-approved insurance companies.Insurers and business groups across the country are already keeping an eye on California’s effort, she says, to see how they might band together to demand similar change from the hospitals in their regions.Overall, California’s hospitals are on board with the C-section goal. Of the 243 maternity hospitals in the state, 40 percent have already met the target, Lang says, and another 40 percent have taken advantage of coaching and consulting to help educate the doctors on how they can adjust their practice. They’re also finding they have to educate patients who request C-sections about the procedure’s risks.”While many may prefer that, when having the full information about the risk that they may be putting themselves and their babies in, they elect not to move in that direction,” says Julie Morath, CEO of the Hospital Quality Institute, a subsidiary of the California Hospital Association. Both groups support the C-section reduction goals as “the right thing to do,” she says.The strategy has raised some concerns among mothers who hear about the 23.9 percent target and worry about rationing.”We don’t just chase rates,” Morath says in response to that concern, “but rather look at what the clinical needs are and how to best respond to those. So if there is an indication for a cesarean section, the mother will receive a cesarean section.”Still, not all hospitals will find it easy to comply. State data show there are about 40 hospitals that are still far off the target in California, including a cluster of hospitals in East Los Angeles that treat low-income, often uninsured, patients.”If you have somebody who is on methamphetamines and is homeless and has not gotten any prenatal care, her chance of a C-section is way higher than someone who is not all those things,” says Dr. Malini Nijagal, an OB-GYN at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the University of California, San Francisco. “And so the problem is, how do you adjust for the patient population of a hospital?”At Memorial Hospital of Gardena, the C-section rate is 45.2 percent. At East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, the rate is 48.1 percent, according to publicly available state data listed on CalHospital Compare and Yelp. Both hospitals are working diligently to lower the rates, according to Amie Boersma, director for communications for Avanti Hospitals, which owns both facilities.She says the hospitals will meet the 23.9 percent benchmark and are committed to doing so for the sake of their patients. Being excluded from Covered California health plan networks, she adds, would make it even more difficult for those patients to get care. They would either have to pay out-of-network fees to be seen there, or they would have to travel farther to another facility that was still in the network.”We are in underserved, economically challenged urban neighborhoods and it is vitally important that we continue to provide appropriate, high-quality care for our communities,” Boersma says.Health plans can request an exemption from Covered California’s contract rules (in order to keep noncomplying hospitals in their networks) — as long as they document their reasoning.”That is flexibility that we asked for to ensure that we maintain adequate access to providers,” says Charles Bacchi, CEO of the California Association of Health Plans, a trade group for insurers. “Any major changes to health plan networks must be filed with regulators. And health plans have to ensure that patients continue to receive services in a timely manner.”So far, the prospect of exclusion, plus the coaching for hospitals on how to reduce the rates, have functioned as an effective motivator.By 2020, Covered California’s Lang believes all hospitals will either have met the target or be on their way.”It’s a quality improvement project,” Lang says, “but with a deadline.”This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with KQED and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 KQED. To see more, visit KQED.last_img read more

Disabled campaigners have criticised the chancello

first_imgDisabled campaigners have criticised the chancellor’s failure to provide any money in the budget to solve the social care funding crisis, despite a warning from the UN.Although Philip Hammond announced some extra funding for the NHS, there was no mention of social care in his budget speech, or in the main budget report.It came only days after the government left disabled campaigners “completely frustrated” by admitting that it will side-line the needs of working-age disabled people from next summer’s social care green paper (see separate story).In August, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities warned that the UK was “going backwards” on independent living, and called on the government to draw up a “comprehensive plan” to address the problem.Despite that call, there was not a single mention of disabled people, disability, independent living or social care in the chancellor’s 7,700-word speech to MPs yesterday (Wednesday), repeating his failure to mention disabled people or disability in his 6,700-word budget speech in March.The chancellor (pictured delivering the budget speech) did announce an extra £335 million for the NHS in England this winter, £1.6 billion in 2018-19, and another £900 million in 2019-20 – still far short of the extra £4 billion-a-year health leaders say it needs – as well as overall increases of £2 billion for the Scottish government, and £1.2 billion more for the Welsh government, but he allocated nothing to social care in England.In March, the chancellor allocated just £2.4 billion in extra money for social care over the next three years, a sum described by disabled campaigners at the time as “meaningless” when set against the scale of the funding crisis.A survey of social workers in England by Community Care magazine and the Care and Support Alliance, published in September, found that more than two-thirds felt they were expected to cut people’s care packages because of local authority funding pressures, while more than a quarter were not confident that the reduced care packages they had to oversee were “fair and safe”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday, in his speech responding to the budget, that by March next year more than £6 billion will have been cut from social care budgets since 2010.Linda Burnip, co founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “As expected, the Tories have completely ignored yet again the human disaster they have allowed to develop in relation to social care and have failed to address in any way the ever increasing lack of funding to support disabled people’s human rights to live independently in the community with adequate levels of support.”Disability Rights UK said: “There will be deep disappointment amongst disabled people that there was no mention of social care in the budget.“The crisis in services looks set to continue unabated.”The Local Government Association said it was “a completely false economy to put money into the NHS while not addressing the funding crisis in adult social care” and “sends a message that if you need social care, you should go to hospital”.The disability charity Sense warned the government that it “cannot save the NHS if it delays dealing with social care”.And another disability charity, the MS Society, said the failure to provide more money for social care was “even more alarming” than the refusal to meet the NHS funding gap, and “provides nothing to prevent the current crisis from worsening”.The budget report did include one disability-specific spending announcement, with an extra £42 million for the disabled facilities grant – which provides funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible – increasing the total budget for this year (2017-18) to £473 million, although this was not mentioned in Hammond’s speech.There was also relief that the government finally agreed to introduce measures to soften the impact of the botched rollout of universal credit (UC), which is gradually replacing six working-age benefits.Campaigners have been warning that the rollout is leaving hundreds of thousands in debt, and forcing people – many of them disabled – to borrow from loan sharks, pawnbrokers and payday loan companies, while many have been left in rent arrears and facing eviction.Hammond announced a package of improvements to UC that will cost £1.5 billion over the next five years (£300 million in 2018-19), including removing the seven-day waiting period for new claimants so that entitlement starts on the day of the claim.Claimants will also be able to secure an advance, equal to a full month’s UC payment, within five days of making a claim, and will be allowed to make online applications for advances.They will also be allowed to pay back the advance payment over 12 months, instead of the current six, while claimants moving from housing benefit to UC will receive an extra two weeks of their housing benefit award to ease the transition.The Treasury told Disability News Service that the changes will cause a further three-month delay to the rollout of universal credit, so it will now reach all jobcentres – although not all claimants – by December 2018 rather than September 2018.Further details were due to be announced today (Thursday) by work and pensions secretary David Gauke.Citizens Advice Scotland welcomed the “significant” changes, and said they would “make a real difference to those claimants who are currently experiencing hardship”, but warned that there were “other problems with universal credit which we believe still need to be addressed”.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Campaigners are warning the Labour party to rethink its support for a radical new benefit system because of risks that its introduction would further isolate and impoverish disabled people.In a new report, UBI: Solution or Illusion? The Implications of Universal Basic Income for Disabled People in Britain, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) says support for universal basic income (UBI) has been growing steadily among those both on the left and the right of politics.Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has expressed some support for UBI and has suggested that the party’s next general election manifesto is likely to include a commitment to a UBI pilot.The Scottish government is also providing funding for possible pilot schemes to be run by four local authorities.UBI is a regular cash payment made to every citizen regardless of their income, paid without any requirement to be in a paid job or looking for work.Many see it as a solution to the UK’s flawed and much-criticised social security safety net, which has seen years of cuts to support and an increasingly-harsh sanctions and conditionality regime.DPAC says this interest in UBI has intensified with the introduction of universal credit.Supporters of UBI also see it as the answer to the “stigmatisation of social security, the scapegoating of benefit claimants and associated hostility towards disabled people”, says DPAC in its report.But the DPAC report warns that too little attention has been paid to the implications of UBI for disabled people.The report warns that it is likely that housing benefit and disability benefits would remain outside a UBI system.This would mean the need for continuing disability assessments, and the risk that the high cost of running a UBI system would mean further cuts to benefits and services relied on by disabled people, such as social care support.DPAC’s Ellen Clifford, author of the new report, said: “While we would be in favour of tax rises to fund welfare provision – particularly corporation tax and a progressive rise in the higher rate of income tax – the use of this for a UBI rather than more traditional forms of disability and unemployment support would mean much of the benefit flowing back to employers rather than those in most need.”Two other grassroots organisations of disabled people, Black Triangle and WinVisible, have this week added their voices to the concerns raised by DPAC about UBI.Clifford’s report concludes that implementing UBI “risks detracting attention and resources from the urgent task required to overhaul the disability benefits system and make it fit for purpose”.It adds: “Given the history of disabled people’s exclusion and the marginalisation of our issues it is reasonable for disabled people to fear that attention and resources dedicated to the task of implementing a UBI will be at the expense of affecting the level of change needed to ensure disabled people receive adequate support.”There are also concerns, says the report, that a more flexible employment market ushered in by UBI, with greater job insecurity and the likelihood of poorer working conditions and lower wages for lower-paid workers, would further disadvantage disabled workers.They also say that right-wing versions of UBI are seen as a way of saving money by avoiding spending on a decent living wage and social protection.And the report says that pushing for UBI risks deferring demands for full reasonable adjustments at work for disabled workers, and “full and unconditional support” for those unable to work, while “ending up with a system that is more of a helping hand for employers than for disabled people”.The report says DPAC’s concerns are born out by the results of pilot UBI schemes that have been run across the world, including one in Finland that has just ended, but has not yet been assessed officially, which critics say has forced unemployed workers into bad jobs while undermining unions, wage equality, and the welfare state.And it says concerns have been raised about the proposed pilot schemes in Scotland, including the cost and potential negative impacts on disabled people, including likely cuts to other social protection schemes.But the report does say that a pilot scheme in India proved successful, with disabled people benefiting more than others, but mainly because “many of those benefiting had received no previous support at all”, which was “very different to what would happen with the introduction of a UBI in Britain to replace existing social security payments”.Clifford said it was worrying how marginalised disabled people had been in the debate around the introduction of UBI.She said DPAC’s message to Labour was to include disabled people in the debate and to consider how they would be affected by the introduction of UBI.Clifford said it was important to have the debate about UBI as there was growing support for the idea that universal credit would have to be scrapped, and that UBI could be the system to replace it.She said: “We have seen with universal credit and personalisation how what can sound like progressive ideas can end up badly for disabled people in practice.“We remember how the personalisation pilots actually went very well.“It isn’t always possible for pilots to capture the full implications of policy roll outs so we are concerned that Labour’s proposed pilots will not on their own be enough to avoid a future situation where UBI is fully rolled out and ends up widening rather than reducing inequality.”The report could surprise some of DPAC’s critics, who often assume that the grassroots group will support the left-wing policies of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn and McDonnell.But DPAC has repeatedly made it clear that it is not aligned to any political party and that its loyalties lie instead with those fighting for disabled people’s “full human rights and equality”, and against government austerity measures “which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed”.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said existing experiments with UBI appeared to “have been driven by a right wing agenda that undermines workers’ rights”.He said: “On the face of it, UBI seems to be progressive but the devil is in the detail.”He said Black Triangle echoed DPAC’s call for the immediate focus to be on “removing conditionality and sanctions and the hostile environment for disabled people”, replacing the UK government’s disability assessment regime, and co-producing with disabled people a social security system that “will again be fit for purpose”.Claire Glasman, from WinVisible, which supports and campaigns for disabled women, said the problem with UBI was that it was not based on need and – like universal credit – did not recognise the importance of unwaged caring work.She said: “We are very worried that it is going to be a way of cutting benefits based on need: the needs of disabled people, the needs of mothers and children, the needs of bereaved people, which specific benefits exist to cover.”last_img read more

Selfies Could Fool the Galaxy S8s Iris Scanner

first_imgSelfie A hack demonstrates that the iris scanner in Samsung’s new flagship smartphone could unlock the device when presented with a photograph of the owner’s eye. Samsung describes the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner, which lets you unlock the phone just by looking at it, as “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked and the contents private.” After all, “the patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate,” Samsung explains on its website.But the company may now want to rethink the veracity of its marketing tactics, following a revelation this week that the Galaxy S8 iris-recognition system was hacked with a simple technique. Members of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), based in Germany, were able to unlock an S8 using a photo containing its registered iris. Theoretically, that means anyone who posts selfies online and has an S8 with iris recognition enabled is giving hackers a potential backdoor to unlock their phone.In practice, it’s not that simple. To pull off their hack, the CCC explained in a blog post that they used a clear picture of the phone owner’s face, which was then printed using a laser printer. They then held a contact lens on top of the eye in the photograph, in order to give it the convex three dimensional shape required for the iris scanner to recognize it.In addition to using high-resolution selfies, a hacker could also surreptitiously snap a photo of their intended victim, CCC notes.Despite the simplicity of the hack, it doesn’t reveal any fundamental flaws about Samsung’s iris scanner itself. It’s also worth noting that a similar technique could potentially be used to fool the S8’s face recognition unlocking system, or any other phone with similar unlocking options.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But it does warn that face recognition (which uses the front-facing camera) is a less secure method of unlocking your phone, explaining in a footnote on its website that “face recognition is less secure than pattern, PIN or password.” Selfies Could Fool the Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanner Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5 News reporter Add to Queuecenter_img May 25, 2017 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares Next Article Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

This Big Tech Company Is the Most Trusted According to New Survey

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read In light of recent scandals, there’s little surprise in learning that fewer Americans have faith in Facebook’s willingness or ability to obey laws protecting personal information.According to data from Forbes and Statista, Facebook was the only company for which the majority of consumers said they lacked trust. Meanwhile, Yahoo’s new owner Verizon will need to improve consumers’ trust as memories of its massive data leak may still be lingering.Of the four large tech ecosystem vendors that actually sell products to consumers (Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft), Apple ranked last in terms of garnering consumers’ trust, despite the company’s insistence that it is committed to privacy.In contrast, Google ranked second, despite having a business based on targeted advertising.While Amazon has long been unafraid to advertise products to customers based on shared data, it garnered trust among most consumers. That may be related to the company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, or that consumers trust Amazon with their financial information for billing. Amazon’s trust has proven an asset as it has moved forward with devices that listen for speech in the home, and the company will need to leverage a lot of consumer trust if initiatives such as Amazon Key are to be successful. This Big Tech Company Is the Most Trusted, According to New Survey –shares Next Article Trust According to data from Forbes and Statista, 51 percent of consumers do not trust Facebook to obey laws protecting personal information. Add to Queue PCMag Staff Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand April 23, 2018 Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

This Startup Has Created a PlantBased Chip That Almost Tastes Like Bacon

first_img Next Article March 14, 2019 Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Image credit: Courtesy of Outstanding Foods Stephen J. Bronner Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img PigOut is made of mushrooms, and its creator worked at Beyond Meat and Just. This Startup Has Created a Plant-Based Chip That Almost Tastes Like Bacon A startup has created a chip that tastes very much like bacon but is made from mushrooms, and it will soon be on the shelves of Whole Foods, Sprouts, Wegmans, Kroger and other retailers.Outstanding Foods — founded by Dave Anderson, who helped develop products at Beyond Meat and Just, and Bill Glaser, a serial entrepreneur — has secured distribution with UNFI for the product, PigOut. The company has raised more than $4 million and is backed by big names such as James Altucher, Cesar Millan, Jesse Itzler, Emily Deschanel and Alan Cumming.”We’re right at the convergence of two really strong trends — plant-based foods and better-for-you snacks,” Glaser said. “Our mission is to make it easy for anyone to eat plant-based foods, and we saw the flavor of bacon as being extremely popular. We wanted to own a category and come out with something that was really unique and innovative.”Related: Plant-Based Egg From Just to Soon Be Available Nationwide in Whole FoodsImage Credit: Courtesy of Outstanding FoodsPigOut is made from king oyster mushroom using a proprietary process to reduce fat, as mushrooms absorb liquids such as oil, Glaser said. The company is currently seeking a patent on the process, and Glaser said it plans to license it to other chip makers, since it also works with potatoes.Outstanding Foods also plans to introduce other pork-like products, including plant-based bacon strips and pork rinds. It also wants to expand to other proteins, such as chicken and beef.”We see PigOut not as as the entirety of our business, but a gateway to really establish our brand and then introduce other products after that,” Glaser said.The staff of Entrepreneur enjoyed a sample bag of PigOut provided by the company, with some saying it tasted like a better version of Bacos. We also were charmed by PigOut’s cute pig mascot, who doesn’t have a name yet. Glaser said the company plans to hold a contest and take suggestions from fans for a name. –shares Food Businesses Enroll Now for $5 News Directorlast_img read more