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first_img By Fora Staff 34 Comments Share75 Tweet Email2 Mar 25th 2017, 9:30 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM Take me to Fora POLITICIANS HAVE HIT out as a scheme that hoped to use the diaspora to bring jobs to Ireland looks set to be shelved.Launched in March 2012, ‘Succeed in Ireland’ was an initiative that offered financial incentives to individuals who helped bring jobs to Ireland.A group called Connect Ireland, set up by founder Terry Clune, was appointed to promote and deliver the initiative, which was managed by the IDA.It had a target to create 5,000 jobs within five years. While Connect Ireland said that it created more than 2,000 jobs over three years, with more to come, the IDA said that it has only verified 527 jobs created under the scheme.The contract for the scheme is due to officially end on Sunday. Ahead of its conclusion, the Oireachtas Jobs Committee questioned Richard Scannell, the head of investment at the Department of Jobs, as to why the scheme is being dropped.Scannell said that it is not possible for Connect Ireland’s contract to be extended, and said that it was not intended for the scheme to “run forever”.The original four-year contract between the IDA and Connect Ireland was due to expire in March 2016 but was extended to March 2017. However, the IDA has decided not to tender for a renewal of the programme beyond this date. Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: “The intention was not for the contract to run continually. When the IDA decided not to re-tender it was natural that it (Succeed in Ireland) would end,” Scannell said.“The contract is coming to an end as per its terms. The minister and the department have great respect for the IDA and have no reason to second guess the IDA.”RewardThe IDA has paid just over €2 million to Connect Ireland as a financial reward for the 527 jobs created that the state agency has verified. It also provided Connect Ireland with a further €150,000 for marketing support for the operation of the programme.‘Connectors’ who helped create an Irish position under the scheme earned up to €1,500 per job created, up to a maximum of 100 jobs.Asked why the IDA decided not to renew the scheme, Scannell said: “My understanding is that the (IDA) board took legal advice of the agency’s capacity to take a tender given that there was an ongoing legal dispute with Connect Ireland.” Source: Oireachtas.ieHe added: “I’m aware that the board and the IDA more generally would look at jobs achieved by Connect Ireland against targets.”Asked how much it costs for both the IDA and Connect Ireland to ‘create’ a job, Scannell said: “The cost (for the IDA to create) a sustained job is in the region of €10,500 to the Exchequer.“The figures that we have been provided say that the cost (for Connect Ireland) to create a job is in the region of €4,000.” The scheme was set up by Terry Clune Source: Laura Hutton/‘Chill factor’Several TDs, including Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Niall Collins, said that the Connect Ireland Scheme scheme was working and should be maintained.“The IDA clearly don’t want this initiative to continue, but given what has been said about the costs, why doesn’t the department step in and look to keep this going?” he asked.Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness also asked whether the department would look for a way to keep the programme going.“If this was in France the answer would be yes, we will protect our jobs, but in Ireland we don’t seem to care,” he said.Scannell said that the department is planning to conduct a review of the Connect Ireland programme and will evaluate its success.The IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor were all invited to speak before the committee, however, none attended, something that angered many TDs and Senators.“There is a chill factor around this. The IDA, Enterprise Ireland and the minister don’t appear and civil servants are left to take the rap. Key people are missing from the room and it is very worry,” said People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on 25,594 Views ‘If this was France we would protect our jobs. In Ireland we don’t seem to care’ Connect Ireland’s job scheme, aimed at the Irish diaspora, looks set to be shelved. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAfter marathon negotiations, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reached a deal with state Premiers on Tuesday, regarding his proposed health reform plan. A key element of the plan makes provision for the Commonwealth and the States to contribute to a new pool of funds that will allocate money to public hospitals. The states will fund the scheme through 30 percent of their GST revenue which will give them a pivotal role in managing this fund. The majority of the funds, 60 percent, will be derived from the Federal Government. The plan, however, is not an easy sell for Mr Rudd particularly as the Premier of Western Australia has announced that his state will not cosign the deal. Additionally, the government proposals will be it seems from initial responses, blocked in the Senate by the Opposition. This means that Mr Rudd’s reforms need the support of the seven Independent Senators. Independent Senator from South Australia, Nick Xenophon talking to Neos Kosmos said that he is not yet convinced with the overall plan. He explained that he needed more information from the government as he was concerned over certain elements in the plan. “I don’t think there is enough emphasis on preventative health. It’s much better to have a fence at the top of the cliff than to have an ambulance at the base,” Mr Xenophon said. He also expressed concern over what he said was a lack of funding for mental health under the proposed plan. Criticism was also targeted at the “new level of bureaucracy that is created through the proposed scheme” which will be co-managed by the states. Dr James Katsaros, Director of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at Royal Adelaide Hospital, was also critical of the government’s health reform plan. “Like a lot of people in health I have grave reservations that Prime Minister Rudd’s plan is more political than it is an effective plan in improving medical services.” He argued that there is no evidence of a strategy that funding health in a different fashion by merely changing the bureaucracy would provide better medical services. “As a medical practitioner I know the details of why our health services have diminished in quality and in time delivery especially over the last decade or two,” Dr Katsaros emphasised. He attributes the phenomenon to poor management of dealing with chronic, acute and subacute medical problems. Dr Katsaros was sceptical about the fundamental premise of the government’s plan. “When Rudd says this is a health reform; what is he reforming; what is he improving. That is not stated.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Paige no longer General Manager of Smackdown Live; “Paige is not going anywhere”

first_img Cesaro Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Facebook Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Paige is no longer the General Manager of Smackdown LiveAfter only eight months, a big change was made tonight on Smackdown Live.The show started with Shane McMahon addressing the entire Smackdown roster backstage and revealing Paige would no longer the General Manager going forward.Shane, on behalf of the entire Smackdown Live roster, the crew and WWE Universe, thanked Paige for her enormous contributions. Shane clarifies that Paige is “not going anywhere”, just the world wants change.For more on the show, check out Roy Nemer’s live Smackdown recap in progress.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_imgHealth officials are urging people to limit their exposure to outdoor air as smoke and ash from wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge blanket Southwest Washington.The wildfire smoke, stagnant conditions and hot weather — coupled with elevated afternoon ozone levels in Clark County — prompted the Southwest Clean Air Agency to extend the air-pollution advisory for the region on Tuesday afternoon.Conditions may improve some during the middle of the week, but unhealthy air-quality levels will remain, at times, until noon on Friday, according to the agency.The conditions prompted Clark County Public Health to issue recommendations for people to protect themselves from the unhealthy air and potential smoke-related problems.Smoky air can cause eye, nose and throat irritation even among people who don’t normally have respiratory issues. Drinking plenty of fluids will help to keep respiratory membranes moist, according to health officials.“People with pre-existing medical conditions, elderly people and the young are especially vulnerable to smoky air,” Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, said in a news release.last_img read more

first_imgIt didn’t cost big money, but the Portland Timbers believe they have added two significant players.The Timbers made official Wednesday the anticipated acquisition of a pair of players from Argentina.The announcement that forward Gaston Fernandez and central defender Norberto Paparatto have signed with the Major League Soccer club was no surprise. Both players are 30 years old and were previously linked to the Timbers in reports out of Argentina.Fernandez and Paparatto both have multi-year contracts, according to Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson. As is the case with all MLS transactions, terms of the deals were not made public.Wilkinson confirmed that neither player will be a Designated Player. MLS teams are allowed to pay three players more than what counts against the salary cap. Diego Valeri is currently the Timbers only Designated Player. Midfielder Diego Chara was a DP because of the transfer fee the Timbers paid to acquire him. Under his new Timbers contract, he is no longer a DP.Owner Merritt Paulson gave Wilkinson the budget to sign a Designated Player, according to the general manager.“I don’t believe in spending money for the sake of it,” Wilkinson said. “We found the players we were after.”The Timbers also made official the loan of Colombian forward Jose Valencia to Olimpo de Bahia Blanca of Argentina’s first division, and announced that defender Bryan Gallego has been signed to a homegrown player contract.The 5-foot-7 Fernandez has played for successful teams in the top leagues of Argentina and Mexico. Fernandez has made 224 appearances, scoring 48 goals in Argentina’s top league while with four different teams. In Mexico, he scored 11 goals in 23 league games with Tigres, and eight goals in 28 league games for Monterrey.last_img read more

Philadelphia restaurant to provide 197917 in back pay to staff

first_imgCredit: Talula’s GardenPhiladelphia-based restaurant Talula’s Garden has agreed to pay 63 employees $197,917 (£149,368) in back pay to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations.An investigation conducted by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Philadelphia found that Washington Square Restaurant Partners, which trades as Talula’s Garden, has violated overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by requiring employees to work unpaid overtime hours.This includes line cooks completing unpaid preparatory work before the start of their shifts, as well as servers and bartenders preparing food, individual work stations and the restaurant itself outside of their normal working hours and for no additional pay. The Department of Labor found that these instances therefore led to minimum wage and overtime violations.In addition, the investigation found that the organisation did not maintain accurate records of work hours for bartenders, servers and line cooks, which violates recordkeeping provisions.The back pay agreement is part of a proposed consent judgement filed on 16 October. This is now pending review and approval by a federal judge.The FLSA states that covered, non-exempt employees are paid at least the minimum wage of $7.25 (£5.47) an hour for all hours worked, plus time-and-a-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for any hours worked over 40 hours a week. Employers are also required to maintain accurate time and payroll records.James Cain, district director at the Wage and Hour Division in Philadelphia, said: “The [employees] at Talula’s Garden did not receive the required minimum wage and overtime pay. Our agency is committed to ensuring that [employees] not only receive the wages they have rightfully earned, but that employers are provided all the tools they need to understand and comply with the law,”Oscar L Hampton III, regional solicitor, added: “The off-the-clock work performed by Talula’s Garden employees resulted in clear violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This enforcement action, and the consent judgement resolving it, advances our goal of ensuring not only that restaurant employees are properly compensated, but that employers in this industry operate on a level playing field.”last_img read more

Rusko On Bringing 90s Rave Music Back New Tracks Fatherhood

first_img Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back rusko-bringing-90s-rave-music-back-new-tracks-fatherhood Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 20, 2018 – 11:45 am Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back Chris Mercer, aka Rusko, sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about what he’s been listening to (all that good ’90s rave music), how it’s influencing his sound, and what it’s been like balancing making music and being a father.”I’m a huge geek for early ’90s rave music, like ’92, ’93. So there’s been a lot of that kind of creeping in, more breakbeats – which is weird because that’s before most of my audience was born,” Mercer shares.What So Not’s Round-The-World Journey To His Debut Album Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back, New Tracks & Fatherhood The dubstep legend is “a huge geek” for the early ’90s rave sound and says he’s working more of it into his music. He also shares that he’s more productive since becoming a fatherAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 20, 2018 – 11:47 am While British dubstep DJ/producer Rusko may have been too young to have been at any underground London raves during the early ’90s heyday of the scene, he is a self-proclaimed geek when it comes to all the music that has come out of that era. Rusko made a mark for himself in the dance music world as a heavy-hitter in the dubstep circuit, putting out plenty of bangers at the height of the scene in the mid-2000s, including “Woo Boost” off of 2010’s O.M.G.!, his debut studio album. News Twitter Email last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of May 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 20, 2018:Legal Notice — Board of Appeals — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Informal Probate Publication NoticeLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal AdjudicationLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal Adjudication(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of March 11, 2018)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of March 4, 2018)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgHBO Did we see that coming. Kinda, but damn. Game of Thrones is over and despite what you may have thought of the episode as a whole, it’s big moment was near perfect.Spoilers incoming. Yep, after a pep talk from Tyrion Lannister. Daenerys Targaryen just got a knife in the gut from Jon Snow in one of the grimmest murder-kisses in TV history. She will always be my Queen then URGH. Death. Nobody can sit on that throne if there’s no throne #GameofThronesFinale— 𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖 (@killferqueen) May 20, 2019 Drogon is mourning. I am mourning. I’m a mess! Drogon said if my mother can’t sit on it, no one can. F*ck all yall. #GameOfThronesFinale— EYSHA (@spunknsplendor) May 20, 2019 That was bad enough, but the worst part — 100% — was Drogon’s mourning period. Which involved a lot of fire and a complete melting of the Iron Throne. 38 Photos Comments 3 If mama can’t have it, can’t nobody have it. 😭 #GameofThrones #GameOfThronesFinale #Drogon— 🖤Regina’s Old Soul🖤 (@OldSoul7799) May 20, 2019 Culture Damn Drogon mourning has got me feeling some kinda way. Wish it didn’t have to be this way #GameOfThronesFinale— Candice 📖 (@Rae_ann_K) May 20, 2019 You can find out how Twitter reacted to the episode as a whole here. People were extremely happy to see Jon Snow reunited with Ghost.Oh, and if you’re frustrated with the show, or just flat out need something to fill the Game of Thrones sized hole in your life, here’s 11 shows that might help numb the pain. Farewell Game of Thrones, it’s been an amazing (confusing, anger-inducing) eight years. the most heartbreaking part of this scene is the way drogon nudges daenerys. he has lost both his brothers and now his mother. he deserves so much better. nobody speak to me ever again. #gameofthrones #GameOfThronesFinale #TheFinalEpisode— Harshal (@iHarshalWatts) May 20, 2019 That’s it ..#GameOfThronesFinale— Abhinav (@WonderEarthling) May 20, 2019 You mean to tell me after all that, the iron throne is melted down and now no one can have it #GameOfThrones #GameOfThronesFinale— Jake (@jakejenkinsss) May 20, 2019 Share your voice You mean to tell me after all that, the iron throne is melted down and now no one can have it #GameOfThrones #GameOfThronesFinale— Jake (@jakejenkinsss) May 20, 2019 Tags The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Game of Throneslast_img read more

first_imgThief may have just hit store shelves, but many a gamer will view Dishonored as the successor to the original Thief trilogy. Released in 2012, Arkane Studios’s game was received very positively by both critics and gamers alike. In fact, sales were so good that publisher Bethesda said it intended to develop Dishonored into a series.And now it looks as though that intention has turned into something real, that is, if you believe the image below is legit. The screenshot shows what looks to be a Dishonored II title screen, complete with a #DarknessOfTyvia hashtag and promised “full reveal” at E3 2014. The blue light at the bottom right of the shot also suggests it is running on a PS4 as that looks to be a DualShock 4 lightbar.You’d expect any new Dishonored game to put in an appearance on the PS4, but maybe this is suggesting more and Sony could have clinched an exclusive. That would be a shame as the original game was available on PC, PS4, and Xbox 360. I’d like to see that repeated, at least across PC, PS4, and Xbox One.Just like with the Mass Effect series, Bethesda has an opportunity here to re-release Dishonored for next-gen consoles before the next game arrives. Whether it chooses to do that will in part come down to how far along Dishonored II is in development. Typically such development projects can take 18-36 months, so we could see Dishonored II before the end of the year. I’d say early 2015 was a safer bet, though.If you’re wondering about the hashtag, Tyvia is the northernmost island in Dishonored’s Empire of the Isles, with a population that prefers being isolated from the rest of the islands. However, Tyvia is also the name given to a whaling ship anchored to an ice shelf that is seen in several paintings scattered through Dishonored. Maybe both the island and the ship play a role in Dishonored II’s story arc?last_img read more

Running electronics using light

first_imgConventional printed circuit board. Penn Theorists to Create Optical Circuit Elements ( — “If you open up almost any electronic gadget, you will see various elements that operating using electric circuitries,” Nader Engheta tells “Many of them have different functionalities, such as inductors, capacitors, resistors, transistors, and so forth. These well-known elements have been around for decades. But what if you could bring these concepts to the nanoscale, and what if they could operate with light instead of electricity?” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Running electronics using light (2009, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Engheta, a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, along with Andrea Alů, believe that it is possible to create a nanoscale circuit board that has the potential to be useful in communications. Engheta and Alů describe their concept of an optical nanoscale circuit in Physical Review Letters: “All-Optical Metamaterial Circuit Board at the Nanoscale.””If you go to the nanoscale,” Engheta explains, “you would have to conceive of nanoparticles that effectively act like the elements seen in current devices. It would be necessary to create nanoparticles of a specific shape, and made from specific materials, that would allow them to act as capacitors, resistors, and other well-known elements.”There are three main advantages of using optical nanoparticle circuit boards, Engheta says. First of all, being able to further miniaturize various communications devices would ensure that technology continues to evolve. “We are moving toward having more and more information compacted into a smaller volume.” The second advantage is that using optical frequencies would provide more bandwidth. Finally, there is a very real possibility that nanoscale circuit boards, properly constructed, would use less energy. “We have to look more into this possibility, but it is quite likely that optical nanoparticle circuit boards would be low energy in nature,” Engheta insists.So far, Engheta and Alů have only used computer simulations to test their ideas related to nanoscale circuit boards. The Engheta group is, however, working toward an experimental realization of their theories with a proof of concept for lumped circuit elements. “What we’ve come up with is compatible with the nanofabrication techniques already in use today,” Engheta says. “We are in the midst of trying to construct some nanowires to serve as our proof of concept for lumped optical circuit elements, and hopefully we’ll see some results in the next six months or so.”One of the biggest challenges to realizing this type of nanoscale circuitry is that it is difficult to form the structures needed at such a small size. “Additionally,” Engheta admits, “we would have to put these structures next to each other in specific patterns. This is doable, using present nanofabrication techniques, but not easy.” The fabrication process would include creating structures out of metamaterials and a process that imitates the electronic circuitry we are more familiar with. “One of our ideas is to cut a groove in the material, one that could contain the light used in the circuit board, to connect nanoparticles together. It would be similar to the way wires connect various elements in electronic devices.”Once a proof of concept is realized for this circuit board, Engheta hopes to take optical nanocommunications to another level. “We are extending our concept to other elements that are non-linear,” he says. “This could allow us to develop switches, opening the door to computation.”More information: Andrea Alů and Nader Engheta, “All Optical Metamaterial Circuit Board at the Nanoscale,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Stressed during exams Junk food may be to blame

first_imgEating a poor quality diet, including less fruits and vegetables and more fast food, is associated with increased stress during university examinations, according to a study unveiled recently. “Stress has long been implicated in poor diet. People tend to report overeating and comfort eating foods high in fat, sugar, and calories in times of stress,” said Nathalie Michels from Ghent University in Belgium. “Our findings looking at the eating habits of students during exam periods confirm this stress-induced dietary deterioration hypothesis,” said Michels, who led the study being presented at the annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our findings suggest that students have difficulties eating healthily and find themselves adopting bad eating habits, which over a few weeks can considerably affect your overall health and be difficult to change,” she said in a statement. The results are based on an anonymous online survey of 232 students (aged 19-22 years) recruited from several universities in Belgium. Before and after the month-long examination period in January 2017, respondents were asked to disclose their perceived stress and complete questionnaires that assessed changes to their dietary patterns and various psychosocial factors. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers investigated the relationship between exam stress and change in dietary quality, and whether these associations were modified by psychosocial factors such as eating behaviour, food choice motive, taste preference, impulsivity, coping strategies, sedentary behaviour, and social support. During the month-long exam period, participants found it harder to stick to a healthy diet, and only a quarter fulfilled the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended 400 grammes of fruit and vegetables a day. Students reporting higher levels of stress tended to snack more often, researchers said. The findings suggest that emotional eaters (who eat in response to negative emotions), external eaters (who eat in response to the sight or smell of food), sweet/fat lovers, people who are highly motivated by health, sensitive to reward and punishment, highly sedentary, and with higher stress levels are at greatest risk of making unhealthy food choices during this stressful time. “To fight against stress-induced eating, prevention strategies should integrate psychological and lifestyle aspects including stress management (eg, emotion regulation training, mindfulness, yoga), nutritional education with techniques for self-effectiveness, awareness of eating-without-hunger, and creating an environment that stimulates a healthy diet and physical activity,” said Michels.last_img read more

Im gay and a homophobe – now I understand why

first_img‘Watching everyone get naked for “Porn Idol” – was all too extreme’Recounting one harrowing trip to Porn Idol in the podcast, Sean found the experience very stressful.Held on Thursdays at London’s gay club Heaven, contestants dance and strip in front of a gawking audience screaming along. Overwhelmed by the experience, he left the club confused and struggling:‘Is this what it means to be gay? Getting drunk and wolf whistling at naked guys? Not only am I uncomfortable with my sexuality, now I have this whole body image to live up to as well.’Seeking help from an LGBT therapist for his internalized homophobia – not specifically for his time at porn idol – he used this experience as an example of why he felt gay people could often be too ‘extra.’But the therapist countered this, helping him to understand that came from within:‘There are a lot of wide differences and depth between people in the LGBT community. And what you can learn is that these stereotypes of being effeminate of very muscular – you can decide where you relate. We talk about authenticity and that’s about accepting you to be you.’But this all helped Sean to understand why he was pushing his own issue with being gay, onto others:‘Now I understand this is called horizontal oppression. Its a form of denial from someone unable to accept who they are. When I have a prejudice towards other gay men, it’s not because I was uncomfortable with them – I am uncomfortable with myself.’Gay Star News is a media supporter of National Student Pride. Gay Star Students sponsors Clifford Chance and Deloitte support coverage of the #QueerAF podcast.Read more from Gay Star Students:How I realized I was non-binary and queer – not a lesbian Sean is perfectly OK with his sexuality, but wants to know why so many in LGBTI community have to act ‘so queer.’In a new episode of the #QueerAF podcast, Sean explains the incredible shame he feels about being gay:‘I was angry at a lot of gay men for feeding stereotypes. I’d say things like why are you a burden on the rest of us? I kept trying to mold people into what they I thought they should be.’Sean finds this feeling ‘exhausting.’ So in an attempt to overcome it, he spoke to author Matthew Todd. He’s just released a paperback of his acclaimed book Straight Jacket which explores the concept of internalized homophobia.On the podcast, Todd describes internalized homophobia as not feeling very good about yourself.His book says it all comes from LGBTI people growing up in a world that says we are is not OK. Or in the worst cases, that being gay is even ‘a threat to our existence’ tying into our sense of survival. This fear gets internalized into complicated emotions that stay with us as we grow up.But for Sean, and many others like him, he has been turning this homophobia onto other LGBTI people.‘There’s a narrative that because so many young people are out and visible, especially online, that they don’t have any difficulties with self-acceptance or self-esteem,’ Todd tells Gay Star News.‘But that’s what the generation above mine thought, too. Dealing with the legacy of societies gay shame and how it affects so many of us is something we need to focus on. I thought Sean was really brave to talk so openly. It’s where we need to head next.’Listen to Sean’s empowering journey, where he learns to embrace both his sexuality and the ‘queerness’ of the LGBTI community now:You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or search ‘#QueerAF by National Student Pride’ in your podcast app. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img What is life like as a queer Muslim sex worker? Sean working at Glastonbury | Photo: Supplied Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A young gay man suffering from ‘internalized homophobia,’ has opened up about his story.last_img read more

Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to police

first_imgThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has revealed that Amazon has been selling its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, to a number of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Using a freedom of information requests, the ACLU obtained correspondence between the respective departments and Amazon. According to the ACLU, Rekognition is a dangerous step towards a surveillance state. It could, the organization argues, lead to serious infringement on civil liberties. Here’s what ACLU had to say in a post published on Tuesday 22 May: People should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government. By automating mass surveillance, facial recognition systems like Rekognition threaten this freedom, posing a particular threat to communities already unjustly targeted in the current political climate. Once powerful surveillance systems like these are built and deployed, the harm will be extremely difficult to undo. How is Rekognition currently being used? Two U.S. police departments are using Rekognition. In Oregon, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is using the facial recognition tool to identify persons of interest from a database of 300,000 mugshots. This is a project that has been underway for some time. Chris Adzima, Senior Information Systems Analyst for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, wrote a guest post on the AWS website outlining how they were using Rekognition in June 2017. Once the architecture was in place, the team built a mobile app to make the technology usable for officers. In Orlando, meanwhile, police have been using AWS for ‘consulting and advisory services.’ They are seeking to implement Rekognition in a project referred to in the documentation as ‘Orlando Safety Video POC’. Orlando City police are paying $39,000 for AWS’ time on the project. Civil liberties organizations pen an open letter to Jeff Bezos The ACLU, along with a number of other organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Data for Black Lives, penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos to express their concern. In an appeal to Amazon’s past commitment to civil liberties, the letter stated: In the past, Amazon has opposed secret government surveillance. And you have personally supported First Amendment freedoms and spoken out against the discriminatory Muslim Ban. But Amazon’s Rekognition product runs counter to these values. As advertised, Rekognition is a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color. The letter presents an impassioned plea for Amazon to consider the way in which it is its complicit with government agencies. It also offers a serious warning about the potential consequences of facial recognition technology in the hands of law enforcement. Amazon defends collaborating with police Amazon has been quick to defend itself. In a statement emailed to various news organizations, the company said “Our quality of life would be much worse today if we outlawed new technology because some people could choose to abuse the technology. Imagine if customers couldn’t buy a computer because it was possible to use that computer for illegal purposes? Like any of our AWS services, we require our customers to comply with the law and be responsible when using Amazon Rekognition.” However, the key issue with Amazon’s statement is that the analogy with personal computers doesn’t quite hold. Individuals aren’t responsible for maintaining the law, and neither do they hold the same power that law enforcement agencies do. Technology might change how individuals behave, but that behavior must still comply with the law. The current scenario is a little different; the concern is around how technology might actually change the way the law functions. There isn’t, strictly speaking at least, any way of governing how that happens. Whatever you make of Amazon’s work with law enforcement, it’s clear that we are about to enter a new era of disruption and innovation in public institutions. For some people, collaboration between public and private realms opens up plenty of opportunities. But there are many dangers that must be monitored and challenged. Read next: Top 10 Tools for Computer Vision [Link] Admiring the many faces of Facial Recognition with Deep Learning [Link]last_img read more

How the US can arrest FIFA officials in Switzerland

first_imgRelated posts:FIFA: The ‘World Cup of fraud’ FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches FIFA scandal: Successful Qatar bid for World Cup aroused suspicion among US officials FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal As many amateur humorists on social media noted Wednesday morning, there’s a certain appropriateness to the United States having been the country to articulate anddisrupt alleged corruption within the governing body of international football. There are few secrets so poorly kept that billions of people know them, but FIFA’s sketchy practices were one of them. Leave it to the football-indifferent Yanks to finally point out that the emperor’s clothes appear to be stolen.But from a practical standpoint, it’s worth explaining how, exactly, the United States can point out a criminal conspiracy involving a foreign organization and then have people arrested in Europe. The idea of the United States as the world’s police force is rarely understood to be so literal.To understand how the United States was able to flex its legal muscle across the Atlantic, we spoke by phone with Jessica Tillipman, assistant dean and lecturer at the George Washington University Law School.“You have U.S. statutes where there are extraterritorial provisions that can reach foreign citizens if they violate certain laws,” Tillipman explained. For most of those laws, there has to be “a jurisdictional hook,” she explained, an aspect of the crime that took place within the United States’ jurisdiction: A phone call that included a person in the United States, for example, or a visit to the country, or, as has happened, an email that passed through a server in the country. “There has to be some sort of touch point for the United States,” Tillipman said.See also: FIFA scandal: Successful Qatar bid for World Cup aroused suspicion among US officialsIn the case of the FIFA charges, the alleged crimes include wire fraud. In an email to The Washington Post, Prof. Jennifer Arlen of the New York University School of Law pointed out that the need for jurisdiction in that case is fairly rigid. “With wire fraud, one needs a wire that originates in the US,” Arlen wrote. “This means that most of the acts of bribery that occurred [within FIFA] over the years would not be covered.” On Wednesday morning, the FBI searched the offices of CONCACAF, FIFA’s continental confederation located in Miami. Among the companies alleged to have been involved in criminal activity is Traffic Sports USA Inc., which also is based in Florida.Once charges are filed, it’s not necessarily the case that a foreign government has to take action against the accused. In the case of FIFA, it seems as though the United States and the government of Switzerland, where the officials were arrested, had been working together on the charges. If not, it’s up to the country where the alleged criminals happen to be to decide whether to effect an arrest. “Sometimes they’re able to get them without extradition,” GW’s Tillipman pointed out. “They can lure people to the United States, they land, and — surprise! That kind of thing can happen.” But often, it’s up to law enforcement in other countries.Just because the Swiss agreed to arrest the FIFA officials doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be extradited to the United States to face trial in a federal court. In general, “it depends on the U.S. extradition treaty with Switzerland,” Tillipman said. “There are certain financial crimes for which the Swiss will not extradite.” What extraditions usually require is “dual criminality,” she said, meaning that the crime is also a crime in the country where the arrests are made, whether or not the crime goes by the same name. In this case, though, it seems that the more likely obstacle to extradition would be legal defense on behalf of the accused, who have certainly already started trying to figure out how to get their clients off the hook.“We’re seeing increased cooperation among governments in apprehending citizens of foreign governments that commit these crimes,” Tillipman said. “We’re kind of seeing an internationalization of criminal law.”So maybe the United States doesn’t have the strongest track record on taking an interest in football. But when it comes to flexing international muscle, we’re usually the champions — which makes the FIFA arrests far less surprising.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

FIFA official Russia Qatar face losing World Cups if bribery proven

first_imgRelated posts:FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resigns The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter See also: The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp BlatterGENEVA, Switzerland – Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official was quoted as saying on Sunday.The comments by the head of FIFA’s auditing and compliance committee came as bribery claims mounted against disgraced former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, the man at the heart of the scandal engulfing football’s world body.“If evidence exists that Qatar and Russia received the [World Cup] awards only thanks to bribes, then the awards could be annulled,” Domenico Scala told the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung.He said however that “this evidence has not been provided” so far.His comments are the first by a senior FIFA official to even open up the possibility of either Russia or Qatar being stripped of the the right to host the football extravaganza.Swiss judicial authorities are already probing the awarding of the World Cups to Russia and Qatar as part of a far-reaching corruption scandal that has also raised questions about the 2010 event in South Africa.Around 14 current or former FIFA officials and sports marketing executives are also accused by U.S. prosecutors of taking part in a sweeping kickbacks scheme going back 20 years involving a total of $150 million in bribes.The revelations have thrown the world of football into turmoil and led to the resignation of long-serving FIFA President Sepp Blatter last week, just four days after his reelection for a fifth successive term.Although Blatter has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing, allegations are swirling around his one-time right-hand man Warner. Jack Warner, former chairman of FIFA’s organizing committee, participates in a press conference in Cairo, on Sept. 23, 2009. Cris Bouroncle/AFPAccusations surfaced on Sunday that Warner sought a $7 million bribe from Egypt for votes in the bidding process for the 2010 World Cup and that he pocketed a $10 million payment from South Africa — the eventual host.Warner was arrested on May 29 at the request of U.S. authorities and is currently free on $400,000 bail pending a decision in his extradition case.The 72-year-old former schoolteacher and Trinidadian justice minister has denied all the allegations against him.The BBC claimed he personally used the $10 million payment to FIFA in 2008 which South Africa says was intended for football development for the African diaspora in the Caribbean, where Warner was the longtime football baron.The BBC, citing documents it has seen, said Warner laundered the money through a supermarket chain, made cash withdrawals, paid off his credit cards and took personal loans.In three transactions in 2008, funds totalling $10 million were moved from FIFA’s bank into an account of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) which was controlled by Warner, then its president.According to a 2007 email published on Sunday by South Africa’s Sunday Times, Blatter and then South African President Thabo Mbeki discussed the $10 million.The email came from FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, who has previously said, “I have nothing to blame myself for” over the payment.In another allegation, Egyptian former sports minister Aley Eddine Helal said Warner asked Egypt in 2004 for a $7 million bribe in exchange for seven votes to host the 2010 Cup.“Warner was the one who approached us from FIFA. He said he could guarantee us seven votes. … He asked for $1 million for each vote,” claimed Helal, who on Thursday told an Egyptian TV channel that Warner’s offer had been rebuffed.Egypt, one of the countries dominating African football, received no votes in the 2004 FIFA ballot.‘A travesty’Trinidad’s Sports Minister Brent Sancho, a former international footballer, said he was appalled by the latest revelations against Warner.“He must face justice, he must answer all of these questions,” said Sancho, who played in all three of Trinidad’s matches at the 2006 World Cup finals.“I’m devastated because a lot of that money should have been back in football, back in the development of children playing the sport,” Sancho told the BBC, describing the revelations as a “travesty.”Warner — still a powerful member of parliament in Trinidad and Tobago — has taken out paid advertisements in the Trinidadian media, published articles in local newspapers and held rallies with his Independent Liberal Party to defend himself.FIFA has also been rocked by testimony from disgraced former North American football supremo Chuck Blazer that he and other FIFA executives agreed to accept bribes during bidding for both the 2010 Cup and the 1998 event hosted by France.Blazer’s testimony — released last week — is a key plank in the U.S. probe against FIFA, which federal prosecutors are pursuing as a “Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organisation.”South Africa on Sunday “categorically” denied it paid bribes to secure the football extravaganza — the first in Africa and one of Blatter’s main pledges when he took over as FIFA president in 1998.The former chief of France’s 1998 World Cup organizing committee last week also denied any “irregularities” over their bid. 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first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   The election was largely fought over how to spread Mongolia’s mineral wealth, which fueled a 17 percent economic growth rate last year and has attracted global mining firms to the remote, still-poor country sandwiched between Russia and China.Near the top of the new government’s agenda will be deciding which foreign companies will take part in developing the massive Tavan Tolgoi coal field, which lies 200 kilometers (120 miles) from energy-hungry China. U.S., South Korean, Japanese as well as Russian and Chinese companies have expressed interest in the project.While the Democrats will be the coalition’s biggest voice, the agreement is a victory for former President Enkhbayar Nambar. Though he was barred from running because he faces corruption charges, Enkhbayar’s splinter Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party and an affiliate group provided 11 seats and gave the Democrats a majority.Enkhbayar’s party platform called for better terms for Mongolia with foreign investors on the large-scale mining projects.Under the coalition agreement, the parties have agreed to work together through 2016 and cooperate in next year’s presidential election. Incumbent President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, a Democrat, is expected to run for re-election. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Patients with chronic pain give advice 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Associated PressULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) – Mongolia’s generally pro-business Democratic Party is forming a coalition government with smaller populist parties, raising concerns about policy changes for foreign companies eager to join the country’s mining boom.Three weeks after legislative elections, the Democratic Party announced late Thursday that days of bargaining yielded an agreement with a group of smaller parties. The coalition will combine the 31 seats the Democrats won with the other parties’ 13 seats, giving the group 44 of the parliament’s 76 seats.last_img read more

Assam Tourism encourages filmmakers to shoot in the region

first_imgThe Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDC) has assisted three movies to be filmed in various parts of the state and is now encouraging filmmakers from outside the region to visit and shoot in Assam. The ATDC is also considering of establishing a film city in Dima Hasao district to help the filmmakers. “We are assisting filmmakers to shoot in Assam. We have provided them with vehicles and other facilities along with location know-how (local guides) to ease their shooting experience. We have two small caravans for 25 to 30 people which are available free of cost. Also, they can stay at any hotel in Guwahati. We have 10 air-conditioned rooms,” said Kausar Jamil Hilaly, Managing Director, ATDC. “There was a proposal from the autonomous council for a film-city. It’s a huge investment but we will have to bring the people first and then we can think of the infrastructure,” added Hilaly. Representatives from ATDC participated in Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival to promote Assam as a favourable film tourism destination. Shillong’s fame, Ronnie Lahiri who has produced films like Pink, Piku, Madras Café highlighted that spreading awareness is most significant in attracting filmmakers from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals entered Sundays game with s

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals entered Sunday’s game with slim playoff hopes, but those evaporated before the end of their game against the San Francisco 49ers. But even after being all but eliminated from the playoffs, the Cardinals clawed back from down 17 before ultimately losing 23-20 on San Francisco kicker Phil Dawson’s 40-yard field goal as time expired. The Cardinals wouldn’t have made the playoffs even with a win, as the New Orleans Saints routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-17. Here’s a look back at the 23-20 loss: – / 22 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 9:Nine different Cardinals players caught passes, including three tight ends and three running backs. 17:The 49ers opened the game with 17 unanswered points — forcing the Cardinals into their largest first-half deficit of the season. Arizona scored 17 unanswered of its own to tie the game at 17 with 3:20 to play, and Jay Feely’s 43-yard field goal tied the game at 20 with 29 seconds left in regulation.But a big kickoff return by LaMichael James gave the 49ers good field position, and Dawson ultimately connected on the game-winner to end Arizona’s season. 145:Boldin, a former Cardinal, caught nine passes for 145 yards — 106 of which came in the first quarter. Boldin scored a touchdown and also had an 11-yard carry. 407:Palmer threw for 407 yards on 28-of-49 passing, with his lone interception coming on Arizona’s second possession. Palmer finished with an 89.4 rating after having one below 10 at halftime. 1,000:Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd reached the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his young career, grabbing six passes for 91 yards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0:San Francisco receiver Quinton Patton didn’t have a single receiving yard before Sunday, when he caught two passes for 34 yards — including a 29-yarder to set up the 49ers’ game-winning field goal. 1:Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season with three different teams. He’s now done it with the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals. 1.23:San Francisco’s running backs carried the ball 17 times for 21 yards against the Cardinals’ stout run defense, good for 1.23 yards per carry. Their three longest rushes — for a combined 51 yards — came from Patton, receiver Anquan Boldin and quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 2:Cardinals kicker Jay Feely missed a pair of very makeable field goals from 43 and 37 yards — both wide right. Those points obviously hurt as the Cardinals lost by three. 3:San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis was held to three catches for 45 yards after torching the Cardinals to the tune of eight catches and 180 yards in the teams’ first matchup this season. 5:Palmer threw his fifth interception in as many quarters on Arizona’s second drive, throwing a pass between several San Francisco defenders that was picked off by linebacker NaVorro Bowman. last_img read more