‘Arsenal are NOT chasing Mahrez’ – Wenger

first_img1 Leicester will have a battle on their hands to keep Riyad Mahrez this summer Arsene Wenger has denied claims Arsenal are preparing a big summer swoop for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.The winger has been flying for the Foxes this season and has weighed in with 16 league goals and 11 assists.As a result, Arsenal have been linked with a spectacular summer move for the Algerian when the transfer window opens.Recent reports have claimed the Gunners are ready to ‘break the bank’ to sign the Foxes playmaker, who is rated at around £30million.But Arsene Wenger has now denied such speculation and insisted that no deal is in place for the 25-year-old.“No,” said Wenger when asked if a transfer was on the cards for Mahrez. “And even if there was I would not speak about that at this stage of the season [out of] respect to Leicester.”last_img read more

Columbus Catholic volleyball downs Assumption

first_imgKendra Baierl has 19 kills in Dons winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Kendra Baierl had 19 kills and Jennifer Reigel had 32 assists to lead the Columbus Catholic volleyball team to a 3-1 nonconference win over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Monday at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus won the match 25-17, 13-25, 25-16, 25-17.Sierra Litwaitis had 15 digs, Abby Baierl added 13 digs, and Celine Scholin had 10 kills for the Dons.The Dons play Loyal/Granton at Granton on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Sex crimes bill welcomed

first_img23 May 2007Gender activists have welcomed the National Assembly’s decision to approve South Africa’s new Sexual Offences Bill, which is set to change the way the country’s courts deal with rape cases – and widens the definition of rape to cover both men and women.This means that “forced penetration” will be taken to encompass both anal and vaginal penetration, and will include penetration by any object. Forced oral sex will also amount to rape under the new law.Lisa Vetten of the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre said it was good news that the long-awaited bill, which codifies and modernises South African law relating to sexual offences, was moving again.However, Vetten warned against seeing the bill as a cure-all for the ills in the criminal justice system in its response to rape.“Law can’t legislate prescribed attitudes for criminal justice personnel, or single-handedly eradicate prejudice and stereotype,” Vetten said, noting that it was essential that the implementation of the new law be accompanied by training and monitoring.Vetten added that regulations, as well as a national policy framework, needed to be developed before the bill became fully operational.The draft law will now go to the National Council of Provinces for approval before it can be signed into law by President Thabo Mbeki.Meaka Biggs of Cape Town Rape Crisis said the bill was a combination of both shortfalls and shifts for the better.The bill recognises the inherent vulnerability of children and people with mental disabilities. “Its innovations include the widening of the definition of rape, as well as the introduction of new crimes, particularly in relation to children,” Vetten said.In addition, the bill clearly defines new crimes such as “trafficking of persons for sexual purposes” and “compelling a person to witness sexual offences”. It also places an obligation on people to report the sexual abuse of a child or mentally disabled person. Failure to do so will constitute a crime.The new law will allow rape victims to obtain a court order for alleged offenders to undergo compulsory HIV testing and for the results to be revealed to them, and oblige provincial health departments to provide victims with free post-exposure prophylaxis.The law also provide for a register of sex offenders, a practice already in place in countries such as the United States.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

OPML: key for personalization in 2006

first_imgDave Winer has announced OPML 2.0 (in public review status currently). OPML stands for Outline Processor Markup Language. In semi-laymens terms, OMPL is a common XML data format for outlines and subscription lists – just as RSS is a common data format for content syndication.So why is OPML significant? Its main claim to fame so far is as a way to import and export subscription lists between feed readers and aggregators. But other uses, such as Reading Lists and as a mechanism for filtering your information load, may be its real future. For example, all the recent talk about personalized ‘memetrackers’ (or news trackers as Gabe Rivera from memeorandum would prefer we call them) hinges on OPML. The theory is that people can personalize their news filtering by uploading their OPML files – aka subscription lists – to the likes of TailRank, Findory and Megite. It’s still a work in progress and some developers think it’s too hard a problem to solve right now. But I see this as an indication of how big a part OPML has to play in the future of media filtering and personalization. I certainly think it’s a key technology, just as RSS is.As the man himself, Dave Winer, wrote:“OPML 2.0 is a milestone, much like RSS 2.0 was in the summer of 2002. We now know how OPML is being used, and where the problems are, and I think are ready to produce a frozen and extensible format and spec.”RSS 2.0 is the dominant syndication technology currently and so perhaps that augers well for OPML 2.0.p.s. what’s the best and easiest OPML editor out there currently? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition)

first_imgpreviewwith calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 1366×768, 2560×1600, 2880×1800 without calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 1366×768, 2560×1600, 2880×1800 Oldies But GoodiesThe past New Year’s editions have brought forth some timeless wallpaper goodies that work equally well in 2019. Please note that they don’t come with a calendar. May we present…Open The Doors Of The New Year“January is the first month of the year and usually the coldest winter month in the Northern hemisphere. The name of the month of January comes from ‘ianua’, the Latin word for door, so this month denotes the door to the new year and a new beginning. Let’s open the doors of the new year together and hope it will be the best so far!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia. HomeWeb DesignNew Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1200, 2560×1440, 640×960Japanese New YearDesigned by Evacomics from Singapore. previewwithout calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 640×1136, 750×1334, 1366×768Hello Summer In AustraliaDesigned by Tazi Designs from Australia. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 previewwith calendar: 320×480, 1280×1024, 1680×1050, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 1280×1024, 1680×1050, 2560×1440Intense Winter“Winter brings both Christmas & New Year together. A season which provides time for comfort, food, warmth, and touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire.” — Designed by Call Taxi Software from India. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 New Year, New Chances“The climate is changing very fast. 2019 is a new chance to save the earth, the people and the animals who suffer from global warming.” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium. New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2018-12-31T13:30:00+01:00 2018-12-31T12:30:27+00:00Maybe you’ve already started into the new year when you read this, maybe you’re still waiting for the big countdown to begin. No matter what: Let’s welcome 2019 with a fresh wallpaper!To give you a little inspiration boost, artists and designers from across the globe once again tickled their creativity and designed unique wallpapers for you to indulge in. All of them come in versions with and without a calendar for January 2019 and can be downloaded for free — just like every month since more than nine years already. At the end of this post, we also compiled some January favorites from past years that are too good not to share. Have an exciting new year!Further Reading on SmashingMag:12 Months Of The Year IconsDon’t Forget The Small Stuff This YearWinter- And Holiday-Inspired Icon SetsProductivity Tips And Tricks: The Community Shares Its Piece Of AdvicePlease note that:All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,You can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?Meet Smashing Book 6 — our brand new book focused on real challenges and real front-end solutions in the real world: from design systems and accessible single-page apps to CSS Custom Properties, CSS Grid, Service Workers, performance, AR/VR and responsive art direction. With Marcy Sutton, Yoav Weiss, Lyza D. Gardner, Laura Elizabeth and many others. Table of Contents →Let The Magic Begin“When the noisy holidays stay behind us, and everything calms down to a peaceful setting, it is a perfect moment for the magic to step in and start making our wishes, hopes, and decisions come true. Happy January, everyone!” — Designed by PopArt Web Design from Serbia.previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1980×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1980×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440New Year“The dawn of January the 1st of 2019 is the beginning of a new year which gives dreams, hopes and a lot more to billions of people around the world.” — Designed by Sweans Technologies Ltd. from London. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440The Way To Get Started“January is all about renewing efforts and making plans, but sometimes we need little reminders that plans don’t matter if you don’t do anything about them. Initially, I was inspired by the idea of a fresh sheet of paper, which became the background for some great words from Walt Disney.” — Designed by Resa Barillas from the United States. previewwithout calendar: 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1260, 1920×1200, 1920×1440Happy Hot Tea Month“You wake me up to a beautiful day; lift my spirit when I’m feeling blue. When I’m home you relieve me of the long day’s stress. You help me have a good time with my loved ones; give me company when I’m all alone. You’re none other than my favourite cup of hot tea.” — Designed by Acodez IT Solutions from India. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1200, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Boom!Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1440×900, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440Rest Up For The New Year“I was browsing for themes when I found this “Festival of Sleep” that takes place on the 3rd, and I’m a big fan of sleep… Especially in these cold months after the holiday craziness, it’s nice to get cozy and take a nice nap.” — Designed by Dorothy Timmer from Central Florida, USA. previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 1366×768January Fish“My fish tank at home inspired me to make a wallpaper with a fish :)” — Designed by Arno De Decker from Belgium. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Angel In SnowDesigned by Brainer from Ukraine. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Freezy Hope For 2019“I took this photo while walking around the city where I live. It’s located in the Vosges, France. It was cold but without snow. White color is coming from freezy touchs of the fog remaining on everything. I found it amazing. White is a color for hope. Let’s have a pleasant year 2019” — Designed by Philippe Brouard from France previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Winter Getaway“What could be better, than a change of scene for a week? Even if you are too busy, just think about it.” — Designed by Igor Izhik from Canada. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 A Cold But Happy 2019“January is a cold but cozy month so i tried to make my illustrations in cold and cozy colors. Blue and white as the cold colors and red darkblue as the cozy colors. I made some small details like reindeers, clouds snowflakes and trees to make it look better.” — Designed by Vince Teckmans from Belgium.center_img previewwithout calendar: 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Winter LeavesDesigned by Nathalie Ouederni from France. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 2560×1440, 768×1024A New Start“The new year brings hope, festivity, lots and lots of resolutions, and many more goals that need to be achieved. This wallpaper is based on the idea of ‘A New Start’.” — Designed by Damn Perfect from India. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 1366×768Start Somewhere“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. Start today – somewhere, anywhere.” — Designed by Shawna Armstrong from the United States. Posted on 31st December 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share previewwithout calendar: 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2560×1600Be Awesome Today“A little daily motivation to keep your cool during the month of January.” — Designed by Amalia Van Bloom from the United States. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 1024×1024, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 360×480, 376×668, 768×1024, 1366×768, 1366×1050, 1536×864, 1600×900, 3840×2160, 5120×2880, 2560×1600 without calendar: 320×480, 1024×1024, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1440×900, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 360×480, 376×668, 768×1024, 1366×768, 1366×1050, 1536×864, 1600×900, 3840×2160, 5120×2880, 2560×1600 SnowmanDesigned by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden. previewwith calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 without calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440 A New Beginning“I wanted to do a lettering-based wallpaper because I love lettering. I chose January because for a lot of people the new year is perceived as a new beginning and I wish to make them feel as positive about it as possible! The ideia is to make them feel like the new year is (just) the start of something really great.” — Designed by Carolina Sequeira from Portugal. New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition)You are here: previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 640×1136, 750×1334, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1242×2208, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440, 2880×1800White Mountains“In Central Europe, we’ve had a very warm beginning of winter. I hope there will be lots of powder for snowboarding soon. I’d love to see the French Alps again as white as in 2015 when I took this photo.” — Designed by Annika Oeser from Germany. previewwith calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440without calendar: 640×480, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Hidden Gem“Kingfishers are called ‘ijsvogels’ (ice-birds) in Dutch. Not because they like winter cold, but because of the intense blue and teal colors…” — Designed by Franke Margrete from the Netherlands. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1024×1024, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1366×768, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1680×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Dare To Be You“The new year brings new opportunities for each of us to become our true selves. I think that no matter what you are — like this little monster — you should dare to be the true you without caring what others may think. Happy New Year!” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico. previewwithout calendar: 320×480, 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×960, 1600×1200, 1920×1080, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Join In Next Month!Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.Thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month! (il)From our sponsors: New Year, New Beginnings (January 2019 Wallpapers Edition) previewwith calendar: 320×460, 800×480, 1024×768, 1920×1080, 2560×1440without calendar: 320×460, 800×480, 1024×768, 1280×960, 1920×1080Cold… Penguins!“The new year is here! We waited for it like penguins. We look at the snow and enjoy with it!” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela from Spain. previewwithout calendar: 800×600, 1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1280×960, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, 1440×900, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 1920×1440, 2560×1440Three Wise Men Of The East“In Belgium remember the Three Wise Men of the East is a tradition. It involves children going from door to door, dressed up as the three Wise Men. They sing a little song, in exchange for sweets and/or money. The design is very minimalistic and ‘flat’. I hope you like it :)” — Designed by Jeroen Bartels from Belgium.last_img read more

ML Brief May 22, 2019

first_img The post ML Brief May 22, 2019 appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: ML Brief May 22, 2019 HomeDigital MarketingML Brief May 22, 2019 Posted on 22nd May 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 ML Brief May 22, 2019You are here:last_img read more

The Big Switch

first_imgThe film industry has been put on notice. Audiences have walked out of jaded, faded blockbusters, right into twinkle-toed movies that tickle, tantalise, sometimes even traumatise. Kites and Raavan have fallen to the machine gun fire of Tere Bin Laden, Udaan and will soon be buried under the audacity of,The film industry has been put on notice. Audiences have walked out of jaded, faded blockbusters, right into twinkle-toed movies that tickle, tantalise, sometimes even traumatise. Kites and Raavan have fallen to the machine gun fire of Tere Bin Laden, Udaan and will soon be buried under the audacity of Peepli Live. Is it any wonder that our survey also breaks free from the boldfaces of the past and embraces new marquee marks? So out goes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, darling of the Croisette.The Khan trio, our faithful companions for decades, have retained their place in the sun. In comes Katrina Kaif, she of the mysterious foreign birth, indeterminate Western accent, and ever-fresh presence. She talks little, works hard, appears in public only to promote her movies. Contrast her with her often twee rivals, dynasty’s child and the prince’s consort, Kareena Kapoor, and the tweet-a-minute Priyanka Chopra. Kaif may have less to say than them, but wisely she makes it a virtue. Among the men, Amitabh Bachchan, the angry young man who morphed so gracefully into the industry’s elder statesmen, takes a deep dive as a screen presence, though his status as a thought leader remains undiminished.Even as people seem to want to write a new role for him, his place is taken by the untiring Khan trio, our faithful companions for the past two decades. We’ve seen them losing hair, changing wives, even becoming philosophical, and we’re still not weary. It’s a tribute to their longevity and a testament to our loyalty. The rising star, Ranbir Kapoor, the only one who looks capable of upsetting this complex three-part equation, is predictably No. 4 on the popularity charts.advertisement16, Shah Rukh Khan: (6). (Figure in bracket indicates responses in Jan 2008)Who will be the No. 1 hero this year?Aamir Khan – 14Salman Khan – 12Ranbir Kapoor – 11Akshay Kumar – 9All figures in per cent 28, Katrina KaifWho will be the No. 1 heroine this year?Kareena Kapoor – 17Priyanka Chopra – 14Deepika Padukone – 8Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – 1Kareena kapoorAll figures in per centRest: Don’t know/Can’t say This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 23, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Zinio.last_img read more

Mikmaq father says child welfare agency just a modern residential school

first_imgThe answer isn’t a simple question of money. It’s also a matter of how prevention is defined and that changes depending on who you ask.From a community perspective, preventing kids from coming into care means providing family support early on.  “That’s not happening,” said Elizabeth Paul, Health Director for the Millbrook First Nation.“They don’t help families in the beginning. They will tell you they don’t have enough funding for that,” said Paul. “Once they’re coming to see you and if you want some kind of service that costs money then they’re going to say well, we need to have your child in care to access the funds so there’s a problem with that.”The 2013 Cooney review interviewed community members, agency staff and other stakeholders. It noted a sense that the agency was focused on child protection while “Early intervention and preventative services were reported as having all but disappeared.”The agency does run an early intervention program. In a response to a draft of the Cooney report, MFCS senior staff said it falls under the umbrella of child protection because it only kicks in once “a risk has been substantiated.” And points out, “When the agency is so underfunded, then the most needed mandated child protection services are the priority.”If families are getting help, does it matter if it’s called early intervention, or prevention, or protection?Jennifer CoxAboriginal legal aid lawyer Jennifer Cox said it does. And she point to supervision orders as an example, paid for by AANDC prevention dollars.When a social worker gets the call that there’s a problem in a family home, they can decide to take the children into care, make sure the parents go to rehab, take parenting programs or counselling. But to make sure the parent follows through, the agency relies on the courts to issue supervision orders.It means the child can stay in the home or with family. It fits with AANDC’s thinking on prevention as “least disruptive measures.”That might make sense on paper, but Cox said the reality for parents is harsh.“It’s not as easy as maybe people might make it out to be for these parents. It’s a very, very terrible process for them.”Critics say the agency relies too heavily on the courts to solve family issues. And it doesn’t always fit what the family needs.The Mi’kmaw father who had his kids taken into temporary care became involved because of family violence. But he was the victim of the assault and the agency still took him to court, where he was ordered to undergo counselling and drug testing.“I was penalized, punished, profiled, just about everything really,” said the father. “They take you to court, they sign you up for all these services. The judge ok’s it, you have to do it or you don’t get to see your kids. You don’t get to talk to them. You don’t get to hold them. You don’t get to tuck them in. Nothing.”It took him two months to get his kids back. But the experience has left him bitter.“It’s changed me in ways that makes me really hate white people, the way they come at you, the way they act,” he said. “If you read the Mi’kmaq social services act, it says to provide services and keep families together. Well, it’s tear families apart and then provide services.”Jennifer Cox has seen this play out in court time and time again. Once a child welfare case hits the courts, the clock is ticking. If the parents don’t do everything the court has ordered within a certain timeframe, the kids go into care.“The system isn’t set up to deliver services to families unless there’s court action or litigation,” said Cox. “And that’s part of the difficulty with these cases, the funding model is backwards. It doesn’t match the needs of the communities.”And the funding model doesn’t match provincial legislation either. Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s Services has to follow Nova Scotia’s child welfare act, but use federal dollars to do it. So while AANDC calls supervision orders prevention, the province calls them protection.Cox said it creates a gap for Mi’kmaw families who need help.“Some of the services available in the prevention pot of money available off reserve is significant,” said Cox. “So you don’t necessarily have to have a court proceeding in the mainstream population to get these services you need to address the concerns so that the children don’t have to be removed and the agency doesn’t have to watch you.”Brenda Cope in in charge of the finances for Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s services.  It’s a juggling act, moving money around to meet both provincial standards when those federal dollars come attached with rules of how the agency can spend.“It means we have to provide services we have no funding for,” said Cope. “So if they say that we should be doing this, that and the next things, but AANDC will then come along and say, well yes, but we’re not paying for it because it’s not in our authorities. So what do you do? You have to provide the services but you have no funds to cover it.”In 2013, Cope testified before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The complaint, launched by child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock, argued the department of Aboriginal Affairs discriminates against First Nations because the money it provides for child welfare falls short of what the provinces provide for off-reserve care.“I’d call it discrimination,” says Cope.  “I’d also call it plain stupid, because how you expect us to provide the same service as the province with 30 per cent less income, I have no idea.”The case wrapped up last fall and a decision from the Tribunal is expected this spring.Briefing notes to prepare AANDC official Dougal MacDonald for his testimony at the tribunal in December, 2013, throw the onus for budget problems back on the agency, citing an “explosion of the use of supervision orders.”“These court ordered interventions could be done as prevention work if: a/ the agency had the kind of working relationship with families and community service providers that enabled cooperative case planning , and b/ dedicated prevention funding and staffing set aside to do this kind of preventative work.In the absence of the conditions, the agency is forced to resort to coercive methods such as taking families to court to compel them to work with the agency.”It’s a blame game that goes around in circles. Not enough money, problematic policies and a persistent negative view of the agency.“Because a lot of communities do not trust Mi’kmaw Family, you won’t see the schools or the daycares or the preschools or health centers reaching out to Mi’kmaq Family,” said social worker Corrina Milliea. “They’re afraid to, I guess, get the family involved and then thinking that the child will be taken away from them.”Milliea worked in child protection for the agency three years ago.“Unfortunately, what happens is when we do go to a home and we find out there’s domestic, a lot of times the kids are taken out faster than we can do prevention.”Corrina MillieaToday, Milliea is a community social worker for the Millbrook First Nation. She sees the both potential and challenges facing child welfare.“I think it’s really just building bridges with the community. There’s the health centers, different services you can be using to help these families,” said Milliea. “But Mi’kmaw Family does not reach out to community services as well. So how do you do prevention when you can’t work together as a community?”troache@aptn.ca@trinaroache Trina RoacheAPTN National News A Mi’kmaq father in Nova Scotia who battled to get his children back from foster care says the agency that took them is just a modern day residential school.“It really is just a modern day residential school, all these social workers, they’re just nuns without the uniforms.”Those words by the father who cannot be named are echoed by many across Nova Scotia’s First Nations.Others call it the millennium scoop. The perception that child welfare workers are taking more and more Mi’kmaq children out of their homes and out of their communities is a phrase uttered by health directors, First Nation leaders and grassroots.That perception was noted in an external review of the agency. Cooney Consulting did a review of how the Mi’kmaw agency operates and noted, “In 2013, to have the Mi’kmaw community relate the current MFCS practices to a “scoop” of their children is disturbing.”APTN obtained a copy of an early draft of the report that included responses by senior management from the agency, who called this “a gross misrepresentation of the number of children taken into care.”Kristen BasqueIt’s a disheartening perception for Kristen Basque. She works for Mi’kmaq Family and Children’s Services.“I think the biggest misconception is that we want to take kids into care and that we don’t want families to stay together and that we want to move them all off reserve,” said Basque.Basque says the number of Mi’kmaq kids in care is fairly stable, peaking at around 500 children in the last five years. It’s still a number that’s out of line with the rest of the province. Aboriginal children make up 21 per cent of the kids in care in Nova Scotia but Mi’kmaq living on reserve only make up three per cent of the population.The numbers haven’t dropped either and that was the goal of the federal government’s Enhanced Prevention Focused Approach (EPFA), a new way of paying for First Nations’ child welfare. The Mi’kmaw agency signed on in 2008 for two million dollars more a year.According to an internal document from Aboriginal Affairs, the new funding meets “the real needs of agencies,” provides an extra stream of money “for prevention/least disruptive measures that would enable agencies to assist families at risk in their own homes…and would enable agencies to re-invest surpluses into further prevention work (which would in turn generate greater surpluses as fewer children were taken into care).”That logic hasn’t panned out.  In another document, MFCS senior staff wrote, “The Agency verbally expressed serious concerns with the Enhanced Funding model given the reality that it would not meet  projected needs.”“I think our biggest challenge is being underfunded and we would love to put in a lot of preventative programs,” said Basque.Basque says take family group conferencing. It’s a popular program she runs that brings the family together in a talking circle to work out a plan to stay together. But it happens after the kids have been taken into care or the parents have been dragged to court. And Aboriginal Affairs doesn’t pay for it. The agency covers the cost.“I’ve been to many meetings and working groups and that’s something that’s always been a hot topic,” said Basque. “Why aren’t we doing this more? Why aren’t we expanding this?”last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of July 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, July 21, 2019.Sunday, July 21, 2019No MeetingsMonday, July 22, 2019The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, July 23, 2019The Wilmington Commission on Disabilities meets at 6:30pm in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, July 24, 2019No MeetingsThursday, July 25, 2019No MeetingsFriday, July 26, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, July 27, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Amazons Alexa can now speak slower or faster

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Boost Mobile Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Google Home Hub review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice Alexa Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Comments $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 $155 at Google Express See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) “Alexa, speak slower.” Chris Monroe/CNET You can now tell Alexa to slow down or speed things up when asking for information. US customers can choose from seven talking speeds when using Alexa, according to a Wednesday blog post from Amazon. In addition to Alexa’s standard speaking rate, the virtual assistant can converse in four faster rates and two slower rates. To adjust the talking speeds on any Alexa-enabled device, say “Alexa, speak slower,” or “Alexa, speak faster.” To reset, say “Alexa, speak at your default rate.”Some customers who are older or hard of hearing wanted Alexa to speak more slowly so they could better understand her, Amazon says. Other customers, like those who are blind or have low vision and are more familiar with listening to audio content, wanted to hear information more quickly. “We’re thrilled to introduce this feature to help customers further personalize their interactions with Alexa, and adapt the experience to best fit their individual needs,” Sarah Caplener, head of Alexa for Everyone, said in the blog post. The update rolled out Wednesday. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS $999 Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Sprint 7 Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 0 See it Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $999 Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Post a comment Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Turo $299 at Amazon Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.last_img read more