The life of a military family can be very unpredictable. Service demands and plans can change frequently, sometimes at a moment’s notice. Care for an injured military parent may mean hospital, doctor or therapy visits that wreak havoc on a family’s daily routine. The demands on family schedules are especially challenging when there is no non-military family member who can provide a level of consistency and predictability for young children.The bottom line? Military families need flexible child care options. Flexibility for military families means having trustworthy care:on short noticeon an irregular basisat non-traditional hoursfor an extended time, possibly overnighton an hourly basis for brief timesWhere can flexible care be found? It may not be easy but there are a few places to look.Flexible Child Care Programs & CaregiversThe greatest flexibility is offered by in-home child care providers and nannies. Although on the surface it appears to be an expensive option, it’s really not when one considers that a live-in provider offers stability and consistency for both children and parents in the midst of changing schedules, multiple deployments – even relocation! Nannies’ responsibilities also often include other household tasks. It can be an especially beneficial option for large families, families with no nearby relatives, single parents, and dual-military families. Lisa Werth, a nanny for a family whose parents both work at the Pentagon says, “My bosses often email me from the Pentagon to see if I know of a nanny looking for a job.” Being an in-home child care provider can be a rewarding and interesting employment option for child care professionals to consider.Family Child Care homes can also offer greater flexibility. FCC owners may choose to market specifically to military families if they live in a community with a high enough concentration. But even when the majority of a FCC owner’s families are civilian, they may be able to meet the need for emergency or non-traditional care for an individual military family in a way that a center simply couldn’t. FCC owners who are willing to provide flexible child care for military families should communicate that in their marketing and through their currently enrolled families (since word-of-mouth is often how new families are found), their local Resource and Referral agency, and professional associations.Flexibility in child care centers is the most difficult to find because it is the most expensive to provide on a larger scale. The less demand there is in a geographic area, the less likely it is that flexible options are available. The highest demand, of course, is on military installations, so it’s not surprising that each of the branches of the Armed Forces offer a variety of programs to meet these needs through their children, youth and teen programs. For example, programs at Camp LeJeune (Marines) include hourly child care, Family Child Care (24-hr, 7 days a week), and emergency drop-in care. The demand may be so high, however, that there is a waiting list for enrollment, in which case child care programs in the surrounding area may choose to satisfy the needs of families.Both FCC and center-based programs who are interested in serving military families should also consider becoming an approved provider for the military’s child care fee assistance program. Approved programs are entered into a searchable online database, allowing military families to more easily locate programs that may be able to meet their unique needs. And remember, military families, especially Guard and Reserve, can be found living in communities all over the map. So no matter where you live, if you are willing and able to provide flexible care, even if only on an occasional basis, consider becoming an approved provider.Additional Programs to Fill Child Care GapsChild care programs and providers who can’t themselves meet the child care needs of every military family should be aware of other options to refer families to that may help fill the gaps.NACCRRA-Army Respite Child CareThe Army is working with the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to provide financial support for community-based child care programs to offer respite care when short–term care needs arise. Approved programs are paid to provide free hourly child care to for families of soldiers who are deployed, serving on temporary duty (90-179 days), under a Wounded, Ill or Injured status or are Survivors of Fallen Warriors. Refer families to the website’s searchable database to find participating programs. Call NACCRRA at 1-800-424-2246 if you are interested in becoming an approved provider or want more information.Air Force Aid SocietyAir Force families who will be relocating because of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS in military lingo) are eligible for 20 hours of child care at a certified Family Child Care home (either on or off base). Call 1-800-769-8951 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a certified FCC home or want help in locating homes to refer families to in your area.YMCA Military OutreachOne option that can meet some respite child care needs is the local Y. The Department of Defense pays for up to 16 hours of child care per month for infants through 12 year olds from eligible military families who don’t live on an installation.Family members of deployed National Guard and ReservistsActive Duty Independent Duty personnel (deployment is not a requirement)Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed Active Duty personnelFamilies of deployed Active Duty personnel residing 30 miles from a military installationAlthough local Ys are not required to offer the program, many are choosing to participate, so check to see whether it’s an option that’s offered in your community. To find more information to share with families and search for participating Ys in your area, visit the Y’s website.SittercitySittercity is an online service that matches families with child care providers who can meet their needs, including last-minute emergency care, overnight care, etc. Sittercity has an extensive database of babysitters and nannies with detailed profiles that can be searched by location and 14 other options, including hourly rate, education/certification, and reviews from families. The Department of Defense has partnered with Sittercity to offer free membership to the matching service for military families. Entering your profile in the Sittercity database as a child care provider is free.New Programs on the HorizonThe Veterans Administration launched a pilot program last year that offers on-site child care at three VA medical facilities. The child care centers provide free, drop-in child care for eligible veterans who come to the facilities for health care services. The centers can care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Time will tell whether the program will expand to others of the 149 medical centers in the VA system.What’s Available in Your Community?If you are one of the many individual child care centers and family child care providers who tailor their programs to the unique needs of military families, we would love to hear your story!Whole communities can also rally on behalf of military families, using local resources and combined creativity to meet a variety of military family needs, including child care. If you’ve been involved with or know of a community-level effort, please share your story, too. It may give others some fresh ideas for their own communities!Even with all these efforts, there is still much to do to meet the child care needs of military families. What suggestions do you have for creating a sturdier network of support?[Note: All branches of the military offer respite care for families of children with special needs through the Department of Defense Exceptional Family Member Respite Care program.]
Fast is slow. Slow is fast.You can’t cram success. Fast results are the product of having done the slow work that eventually produces results. You can’t cheat and get the fast results. You have to do the slow work.Slow is really fast. The more time and effort you put into building the competencies and skills that eventually produce faster results, the faster you produce them. The more time you spend doing the slow work of selling well, the faster you make your number. But you have to do the slow work.If you want access to your dream clients, you invest your time in building your nurture toolkit, creating value before claiming any, and developing the relationships you need in front of any opportunity. Nurturing is slow. Building relationships is slow. Creating value before claiming it feels really slow. Slow is fast.If you want your dream client to choose your solution, you do the slow work of understanding the ground truth, learning what really needs to happen to produce results. You do the slow work of meeting with decision-influencers and those with no formal authority. You build consensus over time. Understanding is slow. Consensus is slow. Slow is fast.If you try to take shortcuts to get the results you want without doing the slow work, it takes more time to get the results you want—and it makes it far less likely you get them at all. Trying to produce the results you need fast isn’t effective. You can’t violate the natural laws of the universe. Your need for results and for revenue don’t allow you to break the laws.Slow is fast. Fast is slow. Do the slow work and go faster.QuestionsWhat do you do in an attempt to produce fast results?Why do you need those results so urgently?Is there slow work that you could have done that would have made it easier, more likely, and faster to get the results you need now?
The Haryana government on Saturday announced it will give House Rent Allowance (HRA) to State employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the revised HRA would be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019, which he claimed would benefit about 3.5 lakh employees.Ex gratia policyThe CM also announced the revival of the ex gratia policy that had been discontinued since 1996. “The new policy will be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019. The deceased employees, whose age is 52 years or less or has completed more than five years of service before this, will be covered under this scheme,” he said.Mr. Khattar said facility of six months maternity leave will also be given to those women employees who are engaged under the outsourcing policy of the State government. “The financial burden on the contractor on account of this facility would be borne by the State government,” he said.The CM said that the government had also taken a decision to reopen the channel of promotion for the employees of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the central cooperative banks. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, (Finance), to remove the pay anomalies of tube well operators of Public Health Engineering Department working on contractual basis,” he added.
If the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
Tottenham winger Nkoudou attracting German interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham winger George-Kevin Nkoudou is attracting interest from Germany.Nkoudou is expected to leave Spurs this month after a tough first-half of the season.Foot Mercato says despite his playing struggles, Nkoudou has attracted enquiries from across Europe.German clubs have contacted the minders of the 23-year-old. As have Italian, Spanish and French teams.Nkoudou is contracted to Spurs until 2021. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs fullback Aurier: Pochettino was right to leave me outby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerge Aurier admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything. “I wanted to leave so it was normal for me to not be on the pitch. Beyond that, it’s the manager’s decision. He’s the one who decides what’s best for the group.”Like I’ve said, the season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next. That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy. “There are situations that mean you need to make a decision. I’m a big boy and a dad, so there are choices that are good for me and my family.”
When Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta thinks his team needs a boost, he’ll sometimes show highlights of former OSU players to amp up his Buckeyes. One of Matta’s favorites involves a player still on his roster. During the final minutes of an 81-68 win against Jacksonville on Dec. 17, 2008, then-OSU junior David Lighty raced up the sideline and stole a pass to help move the then-No. 16 Buckeyes to 7-0 — all while playing on a broken foot. “He broke his foot in that game and continued to play the last five minutes,” Matta said, “and played harder than anybody I had ever seen.” At the time, Lighty’s injury was a blow to a Buckeye team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2007–08 season in which it didn’t make the NCAA Tournament. With Lighty’s foot recovering in time for a potential return to OSU at the tail end of the season, Matta debated bringing back the forward for a potential postseason run. “Part of me wanted to see how good that team could have been,” Matta said. “He was such an intricate part of it.” Matta ultimately decided against bringing back Lighty during the 2008–09 season, and the Buckeyes went on to make the 2009 NCAA Tournament, falling to Siena in the first round. With Lighty being granted a medical redshirt for that season, Matta recalled realizing that the injury could end up paying dividends for OSU in the long run. “I remember when he broke his foot and you’re visualizing ahead, and we knew we were going to have a big incoming class coming in that year,” Matta said. “I remember saying to myself, you know, this could be good to have David Lighty as a fifth-year senior guiding those guys.” Matta’s prophecy has turned into a reality this season, with Lighty playing a key role on a Buckeye team that is 24-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. Lighty said there was never any doubt in his mind that his injury two seasons ago was a blessing in disguise. “I always look at it as a positive thing,” Lighty said. “Being with these guys one more year and being able to develop my game another year and especially having the chance and opportunity that we have right now to leave Ohio State, hopefully, as a national champion would be great.” Playing on a team with freshmen Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, who weren’t yet in high school when he was playing his first season at OSU, Lighty has made his impact mostly on the defensive end of the floor, something Matta says Lighty is the best in the country at doing. When the Buckeyes were tied with Northwestern during the final minutes of their Jan. 29 matchup, it was Lighty who made a key steal that resulted in the game-winning free throw from Sullinger. The win gave the Buckeyes their 22nd consecutive win, a feat that Lighty — the player who’s been a part of the most wins in OSU history — has accomplished twice in his career. The other time came during his freshman season, 2006–07. Matta made a point of praising Lighty for the accomplishment following the game. “Of the four teams he’s played on, two … have won 22 games in a row at some point in his career,” Matta said. “That’s incredible.” Matta isn’t the only one to realize the impact Lighty has had on this year’s team. A freshman when Lighty broke his foot in 2008, junior guard William Buford said that what Lighty has brought to this year’s Buckeyes has been invaluable. “You’re always going to need Dave. He brings all the energy to the team,” Buford said. “He’s the most talkative guy when we’re on the floor. He’s the heart and soul to this team.”
Junior Nick Gray will run the men’s 60-meter-dash, 200-meter-dash and 4×400-meter-relay this weekend at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State will open up its roster by sending 53 athletes to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Music City Challenge, a two-day meet filled with tough competition and national implications. There will be 12 events on Friday and Saturday with at least one NCAA national championship qualifier.In the past two meets, Ohio State opted out of sending its full roster. This week, Ohio State is sending its full team, marking the season debuts for several athletes.Men’s previewThe 60-meter dash is filled with highly competitive sprinters who should create a close end result. Ohio State’s junior Nick Gray and senior Zack Bazile, as well as Southern Mississippi’s Cra’vorkian Carson and Memphis’ Davon Demoss, have top times that are separated by just .04 seconds. Carson has the fastest time at 6.64, which ranks 11th overall in the country, while Bazile is the slowest at 6.68, ranked 21st in the nation. The athletes with the top-16 marks will go to the national championship meet.“In the 60 meter, it’s important to focus on body technique, how fast I’m getting out and not focus on what’s going on in the outside lanes,” Gray said. Gray currently has a season-high mark of 6.66. That time would tie him for the last national championship qualifying spot, but that race was not counted by the NCAA. Since that race, Gray has been hampered by small injuries.“My goal for this track meet is to leave healthy and not hurt,” Gray said. Gray said he does not feel pressure to beat his personal record because he is currently more focused on his better events, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Gray will make his season debut in the 200-meter dash and will run in 4×400-meter relay. Bazile has primarily been a jumper throughout his collegiate career, but ran a 60-meter-dash in 6.68 seconds two weeks ago.“Zack’s always wanted to run on the track,” assistant coach Joel Brown said. “He has the opportunity to do that this year and it is turning out well for him.”Redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield will make his track debut for Ohio State. Sheffield’s personal record in the 60-meter dash is a 6.70. He also plays cornerback for the Ohio State football team. Bazile also is expected to have a big meet outside of the 60-meter dash. He has the farthest long jump by .35 meters heading into this meet. While Bazile set a personal best in triple jump this year, Southern Mississippi’s John Warren has the better mark on the season. In the men’s 800-meter run, Ohio State junior Alexander Lomong has the top time this season. It will be the first 800 of the season for three of Virginia Tech’s runners, all of whom have faster personal records than Lomong.The Buckeyes are having their best season in school history in pole vault. Cole Gorski has the pole vault record a 5.45 meters set last week, and junior Coty Cobb is ranked third all-time (5.35m).They will be facing off against some tough familiar foes. Cincinnati’s Adrian Valles has beaten both Buckeyes and has the third-highest jump in the country at 5.61 meters. Michigan State’s Tim Ehrhardt has a personal record higher than Gorski’s, but Gorski beat Ehrhardt earlier this season.Women’s previewThe weight throw will be a showdown of the top-three collegiate throwers in the country and an Olympian. Junior Sade Olatoye is currently third with a throw of 22.76 meters, behind Cincinnati’s Ann Echikunwoke (23.69) and Mississippi’s Janeah Stewart (23.83). The top three will square off against Gwen Berry, a member of Team USA.Olatoye, Stewart and Echikunwoke also will compete in shot put. Freshman Anavia Battle will run in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She is coming off first place finishes in the 60-meter dash (7.45) and 200-meter dash (23.79). Both finishes are the two best times this season for Ohio State. Brown said Battle is doing less weight training than her teammates and is focused more on bodyweight training and explosiveness to stay on track for this meet.Senior Mikaela Seibert has the farthest personal best in triple-jump heading into this meet of all competitors, but Cincinnati’s Irati Mitxelena has the farthest mark of the season.
Matthew Humphries Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jeff Bezos: ‘I Predict One Day Amazon Will Fail’ –shares Image credit: Matt Winkelmeyer | Getty Images Senior Editor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. When asked about Sears recently going bankrupt, Jeff Bezos surprised everyone by predicting Amazon will most likely also fail and go bankrupt. November 19, 2018 Jeff Bezos Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag A company doesn’t get as big as Amazon as quickly as it has without the CEO thinking a little differently to everyone else, and in the case of Jeff Bezos, that thinking extends to predicting when his company will fail.As CNBC reports, during an all-hands meeting held last Thursday in Seattle, Bezos was asked if he had learned anything from the recent bankruptcy of Sears and others. His response is not what anyone would expect from the CEO of Amazon, or CEO of any company for that matter.Related: New York Is Giving Amazon a Helipad and New Yorkers Are FuriousBezos is quoted as saying, “Amazon is not too big to fail … In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years.”While initially, that sounds very negative, Bezos went on to suggest that the lesson from other big companies that go bankrupt is to not “focus on ourselves, and instead focus on our customers.” For now, that’s something Amazon is clearly doing very well as it bumps up against becoming a trillion-dollar company just like Apple.CNBC managed to speak to some Amazon employees on condition of anonymity to find out what the biggest future concerns are for the company. Government regulation and antitrust violations top the list as the greatest risks, which squares up nicely against Bezos’ desire to remain focused on the customer. If the focus moved to put the company first, then the chance of Amazon being looked on negatively by consumers goes up and so the calls for regulation would most likely increase.Related: Jeff Bezos Reveals What Inspires Him the Most at WorkWould anyone bet against Amazon still being here in 30 years? Jeff Bezos will be 84 by then, Donald Trump’s presidency will be a distant memory, and we may have headphone jacks back on our smartphones. If a company wants to last over a hundred years, Bezos stated at the same all-hands meeting that he believes alcohol is key, “Most of the companies that are multi-hundred-year-old companies are breweries…It’s very interesting — I’m not sure what that says about society.”Related: Jeff Bezos Reveals His Daily Decision-Making Goal and 30 Other Crazy Things We’ve Learned About the Amazon Founder News and Trends 3 min read Register Now »
March 9, 2016 Start Up Your Day Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » 1 min read Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Schedule Is Insane — News Roundup Everyone can give you the headlines. We help you learn from the day’s shifts, both big and small. Lesson #1: You can’t always do it yourself — or can you? Square CEO Jack Dorsey has taken on a crazy schedule after also becoming CEO of Twitter late last year. In a bid to manage both companies, some reports say he’s been working 15 to 18 hour days. The “strategy” will be put to the test when Square reports its earnings today. Lesson #2: Few things are ever truly private. Yik Yak, a social media app where users post anonymously, is notorious for its posts created by unidentified authors. Now, the app is allowing users to make a handle with their nicknames, if they so choose. Posters will still be able to opt out of using their handle, according to Engadget. Lesson #3: Always keep up the fight. Watch the first game in a five-game match, in which Go master Lee Sodol attempts to beat Google’s algorithm at the ancient chinese game. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Lindsay Friedman
By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The wife of White House Communications Chief Bill Shine, Darla Shine, has recently joined anti-vaccination campaigners by claiming that having measles as a child could protect against cancer in later life. The United States, as well as several European nations, are currently facing measles outbreaks as a result of inadequate vaccine coverage of the children. Andrey_Popov | ShutterstockThis year, the World Health Organization listed anti-vaccine campaigners as a threat to global health and a major contributor to the rise in cases of infectious diseases that had previously been eliminated by vaccination.In their report, the WHO states “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease—it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved… Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase in cases globally.”Earlier this week, Mrs. Shine tweeted a response to a CNN report on the measles outbreak in the US and the possible role of anti-vaccine campaigners in facilitating the spread of the disease. In her tweet, Mrs. Shine said “Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on CNN #fake #hysteria. The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids. Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fighting cancer.”Ms Shine used to work as TV producer and says that she and all the kids she knew got measles, mumps and chicken pox. “Sadly my kids had #MMR so they will never have the life-long natural immunity I have. Come breathe on me!” she added.101 cases of measles* have now been reported across 10 states of the US and the numbers are on the rise. Measles, Mumps and Rubella are preventable viral infections for which the MMR vaccine is recommended by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Measles is a highly contagious infection that can lead to unpleasant and sometimes very serious consequences say experts. It causes high fever, flu like symptoms, rash etc. According to the World Health Organisation more than 100,000 people have succumbed to measles and its complications in the 2017.The majority of reported cases are patients who have not been vaccinated against measles, according to the CDC. The CDC adds that more than 70,000 cases of measles have been prevented in the US between 1994 and 2013 due to wide vaccination coverage. In 2000, the US was declared a measles-free country.It is thought that the lack of vaccination was due to an infamous report which claimed that the MMR vaccine was linked to cases of autism, which has since been disproved. Furthermore, the CDC emphasizes that there is no scientific connection between vaccination and autism.According to the CDC, there are also no studies or research that shows that getting measles may help to fight cancer. Shine refused to back down with her “anti-cancer” claim though. She said, “I had the measles, that was the whole point of my tweet. I have life time natural immunity,” in a tweet.Mrs. Shine accused left-winged parties trying to bring her down. She tweeted, “Was waiting for the #Left to come after me. As soon as I retweet a fact about #Vaccines they come after me. Bring it on! #TheSmear #Slander #Libel #Liars #FakeNews #VAXXED #Hoax #Democrats #BigPharma”.Shine has a history of making comments on health issues that have no basis. She previously stated that sunscreen protection against skin cancer is a “hoax” and has also spoken before about the danger of vaccines. Darla Shine has a blog page called happyhousewives.com where she provides tips and advice on cooking, parenting, marriage, fashion and beauty.*Numbers accurate up to the 7th February 2019 Sources:Ten threats to global health in 2019. WHO.Darla Shine on Twitter
Dozens of crypto units see the light of day every week, as baffled financial experts look on, and while none can match Bitcoin’s $200-billion euro ($242 bilion) market capitalisation, several have left the media darling’s profitability in the dust.In fact, bitcoin is not even in the top 10 of the crypto world’s best performers.Top of the heap is Ripple which posted a jaw-dropping 36,000 percent rise in 2017 and early this year broke through the 100-billion euro capitalisation mark, matching the value of blue-chip companies such as, say, global cosmetics giant L’Oreal.”Its value shot up when a newspaper said that around 100 financial institutions were going to adopt their system,” said Alexandre Stachtchenko, co-founder of specialist consulting group Blockchain Partners.Using Ripple’s technology framework, however, is not the same as adopting the currency itself, and so the Ripple’s rise should be considered as “purely speculative”, according to Alexandre David, founder of sector specialist Eureka Certification.Others point out that Ripple’s market penetration is paper-thin as only 15 people hold between 60 and 80 percent of existing Ripples, among them co-founder Chris Larsen.They can’t be best at everythingBut it still got him a moment of fame when, according to Forbes magazine, Larsen briefly stole Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s spot as the fifth-wealthiest person in the US at the start of the year.Ether is another rising star, based on the Ethereum protocol created in 2009 by a 19-year old programmer and seen by some specialists as a promising approach.Around 40 virtual currencies have now gone past the billion-euro mark in terms of capitalisation, up from seven just six months ago. The Cardano cryptocurrency’s combined value even hit 15 billion euros only three months after its creation.In efforts to stand out from the crowd, virtual currency founders often concentrate on the security of their systems, such as Cardano, which has made a major selling point of its system’s safety features.Others work on connected devices so “machines understand each other and are able to send each other value units, money, without going through a person or centralised third party”, Stachtchenko said.Some, like Monero, focus on guaranteeing anonymity, and others on share and bond issues, or on speeding up the confirmation time for transactions, like Litecoin.”It is impossible for a cryptocurrency to be the best at all the various tasks,” said Stachtchenko said.Meanwhile financiers, established banks and regulators keep issuing stern warnings to the investment community to stay clear of cryptocurrencies.Legendary investor Warren Buffett said that cryptocurrencies would “come to a bad ending” and that he would never stake money on them.The South Korean government said it was working on a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, but then backtracked.Analysts meanwhile predict that rollercoaster ride of virtual currencies is set to carry on.”When Wall Street bonuses hit bank accounts on January 15, I imagine we’ll see a crypto buying spree of epic proportions” said Meltem Demirors, director of the Digital Currency Group, which invests in crypto businesses. 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. New crypto kids on the block are whizzing past bitcoin with breathtaking profitability S. Korea govt sends bitcoin on rollercoaster ride Bitcoin may be the most famous cryptocurrency but, despite a dizzying rise, it’s not the most lucrative one and far from alone in a universe that counts 1,400 rivals, and counting. © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: Cryptocurrency rivals snap at Bitcoin’s heels (2018, January 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cryptocurrency-rivals-snap-bitcoin-heels.html
In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, buildings and a tour boat are reflected on the mirror behind an Apple logo during a preview event at a new Apple Michigan Avenue store, in downtown Chicago. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, people stand in line near an Apple Store at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, China. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump that will increase corporate profits.Besides dramatically lowering the standard corporate tax rate, the reforms offer a one-time break on cash being held overseas.Apple plans to take advantage of that provision to bring back most of its roughly $252 billion in offshore cash, generating a tax bill of about $38 billion. It’s something that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised the company would do if it could avoid being taxed at the 35 percent rate that had been in effect under the previous tax law.About $75 billion of the $350 billion in U.S. investments will be paid from money that had been overseas, Apple estimated.Companies that bring back money stashed overseas this year will be taxed at a 15.5 percent rate, below the new 21 percent rate for U.S. corporate profits under the new law.Other U.S. companies, including American Airlines, AT&T and Comcast, have been handing out $1,000 bonuses to all their workers to share the wealth they will gain from the lower rate on their domestic earnings.Excluding banks and other financial services companies, Moody’s Investors Service estimates corporate America has an estimated $1.6 trillion in overseas cash. Most of that is in the technology industry, with Apple sitting at the top of the heap.Analysts have been predicting that most of the overseas profits coming back to the U.S. would be plowed into paying shareholder dividends and buying back stock, something that happened the last time a one-time break on offshore profits was offered more than a decade ago.Trump and lawmakers are hoping companies use the money to raise wages, expand payrolls, open more offices and invest in new equipment. Citation: Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-apple-2nd-campus-hire-350b.html “Apple is a success that could only have happened in America, and we always felt a very big sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who have made our success possible,” Cook said during a ceremony Wednesday celebrating a new warehouse being built in Reno, Nevada.The White House applauded Apple’s commitment.”Just as the president promised, making our businesses more competitive internationally is translating directly into benefits for the American worker, through increased wages, better benefits, and new jobs,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.Apple Inc., which just spent an estimated $5 billion building a Cupertino, California, headquarters that resembles a giant spaceship, plans to announce the location of a second campus devoted to customer support later this year.The company didn’t say how big the second campus will be, or how many of the additional 20,000 workers that it plans to hire will be based there. About 84,000 of Apple’s 123,000 workers currently are in the U.S.One thing is certain: Cities from across the U.S. will likely be offering Apple tax breaks and other incentives in an attempt to persuade the company to build its second campus in their towns.That was what happened last year after Amazon announced it would build a second headquarters in North America to expand beyond its current Seattle home. The online retailer received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Amazon is expected to announce the winning bid later this year.Besides hiring more workers and building its second campus, Apple is also planning to open more data centers to help back up the photos, documents and other content that people store on their phones, tablets and computers. It also is increasing a fund established last year to invest in U.S. manufacturers from $1 billion to $5 billion.Apple’s high-profile commitment may pressure its peers in the technology sector to take similar steps, despite the industry’s disdain with many of Trump’s other policies, especially those affecting immigration. The next four biggest hoarders of overseas cash are Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Google corporate parent Alphabet Inc. and Oracle, with a combined $320 billion among them. Apple says will pay $38 bn in taxes on repatriated profits After plowing nearly $46 billion into dividends and stock repurchases in its last fiscal year, Apple is still likely to funnel a big chunk of overseas money to its shareholders.But Wednesday’s announcement was clearly designed to be a show of faith in the U.S.—Apple’s most lucrative market. The public show of support also helps the optics of a company that will still continue to make most of its iPhones, iPads and other gadgets in factories located in China and other faraway countries that offer cheaper labor. Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country’s new tax law. 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.
Normally, autonomous computer programmes known as bots trawl the internet, for example, to help search engines. However, there are also programmes known as social bots which interfere in social media, automatically generating replies or sharing content. They are currently suspected of spreading political propaganda. Scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have investigated the extent to which such autonomous programmes were used on the platform Twitter during the general elections in Japan in 2014. By using methods taken from corpus linguistics, they were able to draw up a case study on the activity patterns of social bots. At the same time, the FAU researchers gained an insight into how computer programmes like these were used, and recognised that nationalistic tendencies had an important role to play in the election, especially in social media. The results of the investigation have been published in the journal Big Data. Prof. Dr. Fabian Schäfer, chair of Japanese Studies at FAU, was motivated to study the use of social bots after the general election in Japan in 2014. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, led by Shinzō Abe, won the election. Publicly and in the mass media, his election campaign focused predominantly on economic issues. It was a different story in social media. “Our analysis showed that Abe’s hidden nationalistic agenda had a very important role to play in these channels,” Schäfer explains. “The importance of the hidden agenda in social media is not, however, down to either the prime minister or the LDP itself.” Rather, it appears as if social bots were widely used by right-wing internet users, ranging from far-right to more conservative right-wing circles. Prof. Schäfer’s initial hypothesis was that the right-wingers used social bots to give indirect online support to Abe’s nationalistic agenda, which had slipped into the background during the political campaign.Computerised propagandaTogether with Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert, professor for Corpus Linguistics at FAU, Schäfer analysed over 540,000 tweets posted shortly before and just after the elections in mid December. After noticing a high frequency of tweets that were the same or very similar, they investigated whether these originated from bots or even botnets. Unlike previous studies, the FAU researchers did not focus on identifying bots based on their typical activity pattern, for example, how often they send tweets. Instead, they took a corpus linguistics approach, which allowed them to analyze large volumes of text. It quickly became clear that nearly 80 percent of the investigated tweets were duplicates, including retweets, or close duplicates, which were able to be traced back to a total of 3722 original tweets.The scientists at FAU recognised five patterns behind the spread of the tweets. They attributed three of the patterns to a pro-LDP campaign, and one to another group of right-wing internet activists. The fifth pattern was attributed to users who acted similarly to bots. “Tweets in the first and second groups use similar language, reflecting the jargon often used in right-wing internet circles, and tend to include racist or hostile remarks,” Schäfer explains. This and the names used for the numerous fake accounts led Evert and Schäfer to the conclusion that the tweets originated from two groups of right-wing internet activists, the netto uyo, who were making massive use of these automated programmes to cover other hashtags. Bots can also spring onto popular hashtags and tweets to instrumentalise them for the same purpose, without the tweets sharing the same content.This was exploited by right-wing internet activists in the election in 2014, in particular to boost the spread of extremely nationalistic content. The accusation of being ‘anti-Japanese’—a term which is used both by netto uyo and in a slightly less extreme form by Abe—acted as a kind of language bridge between the extreme and the more moderate groups. Schäfer says, “This bridge connected the nationalistic discourse of the right-wing internet activists with Abe’s right-wing conservative agenda. As a result, Abe’s position was not only supported by the conservative organisations of a group of users with close links to the LDP but also by the large, although not well organised, group of right-wing internet activists.” As the Japanese expert Schäfter explains, even though this group often took an anti-Abe position, they were spreading a very similar nationalistic agenda online. How great is the influence and risk of social and political ‘bots?’ More information: Fabian Schäfer et al, Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism, and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda, Big Data (2017). DOI: 10.1089/big.2017.0049 Explore further 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: Are bots a danger for political election campaigns? 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Citation: What Facebook isn’t telling us about its fight against online abuse (2018, May 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-isnt-online-abuse.html Facebook has for the first time made available data on the scale of abusive comments posted to its site. This may have been done under the growing pressure by organisations for social media companies to be more transparent about online abuse, or to gain credibility after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Either way, the figures do not make for pleasurable reading. 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. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Removing violent postsFacebook has also used technology to aid the removal of graphic violence from its site. Between the two three-month periods there was a 183% increase in the amount of posts removed that were labelled graphically violent. A total of 86% of these comments were flagged by a computer system.But we also know that Facebook’s figures also show that up to 27 out of every 10,000 comments that made it past the detection technology contained graphic violence. That doesn’t sound like many but it’s worth considering the sheer number of total comments posted to the site by its more than 2 billion active users. One estimate suggests that 510,000 comments are posted every minute. If accurate, that would mean 1,982,880 violent comments are posted every 24 hours.To make up for the failures in its detection software, Facebook, like other social networks, has for years relied on self-regulation, with users encouraged to report comments they believe should not be on the site. For example, between January and March 2018, Facebook removed 2.5m comments that were considered hate speech, yet only 950,000 (38%) of these messages had been flagged by its system. The other 62% were reported by users. This shows that Facebook’s technology is failing to adequately combat hate speech on its network, despite the growing concern that social networking sites are fuelling hate crime in the real world.How many comments are reported?This brings us to the other significant figure not included in the data released by Facebook: the total number of comments reported by users. As this is a fundamental mechanism in tackling online abuse, the amount of reports made to the company should be made publicly available. This will allow us to understand the full extent of abusive commentary made online, while making clear the total number of messages Facebook doesn’t remove from the site.Facebook’s decision to release data exposing the scale of abuse on its site is a significant step forward. Twitter, by contrast, was asked for similar information but refused to release it, claiming it would be misleading. Clearly, not all comments flagged by users of social networking sites will breach its terms and conditions. But Twitter’s failure to release this information suggests the company is not willing to reveal the scale of abuse on its own site.However, even Facebook still has a long way to go to get to total transparency. Ideally, all social networking sites would release annual reports on how they are tackling abuse online. This would enable regulators and the public to hold the firms more directly to account for failures to remove online abuse from their servers. Provided by The Conversation Explore further Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content Prosecutions for offensive messages. Credit: Based on figures obtained from the Ministry of Justice, Author provided In a six-month period from October 2017 to March 20178, 21m sexually explicit pictures, 3.5m graphically violent posts and 2.5m forms of hate speech were removed from its site. These figures help reveal some striking points. As expected, the data indicates that the problem is getting worse. For instance, between January and March it was estimated that for every 10,000 messages online, between 22 and 27 contained graphic violence, up from 16 to 19 in the previous three months. This puts into sharp relief the fact that in the UK, prosecutions for online abuse have been decreasing, as demonstrated in the graph below. Yet what Facebook hasn’t told us is just as significant.The social network has been under growing pressure to combat abuse on its site, in particular, the removal of terrorist propaganda after events such as the 2017 Westminster attack and Manchester Arena bombing. Here, the company has been proactive. Between January and March 2018, Facebook removed 1.9m messages encouraging terrorist propaganda, an increase of 800,000 comments compared to the previous three months. A total of 99.5% of these messages were located with the aid of advancing technology.At first glance, it looks like Facebook has successfully developed software that can remove this content from its server. But Facebook hasn’t released figures showing how prevalent terrorist propaganda is on its site. So we really don’t know how successful the software is in this respect.
Next Karnataka crisis broadens as 5 more rebel MLAs approach SC, allege Speaker not accepting resignationsThe five MLAs have argued that unlike the other 10 lawmakers, they had submitted their resignations in person to the Speaker and had followed the procedure. Hence, the MLAs said, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format like he [the Speaker] happened in case of the other 10 other lawmakers.advertisement Aneesha Mathur New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:15 IST Karnataka assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had earlier denied the allegations, saying he was only following rules. (Photo: IANS)Five more rebel MLAs from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka on Saturday approached the Supreme Court, alleging that the assembly Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar did not accept their resignations.In their plea to the Supreme Court, the five MLAs — Anand Singh, Munirathna, K Sudhakar, MTB Nagaraju and Roshan Baig — have sought impleadment in the already pending application filed by the 10 other rebel MLAs on which the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.The five MLAs who moved the Supreme Court on Saturday said that the legislators, who have submitted their resignations, have the “fundamental right to resign in consultation with their conscience or other attendant circumstances”.They also allege that the actions and the delay caused by the Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the MLAs.”The right to resign from their office is their fundamental right as a citizen and as a public representative. It is humbly submitted that the actions of the Hon’ble Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the Applicants,” the plea stated.It should be noted that the Speaker had earlier denied the allegations, saying that he is only following the Constitution and the rules. Justifying his actions, Speaker KR Ramesh said, “I am delaying the matter because I love this land. I only the Constitution. I am not acting in haste because of my love for the people.”The MLAs have said they are “identically placed” with the 10 MLAs who were granted status quo orders on Friday by the bench headed by the Chief justice of India.The rebel MLAs also argued that unlike the other 10 lawmakers, they had submitted their resignations in person to the Speaker and had followed the procedure of resignation. Hence, the MLAs said, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format like he [the Speaker] happened in case of the other 10 other lawmakers.”Therefore, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format, but the Speaker has still failed to accept their resignations so far. Further, there were no pending disqualification proceedings against them at the time of resignation. The act of submitting in person itself shows the voluntary nature and genuineness of the resignation,” the plea stated.The plea also added that “there is no scope for inquiry” into their resignations.They have also opposed the Karnataka government’s move to initiate disqualification proceedings against the MLAs who skipped the legislature party meeting on July 9. “The non-attendance of the legislature party meeting outside the House does not amount to a ground for disqualification,” the MLAs argued.The MLAs have also expressed their “apprehension” regarding their “safety” after MLA K Sudhakar was allegedly “held up” in a room where the embattled party leaders tried to convince him not to quit.”Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has announced on July 12 on the floor of the House that they would be seeking a floor test. It is submitted that despite the applicants’ resignations, they are being threatened to support the government on the threat of disqualification,” the plea read.These 10 rebel MLAs of Congress- JD(S) coalition who moved the apex court earlier alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations were Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.Hearing their plea, the Supreme Court had on Friday restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of these 10 MLAs.Citing “weighty issues that have arisen”, the apex court had said it will consider the matter on July 16 and ordered that the status quo as of Friday should be maintained.The resignation of these MLAs has plunged the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka into a crisis as it faces the risk of losing majority in the Assembly.Also Read | MLAs have given resignation in right format now: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh clarifiesAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: Speaker asked us to go to hell, rebel MLAs tell Supreme CourtAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy trust vote offer a googly or full toss?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Mumbai: 3-year-old Divyansh still untraceable, rescue operation continues on Day 2Search and rescue operations are still being carried out by the BMC, NDRF, BMC, Mumbai police and locals. Drainage department is helping using the drainage line maps available with them.advertisement Saurabh Vaktania MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 09:51 IST Search and rescue operations are still being carried out by the BMC, NDRF, BMC, Mumbai police and locals.HIGHLIGHTSThe 3-year-old child is still untraceable even after 34 hours of continuous rescue operationThe CCTV showed him falling into the drain near Goregaon- Malad Link roadTill now over ten kilometres of drainage line has been searched twiceThe 3-year-old child who fell into an open storm water drain at Ambedkar Chowk in Malad East Wednesday night, is still untraceable even after 34 hours of continuous rescue operation. It was around 10 pm when the minor, Divyansh, went strolling outside his house. The CCTV captured the entire incident and showed him falling into the drain near Goregaon- Malad Link road.An official of the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, “When the boy’s mother could not find him, she raised an alarm. Thereafter, the footage of the CCTV camera installed near the building was checked, in which he was seen falling into the drain.”#WATCH Mumbai: Operation still underway to rescue a 3-year-old boy who fell in a gutter in Ambedkar Nagar area of Goregaon around 10:24 pm on 10th July. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/O4VpshOB3oANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019Due to the heavy flow of water in the drainage, the boy is feared to have been washed away, the official said.Search and rescue operations are still being carried out by the BMC, NDRF, BMC, Mumbai police and locals.Drainage department is helping using the drainage line maps available with them. JCB machines are being used to bring down several walls along with the drainage lines in order to search for the child. Till now over ten kilometres of drainage line has been searched twice by the officials. The officials are now opening all the man holes in the drainage lines and are trying to locate the child with the help of a ladder.Drone was also brought by the officials but couldn’t be launched due to heavy flow of water and narrow drainage.The officials are saying that they are still hopeful that they’ll find the child.”Early enquiry reports revealed that the cover of the drain was removed by some individuals. The CCTV footage is being checked and investigated to trace the concerned people,” the BMC said in a tweet.The BMC has also appealed to the people to immediately report to it if they come across such open drains or manholes they should inform on helpline number 1916, ward control room numbers or its twitter handle.Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the spot, said a probe will be launched to find the reason behind this mishap and action will be taken against the officials responsible for it.However, the child’s family has demanded the resignation of Mumbai mayor. The toddler’s father blamed the civic administration for the mishap and demanded an immediate probe and severe punishment for those responsible.Local social activists and locals have promised a protest at the spot if the child is not found by 12 pm today.Also read | 20 hours on, no trace of Mumbai toddler who fell down gutter, family inconsolableAlso read | IMD issues heavy rain alerts for Uttarakhand, BiharAlso watch | 2-year-old falls into open drain in MumbaiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow MumbaiFollow Mumbai rainsFollow mumbai drainsFollow mumbai divyansh Next