Gene Simmons To Attend LA Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

first_imgOn May 21, 2016, celebrities, community members, LAPD and representatives from the US Armed Forces will help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.This day will also be a celebration of Armed Forces Day and several members of the US Armed Forces will be participating alongside LAPD Officers, sponsors and celebrities.The 44th Annual event will be hosted by actor Jack Wagner with a Special Guest appearance by rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS. Over 50 additional celebrities participating including from music the Backstreet Boys Nick Carter & AJ McLean, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush), Ryan Cabrera, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Actors Luke Wilson, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Banks, Miguel Ferrer, Alan Thicke, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jeff Garlin, Sean Maguire, Vanessa Marcil, Cole Hauser, Don Most, C.S. Lee, Wesley Jonathan, Mark Moses, Galen Gering, the cast of Major Crimes – Phillip Keene, Raymond Cruz, Kearran Giovanni, Anne-Marie Johnson, sports stars Norm Nixon, Jason Collins, Tracy Murray, Kenny Landreaux, Sheldon Souray, current WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Shannon Tweed-Simmons & more.Proceeds from this event benefit family members of LAPD employees experiencing catastrophic circumstances resulting from the officer’s injury or death. Since it’s inception in 1972, the Foundation has granted more than $16 million for medical, funeral and educational expenses without any taxpayer money.The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Fans will have an opportunity to walk the course and see their favorite celebrities golf. There will be live entertainment, food vendors, LAPD specialized unit displays, Armed Forces displays and a Traffic Safety Fair. This year will also feature the Star Wars characters onsite for photo opportunities.Sponsors Include Live Nation, Rubicon Resources, Kaiser Permanente, In-N-Out Burger, William Comfort Products.Tickets can be purchased at the event. General Info: 213-847-4239 or read more

Im as independent empowered as any other working woman Richa Chadha

first_imgMumbai: Actor Richa Chadha believes she is as “independent and empowered” as any other working woman but that does not mean she is only drawn to such characters. The actor, known for her powerhouse performances in films such as “Oye Lucky Lucky Oye”, “Gangs of Wasseypur” series and “Masaan”, said the roles she chooses resonate with reality. “I’m as independent or empowered as any other working woman in this city. To be pursuing any profession isn’t easy because it is still primarily a man’s world. It affects how you get paid and your hours of work, among other things. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “It’s not like I’m drawn to only these characters. Maybe I’m getting a bit stereotyped. But at least I’m not getting stereotyped as some weeping victim,” Richa told PTI. The actor says her process of selecting projects has changed with time. “I consider ‘Gangs…’ my turning point. I can’t believe it has been seven years already. I have come a long way since then, especially in terms of what I want to do now. I have the wisdom today,” she added. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna And that is why, when filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar approached her to feature in the music video “Neel Samandar” as an Andaman tribal, she could not refuse the offer. “Of course, it meant that shooting the song would be a lot of fun but what I also loved about this was that it showed the matriarchal side of things. Showing that about an island tribe in a music video was very interesting,” she said. Richa said her future projects reflect her “concerns about the world” and she is happy to be a part of them. The actor will be seen in Indrajit Lankesh’s “Shakeela”, which features her as the eponymous adult actor who was one of the biggest Malayalam stars of the ’90s. Richa also has Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s sport drama “Panga”, Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai” and “Section 375”, in which she plays a lawyer. “I am so proud of all these films. I have found films that are echoing my concerns about the world. When I was watching the Oscars, I thought if everybody here could take up things they believe in and do that in a committed way, it would be so much magic on screen.last_img read more

International damage claims expert to serve on Viennabased UN body

27 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to appoint Ronald J. Bettauer of the United States to the three-member Board of the United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD). Mr. Bettauer, a prominent international expert in all aspects of damage claims processing and registration, will replace Michael Raboin who died in April of this year, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.He will serve in his personal capacity on the Board, tasked with the overall responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the Register – which was called for by the General Assembly in a 2004 resolution, after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concluded that Israel violated various international laws by constructing the barrier, which destroyed homes, businesses and agriculture.As a policymaking organ, the Board would establish the rules and regulations governing the work of the office of the Register, determine eligibility criteria, categories of damage and the procedure of registration of claims, and have the ultimate authority in determining the inclusion of damage claims in the Register.The Board, which also includes Harumi Hori of Japan and Matti Paavo Pellonpää of Finland, is expected to meet again next month in Vienna to proceed with its work.Also today, Mr. Ban decided to appoint Oscar de Rojas of Venezuela as the Executive Secretary of the follow-up meeting to the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico. The meeting, to be held from 29 November to 2 December 2008 in the Qatari capital, Doha, will assess progress made since the adoption of the Monterrey Consensus – a series of measures to help impoverished countries and promote economic growth around the globe. Mr. de Rojas is currently the Director of the Financing for Development Office in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. read more

Central African Republic UN reports security deterioration

Security in the Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated over the past two months, especially in the north and along the borders with Chad and the Sudan, according to the latest United Nations report on the impoverished country where humanitarian agencies are struggling to reach up to 1 million people affected by violence. The report points to a climate of tension between Sudan, Chad and the CAR “that is not propitious to a rapprochement.”But it also finds positive signs amid the instability. The military and political crisis in CAR has brought together various factions “to defend the Republic and the country’s territorial integrity.”The 28 December report to the Security Council by outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s was his final update on CAR before handing over the reins of the UN to his successor, Ban Ki-moon. In it, he cites general consensus “in favour of dialogue as a means to overcome differences and consolidate peace.”North-western CAR has been beset by rebel groups who seek to overthrow the regime of President François Bozizé and the situation has been compounded by a spill-over of the civil war from Sudan’s Darfur region, where over three years of fighting between the Government, allied militias and rebel forces have killed more than 200,000 people and uprooted some 2.5 million others. The report calls for speeding up the restructuring of the national defence and security forces seeking support from the international community for an extension of the Multinational Force of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (FOMUC) beyond 30 June. “I welcome the efforts of the Security Council to help restore security along the Central African-Sudanese border,” Mr. Annan wrote in the report. “I continue to believe that a parallel process of strengthening national democratic institutions and promoting an inclusive dialogue could relieve the current tensions within the country,” he added.“For its part, the United Nations will remain active on behalf of the country. By harmonizing our efforts we can combat effectively the insecurity and political instability and the resulting humanitarian consequences, which gravely threaten the stability of the Central African Republic’s neighbours and of Central Africa in general,” he concluded.The UN Peacebuilding Support Office in CAR, set up in 2000, has a mandate running through the end of this year which includes supporting national reconciliation, strengthening democracy and promoting good governance. read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Myanmar to release all political prisoners

“The Secretary-General has taken note of the decision by the Government of Myanmar on 3 January 2007 to grant amnesty to 2,831 prisoners. He welcomes reports that this includes the release of up to 40 political prisoners,” Mr. Ban said in a statement delivered by his spokesperson in New York. “The Secretary-General urges the Myanmar authorities to go beyond this first step by releasing all other political prisoners in the country, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and by making further concrete progress on all of the issues raised in the context of his good offices.”Today’s statement is the latest UN effort to win the release of Ms. Suu Kyi and follows a four-day visit to the South East Asian nation in November by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari. Mr. Gambari also called for the release of political prisoners, as well as for Myanmar to open up its political process and take “concrete steps” to address other areas of global concern, including hostilities against minorities. read more

Slower economic growth forecast for this year mainly due to US housing

Despite this however, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2007 report highlights that growth in developing countries is “expected to remain robust…albeit with a mild moderation,” noting that last year East Asian economies continued to lead economic growth in the developing world and the likelihood is that growth will remain strong. “Stepping back from the all-time high growth in world gross product (WGP) of 4.0 per cent reached in 2005 and the estimated 3.8 per cent growth for 2006, global growth is expected to slacken at a pace of 3.2 per cent in 2007,” it states. In UN estimates, the growth of WGP is calculated using country weights for gross domestic product in dollars at market prices.“A weakening housing market in the United States is a major factor into the global slowdown… The cooling of the housing boom is expected to depress consumer demand and slow the growth of the US economy.” While the report, which is produced annually, assumes a mild adjustment in the housing markets, and hence a moderate slowdown in the economy, it also offers a more pessimistic scenario in which US economic growth would be less than 1 per cent, causing in turn a reduction in global growth by “more than one percentage point.”“In addition, a collapse of house prices in major economies would provoke a crisis in the mortgage markets and set in motion a deflationary adjustment in the global imbalances, enhancing the risk of a major upheaval in financial markets,” it warns, while also highlighting the challenges for the global economy caused by high oil prices.To combat such global imbalances and bring more stability to the world economy, the report calls for countries to better coordinate their macroeconomic policy, although it acknowledges that such an approach faces obstacles, including for example divergent views on the state of the US economy and the strength of China’s growth.“Existing national macroeconomic policy stances are not designed around the need for achieving an adjustment in the global imbalances… a coordinated strategy, in contrast, could help avoid the negative growth effects and create confidence in the stability of financial and foreign-exchange markets.”Launching the report at UN Headquarters in New York, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo stressed that despite the global slowdown, developing countries will continue to grow and this bodes well for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of objectives to slash poverty and other global ills by 2015.“This slowdown will be generalized, all country groups that we analyzed will experience that slowdown… although for developing countries as a whole, we expect relatively rapid economic growth,” he said, adding that “financial conditions for the developing world have been very positive and we hope they will continue to be positive this year.”“However, one negative aspect that we have been emphasizing for several years in our report is the fact that the transfer of resources has been from developing countries to developed countries… the opposite of what is expected according to normal economic theory… this we consider to be a very problematic feature of the world economy.” read more

Afghanistan UN agencies step up aid for 15000 families displaced by fighting

“We are glad to report that this operation is currently running smoothly and there have been no security or weather concerns so far,” UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital, today. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing nearly 1,500 tons of mixed foods including wheat, rice, cooking oil and pulses, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the intergovernmental International Organisation for Migration (IOM) are providing 4,000 blankets, 2,000 plastic sheets, and 2,000 family kits with cooking stoves, kerosene lamps and other cooking utensils. Also today, UNHCR announced that, together with the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, it had helped over 1 million returned refugees to build their own homes since 2002, as part of initial reintegration efforts to help the most vulnerable returnees. Since Afghan voluntary repatriation started in 2002, more than 160,000 returnee families have received UNHCR construction kits and have completed building their homes. Despite security constraints in the south and south-eastern provinces, UNHCR has provided more than 24,000 shelter units to build homes for nearly 170,000 Afghans. Some 18,000 shelters countrywide were completed ahead of winter in 2006 alone. Overall some 4.7 million Afghans, who fled the country during more than two decades of Soviet occupation and subsequent factional fighting, have returned home since the ouster of the hard-line Taliban regime in 2001. There are still an estimated 3.5 million Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan. read more

FEATURE Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda says former

Sustainable development goals. Credits: Sustainable development goals UN websiteClimate change in focusThe 17 new SDGs, crafted by a working group of the 193-member UN General Assembly and expected to be adopted by world leaders in September 2015, have pushed sustainability and the fight against climate change to the forefront of the UN agenda. Twelve of the 17 goals underscore the importance of sustainable development in key areas, from urban planning to economic growth, while acknowledging the need to take “urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts” across the planet.“With respect to climate change, the evidence is becoming so overwhelming that last year was the hottest year ever recorded in Britain and ever recorded in the world,” Mr. Jolly said. “Gradually, people are beginning to see these problems despite the naysayers.”In early February, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) once again confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record and part of a larger climate trend of devastating weather patterns and increasing temperatures.High sea temperatures contributed to exceptionally heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. Twelve major Atlantic storms battered the United Kingdom in the early months of 2014, while floods devastated much of the Balkans throughout May. The monthly precipitation over the Pacific side of western Japan for August 2014, meanwhile, was 301 per cent above normal – the highest since area-averaged statistics began in 1946.At the same time, crippling droughts have struck large swathes of the continental United States, while north-east China and parts of the Yellow River basin did not reach half of the summer average, causing severe drought. The brutal reality of the changing global climate was brought into clearer perspective when the WMO also pointed out that 14 of the 15 hottest years recorded have all been in the 21st century.“I think there is the recognition that some global action on climate change, though probably implemented nationally and with a rather weak international agreement, is going to happen,” Mr. Jolly added. This year marks the end of implementation of the landmark UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders agreed on 15 years ago in an effort to tackle poverty and climate change and to pave the way towards a more gender equal global society. The new targets, to be known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are defining the way forward on the world’s most pressing issues until the next critical deadline in 2030.Overall, there has been significant progress in meeting the MDG targets. Global poverty has been halved well ahead of the 2015 deadline; in developing countries, 90 per cent of children now enjoy primary education; the number of people lacking access to improved drinking water has halved; and the fight against malaria and tuberculosis has shown results.Nonetheless, numerous challenges persist. Globally, 73 million young people are looking for work and many more are trapped in exploitative jobs. In recent years, more than two and a half million more children in affluent countries fell into poverty, bringing the total above 76 million. Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known. Most of those young people live in developing countries and face numerous challenges: an estimated 75 million youth are unemployed globally; a large number of young people are affected by war and conflict; others suffer widespread lack of access to education and other services. “Put simply, young people deserve a better deal,” UNDP chief, Helen Clark, has said. “And let’s hope the post-2015 development agenda delivers that.” UN Photo/Loey FelipeMr. Jolly made no forecast for the success of the SDGs but he did admit that as the international community devotes the next 15 years to realizing them, the mobilization of global support and awareness alone would qualify as a paramount achievement.“That’s what I would define as success,” he concluded. “The more people know about them and change expectations, the better.” Despite progress with the MDGs, many challenges remain. Children and adolescents, for instance, continue to bear the brunt of some of the world’s deadliest conflicts. Children remain at risk in Ukraine, the Central African Republic, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/B. KinashchukChallenges aheadMr. Jolly’s sober assessment is built on the restrained engagement of global stakeholders on issues of sustainability caused, in large part, by the massive 2008 financial crisis that crippled economies and plunged millions of people into unemployment. The UN’s pivot year on development, in fact, comes with numerous Member States still reeling from the crisis’ after-effects, prompting Mr. Jolly to warn that international action had suddenly become “tragically weak” amid a “narrow-minded” and “un-UN-like” international perspective.“I think it is right to look at the failures of the industrial countries at the moment because to my mind they are very cautious. After a brilliant 2009 G20 meeting which really did look at the need for global action, all the actions agreed on internationally then fell apart for political reasons,” he stated. “I think it’s a major, major challenge.”In addition, notwithstanding the gains made by the MDGs, economic problems continue to plague many across the globe and pose potential problems for the SDG roll-out. Currently, some 770 million people worldwide lack access to an improved water source and 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation. The UN has long urged countries to collaborate on increasing access to clean water and sanitation and improve water management for irrigation and productive uses, which has the potential of lifting millions out of poverty and hunger. Photo: UNDP Niger/Rabo YahayaMr. Jolly observed, however, that the continuing work to reach development goals had boosted awareness of poverty, prompting the need for national and international bodies to take action which, he said, was a “positive.”“On the whole, most governments and the international system have understood human goals, and human poverty reduction and human advances. That is just extraordinary,” the former UN official acknowledged.“So, the SDGs and the MDGs have historical significance that is very impressive and important to recognize. And, I would add that sustainability and climate change are making people realize there is a single global system. That again is an extraordinary positive.” Worldwide, an estimated 805 million people are chronically undernourished. Since many persons with disabilities live in absolute poverty, these two large populations overlap to a considerable extent, making food security of utmost importance. UN Photo/Logan AbassiMeanwhile, children and adolescents continue to bear the brunt of some of the world’s deadliest conflicts. In Nigeria last April, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram. In Pakistan in December, terrorists killed 132 children at school and on the same day in Yemen, more than a dozen schoolgirls were killed in a car bombing. Children are at risk in the Central African Republic, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan.As the UN moves forward with the SDGs, questions inevitably remain: how will the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda differ from its predecessor? What are the challenges that lie on the road ahead? And what is needed to make a new sustainable development agenda work?Enter Sir Richard Jolly: a towering octogenarian whose nimble reflections on the UN’s post-2015 agenda have lent context to what is destined to be a critical pivot year for global development. In fact, there are few UN experts around who boast an institutional memory as prodigious as Mr. Jolly’s or who have such a fine grasp of the Organization’s own development agenda. A former Assistant Secretary-General, holding senior positions at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Jolly was also the architect of the widely celebrated Human Development Report as well as the author of some 20 books spanning everything from the UN’s history to the resilient successes of UN ideas.During his visit to UN Headquarters in New York last month, Mr. Jolly broke down the elements of the UN’s momentous shift in development, noting that while the MDGs had established an initial consensus on what the development goals for the 21st century should be, the SDGs remained “fundamentally” and “strategically” different, expanding upon the MDGs and reframing the agendas and policies for the next decade and a half.“The SDGs are universal, which is a major advance,” explained Mr. Jolly in a recent interview with the UN News Centre. “Instead of the North speaking to the South, we’re now really recognizing that all countries need to take action for all peoples. Secondly, the SDGs are integrating sustainability and climate change. That again is a fundamental shift from the MDGs that I think was very important.” read more

AG Phone companies reach agreement to stop scam calls

The first ad of his campaign for governor debuts Tuesday. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many of us pick up our phones, and sometimes we receive those annoying scam calls.Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that his office, along with 51 Attorney Generals across the U.S., reached an agreement with 12 phone companies to alleviate scam calls.- Advertisement – In May 2019, the Federal Communications Commission sent out a warning forcing the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to issue a scam alert to Kentuckians about “one ring” phone calls that causes substantial costs in phone bills.Beshear teamed up with 51 other Attorney Generals in the U.S. sending messages to the Federal Communications Commission for caller ID authentication technology to be implemented by the end of 2019.This would provide free, default call blocking programs to customers.Related Article: KY attorney general opposing federal ruling on health care lawIt also ensures that phone calls are coming from verified numbers and not unidentified sources.The 51 Attorney Generals reached an agreement with 12 phone companies last week to stop illegal scam calls.After the agreement was reached, Beshear put out a statement saying that working to stop illegal scam calls is a top priority for his office.” I want to see every phone provider offer free call-blocking services and implement technology that can block scam calls,” said Beshear.” If companies won’t voluntarily provide these crucial services, they should be required to.”In June 2019, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to allow phone companies to use the new technology to block scam calls.They say the technology allows phone companies to legally block scam calls before they even reach your phone. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State struggles at times takes down Fairleigh Dickinson 7062

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (left), junior Trevor Thompson (middle) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson defend Fairleigh Dickinson junior guard Darian Anderson in the Buckeyes win over the Knights.In Ohio State’s last performance, coach Thad Matta and company put on an impressive display against the No. 6 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. On Saturday afternoon, that impressive play seemed to disappear, as OSU struggled to get ahead against Fairleigh Dickinson before the Buckeyes pulled away 70-62. “I’m just proud of my guys fighting to the very end,” Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda said following the game. Saturday was the first time the two teams had met. It took nearly three minutes before either side found the bottom of the net. The first time a Buckeye touched the ball, it was a turnover, committed by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. OSU junior center Trevor Thompson provided a spark off the bench on the defensive end, registering three blocks and pulling down four defensive rebounds in the first. Two of his first half blocks came on the same defensive frame. The long arms and physical play of Thompson was noticed by the Knights coaching staff.“Guys like that don’t exist in our league,” Herenda said.Senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams led the Buckeyes with 13 and 10 point in the first half, respectively. By the end of the game, the pair had poured in a combined 35 points.Fairleigh Dickinson leaned on junior guard Darian Anderson to lead the offense in the first, as well as the rest of the game. Anderson had eight points in the first, along with three assists. By the final whistle, he had 17 points and six assists.Tate shook off a rough start to finish with his third double-double of the 2016 season, racking up 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Early in the second, the junior provided a spark with a no-look, over his head pass from the right elbow to a cutting Thompson for an emphatic alley-oop slam.After a forced turnover on the other end, OSU kept the momentum with a and-one dunk for Loving. The Buckeyes made eight of their first 10 shots to start the second, stretching out to a 51-34 lead off a layup by freshman forward Andre Wesson. The Buckeyes held on to a comfortable lead for the rest of the game, using a fast break to pick up 14 points. OSU’s defense pestered the Knights for most of the night, as Matta’s team picked up five blocks and seven steals.A 6-0 run for Fairleigh Dickinson that started with 11:13 left in the second, pair with a three minute scoring drought for the Buckeyes brought the Knights with nine, but was not enough in the end.“I just didn’t like the overall effort we had today,” Matta said. “We gotta get that corrected by Tuesday night.”Turnovers and poor free throw shooting continue to plague OSU, as the Scarlet and Gray made just 12 free throws of their 21 attempts. The Buckeyes were guilty of 14 turnovers, and averaged 14.6 turnovers per game coming into the contest.Even though the team struggled at times, The Buckeyes walked away victorious, albeit with a few things to work on in the next few weeks.“Today wasn’t a complete L,” Williams said. “We won the game. Just go back to the drawing board.” The biggest for Buckeyes fans following the win might not be the poor showing, but the potential effects on Thompson. Following the game the junior center appeared to be limping. When asked about it, he said it should not be a factor in OSU’s next game.“I just wanted to win, so regardless of any type of pain or whatever that I was going through, I knew I had to push through for the team,” Thompson said. “I don’t know what happened. I went up for like an offensive rebound when Marc shot it and I twisted my ankle, but I should be fine.”The Buckeyes remain at home to face Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Owls are currently 2-4 this season, with wins over Edward Waters College and University of South Florida. read more

Roadside sign campaign gets unemployed dad 10 job interviews

first_imgTo all employers – prove to me that you don’t age discriminate – employ me! I have 20 years sales experience.He took the unusual step after losing his sales job in 2012 and finding it difficult to find a job, despite trying “all the conventional” ways of looking for one.Today, he reported that he is confident the approach will help him find full-time employment. “They have been very positive,” he said of his interviews so far.He did admit that if he was to undertake the campaign again, he would do so in October or November, rather than close to Christmas.ProgressColeman said he was “surprised” that he didn’t get any job interview offers from people in his home county of Wexford, and said the bulk of the offers came from Cork and Dublin.While he has been offered at least one position that is based outside Wexford, that specific job would have involved too much time away from his family, he said.He said his family are “delighted” with his progress so far. “Had I not gone to Newland’s Cross I obviously wouldn’t be doing the last eight or 10 job interviews,” he pointed out, adding he is very appreciative of the efforts made by the companies who contacted him.He has more interviews lined up next week.Coleman hopes that he will have full-time employment secured by the middle of February of this year, and remains hopeful that he will get his ideal job.Read: Unemployed man launches roadside placard campaign> WEXFORD DAD OF five, Brendan Coleman, spent days by the roadside at Newland’s Cross last December, wearing a placard appealing to employers to offer him a job.A month on, he has 10 job interviews with various companies, and even some job offers.Coleman, who is in his fifties, spoke to in December, when he was spending hours each day at Newland’s Cross wearing a sign that said:last_img read more

Apple Stores come to the aid of people across Japan

first_imgWe’ve seen how quickly parts of Japan have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that followed. So it’s not surprising that power cuts and communication links are going down. But as the people band together, so do the companies that operate there, and Apple is no exception, in fact it may be setting the example for everyone else to follow.Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a tech angel investor, has posted on his blog detailing how Apple Stores and their staff in Japan have come to the aid of those caught up in the disaster currently being experienced in the country.He has a friend in Japan who works at an Apple Store. When the earthquake hit all the staff led customers to safety outside his store, but as with a lot of the more modern buildings it withstood the shaking and remained structurally sound. But then the store and other Apple locations took on a different purpose. With the backup power still on, and the hardware and networks still operational, people flooded in with their mobile devices to get a signal and check on friends and family. Others huddled around the MacBooks on display to catch up on the news using UStream, Twitter, Facebook, news sites, and through e-mails.As well as offering a way to find out what’s happening, the staff also brought out adapters and power cables so people could charge their devices, they even left the wireless connection active after closing at night to allow anyone passing by outside the chance to get a usable signal.For Apple employees the company went even further. As transport links were down it was agreed that any Apple staff, be it retail or corporate, should use the Apple stores nearest to them to sleep, and family members were welcome too. Senior managers also went and got food and drink supplies to ensure everyone had access to them at the stores. Anyone wanting to try and journey home was told that all their food, drink, and transport costs would be reimbursed. Employees attempting this and getting stuck were also having their hotel costs reimbursed as well.This aid is set to continue for as long as Japan remains in a state of emergency. Apple’s quick decision to forget about everything except the welfare of its employees and people in general has seen it turn into a much needed port in the storm, and the company should be commended for deciding to take on that role.It’s also important to point out that technology allowed this to happen. The laptops and phones make communication possible even when local links are down, and the services like Twitter, Facebook, and the web in general remaining active during such an event cannot be overlooked. It has surely made all the difference to a lot of people desperate to get in touch with loved ones.Read more at the Kevin Rose blogglast_img read more

Batman preselection shakeup

first_imgVictorian Senator David Feeney, local Mary-Anne Thomas and relative unknown Labor member Franc Titan will give their last words to an ALP members-only forum tonight to sway their votes to become the new Labor endorsed Batman candidate. For the first time, ALP representatives from the northern Victorian suburbs will be given the chance to vote for their Federal candidate on Sunday, while a public office selection committee will get the final vote on July 2. The electorate of Batman is home to many Greek Australians, covering suburbs like Northcote, Preston, Thornbury and Fairfield and has played a large role in promoting Greek and multicultural rights in Parliament over the years. After veteran Labor Minister Martin Ferguson left his position for Batman in May, the seat has become a fight for political survival and gender equality in the Labor party. Senator David Feeney is at high risk of losing his seat at the election and is seeking the safe Lower House seat of Batman. He has been endorsed by top members of the Labor Party, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior minister Bill Shorten, and was hand picked by the outgoing Minister, Martin Ferguson. Currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator Feeney was instrumental in securing Julia Gillard as Prime Minster and might be running for her vacated seat of Lalor if unsuccessful. He is hoping to sway some of the Victorian Labor minsters to get their votes and has been campaigning around the electorate. “Pre-selection is ultimately the gift of the members, it’s not bestowed from on high and I think for that reason I’ve spent every moment that I’ve not been here in Canberra, talking to party members and listening to them, because they’re the ones that have to weigh the merits of the candidates and make a choice,” he told Neos Kosmos. Northern suburbs local Mary-Anne Thomas has received strong support from female Labor members and ministers who are asking for a balance of gender. Already, the Labor government is threatening to breach its affirmative action policy which states at least 40 per cent of Labor candidates for safe seats must be women. If Mr Feeney or Franc Titan are elected, the ALP in Victoria will have only 27 per cent of female candidates in safe seats. Ms Thomas, a Labor party member for years and the executive manager of children’s development agency Plan International, says there must be fairness in the party’s representation. “I think the parliament should represent the people and I think there should be more women in leadership positions in Australia and I think there should be more women in parliament,” she told Neos Kosmos. Ms Thomas has received a lot of support from other female parliamentarians, including Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, and the Northern Metropolitan Region Member, Jenny Mikakos. Western suburbs local and ‘rank and file’ Labor party member Franc Titan only recently came to the fore to contest and made an impression at the June 13 debate. Also joining the candidates briefly were Hutch Hussein, a well-regarded refugee advocate and social worker, and Darebin mayor Tim Laurence. They have since withdrawn and offered their support to Ms Thomas. Ms Thomas is seen as a more progressive and leftist candidate, supporting multiculturalism, refugees and advocacy. She told Neos Kosmos that as a local, she has a deep connection to the strong Greek community and wants to work closely with community members if she is elected. “The Greek community have a long standing residence of Batman, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many Greek members of our community, some of whom have reminded me they’ve lived in Australia longer than I have,” she says. Senator Feeney says the Greek community in Melbourne has had a strong legacy in parliament. “The Melbourne Greek community has for so long been intimately involved in the life of the Labor Party and of course there is a rich tradition of Australians of Greek accessory serving in the Parliament,” he says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Maltas capital wins the Melina Merkouri Prize

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Valletta is the recipient of this year’s ‘Melina Merkouri International’ prize, in recognition of the work carried out by the Valletta 2018 Foundation. Established by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Greece in honour of the artist and former Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mekcouri, the prize has been awarded every two years since 1999 to reward efforts to preserve and enhance cultural landscapes, specifically those fashioned mainly or not by human hands.The announcement is yet to be made official, but decision was made in Brussels, as part of the European Capitals of Culture panel’s final assessment of the preparations and progress of the Valetta 2018 Foundations towards Valletta being the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Merkouri was instrumental in the conception and launch of the Europeean culture capital initiative in 1983 and this year’s prize is a way to ackknowledge the effort of ‘Valletta 2018’ in highlighting the richness and cultural diversity of the city.  The prize comes with a €1 million cash grant which will alllow for the Foundation to further pursue its ongoing economic and social regenerations and its strong cultural programme.last_img read more

Harry Kane still one of Europes best

first_imgTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the striker’s recent performances are still good, even if he hasn’t scored for England in a whileHarry Kane scored twice against Tunisia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group Stage.He then scored two goals once again in the 6-1 win against Panama.And during the Round of 16 he was able to score England’s lonely goal against Colombia, to then open up the penalty kicks series with another goal.And since July 3rd he hasn’t scored with England and many people are criticizing him for that.But Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the striker is still one of the best in Europe.“I respect all opinions and in football, everyone has their opinions,” Pochettino was quoted by Sportskeeda.“It’s our fifth season at Tottenham and if someone knows him really well I think we do.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“That doesn’t show that we are arrogant and show that we don’t accept the opinions of different people. Only that we know Harry Kane very well from the years we work with him,” he added.“We know that it’s not a situation that worries us. We are in a situation that is under control. We take the decision and we try to take the best decision for the player and of course the team.”“The most [important] thing here is the confidence and trust we have in him,” Pochettino commented.“There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best strikers or players in England and in Europe. It’s only [a matter of] time to score goals and to show his real quality.”A very proud moment for me.?? #WorldCup #GoldenBoot— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 9, 2018last_img read more

Dengue took 18 lives in Dhaka DGHS

first_imgEighteen dengue patients died in the capital city since the beginning of this year, the government said Saturday. Officially, the death toll was 14 until the morning. The Health Emergency Operations Center of the Directorate General of Health Services updated the figure in the afternoon, reports UNB. But unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is higher. Dhaka, one of the most densely-populated cities in the world, is at the centre of dengue outbreak. The situation has worsened this year with hundreds of cases being reported every day. The government said 22,919 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1January. In 24 hours till Saturday morning, 1,649 new dengue patients were hospitalised. Currently, 6,858 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals.last_img read more

Photos Take You Inside Sex Bot Manufacturing

first_imgStay on target Humanoid robots are creepy enough clad (often scantily) in clothes and wigs. Just imagine what they look like on the factory assembly line.European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) photographer Aleksandar Plavevski took one for the team when he visited the Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology factory for a recent photo essay.One of China’s leading sources of artificially intelligent bots, Shenzhen Atall (referred to as AI-Tech) is best known for its top-selling sex doll, Emma.The $3,100 mannequin isn’t all AI-Tech can do: Shenzhen Atall also makes educational cyborgs, commercial servicing machines, and guardianship robots for the elderly.But it’s the mute, made-up sex toys—with their soft, elastic skin and body sensors—that make the biggest splash.Plavevski’s behind-the-scenes photos chronicle the sex-bot revolution from factory to showroom floor.The images are often unsettling and uncomfortable (and certainly NSFW), perhaps because human-esque bodies are hanging naked from hooks like carcasses in a butcher shop window.The electronic skull of an AI sex doll robot (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)A man assembles the stainless steel skeleton for a sex doll (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)Workers assemble dolls in the factory in Dongguan, China (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)Most of AI-Tech’s clients hail from Europe and the United States; folks in the Middle East are also craving faux intimacy, but importing sex dolls into the region is strictly prohibited. Similarly, customs clearances in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Russia, and the Philippines makes international shipping difficult.Unsurprisingly, female androids are the most popular; sales of male sex robots are nine times lower than their big-boobed counterparts, according to Plavevski. The market is still in its infancy, though, and rapid changes mean increased interest in silicone penises and six-pack abs—particularly in Korea and Thailand.Shenzhen Atall also sells child-sized sex bots, primarily to customers in North America.A worker paints makeup onto dolls’ faces (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)I always feel like somebody’s watching me (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)Heads of the “smart” sex dolls on display (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)Dolls’ bodies hang to dry (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)One customer, identified as Chen, is a busy pharmaceutical salesman with no time for a girlfriend. Besides, “Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date,” and he’s not interested in that now, Plavevski said.Instead, Chen’s robot takes care of his needs, without wanting a ring or children. Really, she doesn’t want for much, considering her minimal communication skills.“Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily,” Chen told the photographer, presumably in between shots of plastic procreation.Customer Chen interacts with his companion in the privacy of his home (via Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA)For more, read Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Robots (But Were Afraid to Ask).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot last_img read more

New Technology Developments in IOT Market to Grow during Forecast year

first_imgIOT analysis is provided for the markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development statusThe IoT market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the IoT market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter\’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the IoT market.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ players in the global IoT market include:Bosch Software Innovation GMBHGeneral ElectricHewlett Packard EnterpriseSAP SEGoogle Inc.Amazon Web ServicesInternational Business Machine (IBM) CorporationIntel CorporationOracle CorporationPTC Inc.Cisco Systems Inc.Microsoft CorporationOn the basis of types, the IoT market is primarily split into:SoftwareHardwareServicesPlatformOthersOn the basis of applications, the market covers:IT & TelecomRetailHealthcareManufacturingAutomotiveConnected LogisticsOthersGeographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other RegionsChapter 1 provides an overview of IoT market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of IoT market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in IoT industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of IoT market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of IoT, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of IoT in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of IoT in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of IoT. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole IoT market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the IoT market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Get a discount on this research report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Service Desk Software Market Size Sales Share Analysis Industry Demand and

first_imgBy Market Players: Freshservice(US), Spiceworks(US), C-Desk(Inida), ServiceNow(US), VMware Service Manager(US), BMC Remedy(US) The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Service Desk Software industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Service Desk Software industry, followed by industry news and policies. Table of Contents Chapter 1 Executive Summary Chapter 2 Abbreviation and Acronyms Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Market Landscape Chapter 5 Market Trend Analysis Chapter 6 Industry Chain Analysis Chapter 7 Latest Market Dynamics Chapter 8 Trading Analysis Chapter 9 Historical and Current Service Desk Software in North America (2019-2024) Chapter 10 Historical and Current Service Desk Software in South America (2019-2024) Chapter 11 Historical and Current Service Desk Software in Asia & Pacific (2019-2024) Chapter 12 Historical and Current Service Desk Software in Europe (2019-2024) Chapter 13 Historical and Current Service Desk Software in MEA (2019-2024) Chapter 14 Summary for Global Service Desk Software (2019-2024) Chapter 15 Global Service Desk Software Forecast (2019-2024) Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key Vendors Inquire for Discount @ The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Get Sample Copy of this Report @ The Global Service Desk Software Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones. About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Service Desk Software industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Service Desk Software industry, followed by industry news and policies. For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end. The detailed report is prepared with 100+ market data Tables, Pie Chat, Graphs & Figures spread through Pages which makes it smooth and easy to understand. At present, the market is developing its presence. The Research report presents a detailed assessment of the Market and includes future trends, current growth factors, attentive opinions, facts, and industry validated market data. The study provides estimates for Global Service Desk Software Forecast till 2025. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Someone drew up the Ultimate Pizza Road Trip because pizza is life

first_img Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Tags: Food EUGENE — How much do you love pizza? Enough to drive cross-country for it?RAVE Reviews, which publishes entertaining content based on data-driven analysis, has published ‘The Ultimate Pizza Road Trip Across America’, featuring the country’s best pies based on three taste factors: Dough, Sauce and Crust.RAVE also combed through online reviews and comments on sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Facebook and local food blogs to determine the best of the best.“Just about everyone loves Pizza, so it only made sense for us to make it easier to hit all the best spots in the U.S. Our hope is that people share their Pizza Road Trip experience with others. It isn’t just about the Pizza, but also the journey to get there,” said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE Reviews.The full list of featured Pizza companies includes:1880 Pizza Napoletana | Kansas City, KSA16 | San Francisco, CAAl Forno | Providence, RIMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAll Souls Pizza | Asheville, NCAmbrogio 15 | San Diego, CAApizza Scholls | Portland, ORBacio Pizzeria | Washington D.C.Bar Cotto | Seattle, WABazbeaux’s Pizza | Indianapolis, INBuddy’s Pizza | Detroit, MICrust | Cleveland, OHD’Allesandro’s Pizza | Charleston, SCDi Fara | Brooklyn, NYDriftwood Oven | Pittsburgh, PAFive Points Pizza | Nashville, TNFrank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana | New Haven, CTGrimaldi’s | Brooklyn, NYGusto Pizza Co. | Des Moines, IAHome Slice Pizza | Austin, TXImpellizzeri’s Pizza | Louisville, KYIsabella’s Brick Oven Pizza & Panini | Baltimore, MDLa Nova | Buffalo, NYLou Malnati’s Pizzeria | Chicago, ILLuna Pizzeria | Houston, TXMelo’s Pizzeria | St. Louis, MOMikey’s Late Night Slice | Columbus, OHNuch’s Pizzeria | Salt Lake City, UTO4W Pizza | Atlanta, GAOrsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria | Omaha, NEPequod’s Pizza | Chicago, ILPizzeria Bianco | Phoenix, AZPizzeria Lola | Minneapolis, MNPizzeria Mozza | Los Angeles, CARegina Pizzeria | Boston, MARubino’s Pizza | Columbus, OHSally’s Apizza | New Haven, CTMore news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsSantarpio’s Pizza | Boston, MASecret Pizza at Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NVSerious Pie | Seattle, WASteve’s Pizza | Miami, FLTacconelli’s Pizzeria | Philadelphia, PATotonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano | Brooklyn, NYTony’s Pizza Napoletana | San Francisco, CATransfer Pizzeria & Cafe | Milwaukee, WITriBecca Allie Café | Sardis, MSVarasano’s Pizzeria | Atlanta, GAVia 313 | Austin, TXWiseguy Pizza | Washington D.C.Wood Stone Craft Pizza & Bar | Fayetteville, ARTo see a full-sized infographic, and for more information go to For more information go to << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Someone drew up the Ultimate Pizza Road Trip because pizza is life Posted by Sharelast_img read more