Pension Changes Will Protect Jobs

first_imgPension funding rule changes announced today, Feb. 13, are protecting jobs and preserving benefits for thousands of private-sector workers. The recent recession left many defined benefit pension plans underfunded, putting financial pressure on employers to top up the plans. Today’s changes give plans up to 15 years to be fully funded. “People deserve and need their pension benefits to be there when they retire,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “If we didn’t relax the rules around defined benefit pension plan funding, employers could be forced to lay off workers or reduce benefits. “These changes give more employers breathing room to recover from the recession and low interest rates,” said Ms. More. When a defined benefit plan has enough assets to deliver the promised benefits if the plan closed immediately, it is said to be solvent. Pension plans grow from a combination of employer and members’ contributions, and the interest earned by investing those contributions. The recession that began in 2008-09 cut return on investments drastically, leaving many plans underfunded. The indicators that are used to determine whether a plan is solvent have dropped significantly since 2011. When a plan was underfunded, the employer had five years to make the plan solvent. Some employers said it would take so much money to make their plans solvent, the company might need to close. Today’s changes give those employers up to 15 years to get their plans back to full funding. “This announcement comes when many organizations and employee groups are trying to determine the right pension approach for their circumstances in an evolving pension environment,” said Derek Gerard, principal with Eckler Ltd., a leading financial consulting organization. “Allowing plan sponsors to spread solvency shortfall payments over 15 years, instead of five, will help tremendously during an expected period of transition for pension plans.” Employers that want to move to 15-year recovery must notify plan members, working and retired. If more than one third of plan members do not write a letter to the employer to object, funding is extended. If more than one third of the members object, the employer must fund the plan within five years. The extended funding would be available to plans that were found to be underfunded between 2011 and 2014.last_img read more

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Man arrested for raping minor in Odisha

first_imgJajpur (Odisha): A 51-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor in Bari area of Odisha’s Jajpur district, police said on Saturday. The accused, a neighbour of the nine-year-old girl, lured her with chocolates before taking her to his house in Ratnagiri area under Bari block on Thursday, a police officer said. “The man took her to his house where he raped her,” said Chakrabarty Kanhar, Inspector In-Charge of Bari police station. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The girl, who had become unsonscious for a shortwhile, returned home and narrated the incident to family members, who then took the minor to the District Headquarters Hospital here. Based on a complaint lodged by her family members, Bari police conducted a raid on the house of the accused and apprehended him on Friday, they said. The man was arrested under different sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act.last_img read more

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Regulator renews TV licences imposes roadblocks for shutting local stations

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s big TV ownership groups will have to jump over new hurdles if they want to shutter any of their local TV stations, according to licence renewals granted Monday by the country’s broadcast regulator.Station owners will have to give 120 days notice of an intended closure, during which time the regulator will open the proposed shutdown to public hearings, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in issuing five-year licence renewals for the major TV conglomerates.The process could result in the regulator denying permission for closing a station, said a CRTC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. However, there are no guarantees that a station earmarked for going off the air would remain open, the official acknowledged.“This is essentially something that is a safety net of some sort to ensure that we receive advice and that we be in a position to actually consult Canadians by our usual means,” the official said, noting that none of the broadcasters appearing before the regulator in the last year proposed station closures.The public would be consulted through open hearings and social media if a closure were to be proposed, the regulator said.However, it wasn’t clear how public concerns over a proposed shutdown would be weighted against a TV group’s financial pressures.During hearings last year into the viability of local TV, the CRTC was warned that nearly half of the country’s local stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.Like other media players, conventional, private TV stations have seen revenues decline over the past decade. And many stations that are holding their own for now could close over the next few years, potentially costing nearly 1,000 jobs, said a report jointly prepared by the consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller.The CRTC also announced Monday that TV stations owned by large English-language groups will be required to air six hours per week — three hours in smaller markets — of so-called “locally reflective news and information” as part of their overall commitments to broadcast 14 hours of local programming in larger markets and seven hours in non-metropolitan communities.The TV groups must also spend a minimum of 30 per cent of gross revenues on Canadian content, with 11 per cent set aside specifically for local news and information, said the CRTC, a requirement that was unchanged from the last time licences were renewed.Officials said the regulator will monitor news broadcasts, and will require annual reports from stations, to verify that the requirements are being met.The new requirements are part of licence renewals for Bell Media Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., and Rogers Media Inc., as well as French-language Groupe TVA and Groupe V, which take effect in September.The regulator also issued a call for applications for a national, multilingual multi-ethnic television service, saying there is “an exceptional and immediate need” for programming to serve Canada’s ethnically diverse communities.At the same time, it approved an application by Rogers in the interim to operate such a service under the name Omni Regional as a mandatory distribution channel.“Canada’s ethnic and third-language communities do not have access to enough news and information programming in multiple languages from a Canadian perspective,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.“By approving the licensing and mandatory distribution of Omni Regional, we are addressing a pressing need.”Officials, however, said Omni Regional’s licence was limited to three years over concerns that the service proposed by Rogers wouldn’t fully meet the needs of Canadians.Still, Rogers appeared content with the decision.“Canadians will get access to quality multicultural and multilingual programming no matter where they live, and Omni Television will receive a stable revenue source to build a strong voice for all ethnic audiences,” said Rogers Media senior vice president Colette Watson.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

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Kerry says resolution on Lanka an important step

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland anre the other co-sponsors of the resolution. (Colombo Gazette) Kerry said the United States will remain steadfast in its commitment to walk with Sri Lanka as it takes these important but challenging steps. US Secretary of State John Kerry says the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday, marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community.He said the resolution lays out a path to provide truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence that the Sri Lankan people deserve while safeguarding the reputation of those, including within the military, who conducted themselves with honor and professionalism. “The United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans,” he said. He said the Sri Lankan government’s decision to join as a co-sponsor paves the way for all to work together to deliver the commitments reflected in the resolution.“In the past year, the Sri Lankan people have twice voted to put Sri Lanka on the path to peace and turned their country away from a divisive approach that for too long sapped Sri Lanka’s strength. This resolution demonstrates our support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen its democracy and restore civil liberties for all Sri Lankans, while also addressing the painful experiences of the past to ensure they never recur. This resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community. The resolution will help families of the missing find answers about their loved ones. And it lays out a path to provide truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence that the Sri Lankan people deserve while safeguarding the reputation of those, including within the military, who conducted themselves with honor and professionalism. As I promised in Colombo earlier this year, the United States will remain steadfast in our commitment to walk with Sri Lanka as it takes these important but challenging steps,” Kerry said. read more

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East Timor National Council elects business representative as new Speaker

Manuel Carrascalão, the Council’s business representative, was elected after a motion failed to delay action on the issue until May to allow for further discussions. The motion – which received 11 votes in favor, 13 against and two abstentions – had been offered by the representative of Dili district, Maria Odete Faria. In choosing the new Speaker, the Council had considered two candidates – CNRT representative José Ramos-Horta, nominated by Clementino dos Reis Amaral, (representing KOTA, a political party), and Mr. Carrascalão, who was nominated by the Dili district representative.Four other candidates – Deputy Speaker Milena Pires, socialist party leader Avelino Coelho, representative of a non -governmental organization Aniceto Guterres, and Father José António da Costa, a representative of the Catholic Church – were nominated but declined to accept.The vote, which for the first time was carried out by secret ballot, resulted in a tie vote with each candidate receiving 13 votes. There was one blank vote.Mr. Ramos-Horta withdrew his name from consideration and the Deputy Speaker declared Mr. Carrascalão as Speaker.In addressing the members for the first time as Speaker, Mr. Carrascalão said that he regretted the outcome because he had been in favor of postponing the vote for further consultations. But there was no way back and he would accept his responsibility, he said. He said that in his role as Speaker, he would act in accordance with the will of the majority.Mr. Carrascalão replaces CNRT President Xanana Gusmão, who sent a letter to UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello on 28 March announcing his resignation. read more

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TSX lower traders balance Syrian worries with jobs data Fed stimulus questions

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX lower, traders balance Syrian worries with jobs data, Fed stimulus questions by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2013 8:17 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Friday amid nervousness about possible military intervention in the Syrian civil war and speculation about what the Federal Reserve might do about a key stimulus program in the wake of the latest employment data.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 24.14 points to 12,820.92 and the Canadian dollar surged almost a full US cent.The loonie found some support from a Canadian jobs report, which beat expectations. The currency was off the session highs but still ahead 0.89 of a cent to 96.07 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 59,000 positions last month.But the growth was mainly for part-time employment as the unemployment rate fell to 7.1 per cent in August from 7.2 per cent the previous month.The consensus had called for the Canadian economy to have created about 20,000 jobs in August.The Canadian currency was also lifted by an American dollar that backed off after the U.S. Labor Department reported jobs growth of 169,000 last month, narrowly missing expectations of about 175,000 jobs. The U.S. jobless rate was 7.3 per cent, down from 7.4 per cent.U.S. indexes were lacklustre following comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, that his country would continue to “assist” Syria even if it is attacked.The Dow Jones industrials lost as much as 148 points before recovering somewhat to slip 14.98 points to 14,922.5, the Nasdaq rose 1.23 points to 3,660.01 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.09 of a point to 1,655.17.President Barack Obama says he will address Americans about Syria on Tuesday while he seeks public support and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as punishment for an alleged chemical attack against civilians in suburban Damascus last month.Syrian has cast a shadow over trading ever since the alleged chemical attack Aug. 21 but some analysts think sentiment could well improve after it is known just what the U.S. will decide to do.“At the end of the day, when it’s resolved, it will be more of a relief than anything,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“Remember, when they actually went into the Big One in Iraq (in 2003), a couple of days beforehand markets turned around markedly and this was even before they crossed into the country.”The U.S. labour data was a mild disappointment as the consensus had called for the American economy to have cranked out about 175,000 jobs in August.The Fed has indicated it could start winding up its US$85 billion of bond purchases as early as this month if the economy shows sufficient strength. The prospect of the Fed tapering those asset purchases has unnerved some investors as the stimulus has kept rates low and channelled lots of money into equity markets around the globe.Tech stocks led declines, off 1.2 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 31 cents to $11.29 after three days of strong gains, partly fuelled by reports that the smartphone maker wants to launch an auction process for its assets sooner rather than later.Telecoms continued to shed gains racked up earlier in the week after U.S. telco giant Verizon said earlier in the week it wouldn’t be entering the Canadian wireless market. The group backed off 1.12 per cent and Telus (TSX:T) shed 94 cents to $33.31.Commodity prices were higher and December copper rose two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The base metals group rose 1.07 per cent and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) advanced 28 cents to C$7.60.The gold sector rose 0.87 per cent as bullion prices advanced after the release of the jobs data with the December contract up $13.50 to US$1,386.50 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by six cents to C$6.20.The energy sector was up 0.13 per cent, as worries about supply disruptions from the Mideast helped push the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $2.16 to US$110.53 a barrel, its highest close since May, 2011. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 42 cents to C$36.68.The Toronto market ended last week with a respectable 1.32 per cent advance, with gains seen across all sectors except for gold producers. read more

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Babar Fakhar lead Pakistan to 30 sweep

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakistan eye knockout punch against dispirited West IndiesApril 1, 2017In “Sports”Pakistan humiliate shambolic Windies in KarachiApril 2, 2018In “Sports”Pakistan win toss, bat in third one-day against WindiesOctober 5, 2016In “latest news” Pakistan 154 for 2 (Babar 51, Fakhar 40) beat West Indies 153 for 6 (Fletcher 52, Ramdin 42*, Shadab 2-27) by eight wicketsShadab Khan celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels (AFP)(ESPNcricinfo) Pakistan won with 19 balls to spare to complete a 3-0 sweep. But given how ordinary West Indies have been on tour, this was a competitive match.West Indies’ 153 could have proved handy on a different surface against another side, but in Karachi, it just didn’t seem enough against Pakistan’s firepower. Fakhar Zaman’s early onslaught – a brutal 17-ball 40 – brought the asking rate down drastically and from there on, West Indies had no answers.Babar Azam continued his rich vein of form to stroke an unbeaten 51 to go along with his 97 not out on Monday, as Pakistan won in a canter.West Indies lost Chadwick Walton for a duck but seemed to recover courtesy a 72-run stand between Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher. As solid as they were, what West Indies needed them was some big-hitting madness to the innings. Yet, it was a massive improvement to the shoddy batting of the previous two matches. Fletcher found his timing as the innings progressed as he top scored with 52, only for a mini-collapse to set West Indies back.It began with Shadab Khan cleaning up Samuels with another gem of a googly, the variation so well concealed that Samuels didn’t seem to realise the stumps had been rattled. Fletcher was run out following a brilliant piece of fielding – and a direct hit – from Mohammad Nawaz. The debutant Andre McCarthy top edged Shadab to long-off, while extra pace from Faheem Ashraf trapped Rovman Powell in front. 74 for 1 suddenly became 97 for 5.The last four overs proved profitable as Denesh Ramdin outwitted, outthought and outclassed Pakistan’s death bowlers. The absence of Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali might have had something to do with that, but Usman Khan and Faheem are hardly poor substitutes. Ramdin, however, was all over them in a show of power hitting Lahore Qalandars fans will be wishing he had shown when he was with them just last month. He smashed three sixes and four fours as he surged to 42 off just 18 balls, and West Indies scored a respectable enough 153.West Indies, however, failed to carry that momentum. Fakhar’s fireworks aside, Babar was his usual consistent self, almost effortlessly cruising to another 50 as he anchored Pakistan’s chase. Rayad Emrit, who was hammered to all parts of the under-renovation National Stadium in the first two games, was West Indies best bowler on the day, conceding just 24 in four overs. Unfortunately for the Jason Mohammed’s team, however, he didn’t take any wickets, and thus West Indies were never in with a shot of defending the target.After Babar fell, new boys Hussain Talat – who has had a series to dream of – and Asif Ali took command of the chase. There was no pressure on them, really, but even so, the lack of drama with which they calmly steered the team home was impressive. And so cricket’s return to Karachi ended with another Pakistan win. read more

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Gold medalist Doris says doing well for the country is always

Guyana, a country undoubtedly beaming with talented sportsmen and women, more often than not finds one thing challenging: transferring domestic dominance to the international stage.Guyana’s Troy Doris is elated after winning gold in the men’s triple jump at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Luckily for the Land of Many Waters, gold was struck when Chicago- born Triple Jumper Troy Doris decided to form an alliance with his ancestral ties.He started the world-stardom ball rolling with a seventh place finish at the Rio Olympics, and just over a week ago, he added both icing and candles on the cake with a Commonwealth Games gold medal.The medal was the first for Guyana since Aliann Pompey claimed the women’s 400 metres title at the games in Manchester, England in 2002, and that’s 16 years ago.His wining jump at the 21st edition of Games in Australia was by far not his best. The jump which brought the gold medal was 16.88 metres. His personal best is 17.18m.It is certainly not to take anything away from his monumental feat, since athletes have certain periods when they peak, but it does show that the 29-year-old is medal quality even when not at his best; and while having a minuscule presence in Guyana, he has gigantic nostalgic connection.“Doing well for the country is always important” Doris conveyed“When I got my title, it was a feeling of joy. I was happy to carry the flag around the track. Putting so much work into the one moment, and it finally came true had so many emotions. Kind of my motivation at the Games was that I didn’t want to hear any other anthem played in my event”, he expressed to this media group in a recent interview.Not devaluing the performances of track star Brenessa Thompson in the United States, or the “never say never” attitude of Winston George and those of the past, Doris’s effort has helped Guyana into the infancy stages of world recognition in athletics, and it’s now time to build on this toehold.“Being the lone wolf for Guyana in international meets is a lot of positive pressure. It gives me the energy to compete. I want to be in the top four when they show the results, I want the announcer to say, ‘Troy Doris from Guyana’. Doing well for the country is always important,” Doris conveyed.Doris, a Political Science graduate from the University of Iowa, said there is not much financial allure in representing Guyana, but he still chose to channel his energies in that direction. Albeit, athletes can receive at stipend from the Guyana Olympic Association.“The decision to represent Guyana was mine ultimately. My career could have been aimed to represent United States, but as an athlete it is best to represent your country to the best of your ability, and I always reflect on having all of these Guyana roots, which makes me feel at home”, Doris said.The big question is can he replicate his performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games? For Doris, now is just about re-grouping and not looking too far ahead, since a world of unknowns is on the horizon.“The big picture is the Olympics 2020. It is a long time from now, and anything can happen, athletes can emerge from anywhere. You have to be willing to sacrifice time from now, with your mind on whether you want a place in the finals or whether you want a place on the podium,” he said.His shockwave performance even got the attention of President David Granger, who expressed via a release to the media: “The win has made every Guyanese exceedingly proud, and demonstrates that with hard work and sacrifice, great feats can be accomplished.”Given that his winning leap stands at sixth best in the world, maybe, just maybe, those in high office can plot for Doris a financial course which leads to 2020, and the hope – while ambitious – of hearing the national anthem being played. (Akeem Greene) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGold medalist Troy Doris to Visit GuyanaMay 19, 2018In “Sports”Guyana’s Troy Doris strikes gold in triple jumpApril 14, 2018In “Sports”Gold medalist Doris touches downMay 22, 2018In “Sports” read more

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Brandt acquires heavy industry transport specialist Camex

first_imgThe Brandt Group of Companies has announced that effective November 1, 2018, they have acquired Camex Equipment Sales & Rentals Ltd of Edmonton, Alberta. This deal represents an important expansion for Brandt into the speciality transportation equipment industry.“This is an exciting acquisition for us as Camex is a world-class company with the largest inventory of industry-specific transportation equipment in the business,” says Brandt President and CEO, Shaun Semple. “The combination of these two strong organisations guarantees unrivalled value for our customers and secures our place as the #1 provider of specialty transportation equipment in the industry.”The Camex name (C – Canada, A – America, MEX – Mexico) “has been synonymous with excellence in custom truck rigging and on-highway specialised trailers for over 25 years. Camex products are in demand across North America and the company is a leader in the oil & gas, mining, pipeline, infrastructure, municipal and environmental sectors.”The result of this acquisition is a new Brandt Group of Companies division called Brandt Truck Rigging & Trailers. This new division carries on the proud Camex tradition of supplying premium-quality specialty transportation solutions for industry.The Camex name lives on as a product brand for the specialised transportation equipment that the company manufactures, rents and sells; “continuing to deliver the outstanding dependability and performance that customers have counted on for over 25 years.”“The Camex staff, with its outstanding reputation, dedication to excellence and track record of superior service in the industry is a strong addition to the Brandt team.”“We couldn’t be more excited about becoming a part of the Brandt organisation,” adds Camex Chief Operating Officer Sue McGregor. “It ensures that Camex customers will continue to receive the same great products and services that we’ve always been proud to offer them, but now with the addition of the tremendous value and heavy industry experience that Brandt brings to the table.”As a result of this acquisition, Canadian companies will now enjoy “one-stop access to Brandt and Camex’s combined lineup of products and services and unmatched customer support infrastructure at the current Camex location as well as at Brandt branches across Canada.”This acquisition includes three buildings – a 71,000 sq ft sales and service facility and two others – totaling 150,000 sq ft, situated on a 26 acre property located at Hwy 2 and Hwy 625, near the Edmonton International Airport.The deal with Camex officially closed on November 1, 2018.last_img read more

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Detroit Auto Show Top Tech Cars Toyota Prius C

first_imgDETROIT – Toyota sold 2 million Priuses since 1997, half in the U.S. Here at the Detroit show, Toyota turned Prius into a sub-brand, like Scion, with the unveiling of the subcompact Prius C hybrid, due in 2012. You could think of it as a hybrid Toyota Yaris, at least in terms of size. If the mother ship Prius gets 50 mpg combined, this one might reach 60 mpg. Toyota hasn’t said yet. AdChoices广告The Prius line will also include a plug-in hybrid, meaning like the Chevrolet Volt:  battery power for 20, 30, or 40 miles (depending on how much battery) and then another couple hundred on the small gasoline engine and fuel tank. Toyota took some small pride in introducing the Prius C in Detroit since a lot of the hybrid-naysayers a decade ago came from the Big Three automakers. At the show North American International Show, Toyota people took to wearing “Prius Geek” buttons, poking fun at the execs who, last decade, said only geeks drove a Prius. The geek market is bigger than you’d think. Category: Mainstream hybridWhy it matters: Toyota wants to maintain its reputation as THE hybrid car company by turning Prius from one model into a hybrid sub-brand, including a subcompact and plug-in hybrid. Sub-branding worked swimmingly (at least for a while) with Scion. Gearlog mobile’s Top 2011 Detroit Auto Show Tech Cars: Mind-Boggling Hybrid Technology – Porsche 918 RSR Mainstream Hybrid Technology – Toyota Prius C World Car (That Americans Will Buy) – Ford C Class Affordable Sporty Car with Useful Technology – Hyundai Veloster Mainstream Car with Affordable Tech – Chrysler 300last_img read more

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California asks Facebook to block inmates

first_imgWhen a person goes to prison, he or she loses many of the freedoms and luxuries they had in the outside world. But that’s what prison’s all about, right? It’s not supposed to be a place you enjoy being, and you shouldn’t be able to spend your days surfing the web and updating your Facebook status. However, it’s been reported that more than 7,284 inmates in California have their vey own contraband mobile phone.Since so many prisoners have these phones, they’re able to browse the web and update their Facebook accounts. Obviously, the state is not happy about that and is asking Facebook to close down any accounts of inmates who have updated his or her Facebook account since being incarcerated.According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), that number is up from only 260 in 2006. Apparently, inmates are getting mobile phones courtesy of the prison employees themselves. A phone can go for $1,000 in prison, so, although against the prison’s rules, employees are making bank by selling the phones. It’s not technically illegal, but employees can potentially be fired if caught selling the phones.CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said that having access to social media circumvents the prison’s monitoring process and allows the inmates to continue with their criminal activity. Cates said the cooperation between Facebook and the law enforcement will help protect the community and may even prevent future crimes. Facebook can disable accounts that violate U.S. laws or regulations or accounts that are used to threaten or harass people.It’s true that some inmates might just want to share what they had for lunch on their Facebook status, but as NBC Bay Area points out, having access to the social network could also be harmful. For example, an inmate convicted of child molestation allegedly harassed his victim via Facebook while in the prison.Should a law be put into place that forbids social networking or web use in prison?via NBC Bay Arealast_img read more

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Sri Sris Happiness Prog to be webcast

first_imgHyderabad: Global humanitarian spiritual leader and founder of The Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will lead sessions via webcast for over a lakh people during the Art of Living’s Happiness Programme across India. The programme is scheduled from August 16 to 18. In Telangana alone, over 100 centres have been arranged for the webcast.The programme will be a virtual gathering of participants joining in from over 110 locations throughout Telangana – The Art of Living teachers and volunteers will be available at all web locations where the Happiness Programme will be conducted. Apart from the webcast, people will travel to the Art of Living International Centre to learn the techniques directly from Sri Sri. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The cornerstone of the Happiness Programme is the SudarshanKriyaTM, a powerful rhythmic breathing technique cognised by Gurudev. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving one calm yet energised, focused yet relaxed. Apart from the powerful breathing techniques, yoga, pranayama and meditation, the programme will have interactive wisdom sessions that provide practical life tools to handle any difficult or stressful situation in life. The result is at the end of the programme where people are known to experience a peaceful, stable, joyful state of mind and a sense of connection with everyone around.last_img read more

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Youth spend 80 mins a day in internet adda

first_imgInternet eating up reading timeThe youth’s time of studying is also lessening for they spend more time on the internet, especially social media sites, the study said.The habit of reading is limited to classroom-based study. The youth are spending very little time for reading outside the classroom.The survey report said the younger generation gives only 39 minutes on an average to study outside the classroom. Among the respondents, 56 per cent read for nearly 30 minutes. One out of four spends 30 minutes to one hour in studying.The survey further revealed that 12 per cent do not read at all outside the classroom.About this, IT expert Fahim Masrur said, “It is not that that today’s youth do not study. The time they spend on facebook and the amount of information they read is enough to read a large book. But the problem is they study sporadically.”The survey found that the youth are dissatisfied with the overall quality of education in the country.As high as 84 per cent youth expressed their dissatisfaction about it. Of them, 39 per cent said they are “very anxious” with the state of education. Only 3.4 per cent are not worried about it while 2 per cent have no idea about quality of education. Youth spend 80 mins a day in internet adda. Photo: Prothom AloChatting on the social media is a popular pastime among today’s younger generation and as a result, their reading habit is shrinking alarmingly, suggests a Prothom Alo survey.The youth chat with friends and dear ones for around 80 minutes a day on average. It is almost like adda (rendezvous), but in the virtual world.However, according to the Prothom Alo Youth Survey-2017, chatting is not the most popular activity among the youth. It is in fact their fifth most favourite pastime on social media sites.More than 40 per cent (41 per cent) of youth of the country pass leisure time by chatting, found the survey conducted by Org-Quest Research Ltd, among 1200 people aged between 15 and 30 years last March.It revealed that almost all (99.4 per cent) of the youth, who have access to internet facilities, chat on social media.The trend of chatting with near and dear ones is more among the urban youth (54 per cent) than their rural counterparts (36 per cent).Besides, the number of male respondents, who chat on internet, is more (60 per cent) than the number of female (23 per cent).The study also said more than half of the youth from Dhaka chat on internet whereas the rate is one third in other divisions.Students tend to chat more than those who have completed their academic life. Students also chat more than the youth who are professionals, the survey report said.However, the habit of chatting radically falls after marriage. The younger the youth is, the more s/he is attracted to chatting.Among the job holders, those who work in the private sector chat more than the government employees.A Royal Economic Society research said that chatting habit decreases the youth’s satisfaction about their life. This also affects their personal, familial and social lives negatively.last_img read more

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Prayer postcards spark debate over faith and privacy in Nashville

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Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A group of Nashville churches decided recently to pray for every resident in their Bible Belt city.Then they sent out postcards to everyone on their prayer list.Some folks saw the prayers as an act of kindness.Other felt the prayers were a little creepy.“I just couldn’t believe that some creepy guy I don’t even know was taking time out of his day to tell me how to live my life,” said Nashville resident Cory Johnson. “I genuinely believe the project is a form of trespassing and a huge invasion of privacy.”The 30-day prayer focus — known as Awaken Nashville — was the brainchild of staffers at Nashville’s Ethos Church, a congregation made up mostly of young adults.Dave Clayton, pastor of the Ethos Church, said that for the last several years, the congregation has fasted and prayed for the city of Nashville during February. Last year during that time of prayer, Clayton said, church members felt a conviction to do something more.“I love this city, and it’s a great time to be here, but we just had this conviction that despite all the good things that were going on, there’s still a lot of pain,” he said. “We started wrestling with how we could love and care for the city. I think there are a lot of answers to that, but for us the starting place was prayer.”Eventually the church — along with about 350 other congregations that partnered with Ethos — decided to pray for “every person by name” in the city of Nashville, according to a promotional video from Awaken Nashville.Volunteers were given a list of names to pray for from Jan. 27-Feb. 24.3 At the end of that period, they were encouraged to send a note to the people on their list.A pair of postcards sent by participants in a church outreach called Awaken Nashville. Photo courtesy of Heidi HallKevin Queen, the lead pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, said the postcards were meant to encourage those who received them. And he said that when it comes to prayer, a personal touch matters.“I think we can pray general prayers like, ‘Oh God, I pray for Nashville,’ but when we pray specific prayers instead, that gives opportunity for God to do specific things,” he said. “When I pray for my kids, I pray for them by name. When I pray for my wife, I pray for her by name. When things are personal, it just increases love.”When he first saw a postcard in his mailbox, Andrew Brumel thought it had come from a friend. Brumel said he was glad to know someone had been thinking of him.“I had been going through some things right about the time I got the postcard, so when I got it, it was almost like a sign from God that things would all work out,” he said.Hailey Nutter, who lives in Nashville, said she didn’t get a prayer card. But she wished she had.“I am religious, and I grew up in church and love the effort to reach people that they made,” she said. “I think it’s a blessing.”One resident, who requested anonymity, said that when they received the postcard, they were confused about how the sender found their personal information. The card’s sender was a bit pushy, according to the resident.“In the card, an anonymous person indicated that for nearly a month, they had been praying for me to let Jesus Christ into my heart,” the person said. “What creeped me out was not just that the person was sending well wishes my way, but instead praying for me to make a religious conversion.”Richard Pitt, a sociologist who teaches at Vanderbilt Divinity School, said the mixed responses are understandable. Not everyone has the same relationship with the church.For some people, he said, saying “I’ll pray for you” comes across as “I am praying for you to change.” For others, it means “You are part of our community, and we care about you.”“The sociologist in me says that is awesome because while religion creates conflict, it also creates a lot of hope and unity,” Pitt said.Sending a note to people you don’t know also complicates matters.“Certainly, they could pray through the phone book without writing a note to everybody and letting them know,” Pitt said. “I don’t think there is anything scripturally that says your prayer won’t work if you don’t tell everyone about it.”Sam Donnelly, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, said that although he can appreciate the churches’ good intentions, the way the project was carried out left him with an odd feeling. He wished he could have had some contact with the person who prayed for him.“I don’t understand how prayer can really matter if the person who is praying doesn’t even know what they are praying for. Like, my dad has a lot of health issues, so if someone told me they were praying for him, I would be more receptive to that,” Donnelly said.Clayton said that at its core, the prayer project was inspired by a genuine desire to care for the people of Nashville.“My message from the beginning has been that our church is here to care for one another and then to join with other churches to care for the greater Nashville area. This helped us in our mission all the more of really recognizing that we have a responsibility to pray for and care for all of the residents in the city,” he said. “And even if some say we failed, we’ll still have made a dent.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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The Last of Us gets a release date box art new trailer

first_imgThe Last of Us was announced at last year’s Spike Video Game Awards so it was only appropriate that at this years VGA’s, the second The Last of Us trailer was debuted. It also told us what we all really, really wanted to know: when the game is coming out. That date, the day we get to finally play one of the most highly awaited PS3 games of the year, will be May 7, 2013.Uncharted developer, Naughty Dog, has created a trailer that’s designed to impart upon you a hint of the story without giving too much away — and it certainly does a great job of that. If you haven’t read about it before, The Last of Us is a third-person survival game in which a strange fungus has infected most of the human race. You play as Joel and are accompanied by a teenage girl, Ellie, who’s controlled by the AI. From the trailer, it’s clear The Last of Us is going to be a very emotional game and very story-driven.If The Last of Us looks good to you, you can pre-order it now and get some nice incentives for doing so. Participating retailers are offering a bonus pack called Sights and Sounds which gets you the official soundtrack, a PS3 dynamic theme and two PSN avatars (one of Ellie and one of Joel). Or if multiplayer mode bonuses are more your thing, you can order with GameStop to get the Survival pack. The Survival pack includes: bonus experience points for multiplayer, a melee attack booster, extra starting cash, special customization character items and two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which are unlocked after you complete the game.Naughty Dog isn’t ready to reveal what the multiplayer modes involve yet but Uncharted 3‘s multiplayer is great fun so I’m sure they’ve got something good up their sleeves. A lot of people think games like this don’t need multiplayer but Naughty Dog has assured fans that two separate teams work on the story mode and multiplayer. This means the story shouldn’t suffer, which is good news for everyone.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

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Fe26 is a 2048 style puzzle game about solar fusion

first_imgThe popular puzzle game 2048 is often imitated, but seldom have any of the tweaks on its simple yet challenging gameplay been worth playing. Fe[26] is a clever take on 2048 that should help you kill a little time today. The basic idea is the same — combine tiles until you’ve reached a certain limit. However, instead of numbers, Fe[26] uses elements and simulates what happens as a star fuses hydrogen into heavier elements. The goal is to make one tile of 56Fe, or iron-56.You can press any of the four arrow keys to make a move in Fe[26]. This causes all the tiles to slide as far to that side as possible. If two tiles capable of nuclear fusion are squished together, they become another element taking up one spot. A new tile of hydrogen is added each turn, so you need to keep fusing elements to make sure there’s space — it’s game over if you fill up the board.Fe[26] doesn’t use exactly the same rules for fusion as a real star would, but that was done to make the game possible to win. The numbers next to each element tell you which isotope they are, some of which are stable, and some aren’t. A blue countdown digit tells you how long until an unstable element decays into another — a delightful twist on the gameplay. Sometimes that means you have to hurry up and combine it with something else to climb up the ladder toward iron, but you might also just have to wait it out so you can get at the decay product.Getting to iron is the same thing a massive star (larger than the sun) does — that’s a far as it can creep up the periodic table during its natural life cycle. Heavier elements can only be created in a supernova, which might make for a neat sequel.This is a challenging game, but it becomes less insurmountable when you figure out the power of Helium-4, how to avoid the wrong form of Beryllium, and dealing with that magnesium dead end. There’s also a handy chart of all the fusion reactions at the bottom of the page. So do yourself a favor and simulate a star today.last_img read more

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Geek Plays Call of Duty Black Ops IIII

first_imgStay on target Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well, you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.AdChoices广告New Year, New Call of Duty. Blacks Ops IIII may ditch the single player campaign but it makes up for it with a plethora of new multiplayer modes, including its own take on Battle Royale. Let’s check it out!Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Want to catch up with past Geek Plays? Watch our shows for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4.Purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Geek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES GamesGeek Plays: Forizon Horizon 4, and Fast and Furious Toys last_img read more

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Creative Magnifier

first_imgUNICEF India and BBC Media Action India today launched a ‘coming of age’ action drama series for social change– AdhaFULL. The launch was graced by Dr A Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, Supriya Sahu, Director General Doordarshan, Priyanka Dutt, Country Director, BBC Media Action, officials from the Government of India, senior members from the media,civil society partners and adolescents themselves.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAdhaFULL, a 78 episode TV series, has been conceptualized and created by BBC Media Action, and developed in partnership with UNICEF. AdhaFULL follows three adolescents—Kitty (16), Tara (11) and Adrak (15), who form the AdhaFULL gang, as they solve a new case each week. The mysteries are intertwined with their journey of growing up in a small town. Issues such as under-age marriage, nutrition, stereotyping of girls and boys, continuing education, peer pressure, school drop-outs and exam blues and gender-based violence are creatively depicted in the narrative.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, said, “India is home to 243 million adolescents. This series portrays adolescents who stand up for their rights. Through a mix of social drama, action, energy, fun, humour and emotions, this edutainment package discusses existing social norms and showcases transformation from a culture of silence to a culture of change and freedom”The half-hour-long episodes of AdhaFULL, will be telecast on Doordarshan National on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week between 7.30-8pm from October 21 onwards. “Doordarshan has the largest reach in India. We are happy to be the first channel to broadcast a dedicated programme for adolescents, engaging them so that they can reach their full potential”, said Dr A Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati. ‘AdhaFULL’, the Hinglish name of the series, reflects the hybrid nature of both a society in transition and adolescence. The ‘AdhaFULL’ gang episodes swing between its rural avtaar of the past and its present small town persona with urban trappings. “Young lives and aspirations are about the 3Cs – curiosity, challenge and creativity. Through AdhaFULL’s story and its characters, we want to engage our young viewers and their parents in a journey of change, so that they feel they can negotiate and work with the 3Cs”, says Radharani Mitra, Executive Producer, BBC Media Action.last_img read more

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VIDEO Belichick breaks down the film on Gronks long 4th quarter catch

first_imgBy day with the press, Bill Belichick would rather lose a finger than give up any insightful information about his game plan or team, which is why his film segment on the Patriots’ team YouTube channel is the best thing going that not many people know about.In this week’s episode, Belichick breaks down the film from the Patriots last second shootout win over the Chiefs on Monday night, including the x’s and o’s on Rob Gronkowski’s clutch 43-yard 4th quarter catch that ended with a viral stiff arm.Coach runs through all the details and reveals the two back formation is a throwback from 30 years ago, and even shows a clip from an 80’s Bucs game where the exact same play was successfully run. This segment is a national treasure if you’re a smart football fan. Here’s the full game breakdown, including Bill running through the film on the running game and defense: Advertisementlast_img read more

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4 Easy Tools for Cleaning Up Your Email Inbox

first_img Register Now » Email can be a wonderful thing — until it becomes unruly. It’s on your home computer, work computer, mobile phone and tablet, and most likely across multiple email services. You have business messages, personal messages, reminders, invites, newsletters and so much spam. Where is that email invoice for your most important client? Can’t remember if you emailed your vendor about a change in schedule? It’s not a good situation.The good news is your email inbox doesn’t have to be a source of stress and frustration. These tools can help you clean up your out-of-control inbox while making sure you don’t miss any important messages.1. MailstromThis free online tool categorizes all of the email in your account so that you can quickly review, archive and delete messages in bulk. Sort your incoming messages by sender, subject, social or shopping. Choose every item in the list with a single click then choose an action. Mailstrom relays that information to your actual inbox and moments later the posts are either deleted or archived. You can also assign Gmail labels and set up rules to handle recurring messages.It works with Gmail, Microsoft Outlook.com and other email services that are enabled for IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), a standard method of accessing and storing mail on a mail server. Since you can add multiple email accounts, you can see all of your incoming messages on one page. Even better, Mailstrom has a one-click unsubscribe button so you can rid yourself of future list emails without having to go through them one by one.Related: 3 Free Apps to Help You Network Like a Pro2. Triage With Triage, your messages show up on your smartphone as index cards. Flick the card up and it goes into your archive. Flick in down and it stays in your inbox. If you need more detail, you can open the message and even reply to it if you have time.With Triage on your phone, you can clear two dozen messages while waiting in line at the bank. The app works with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, iCloud Mail accounts and most email services that support IMAP. The only downside is that it can’t handle more than one email account at a time.Triage is available for all devices using iOS 6 or later and costs $1.99.3. Boomerang for Gmail For people who use their Gmail inbox as a to do list, there’s Boomerang. This app archives your messages then sends them to you or another recipient on the scheduled date. Need to follow up on an email after a conference? Send the email to Boomerang and the app will send it back when it’s time to respond. Client gone on vacation? Write the email now when you’re thinking of it and schedule it to be delivered a few days after their return. Boomerang can even send a message back to you if the recipient doesn’t reply within the time frame.Boomerang is available online as well as an app for Android.The service connects with Gmail or Google apps and it’s free for up to 10 messages a month. For $4.99 a month you can get unlimited messages on Gmail or pay $14.99 for unlimited messages with a Google apps email address.4. AwayFind If you want email downtime but are afraid of missing an important message, consider signing up for AwayFind. This app can send you a text message, voice call or push notification when you receive a specified email. You can set it to watch for a specific subject or an incoming email address such as an investor or a major client.The service connects with Gmail, Google Apps and most providers that use IMAP. Accounts start at $4.99 a month for up to 100 alerts and one email account. For $14.99 you can monitor up to five accounts and receive 1,000 alerts including voice alerts. If you need more, there’s a $49.99 Max account with unlimited email address and alerts.You can access the app online or download it free for iOS or Android.Related: Mobile Apps to Make Business Travel Easier  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 9, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min readlast_img read more

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