Dal restricts search for new VP to racially visible Indigenous candidates

first_imgHALIFAX – Dalhousie University says its search for a new senior administrator will be restricted to “racially visible” and Indigenous candidates, part of its efforts to increase underrepresented groups on the Halifax campus.In a memo to the university community, provost and vice-president academic Carolyn Watters said the prerequisite is in line with the principles of Dalhousie’s employment equity policy.“We have embarked on the process of selecting a new vice-provost student affairs,” she stated in the memo last month, adding that the search “will be restricted to racially visible persons and Aboriginal Peoples at this time.”Jasmine Walsh, Dalhousie’s assistant vice-president of human resources, said Tuesday Dalhousie has been “deliberate and proactive” in its recruitment so students will be able to see themselves reflected throughout the university’s ranks.“This is a position where we’re looking across our senior admin ranks at Dalhousie, we note that there are representation gaps for racialized and Indigenous People, and so the decision was made to try and target our recruitment efforts to find qualified candidates who will help to increase our representation in the senior ranks,” Walsh said.The search comes after incumbent Arig al Shaibah announced she would be leaving the university at the end of March after less than two years in the role. She became the public face of the university’s high-profile decision to consider disciplinary action against student leader Masuma Khan who criticized “white fragility.”The recruitment process for her successor raises questions about whether such restrictions could be a form of either tokenism or discrimination.Walsh dismissed any suggestion that the recruitment is a symbolic gesture to give the appearance of racial equality in the university workforce.“If this were the only thing that we were doing, that would be a different conversation. But it’s part of a broader context,” she said. “We’ve been working hard for the past several years in relation to diversity and inclusiveness on campus.”As for the suggestion that limiting the competition somehow constitutes “reverse racism,” Walsh said the university is taking a “fair approach” to recruitment.“What we’re ultimately striving for is fairness in our recruitment processes” she said, explaining that university’s goal is to align Dalhousie’s workforce with the general labour market.The latest Statistics Canada census figures show that visible minorities make up just over 21 per cent of the country’s total employed workforce.A Dalhousie report from 2016 found the percentage of racially visible employees at the university was about 11 per cent.The numbers were lower among high ranking university officials, with only 4.7 per cent of senior academic management and 2.8 per cent of senior staff management identifying as racially visible.The Masuma Khan dispute sparked debate about free speech, inclusion and equity on campus and eventually led al Shaibah to acknowledge that the university’s code of conduct may not place two core institutional values — freedom of speech and the prevention of demeaning and intimidating behaviour — in sufficient and proper context.Al Shaibah, who has accepted a position at McMaster University as the inaugural associate vice-president, equity and inclusion, declined an interview request Tuesday.last_img read more

Canadas Biggest Film Financier Pledges That Half of Its Projects Will Be

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Telefilm Canada, led by Carolle Brabant, said it will now “favor” projects by women directors and writers.It may be getting less difficult to make it as a female director and writer in Canada’s film industry.Telefilm Canada, the country’s biggest film financier, on Friday unveiled measures to ensure half of the movies it finances will now be directed or written by women.The aim is closing a stubborn industry gender gap by 2020. “Our goal is to level the playing field for Canadian female talent, and we encourage creators to submit projects directed and/or written by women,” Telefilm executive director Carolle Brabant said in a statement. Telefilm recently led an pan-industry consultation to decide on how to tackle industry bias and chauvinism that was giving female directors, writers and producers fewer opportunities than their male colleagues to work, especially on big-budget gigs. “Telefilm will now, for projects of equal quality, favor projects that have a woman as director and/or a woman as writer,” the agency said Friday.Measures to close the opportunity gap for female film producers will be introduced in Sept. 2017, as the industry recommended immediate action to give film directors and writers a leg up. “This can only benefit the industry as whole. Increased competition can lead to better quality projects that connect with audiences whose tastes and interests are changing along with the cultural landscape,” Brabant said.Telefilm is following the lead of the National Film Board of Canada, which earlier this year promised half the movies it finances will be directed by women. Canada already has a growing list of women directors, including Sarah Polley, Kari Skogland and Patricia Rozema, many of which work both sides of the border.But the country still has a ways to go before it can break the celluloid ceiling also impacting Hollywood. A recent report entitled “What’s Wrong With This Picture?,” prepared for the Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen, including the Directors Guild of Canada, concluded the Canadian government heavily subsidizes film and TV production that mostly has men in key creative positions.“At present, the Canadian screen based production sector is built on inequality,” the report said. At the same time, Canada has been pinning its Oscar hopes in recent years on homegrown movies directed or produced by women.Montreal-based Nancy Grant produced this year’s Canadian contender in Oscar’s best foreign language category, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, and two other recent submissions, Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira and Dolan’s Mommy. And Canada’s 2013 nominee, Gabrielle, was directed by Louise Archambault.by Etan Vlessinglast_img read more

Switzerland notes progress in reconciliation process

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said the two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding on regular political consultations between representatives of the two states. They also agreed to explore the possibility of a migration partnership between Switzerland and Sri Lanka. Switzerland has noted progress in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process and has offered support for Sri Lanka’s efforts.A meeting between Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter centred in Switzerland yesterday on the progress in the reform and reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and the expansion of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the island state in the Indian Ocean. A little over a year after his visit to Sri Lanka, where he held talks with representatives of the Sri Lankan government and of the Tamil community in Colombo and Jaffna, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter received the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera, in Bern for a working visit. This is the first visit by a Sri Lankan foreign minister to Switzerland in more than 30 years. One of the main topics of discussion was the progress made in the new government’s reform and reconciliation programme, which is intended to mitigate the effects of the civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka for almost three decades and to enable a return to stability and offer new prospects for the country.The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said Burkhalter congratulated Samaraweera on the progress achieved so far and assured him that Switzerland would continue and indeed step up its support for the process. Burkhalter and Samaraweera also discussed possibilities to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, which are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations this year.Burkhalter and Samaraweera agreed that in addition to cooperating on peacebuilding and human rights, there is potential for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in particular in the areas of economic relations (trade volume in 2015: approx. CHF 300 million), migration, education and cultural exchanges.They also agreed that a migration partnership between the two countries ought to be established. Talks to work out the technical details will be held soon. The two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding in Bern providing for regular political consultations between representatives of the two states. In view of the civil war in Sri Lanka, in 2003 Switzerland opened a Swiss Humanitarian Aid office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Jaffna, the largest city in the Tamil north, in order to support the return of Tamils (e.g. through the rehabilitation of schools). After the tsunami in December 2004 and the end of the civil war in May 2009, Switzerland also supported measures to rebuild 5,000 homes and village infrastructure and to demine the region. This humanitarian programme, involving a total financial commitment of CHF 80 million, will be concluded in April 2016. In accordance with the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-20 adopted by the Federal Council, Sri Lanka will become a priority country of the FDFA’s Human Security Division.In response to the civil war, Switzerland began its peacebuilding and human rights activities in Sri Lanka in 2001. Under the auspices of the FDFA’s Human Security Division, Switzerland is continuing its efforts in the areas of human rights policy and dealing with the past, and supports various confidence-building measures, such as the organisation of a meeting between representatives of the government, the opposition, Tamil and Muslim political parties, civil society, the diaspora community and several constitutional experts.The SDC’s Global Programme Migration and Development began working in Sri Lanka in 2010, among other areas to protect the rights of migrant workers and to enhance the positive impact of labour migration. Lastly, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has been providing assistance for Sri Lankans returning to their country for many years and has supported a vocational training project in the north and east of the country, as well as other projects, since 2014. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Haiti requires longterm global commitment for stability to take root UN official

The circumstances in which the United Nations must now aid Haiti are more complex and difficult and need a longer commitment than they did nearly a decade ago when a previous UN mission was launched, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General Danilo Turk.”We are all aware that the magnitude of the needs in Haiti will require not only a long-term but a massive international effort,” Mr. Turk told the Security Council during consultations yesterday, according to the text of his remarks which was made available afterwards. “Yet it is generally acknowledged that one of the major reasons why assistance programmes have not succeeded in the past is the failure to engender Haitian ownership.” The UN must ensure that a large-scale operation does not become intrusive and discourage Haitian involvement, he said. He suggested that Haitians receive targeted aid delivered with as little overhead as possible. “Haitians will ultimately need to take charge of their own destiny and they must be encouraged to do so as quickly as possible,” he said.In Resolution 1529, the Council asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a programme to help Haiti’s constitutional political process, support humanitarian and economic assistance, protect human rights and develop the rule of law. Mr. Turk stressed the need to ensure that once a Security Council mandate ended, other UN involvement was not curtailed.Meanwhile, the Washington, DC-based World Bank said it hosted a meeting yesterday of donor governments, international financial institutions and regional and international organizations to agree on coordinating responses to Haiti’s needs.Donors said they would propose to the interim Haitian Government that a joint government-donor team carefully cost and coordinate a national reconstruction plan. They would also propose meeting again in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in the next few weeks. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Flash Appeal for Haiti has collected $5.82 million of the $35 million requested. Other international aid to Haiti, outside of the Flash Appeal, totalled nearly $5 million. read more

Ombudsman powers may be expanded to include school boards and municipalities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s ombudsman and children’s advocate would each get new powers and a new patient ombudsman would be created for hospitals, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday as she promised sweeping new accountability legislation.The bill would also force MPPs to post their expenses online and give government the power to impose caps on salaries of public sector executives, including hospital CEOs and officials at Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and the LCBO, said Wynne.“I came into this office, just over a year ago, saying I was going to do government differently, that we were going to open up and be more transparent, and that is what we’re doing,” she said.There’s no details yet on what sort of salary caps the Liberals would impose, but Wynne said it would be done on a sector by sector basis, with differing limits on total compensation packages.“This legislation will pave the way for those hard caps to be put in place,” she said.The Opposition said the Liberals had 10 years to be open and transparent, but instead tried to cover up their decisions to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election at a cost of $1.1 billion, and have no credibility on accountability.“This is the most corrupt government possibly in the history of Ontario,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. “If you actually want transparency and accountability in government, then change the government.”Wynne rejected accusations the bill was simply crass political opportunism because the Liberals know it stands little chance of being approved before a vote on the spring budget, which could trigger a provincial election.“I can’t predict what the outcome of the introduction of the budget is going to be, but I expect that there should be all-party support for this,” she said. “The politics of election or not, that is a separate issue from doing government in a way that is accountable to the people of Ontario.”Ombudsman Andre Marin, who has long pushed for the authority to investigate the so-called MUSH sector — municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals — welcomed the fact that someone will handle that duty for hospitals and that the child advocate will perform the same oversight role for children’s aid societies.“At long last, Ontario is poised to rectify the accident of history that left millions of citizens with nowhere to complain about the public bodies that touched their lives most closely,” said Marin. “If this bill passes, it will finally open the MUSH sector to the same kind of independent investigative scrutiny given to every other aspect of the provincial government.”Government Services Minister John Milloy said the Liberals decided it would be best not to give the ombudsman additional powers to provide oversight for hospitals, long-term care homes and children in custody of the state.“There was a feeling that a sector-specific ombudsperson who could look into that whole range of issues, who would have the expertise to look into health care issues was the way to go,” he said. “The same with the children’s aid societies, to give it to an officer of parliament, the child advocate.”Another measure in the bill, which Wynne said would be introduced in a few weeks, would clarify the rules for keeping government documents so they aren’t destroyed in an attempt to avoid freedom of information requests.Police are currently investigating the deletion of emails by officials in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office related to the Liberals’ $1.1 billion decision to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election. There is also another police investigation into financial irregularities at the province’s Ornge air ambulance service.“Two OPP investigations into criminal activity,” said Hudak. “It’s the anti-rackets squad for goodness sake.” Ombudsman powers may be expanded to include school boards and municipalities by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 11:55 am MDT read more

Security Council urged to help spare Syrians from devastation

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeReena Ghelani, Director of Operations and Advocacy at OCHA, briefs a Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria.UN relief workers ‘shocked’ by what they saw in RukbanTurning to humanitarian efforts, Ms. Ghelani, reported back on the joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy to Rukban, earlier this month. It was the first relief since January, which brought food and other essential supplies to nearly 50,000 displaced persons and allowed over 5,000 children to be vaccinated against deadly diseases.The situation there, however, continues to remain troubling, she said, describing how “colleagues returned shocked from what they saw on the ground, reporting grave protection issues, increasing food insecurity and no certified medical doctors among the stranded population.”Given the urgent need and approaching winter, the UN Secretary-General has called for another convoy to be urgently deployed, she added.Elsewhere in Syria, fighting continues to displace populations and millions remain dependent on assistance for their survival, with little semblance of safety and security.The worst affected are Syrian children. Over 50,000 in the north-east of the country are facing challenges accessing schools and education, and an estimated 10,000 having not been able to attend classes since September.“Vehicles, including school buses and private cars, have been prevented from crossing check-points if they are carrying children going to schools teaching the nationally accredited curriculum,” said Ms. Ghelani.‘Millions of people depend on your decision’In her briefing, Ms. Ghelani also called on the Security Council to extend, for a further year, its resolution authorizing cross-border humanitarian convoys which provide more than 4.3 million Syrians in non-Government controlled areas – a third of those in need across the country – with food and non-food relief items.She explained that the cross-border assistance has a strict monitoring regime, checked and verified by the UN Monitoring Mechanism at designated border crossing points, confirmation of deliveries upon arrival as well as post-distribution monitoring by independent third parties and feedback from affected communities.“Every truck is checked to ensure it only contains humanitarian supplies,” stressed the UN official, adding that there were no “alternative means of reaching these people as access from within the country is impeded … The renewal of the resolution will continue to save lives. Millions of people depend on your decision.” Reported shelling – with mortars allegedly containing chlorine gas – against densely populated neighbourhoods in Aleppo was particularly worrying, Reena Ghelani, the Director of Operations and Advocacy at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the Security Council.“Any confirmed use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and a clear and egregious violation of international law,” she stressed.People with respiratory symptoms were rushed to the two main medical centres in the area, she continued, noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands ready to provide further public health support as required.”In addition, airstrikes were also reported in the Idlib Governorate on 24 and 25 November, Ms. Ghelani told Council members, which were the first such incidents in more than two months, since the demilitarization agreement between Russia and Turkey in September.“The stakes remain high as the alternative is humanitarian suffering on a scale that would devastate a population of some three million people in northwestern Syria who have known nothing but war and suffering in recent years,” she warned. read more

Motor industry set to shine at the British International Motor Show

Mr Macgowan added, ‘The British motor industry generates a turnover of £47 billion every year, contributing well over 10 per cent of the UK’s total exports. We support around 800,000 jobs and still have more volume car makers than any other EU country. All these factors show just how strong the UK industry is and why we must have a world-class showcase to celebrate our success. We have a committed and efficient workforce which continues to demonstrate world leadership. The British International Motor Show will show that to the world’. Nearly 200,000 workers make over 1.6 million vehicles in the UK. 800,000 people work in the whole automotive industry; from manufacture to sales, service and repair.Over 2.4 million new cars are sold in the UK every year, making the UK the second largest market in Europe, behind Germany.In 2005, over 7.5 million used cars also changed hands.Nissan has invested more than £2.3 billion in the UK since 1986. The new Micra was designed in Paddington, developed at Cranfield and produced at Sunderland, Europe’s most productive car plant.More than £1.3 billion has been invested in Honda’s Swindon manufacturing sites since 1984. The new Civic is being made there – the first time ever a new Honda model has started production outside Japan.In the last four years, BMW Group has spent around £900 million upgrading its UK production facilities. The Group has contributed £2.5 billion into the UK GDP over the same period.Ford has invested £560m in its Dagenham Diesel Centre in the last three years -taking its capacity over 700,000 engines a year. Key facts about the UK industry For further information on the Industry, you can download the SMMT publication ‘Motor Industry Facts – 2006’ free of charge via the link www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘SMMT is delighted to have this show back in London, and with 12 new cars being premièred within the halls, outside driving events and evening rock concerts, visitors can expect a stunning best-of-British from the motor industry. As the doors open for the British International Motor Show on its return to London next week, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders hopes that this showcase automotive exhibition will show how strong and vibrant the UK motor industry really is. read more

Sun reporter clears name as £20m inquiry into payments fails to convict

first_imgCelebrating with @thesun’s Anthony France after appeal court quashes his unjust #Elveden conviction. pic.twitter.com/mEztZwAHTC— Brian Flynn (@brianaflynn) October 27, 2016 Gavin Millar QC, a barrister who specialises in media cases, said: “Anthony is a good investigative journalist, a great guy and it’s totally unjust that he has had to go through this. During this entire saga, the offence has always been an idea in the head of the CPS, not actually in law.”In May last year Mr France was given a jail sentence of 18 months, suspended for two years, after being convicted of aiding and abetting Pc Timothy Edwards, who worked at Heathrow Airport in SO15 counter-terrorism command, to commit misconduct in public office between March 2008 and July 2011. As the case was thrown out, Mr France, from Watford, said: “I am delighted that this serious miscarriage of justice has ended today, allowing me to rebuild my life after 1,379 days of sheer hell.”A News UK spokeswoman said after the ruling: “Today, Anthony France’s conviction has been overturned on appeal and we are delighted that these proceedings are now over for him.”In the course of the last five years, 19 journalists from The Sun were prosecuted as a result of Operation Elveden and not one has resulted in any conviction being upheld.”Mr France had his conviction overturned by Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice King and Mr Justice Dove.The appeal centred on directions given to the jury at the trial by Judge Timothy Pontius. Lady Justice Hallett said: “Taking any one of those criticisms in isolation, we may not have been persuaded the summing-up rendered the conviction unsafe.”However, we must consider their cumulative effect and read the summing-up as a whole. Having done so, we are driven to the conclusion that the jury were not provided with legally adequate directions tailored to the circumstances of the case and that the conviction is unsafe.”John Whittingdale, former chairman of the Commons Media Select Committee, previously said of Elveden: “What may have started as a legitimate attempt to find wrongdoing widened into a general witch-hunt against The Sun.”Operation Elveden: A disaster by numbers20 million – estimated pounds spent by taxpayer on Elveden, including Crown Prosecution Service costs300,000 – pounds paid to public officials for information, according to the Metropolitan Police200,000 – emails collected, the majority from News International1,379 – days between Sun reporter Anthony France’s arrest and eventual victory at the Court of AppealFive – total years Operation Elveden was alive90 – total number of arrests of either journalists or public officials61 – Met Police officers working on Elveden throughout9 – police officers among 34 public officials convicted0 – number of journalists carrying convictions. The only journalist convicted over a £20 million police “witch-hunt” against tabloid journalists has finally been exonerated at the Court of Appeal.Anthony France, 43, a crime reporter at The Sun, told how he had been through “sheer hell” as senior judges agreed with his claim of a serious miscarriage of justice.”Having spent more than three years and nine months fighting to clear my name, this is not a time for celebration,” he said. “Nobody has ‘won’ and the public are less informed.” The Court of Appeal’s decision means #Elveden – aimed squarely at tabloid reporters and their journalism – has been an unmitigated disaster.— Tom Wells (@ByTomWells) October 27, 2016 The appeal ruling was handed down after a sentencing judge at the Old Bailey described Mr France as a journalist of “hitherto unblemished character” who was “essentially a decent man of solid integrity”.A total of 34 British journalists were either arrested or charged over Operation Elveden, which has been branded an “unmitigated disaster” by ministers and senior barristers.Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “The police and the Crown Prosecution Service need to think more carefully before they charge journalists for informing the public.”Careers and lives were destroyed by the over-long and hugely expensive police investigation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Kaneville murder Man changes plea to guilty gets 9 years sentence

Thirty-two-year old Rayan Van Lange who initially plead not guilty to murdering his cousin-in-law changed his plea to guilty moments before the commencement of the murder trial earlier today (Thursday).       (L) Rayan Van Lange plead guilty to killing his cousin-in-law Jason Ramatar (R)He was accused of stabbing to death his cousin’s husband Jason Ramatar, 24, on May 31, 2015 at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara.A 12-member mixed jury was on Monday empanelled to hear the case in which eight witnesses were expected to testify.In court today, Van Lange agreed with State Prosecutors who contended that after his wife’s birthday celebration, while under the influence of alcohol, the accused stabbed Ramatar four times with a knife following an argument.Minutes before Justice Navindra Singh gave his ruling, the accused with tears trickling down his eyes begged the court for mercy, telling Ramatar’s relatives that words cannot express how sorry he was for what happened.Justice Singh however – indicated that the accused must be punished as a life was lost- sentenced Van Lange to 9 years in prison with deductions for time spent on remand.Reacting to the ruling, Lisa Edwards feels the sentence is not sufficient for her brother’s murder, noting that Ramatar’s son still asks for his father. The young man’s wife was also  pregnant with another child.Ramatar’s mother did not attend today’s sentencing.The young man died from shock and hemorrhaging due to four incised wounds.Rayan Van Lange was represented by defence counsel Mark Conway. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKaneville man faces trial for murder of cousin-in-law at wife’s birthday partyMay 17, 2017In “Court”20-Y-O charged with murder of Kaneville manJune 4, 2015In “Crime”Man to spend 8 years behind bars for killing cousinJune 7, 2019In “Court” read more

Kenneth Cole Apologizes Again Internet Still Hates Him

first_imgYou get the point, right? It’s a humor-based display of disgust that rapidly turned into a meme-based pileup.Cole, for his part, opted to pull the tweet today, but the damage has already been done. Let’s face it, everyone has seen the tweet by now. And for those few people in isolated parts of the globe who have yet to see it, it’s been preserved a million times over, and will last until the Internet stops working.He also apparently decided that 140 characters wasn’t going to cut it, apology-wise, so, naturally, he took to Facebook to help smooth things over writing,I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insensitive tweet about the situation in Egypt. I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues, and in hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate. Internet anger surely broke some speed yesterday after designer Kenneth Cole’s unfortunate attempt at humor [above] apparently stopped all of Twitter dead in its tracks. Nearly everyone with an “@” in front of their names took to the microblogging service to condemn Cole’s words, and they were, in fact, Cole’s words.Cole quickly apologized in his next tweet, stating, “Re Egypt tweet: we weren’t intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment.” In the wake of the apology, Cole opted to keep the much re-tweeted post up–a historical document of sorts. AdChoices广告The spoofs, too, came at record speeds, with a number of fake Kenneth Cole accounts launched. @kennethcolepr sported the tagline “A disaster near you,” rose quickly to the top, becoming the default source of dark potshots at the fashion icon. And with it came the hashtag #KennethColeTweets.A quick click on the aforementioned tag brings up a truly dark insight into Twitter’s sense of vengeance humor. It would take all day to weed through all of them, so here are a few “Top Tweets,” according to Twitter’s numbers,Andy Levy of Hiroshima loafers is the bomb! – @andylevyChase down Anderson Cooper in style with our new lightweight canvas loafers. – @AaronLutherGoing to a cross burning? You’ll hate cutting eye holes in our 600 thread count cotton sheets. – @JonahNRO Cole didn’t fare much better over there. Response number one: “You are an a**! No excuses.” And it kind of goes downhill from there.So, is this the sort of thing a company can recover from? Sure. In 2011, outrage is defined by speed, not stamina. Heck, people went back to filling up their tanks with BP again after that company caused a much larger disaster than an admittedly stupid and ill-timed joke.I won’t apologize for Cole, of course. Dark comedy is a tricky thing–one best left to the professionals. Now everyone with an outlet thinks he’s Louis CK–the sad fact is, however, Louis CK is funny, and you’re probably not. Comedy can help bring us together in the face of disaster–as Cole has clearly learned first hand–,however, sometimes coming together means finding a common enemy. The question, then, is how soon is too soon? The period for holding one’s tongue is certainly far shorter than it was, say, a decade ago. The rule of thumb at the moment, I think, is: don’t joke about a disaster when it’s happening. The real rule is probably something more along the lines of: a joke is “too soon” when a lot of people say it’s too soon.Bottom line is Kenneth Cole blew it, and nobody knows that better than Cole himself. It surely takes a lot of rage in order to get back to the COO of a international organization that quickly, and when it comes to compiling anger, nothing we’ve seen yet can match Twitter’s speed. As for maintaining it, well, you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere.last_img read more

2018 homeless count down 6 since 2017

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo 2018 homeless count down 6% since 2017 Updated: 10:25 PMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An annual one-night count found 8,576 homeless individuals in San Diego County, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless announced Thursday.That’s a 6 percent decrease from the 2017 total and a 9 percent decrease since 2011, but county Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs the task force, said it’s not yet time to celebrate.“Seeing the overall number decline was a positive reversal, but there are far too many swings in data to declare a trend or to not see other areas where we need to increase our focus,” he said.“We continue to face many challenges, highlighted by a lack of new housing, a condition that squeezes hardest those with the fewest resources. The only marginal decrease in the number of chronic homeless is among my biggest concerns.”The federally mandated snapshot count took place Jan. 26. The count helps communities, service providers and policy makers understand homelessness hot spots and challenges. It’s also critical to securing about $20 million in federal funding for housing and services, according to the task force.After being in decline for several years, homelessness among military veterans rose 24 percent, with 1,312 counted as opposed to 1,054 a year earlier. Overall, the count identified 4,990 unsheltered homeless individuals in the county, an 11.2 percent decrease from the 5,621 counted in 2017. The number of homeless individuals in shelters was 3,596, a 2.8 percent increase from the 3,495 counted in 2017. The number of hand-built structures or tents, meanwhile, decreased 24 percent from 937 to 716, with downtown numbers falling sharpest.“This is a one-day snapshot that is a positive indication that we are getting the most vulnerable, unsheltered San Diegans off the street,” said San Diego Councilman Chris Ward, who is vice chairman of the task force.“Finding permanent housing remains our ultimate goal and we need a renewed focus on permanent units to truly create a pipeline that moves people from our streets, to our shelter, connects them with necessary services and ultimately results in a housing accommodation that meets their needs.” Posted: May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Vancouver to pay 383000 in 2009 death

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council agreed Monday to pay the four sons of Shirry Rice-Dohman $383,000 to settle their tort claim alleging the city was liable in her death.However, one councilor voted against paying a settlement, saying she’s tired of seeing people sue the city for its perceived “deep pockets.”“It is a very unfortunate situation,” said Councilor Jeanne Harris of Rice-Dohman’s February 2009 murder by her brother, Michael Schuurmans, who was later found to be insane at the time of the killing. “However, I am responsible for the citizens’ money, and over the years I’ve seen : if people disagree with the city, they feel like the can sue the city because it has deep pockets.”In a tort claim filed in August, Rice-Dohman’s sons said that Vancouver police officer Andrew Young broke state law when he failed to arrest Schuurmans during a domestic violence call three days before Schuurmans killed his sister at the house where they both lived. Young was called to the home on Feb. 25, 2009, following an altercation between Schuurmans and Rice-Dohman’s son, Aaron Dohman. According to the claim, Schuurmans, a black belt, swung Aaron, then 24, in the air and also punched him in the stomach.Washington law says an officer must arrest the primary physical aggressor if there is probable cause that a domestic violence crime occurred within four hours of the call for help. Officer Young did not arrest Schuurmans. Three days later Schuurmans, stabbed Rice-Dohman to death, believing he was God and she was Satan.In a statement, the city denied liability, but cited the potential high attorney cost of a jury trial. It also said that similar cases have resulted in awards of $250,000 to more than $5 million, not including litigation costs or attorney fees.last_img read more

BurgerFi employee robbed outside Weston shopping plaza

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – A BurgerFi employee in the process of making a bank deposit was robbed on the job.Police said an employee at the Weston BurgerFi was on his way to make a bank deposit when he was approached outside the shopping plaza where the restaurant is located.According to officials, that person took the deposit money and fled the scene.The robbery happened Tuesday morning near Weston Road and South Commerce Parkway.The employee was not injured in this case.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Flags Lowered To HalfStaff For Memorial Day

first_imgGovernor Walker signed a proclamation recognizing Monday, May 28, 2018 as Memorial Day in Alaska, and encouraged Alaskans to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享All U.S. and Alaska state flags have been ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. Per Governor Walker’s order and the proclamation from the White House, all U.S. and Alaska flags should be lowered Monday morning to half-staff.center_img Governor Walker:  “Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to and remember those who died defending freedom, and recognize the current members of our Armed Forces who stand at the ready every day. Donna and I wish all Alaskans a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.”last_img read more

Toilets sinks and showers Smart water is here

first_img Amazon Google CNET Smart Home $79 • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected By now, there are connected products for nearly every corner of your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money and swap out your dumb systems. Smart plumbing isn’t any different. There’s a steady stream of products that aim to smarten your water supply from all angles, but which ones are worth it? Are they all luxurious add-ons or ways to truly improve your home’s efficiency and convenience? It might depend on the category. Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer. KitchenSmart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply and you’ll need to put the handle in the “On” position and then turn off the water with motion sensing in order to enable voice commands. Both models are expensive, too.   The Kohler Sensate faucet with voice commands works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  Chris Monroe/CNET Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.These faucets aren’t perfect, though. You’ll need to use a clunky command like “Hey, Google, ask Kohler to dispense 8 ounces of water,” and the custom commands for things like “fill spaghetti pot” can be tricky to get just right. However, if you’re already in the market for a high-end Delta or Kohler faucet, getting a model with these smarts won’t add much, if any, extra cost. image001Phyn’s new Smart Water Assistant attaches to the water lines beneath your sink.  Phyn There are other options for monitoring water in your kitchen. Phyn’s latest water monitor, the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, attaches to the hot/cold water lines under your sink and doesn’t require professional installation. It can let you know if you pipes are beginning to freeze, monitor your home’s water pressure and show your water consumption all through the Phyn app on your mobile device. We haven’t tested this system yet, but it seems to toe the line between leak detector and whole-home water monitor. BathroomSmartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. Let’s start with shower systems. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.The U by Moen Smart Shower system has a $1,225 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional and that high price tag doesn’t include any special shower heads or premium hardware, only the thermostatic digital shower valve and control panel. ubymoensmartshower-12.jpg Chris Monroe/CNET Kohler has a similar DTV+ shower system that works with the Kohler Konnect app. You can create presets for sound, water, steam and special lighting if you have that installed. Smart commands with Kohler’s shower also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Smart showers like these are largely luxurious and not focused on water savings. While there are some economical aspects, your’e paying mostly for the convenience of getting your shower up and running at the sound of your voice. hydraoshowerheads-1.jpgFrench company Smart and Blue’s Hydrao range of showerheads are kitted out with LED lights that change color, from green to blue to purple to red, based on how long you’ve been showering.Of course, there are more affordable ways to smarten your shower, like Kickstarter’s Livin shower head, a gadget that monitors water consumption and allows you to press a button that pauses water flow.That one hasn’t hit retail yet, but you can buy models under $70 from WaterHawk and DreamSpa with integrated LEDs that change colors corresponding to temperature. The Hydrao Smart Shower System is powered entirely by the water flowing through it and lights up with different colors to indicate how much water you’ve used. These easy-to-install, affordable alternatives are a great way to get into smart showering. kohler-smart-lab-18Kohler’s Numi Smart toilet works with the Kohler Konnect app.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then, there are toilets. Yes, smart toilets are a thing. Not only does Kohler make a smart toilet, but it’s made multiple versions. The newest, $9,000 mega toilet can play music, heat the seat, heat the floor below it, put on a light show, raise and lower the lid and of course, flush automatically. It can save presets for up to six people for custom experiences. We’ve had the Numi Smart Toilet in the CNET Smart Home for a while, and though it can do a lot, I’ve never felt like I’ve had a $9,000 experience. Numi isn’t doing anything to save you water beyond the 1.28-gallons-per-flush rate either, so if water-saving tech is your goal, this toilet isn’t going to do much. Leak detectorsAmong all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks. They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a push notifications to straight your phone. cnet-security-018-roost-leak-detectorYou’ve got a lot of options when it comes to these handy water watchers. SmartThings, iHome, Honeywell, Fibaro and Roost all make a version of a water sensor. These are great for monitoring places that are prone to water, but they can’t tell you much about what’s happening inside your pipes. For a more thorough look at the temperatures, pressures and flow rates in your home’s water supply, you’ll need a whole-home system. Whole-home water monitoring systemsThere are systems that can monitor your entire home’s water supply. Some can even shut off the water in a catastrophic failure event. These typically install at your water meter or you home’s main water supply and require a Wi-Fi connection and app.Some can be DIY, but most at least recommend a professional consultation. With these systems in place, you can see all kinds of stats from your daily, weekly and monthly consumption to water pressure, temperature and flow rate. Moen recently acquired Flo, a whole-home startup that does just that. You can install Flo yourself, but it’s recommended that a Flo professional comes out to your home. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable working with your own water pipes if you want to install this $500 system yourself. flo-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Once Flo is installed, it can monitor the water pressure and water flow throughout your home. It can also remotely shut off your water if something goes wrong. Of course, you’ll get notifications on everything Flo is doing as well as the option to perform health tests on your system. A similar system, Flume, straps around your home’s existing water meter and connects via a bridge to your Wi-Fi. Unlike Flo, it is intended to be self-installed. Once it’s set up, you’ll get information on water consumption, pressure and any problems it detects within your home. That system costs $200, but it can’t shut off your water in an emergency like Flo can. For most people, these pricey systems are on the overkill side, but if you live in an area prone to freezing pipes, or you’re trying to keep an eye on a plumbing system that isn’t reliable, whole-home systems could save you from a lot of damage. When it comes to smart water, these are probably the most practical and data-driven devices. Is any of this stuff worth it? Monitoring your water isn’t the most luxurious of smart home capabilities. It’s not the cool, connected thing you’ll show your friends when they come over. However, if you have consistent leak worries in your home or you’re frequently traveling, having at least a leak detector can offer a lot of peace of mind. Smart water value really depends on the category. Sensors, especially the more affordable and portable options are a worthy return on a relatively small investment. However, a $9,000 toilet or $1,200 shower system? Those luxury goods, and they’re obviously not for everyone. The concept behind smart kitchen faucets is intriguing and useful in some cases, but it hasn’t been perfected and is still pricey.That doesn’t mean the average consumer will be locked out of smart water forever. This corner of smart home tech continues to expand and does seem to be working toward real innovation and usefulness. It has the potential to increase our homes’ efficiency and solve problems before they start, and for that reason, it’s worth keeping an eye on.  Tags Best Buy reading • Smart showers, smart toilets and smart sinks: Should you put your plumbing online? 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Prices on Rise Days before Union Budget

first_imgJump in Petrol prices: Petrol prices went up by ₹1.69 per litre on Monday, in what is being termed as a ripple effect of the Iraq crisis, which have raised international gasoline rates.The price of Brent crude oil, which is the international standard, rose to $115 per barrel due to the situation in Iraq. Oil companies have also raised the price of diesel by ₹0.50.”Due to geo-political unrest in the Middle East, there has been significant increase in international oil prices. by more than $4 per barrel, and the Rupee-US dollar exchange rate has also deteriorated,” an official from Indian Oil Corp told the PTI.”The combined impact of both these factors has warranted an increase in petrol prices by Rs 1.69 per litre,” added official. The fuel prices could rise further more in some cities depending on the state levies.Jet fuel hike: With a hike in jet fuel brought into effect on Tuesday, airlines are expected to have no choice but to raise fares for air travel, as the fuel constitutes more than 40 percent of the total operating cost for an airline. Jet fuel prices were hiked by 0.6 percent on Tuesday. Prices of essential commodities have been on the rise just a few days before the Modi government’s first budget session in the Parliament on 7 July. In the last few days, prices of vegetables, especially onions, have seen a hike followed by that of fuel and LPG.Here is what the government and citizens are facing:Costlier Onions: Prices of onions have risen by 40 percent in the last two weeks to reach ₹18.50 per kilogram at Asia’s largest wholesale market for the vegetable at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra.Speculation about the weak monsoon is suspected to have driven the prices up. What has added to consumers’ woes is the increasing gap between wholesale prices and retail prices of onions, reportedly because of hoarding.The consumer affairs department is said to have written to state governments to keep tabs on artificial scarcity, The Economic Times reported.LPG prices rise: Consumers will now have to pay ₹16.50 more for every cylinder they get after their quota of 12 subsidised cylinders, as the price of cooking gas (LPG) was hiked on Tuesday. The hike in non-subsidised cooking gas is a first in last six months.last_img read more

Shafin says will accept results

first_imgShafin AhmedThough he brought some allegations of irregularities at noon, Singer Shafin Ahmed, the mayoral candidate of Jatiya Party for Dhaka North City Corporation by-election, on Thursday evening said he will accept whatever the results may be, reports UNB.”There’s no major irregularity in the election, except some stray incidents, and the victory and defeat will be ensured with the difference of a low margin of votes,” he said.Speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office after the end of voting, Shafin further said,” I’ll accept whatever the results may be.”He said though the voter turnout was very low in the morning due to bad weather, the presence of voters increased sharply in the afternoon.”Though I’d some concerns at the beginning of the day, the election was held in a fair and peaceful manner at the end of the day,” the JaPa candidate observed.Earlier, after casting his vote at Manarat International School centre in the city’s Gulshan area around 12:20pm, Shafin brought the allegation of some irregularities in the voting.He, however, did not specify the allegations.”I cast my vote here at Manarat School. Before that, I visited some polling satiations since morning. The election atmosphere at this centre is fine as I haven’t seen any irregularity. But I found some irregularities at other centres where I visited,” Shafin told reporters.The opposition candidate also said they have collected some evidence of voting irregularities. “Still, I want to see the rest of the time of the voting, and I’ll visit some more polling stations.”Replying to a question whether he is hopeful about his victory, Shafin said, “I shouldn’t voice my frustration or success right now as still a long to go by while people have started now coming to polling stations due to rain in the morning. Let’s see what happen during the rest of the time.”About the low turnout of voters, he said people have lost their interests in voting due to irregularities in the previous elections. “Voters might be thinking their votes have no value and that’s why they are not coming to polling stations.”Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of DNCC, and in 36 wards of Dhaka north and south city corporations began at 8:00am amid rain and continued until 4:00pm without any break.Five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city.The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).last_img read more

Andrew White Long Avoided Politics Then A Health Crisis His Dads Death

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneDemocratic candidate for governor Andrew White is interviewed in his home in Houston on Friday, April 20, 2018.Several years ago, Andrew White was at his wits’ end.Fresh off selling a business he started from scratch, he began experiencing severe migraines accompanied by dizziness, ultimately going deaf in his left ear. The mysterious illness went unresolved for a year and a half, and depression set in.“I thought I was done,” White said. “I thought my ability to be a productive person was over.”After cycling through numerous doctors and potential remedies to no avail, he stumbled upon a simple solution from a neuroscientist online: adding a lot of salt and water to his diet, and cutting back on carbs. Miraculously, it worked, and White suddenly felt he had a new lease on life.That health crisis marked the start of an extended period of upheaval for White. Last fall, he experienced the sudden death of his father, then witnessed up close the devastation that Hurricane Harvey wrought on his native Houston. Around the same time, he was increasingly noticing Texas Democrats were struggling to recruit a serious candidate for his dad’s most famous role: governor.All those loose threads pushed White into contemplating another dramatic turn in his life, this one of his own making.Since the fall, White has emerged as both a likely and an unlikely candidate — the former due to his pedigree and the latter due to his own aversion to political life, whose indignities he had seen take down his father. For years, White had built a business career of his own, all but removed from the political spotlight.Those days are long over. White is in the thick of a spirited runoff against Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, to take on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, a lavishly funded and popular incumbent. With less than two weeks until the election, White also is on the precipice of a moment he has long sought in the race: a debate with Valdez, who is looking to recover from a rocky stretch of her campaign. Yet White also has something to prove: that Texas Democrats can trust a self-described “moderate” to fight for them in the David-and-Goliath battle that awaits in the fall.“I just feel like progress gets made in the middle,” White said. “The fact that I’m moderate isn’t because I think a moderate wins in Texas — which I do think. The fact that I’m a moderate is because I’m a moderate.”“That’s the thanks he got”White, 45, insists he “never wanted to be in politics for a second,” even as he grew up surrounded by it in the Governor’s Mansion in the 1980s. White, then in his early teens, was awed watching luminaries shuttle through the house to see his father — John Glenn one day, Prince Charles the other. What enthralled White the most, though, was quietly listening in from the periphery as his dad and his advisers huddled at the mansion, plotting strategy.Still, the younger White remained uninterested in one day making a political life of his own, taking note of the toll it took on his father. That feeling was only exacerbated when his dad lost re-election in 1986, in part due to an intense backlash to the “no pass, no play” rule he championed that required public school students to pass all their classes to participate in sports.At the time, White saw his dad’s defeat as undeserved punishment for doing the right thing.“That’s the thanks that he got,” White said, some bitterness still in his voice.. “That sounds kind of petty and small, but when you’re a 12-year-old, you see that happen, you’re like, ‘Gosh, that just doesn’t seem fair.’”The loss brought an abrupt return to reality for White, whose father had been in Texas government and politics virtually his whole life. Election nights had become something of a family ritual.Courtesy of Andrew WhiteAndrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, is pictured at the Texas Governor’s Mansion in 1979, waiting for astronaut John Glenn’s signature.Leaving behind the mansion, White’s family returned to Houston, where he graduated from Lamar High School in 1991. Determined to escape his father’s shadow, he set his sights far outside Texas.“I wanted to get out of state,” White said, “and go somewhere where no one knew who my father was.”Building a business careerWhite’s mission to pave his own path led him to the University of Virginia, where he graduated in three years with a major in religious studies. Along the way, he joined the Army ROTC and a local volunteer fire department — and largely avoided politics.White supplemented his religious studies courses with a smattering of economics classes. A recruiter on the UVA campus ultimately led him to a financial analyst job in New York. He found it exciting but exhausting, and after two years on the job, he returned home to Texas.White became involved in several different business ventures — not all successful — and got married and started a family. Along the way, he got an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.He eventually became president of Home Solutions, a fire and water damage restoration company that sent him traveling across the country to help rebuild homes after disasters. In 2005, he sold his house and put everything he had into starting his own home-warranty business.“It was huge,” White recalled. “With two kids on the ground and a mortgage and walking away from a good job, it took a lot of thought and a lot of prayer and just like, ‘OK, here we go.’”The business, Allied Home Warranty, and its sister company, Lone Star Repair, grew fast, eventually topping 200,000 clients. Houston energy giant NRG bought them in 2012 for an undisclosed price.Bryan Bledsoe, an Army veteran fresh out of college, recalled applying for a general manager position with Allied Home Warranty on Monster.com one night. Within 10 minutes, White responded inviting him to an interview.Recounting White’s leadership style, Bledsoe said he was most struck by how gracious White was, “always giving the credit to somebody else” despite how much White personally had on the line in the company.As the two worked together, Bledsoe said, White repeatedly swore off running for office one day. Bledsoe knew better.“I would tease him from time to time and say, ‘Yeah, OK, governor,’” Bledsoe recalled. “I just knew that was in him because he liked to help people.”A pivotal periodBy 2013, White was about to enter a new period of life — one that would include several trying events culminating in his decision to run for governor. After selling Allied Home Warranty on the last day of 2012, White agreed to stay on for a few years and assist with the transition. But that plan was disrupted by the mysterious illness, which he now reflects on as a “mid-life physical trial,” a gut check after spending two decades grinding out a business career. Yet only a few years passed before White was tested again — this time by the unexpected death of his father, in August following a heart attack. White had to give the eulogy at the funeral, a somewhat daunting responsibility given his then-dislike of public speaking. But he was well-received, and afterward, people came up and complimented him — and suggested he may be the next politician in the family. “That certainly got the thought process going,” White said.Among the luminaries who attended the funeral was Abbott, whose wife, Cecilia, invited the White family over to the Governor’s Mansion the day after the service. It was the first time White had been back since he was a kid. He described it as “memory lane downpour.” In the private quarter, he spotted the initials that he had carved in one of the rooms as a kid.White, still reeling from his father’s death, took note of the whole experience — the funeral well-wishers, the mansion visit — but still was not seriously thinking about following in his father’s footsteps.Then Harvey hit.For five days, White and his neighbors commandeered his small fishing boat to make rescues throughout Houston, dragging dozens of people out of the floodwaters. They were not always successful — two people they rescued later died, said White, who recalled getting home those nights and struggling to sleep, the harrowing images of the day still flashing through his head.Thinking about the leadership failures that led to the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history stirred something in White.“He never mentioned his direct interest in political office, but it was clear that he was having some very impactful reflection during that time we were in the boat,” said David Magdol, a longtime friend of White who accompanied him for most of those days. To top it all off, White was increasingly hearing about the state party’s struggles to recruit a major candidate for governor.“My dad would’ve been embarrassed,” White said, recalling how his father had sought to recruit people to run in the final months of his life. “I was like, Dammit, you know, I’ll do this.”Gearing up to runAs White began to explore a run for governor, he got plenty of advice from his dad’s old friends and advisers. But he also reached out to others, including several former Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Tony Sanchez “treated me like his son,” White said. Chris Bell told him about how running for governor would make him a better person. Bill White emphasized the importance of data.Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, gave White the same advice White’s dad had provided O’Rourke about his current bid for U.S. Senate: It’s a 254-county race.The biggest reality check in those days came during White’s calls to some of the biggest Democratic donors in the state. He ended up “reliving 2014 over the phone with them,” he said, and they were “all still thinking 2014 thoughts,” reluctant to open up their wallets wide again after giving generously to Wendy Davis, only for her to lose to Abbott in a landslide. Why would White be different?Tom Dunning, a Dallas businessman and White family friend, said his first reaction was a question: “Are you crazy?” But as Dunning heard out White, Dunning began to see a candidate he could get behind, regardless of his closeness with the elder Whites. “I thought, you know, he has it,” said Dunning, who eventually wrote White a $5,000 check. “He not only is answering the questions, he is being creative, he is willing to challenge what is going on in Austin and wants to get it back to the way it used to be, where you could work closely with those folks in different parties.”Not every call White made during that period went well — and one in particular still haunts him. After speaking with White one day, Aimee Boone Cunningham, a major Democratic donor active in Planned Parenthood, began warning associates that White was “anti-choice” — a view amplified days later by Davis in a Facebook post.White, who disputes Cunningham’s characterization of the call, would later clarify that while he is “personally, deeply pro-life,” he respects a woman’s right to an abortion and would veto any legislation that restricts it as governor. The answer remains insufficient to some Democrats.“We don’t need somebody who is going to be anything less than a champion for women’s reproductive rights,” said Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, which has endorsed Valdez. Also as White was making the rounds, Valdez had started to emerge as a potential candidate. He dialed up some people he knew in Dallas and asked for their opinions of her. His conclusion: “I need to stay in this race.”Off and runningOn a rainy Thursday morning in the lobby of a high-rise office building in Houston, White announced his campaign for governor. Perhaps most notably, his speech included a line evocative of his decades-long quest to escape his father’s shadow: “I’m proud to be Mark White’s son, but I’m not running because I’m his son. I’m running because we need more leaders like Mark White.”The opening weeks of the race were sleepy. White drew some questions for having cut a $2,500 check to the Kentucky Republican Party in 2005 — a peculiar decision that he chalked up to his work as a “business owner.” But things began picking up in February as White snagged some notable endorsements, including from all the major newspaper editorial boards. Their seals of approval had always been important to his father.White also received support from less likely sources, such as the Houston GLBT Caucus. That one almost brought him to tears, he recalled, noting the obvious: He was a straight white man running against a barrier-breaking lesbian Latina sheriff, and he did not expect to earn such a group’s support. “But I care about these issues, and I wanted them to know that,” he said.It was around that time that a portrait of Valdez began to solidify: unprepared, ill-informed, untested. But White was anywhere but in the clear from his political demons, still fielding questions about his abortion stance. And by the time the primary kicked into high gear, he was getting it from both sides, too.Members of his church, Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, were increasingly uneasy about his public comments on gay marriage and abortion, both opposed by the congregation. By the end of January, he stepped down as an elder in the church. In White’s telling, his campaign was creating controversy in the church, and the “first rule of being an elder is don’t create controversy.”White was nonetheless making progress in the primary, raising more money than any other candidate, including Valdez. He saw the need for even more, though, and loaned himself $1 million in late January, which helped allow him to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV advertising in his hometown.“It was and still is a huge risk,” White said of the loan.Heading into Primary Day, White felt confident as he visited a series of polling sites with his wife. He stopped by Houston’s Mark White Elementary School — and quickly regretted it as he was overcome with emotion.A runoff resetOn March 6, White finished with 27 percent of the vote to Valdez’s 43 percent. His TV advertising in the Houston area paid off: He carried Harris County by a wide margin in the nine-way race, getting 52 percent there. But Valdez won most other parts of the state, auguring what many viewed as a tough path ahead for White in the second round.White doesn’t buy it. He believed the runoff is a “completely different race,” and he’s confident that the less-informed voters who came out for the primary won’t return for the runoff. White kicked off the overtime period by issuing a debate challenge to Valdez, whose campaign expressed openness to it but didn’t make any commitments. He continued to beat that drum for weeks, as he rolled out jobs and education plans to limited fanfare, hoping to contrast with Valdez’s vague platform. In White’s mind, a turning point came on April 29. During a town hall hosted by Jolt, a group of young Latino activists, Valdez gave a lackluster answer when asked about her record on immigration as sheriff, and Jolt endorsed White a few hours later. That led to an apology from Valdez for her answer, and days later, she agreed to debate White.The flurry of events — over the course of just a week — “blew me away,” White said.“It took an 18-year-old who was brave enough to stand up on the stage and ask the former sheriff of Dallas County a question about her record, and she couldn’t answer that,” White said. “This is why I believe she’s been avoiding a debate for so long.”Yet White did not escape unscathed from that same event. He faced questions about a company he owned, Geovox Security, which sells technology that has been used at the border to detect people hiding in vehicles. Last week, White announced he would divest from it.It’s one of several issues that is bound to come up at Friday’s debate. For White, it is his highest-profile opportunity yet to show he is Democrats’ best choice for November — and a far cry from the years he spent resisting a political career. It’s an encouraging turn of events to White supporters like state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, who was friends with White’s father and remains friends with his mother. Public service, Coleman said, is “ingrained in the DNA of the family.”“I hope he wins this primary and goes on to beat Abbott,” Coleman said of the younger White, “but what I hope the most is that he stays involved.”Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin, Planned Parenthood and Aimee Boone Cunningham have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them herelast_img read more

Battery Aid for Android

first_imgBattery Aid for Android by Martin Brinkmann on June 06, 2016 in Google Android – Last Update: January 09, 2017 – 8 commentsBattery Aid is a free application for devices running the Android operating system designed to improve battery life in various ways.Battery life is an important factor when it comes to mobile devices, considering that you may not make it throughout the day or night without recharging a device if its manufacturer shipped it with a weak battery.And that is not even taking into account what users do on their devices. While it is clear that activities such as playing games or watching videos drain a lot of battery, it is important to note that installed applications may also impact battery drain significantly.Battery AidThe free Android application Battery Aid, compatible with Android 4.0 and up, saves battery automatically after it has been installed.The application’s primary method of doing so is monitoring WiFi, Data and Bluetooth connections to disable the connection methods if they are not used for a period of time.The default idle time is set to five minutes for all connection types but you can change it to 15 minutes instead on the configuration screen.Battery Aid highlights how much battery it has saved while running, and may also hint at other options to save battery.It displayed a notification on a test device that adaptive brightness was turned on for instance, and that the feature uses extra battery.It linked to the relevant setting in the options so that it was easy enough to turn it off. Additionally, it allows you to change the display brightness and screen timeout on the same screen.As far as configuration options are concerned, you may disable any of the three options to save battery when a connection has not been used for five or fifteen minutes. This may be useful if you rely on one connection type, say WiFi and don’t want wireless connectivity to be turned off by the application.You may disable all battery saving options at once as well. If you are using a car dock, you may configure a low-charge reminder or have the app enable Bluetooth automatically for you.Battery Aid Pro is available as well. The only feature it adds to the application is a screen full of battery stats. Users who upgrade to Pro support the developer, and all future upgrades are included according to the Pro screen of the application.Closing WordsBattery Aid can be a helpful application when it comes to saving battery while using the Android device or while it is idle.It is by no means a complete solution that saves as much battery as possible, as it lacks lots of features for that.However, it may be useful if you use at least one of the connection methods regularly and keep it enabled all the time.Update: Battery Aid 2 has been released. The new version of the app features a material design home screen, icons and aid buttons, as well as several enhancements and bug fixes. Summary12345 1 based on 5 votes Software Name Battery AidOperating System AndroidSoftware Category PowerLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.battery.plusfree Advertisementlast_img read more

Local company sponsors Garden Route firefighters

first_imgProtective-Clothing manufacturers Charnaud have been taken aback by the hardship and terrible plight of the residents and rescue workers on the Garden Route.They are honoured to play their part in such a worthy cause and help the firefighters by sponsoring safety equipment that will protect these heroes while they are doing their best to save lives.“Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy” is the message from Charnaud.Charnaud sponsored 678 safety suits and equipment to the Garden Route relief effort on June 16.“Charnaud’s pursuit of excellence in safety would not be complete if we weren’t equally determined to keep others safe in this dire situation,” adds the company.Charnaud is proud and honoured to be able to sponsor equipment towards the emergency personnel working tirelessly to combat the raging fires and “we believe that through our support, the Garden Route will be fire safe again”.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more