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System Of A Down Commemorate 100th Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide

first_imgApril 24th, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, System Of A Down refuse to let the victims and lessons learned be forgotten.On April 10th, 2015, they’ll commemorate the Genocide’s 100th anniversary on the world stage with their “Wake Up The Souls” arena tour, an international trek that begins at London’s Wembley Arena and culminates with the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square. For ticket info on the tour, which is the band’s first since 2013, visit systemofadown.com.“As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia,” says lead vocalist Serj Tankian. “To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor.”
“The first genocide of the 20th century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the empire’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations,” the band added in a statement. “The failure to prevent the atrocities or punish the perpetrators led to the modern cycle of genocide.“By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides. Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.”As pointed out in a recent Forbes op-ed piece by Jano Boghossian, the atrocities committed in 1915 marked and traumatized all subsequent generations of Armenians both in the small remaining homeland, and the far-reaching Diaspora. “Victim groups have no need for a justification of memory,” wrote Boghossian, “but they do need justice.” System Of A Down’s landmark tour will see them take the call for truth to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness. In April 2009, Tankian made a short video urging President Obama to honor his campaign pledge to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The group made headlines in 2013 after a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles saw Tankian asking the packed-house crowd to imagine a government that remained silent on the Holocaust, as many did regarding the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides.“The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it’s one hundred years or one thousand,” says drummer John Dolmayan.Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit systemofadown.com, where they’ll see content curated by the band, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring their statement about the cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.When the user clicks on any highlighted city on the heat map, a fact about the Armenian Genocide will pop up, which will be sharable to the users’ social networks (example – France: “In 1915 France advises Young Turk leaders that they will be held personally responsible for crimes against humanity”). Each tour date will line up with a “Facebook Event Page” to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a global scale.The “Take Action” page will give fans the opportunity to send out a pre-populated tweet pledging to stand with the good people of conscience in Turkey and urge for global justice for the Armenian Genocide. This automated tweet will also contain the campaign hashtag, which will cycle back around into the heat map feed. System Of A Down want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. “Our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve.”Since their arrival in 1998, System Of A Down has released 5 studio albums, sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, garnered a Grammy win and amassed a global following whose members numbers in the tens of millions. They’ve written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1’s (2002’s “Aerials” and 2005’s “Hypnotize”). In 2005 System Of A Down released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.Los Angeles-based fans can catch System Of A Down headlining Night One of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13 at the Los Angeles Forum. More info at KROQ.com.Dates for the “Wake Up The Souls” tour are as follows:April 10—London/UK @ Wembley ArenaApril 13 – Cologne/Germany @ Lanxess ArenaApril 14 – Lyon/France @ La Halle Tony GarnierApril 16 – Brussels/Belgium @ Forest NationalApril 17 – Amsterdam/Netherlands @ Ziggo DomeApril 20 – Moscow/Russia @ OlympiskyApril 23 – Yerevan/Armenia @ Republic SquareSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Strong Security Council consensus for UN to have expanded role in Iraq

7 August 2007There is strong consensus within the Security Council on an expanded United Nations role in Iraq, the world organization’s top political officer said today, although he said security constraints imposed by the continuing conflict in the country would mean only a small increase in UN staff there. “There was really quite a unanimous agreement in the Council itself on what the role of the UN should be,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said after briefing the 15-member body, which was discussing a new resolution for the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).“Everyone seemed to feel quite comfortable with the role as laid out in this resolution,” he added. “So I think that there’s a very strong consensus among all the members of the Security Council about what the UN should be doing and I think this resolution is right in the middle of that.”Mr. Pascoe noted that UNAMI’s current mandate is almost three years old, and that much has now been accomplished. “The effort now is to update that mandate to get it much closer to the kinds of things we are working on, the kinds of things we’re doing and to make it clear that the Council strongly supports that effort,” he said. “We’re talking in terms of reconciliation, in terms of some of the other issues that we had been working on,” he added, noting that the Iraqi Government had asked the UN to do more in certain areas. He stressed that physical security is a concern after the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others were killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad four years ago. Since then, international civilian UN staff in Iraq have been reduced to a maximum of 65, although many more UN personnel work from Amman in neighbouring Jordan. “We are doing what we can to make sure that our people are safe,” he said. “We are trying to do what we can to make sure that they also have the conditions that they can work and be very productive. So we’re trying to thread through that difficult problem.”He said that the number of UN staff in Baghdad could reach a maximum of 95 by October, but cautioned that security was a major concern, citing recent mortar and other attacks in the Green Zone in the city.“It’s not a huge increase, it’s a small increase, but again what we’re looking for here are not numbers, not the number of people we throw at things, but how much we’re really working on the major issues,” he added. “We will be constantly looking at the security situation everywhere to decide what level is appropriate.” read more

WatchMonitor found more than 900000 in Quadriga cryptocurrency — and then half

HALIFAX — The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for the $260 million owed to clients of the faltering QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange says it recently found more than $900,000 in digital assets — only to see more than half of those crypto-coins escape its grasp.The bizarre turn of events was revealed Tuesday in the first court report submitted by Ernst and Young, which was appointed monitor Feb. 5 when the Nova Scotia Supreme Court granted the insolvent company protection from its creditors.The report says the monitor learned last week that QuadrigaCX was holding $902,743 in Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ether cryptocurrencies in so-called hot wallets — but something went wrong on Feb. 6. This Quadriga client lost his entire life savings in $560,000 mistake How Gerald Cotten built Quadriga — and created the ensuing crypto storm Scores of sleuths are searching for Quadriga’s frozen crypto coins — if they even exist at all Ernst and Young says QuadrigaCX “inadvertently” transferred 103 bitcoins valued at $468,675 to so-called cold wallets, which the company is now unable to access.“The monitor is working with management to retrieve this cryptocurrency from the various cold wallets, if possible,” the report says. “The monitor has made arrangements to transfer the remaining cryptocurrency into a cold wallet which will be retained by the monitor.”About 115,000 QuadrigaCX customers are owed about $70 million in cash and $190 million in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan. 28, more than a month after its CEO and sole director — Nova Scotia resident Gerald Cotten — died while travelling in India, leaving his company without access to much of its cryptocurrency.His widow, Jennifer Robertson, has said in court documents that Cotten was the only person with access to his laptop, which is thought to contain the digital keys to the cold wallets.Cold wallets are offline storage devices protected by encryption technology. Cryptocurrency exchanges typically use them to store the bulk of their digital assets, which puts them beyond the reach of online hackers.Hot wallets are online sites that store smaller amounts of cryptocurrencies, making them readily available for trading — a practice akin to using a currency float in a cash register.The latest twist in the QuadrigaCX case is sure to feed rampant online speculation about the company’s dealings. Court documents have pointed to persistent rumours about Cotten’s death and threats aimed at his widow, who lived with Cotten just outside of Halifax.Aside from the cold wallet snafu, Ernst and Young also reported that there is more than one laptop at the centre of the case.Electronic devices recently retrieved from an encryption expert working for QuadrigaCX include: two active laptops; two older model laptops; two active cellphones; two dead cellphones; and three encrypted USB flash drives.As well, steps have been taken to retrieve Cotten’s desktop computer from his home office in Fall River, N.S.“The applicants (QuadrigaCX) and the monitor will continue with their efforts to access Mr. Cotten’s devices, find and access any QuadrigaCX cold wallets that exist, and locate any other cryptocurrency belonging to Quadriga and report back to the court in respect of these activities.”Much of the $70 million in real money owed to creditors is in the form of bank drafts, which the company has failed to deposit in a financial institution because regular banks remain leery of dealing with unregulated cryptocurrency businesses.Nine third-party payment processors that worked with Quadriga have been told that any funds belonging to the company, including bank drafts, must be delivered to the monitor.According to Robertson, one of those processors has five bank drafts worth $25.2 million.However, Ernst and Young confirmed it has yet to receive any funds from those businesses.“It may be necessary for the applicants (QuadrigaCX) and monitor to return to the court for additional assistance in … securing the return of funds from third party payment processors,” the report says.“The applicants and monitor are working with the issuing banks … to determine the necessary documentation and/or endorsements required to facilitate the transfer and negotiation of the bank drafts for deposit into the disbursement account.”Ernst and Young also confirmed that it is working with the company to preserve data stored on a series of third-party servers, though it remains unclear where all of those servers are located.The findings in the report are based on unaudited financial information, including QuadrigaCX’s records and other financial information, and interviews with its directors, senior management team, consultants and legal advisers.While a list of creditors has been compiled, it won’t be made public. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Michael Wood, in his initial order on Feb. 5, said the identities of the users would remain secret because those who trade cryptocurrencies typically remain anonymous.More than 500 affected users have contacted Ernst and Young since the insolvency process began.Meanwhile, QuadrigaCX is being kept afloat by Robertson, who has contributed $150,000 to cover operating costs.Documents filed with the court last month, including an affidavit from Robertson, state that QuadrigaCX users were owed $180 million in cryptocurrency, but Ernst and Young says that figure is actually $190 million. read more

Lecture on Life and Wisdom of Epicurus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lecture Life and Wisdom: Notes on Epicurus, will be given by Professor Andrew Benjamin as part of season two of Greek History and Culture Seminars 2013. Predominate area of interest of Professor Andrew Benjamin, of Monash University, is philosophical aesthetics. The seminars are held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. When: Thursday, 20 June, at 19:00 pm Where: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, opposite the Russell St Greater Union cinemaslast_img read more

Publishers Tap iPhone Apps

first_img“When you look at the photos the iPhone displays them in a terrific way,” said Richard Glosser, executive director, emerging media, Condé Nast Digital. “They load quickly, you can use your finger to slideshow through them; you can zoom and pinch as the app allows; you can find out more information on the designer. It’s a great utility for the audience of Style.com.”Servicing ReadersWhile some magazines are leveraging the iPhone as yet another platform to show off their print brands, others are utilizing the technology to its fullest, innovative potential. In February, Lucky launched mobile application “Lucky at Your Service” which acts as a concierge service for its shoe-buying readers. Using a database service called Nearby Now and GPS technology, brick-and-mortar shoppers can browse ad and editorial content on Lucky’s mobile site, select a shoe, color, size, and—after Nearby Now’s call center contacts local retailers—receive a text message identifying its availability at nearby stores. Alternatively, Lucky shoppers can buy online at the service’s Web site.A combined 240,000 shoppers have either downloaded the iPhone application or shopped online since the service was launched, Lucky said. (It was also featured in the Top 10 lifestyle applications at the iTunes Store for a stint.)Metrics Basic, But MonetizableAnalytics are in the early stages, but engagement can be measured using familiar metrics specific to what users are viewing on the app. Variety averages about 500 users per day. According to Glosser, metrics revolve around how many downloads and number of users, as well as ads served. The Style.com app has served up 5 million ads, which come in three flavors: A logo unit that appears on the app’s “home page,” a bumper that appears before a new section loads, and a “10-pack” ad format that’s popular in slide shows where an ad appears on every tenth slide. “We can sell advertisers an ad on the site and extend that to the iPhone app,” said Glosser.Another way publishers have been able to monetize applications is through sponsorships. Last month, Forbes.com launched an “Intelligent Investing” application, offering iPhone and iTouch users access to content from the Forbes.com section of the same name.The app—developed by a cloud services company called Xignite—includes exclusive video content, too: “Intelligent Investing with Steve Forbes,” a series of one-on-one interviews with its CEO and various financial industry luminaries, shot at Forbes’ townhouse in Lower Manhattan. There’s even something called “the Daily Steve,” a feature Forbes developed with the “shake function” that uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to generate a random quote from Mr. Forbes himself.To subsidize it all, Forbes sold a launch sponsorship to the Zurich Financial Services Group, a global insurance company with offices in Europe. In the grand scheme of things, iPhone applications are a relatively new phenomenon but their popularity has skyrocketed of late. This month, Apple said it passed the one billion download mark for its apps. And a recent estimate put the number of applications offered by the iTunes Store at 35,000, up from just 15,000 in January.For Abe Burns, Variety’s director of online marketing, numbers like this prove the “honeymoon period” for print-to-online platform expansion has long since passed. Much like the Web site, Variety’s app has news, reviews, photos and video coverage of the entertainment industry. Content buckets for the app were pulled in according to what was most popular on the site. More than 7,000 downloads were recorded in the first week and has since grown to 20,000. In terms of branding, some are having promising results. Condé Nast is building applications for the iPhone—available for free at iPhone’s App Store—for Style.com, Wired and other brands. The Style.com app, which allows access to photos, videos and reviews of fashion shows, has been downloaded 200,000 times in the last seven months. (The application has gone through three updates.)last_img read more

Advertorials Give New Life to Print

first_imgAdvertorials—the original “paid content”—are no stranger to magazines (FOLIO: does it too. See an example here.) Marketing that looks like content is always attractive to advertisers and as publishers agonize over plummeting print revenue and clients starting to do their own branded Webinars/events/lead gen, advertorials are a way to lure them back and maybe even hit budget for the first time this year. Reader’s Digest’s Taste of Home recently said it will produce custom editorial columns that are more “synergistic” with advertisers’ promotional goals. Taste of Home created custom in-book sections that feature branded recipe cards for client Jimmy Dean that run next to the magazine’s own recipe cards section. According to RDA’s Taste of Home and Home & Garden Media Group vp and publisher Lora Gier, these sections are clearly marked as advertising and all advertroasial sections are “new pages” that don’t take away from existing editorial pages. “The conversations we have are very strategic versus just discussing demographics and rates,” Gier told FOLIO:. “We are winning exclusive business through these partnerships.” Advertorials Without the “Advertising” Tag  However, other publishers are pushing the boundaries of advertorials. A recent RIA Biz article gave a comprehensive look at a new advertorial program from Worth magazine, which was acquired by Sandow Media in 2008. Worth charges financial advisors $2,495 per month or about $30,000 per year (the minimum commitment) to receive two-page profiles in six issues, free reprints, magazine subscriptions worth up to $11,000 for the advisor’s clients and a hard cover book with advisor profiles. The article quotes Worth publisher Patrick Williams as saying, “Fifty-one million of assets under management just for the first issue. People say print media is dead but I have $51 million that says they are wrong.” [It’s funny how marketers’ complaints about print seem to disappear when they get to control the message.] However, Worth isn’t labeling profiles as “advertising” but includes a sentence in the preamble of the profile section indicating they are paid for.  I’m all for vendor content and realize publishers (and editors) need to work more closely with advertisers but I don’t agree with advertorials that are anything less than clearly marked. In 2006, FOLIO: did a cover story on the rise of Schofield Media Group, a publisher which at the time had grown to 10 magazines in the U.K., 14 in the U.S. and $40 million in revenue, thanks to a model that includes selling editorial case studies. At the time, then Penton Media group publisher Terri Mollison said of Schofield’s model, “How can any market derive what key trends or ‘hot companies’ are worth reading about when the only criteria to select those companies is which vendors and distributors who are willing to pony up money to have accolades written about them?” I wonder how many publishers are willing to take that same stand today.last_img read more

Anchorage receives 13 million grant to revise homeless services

first_imgThe city of Anchorage is getting a new pool of money to address homelessness. The mayor’s office announced today a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development. The money will fund research into how to overhaul city services for residents of Anchorage and the Mat-Su valley dealing with chronic homelessness and frequent problems with the criminal justice system.Download AudioMayor Berkowitz, center, with his Homelessness Coordinator, Nancy Burke, standing to his right. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Nancy Burke is the city’s Homeless Coordinator, and says municipal leaders will study how to implement what’s called a “Pay for Success” model.“Basically, in really easy terms it’s borrowing money to make a change in a system while you still have the other existing commitments out there,” Burke said. “So you’re borrowing money to do the new thing to prove it up while you’re still doing the old thing.”The old thing, in this case, is the city’s current model for providing services to people living on the streets. That, Burke said, involves costs to hospitals, the state, and taxpayers, with inadequate results. The ‘new thing’ is a switch to a housing first model which prioritizes getting people into stable long-term shelter and providing wrap-around services.“If we can house people and show that it reduces those investments, then there will be a savings at the end of the day,” Burke said.The money itself will go to consultants working on a plan for phased implementation and financing. The goal is to ultimately figure out a way to issue a bond to pay for the change-over, which Burke described as an investment.“It’s a way of looking at using and leveraging finances for social service outcomes rather than business outcomes that you would usually see,” Burke said.Burke said she hopes the fully structured plan will be ready within two years.last_img read more

Restrictions eased as Kashmir enters Day 22 of lockdown

first_imgSrinagar: There has been a steady increase in the number of private vehicles plying in Jammu & Kashmir capital with public transport off the roads in the state, where the government imposed security lockdown entered its 22nd day on Monday. The movement of private transport is more in upscale areas like Humhama, Hyderpora, Jawahar Nagar, Sanat Nagar, Rajbagh and Residency Road, unlike downtown Srinagar, where even the private vehicles are few. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “My relatives, who live in Habak area of city, returned home last week after performing Haj. But I am not taking a chance to visit them. I will wait till the situation normalises,” said Mohammad Amin, who lives in Srinagar’s Batamalloo area. The government has eased day-time restrictions from 69 police station areas in the Valley. “This is an increase of 19 police station areas from 50 earlier,” said government spokesperson Rohit Kansal. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us But commuting is still not easy as even the state residents protesting the abrogation of Article 370 have blocked roads at many places with stones and logs. The security forces have already barricaded roads everywhere. “Multiple blockades have been erected making it difficult for vehicles to ply,” said Ghulam Mohammad from Telbal area of Srinagar. Advertise With Us Business establishments too remain closed across the Valley. Shops in some areas open for a few hours in morning (till 9 a.m.) and evening, during which they do brisk business with people desperately buying groceries and milk. “We buy vegetables and other food items early morning, which is the best time for this as all the shops are closed for the rest of the day,” said Abdul Raheem, who lives in Aluchi Bagh area of Srinagar.last_img read more

Trade war could hurt these economies far more than US China

first_imgPresident Donald Trump signs executive order withdrawing US from TPP trade dealReutersA model by economists at Pictet Asset Management in London reckons a 10 percent tariff on US trade fully passed on to the consumer could tip the global economy into a state of stagflation and knock 2 and a half percent off corporate earnings.But equally likely to be affected from the fallout of a full-blown trade war are the economies of a number of countries that are tightly integrated into the global value chain – which companies increasingly use to fragment production of their goods.The model, that ranks countries by their participation rate in global value chains, defined by the World Trade Organization as the sum of the foreign value-added content of a country’s exports and value-added supplied to other countries exports.It reveals countries like Taiwan, Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Korea, and Singapore could be equally if not more vulnerable to the risk of a trade spat than the two currently front and centre.Taiwan, for instance, is a hub for the technology and semiconductor industry and is home to large electronic contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, which manufactures Apple’s iPhone, among several other major devices. Electronic integrated circuits accounted for 40 percent of Taiwan’s total exports.Hungary, whose biggest trading partner outside the EU is the United States, enjoys large investment inflows thanks to a large manufacturing base, particularly in the auto sector. Cars and motor vehicle parts were Hungary’s two biggest exports in 2016, accounting for 15 percent of the country’s total.While the trade war with China is a worrisome move for investors globally, Trump’s tariffs on goods from the European Union, India, Canada and Mexico are also likely to severely affect global trade. A leaked memo from the White House indicated that the Trump administration may seek to leave the World Trade Organisation, further escalating tensions.last_img read more

EC not to hold any disputed election

first_img.Election commissioner Kabita Khanam on Sunday said the incumbent Election Commission does not want to hold any questionable election.“No anomaly will be allowed in Boda municipal elections slated to be held on 28 December. Alongside the law enforcers, executive magistrates are conducting the mobile courts to check the anomalies in the polls,” she said.The election commissioner made the remarks while addressing a views-exchange meeting with candidates and local administration at Boda upazila parishad auditorium in Panchagarh district.The commission will take proper action against the use of illegal money and muscle power if it receives any specific allegation in this regard, said Kabita.Chaired by the deputy commissioner of the district Amal Krishna Mondal, the views-exchange meeting was addressed, among others, by EC deputy secretary Matiur Rahman, police super Giasuddin Ahmed, returning officer Shahidul Islam, Awami League mayoral candidate adv Wahiduzzaman Suja and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral contestant Hakikul Islam.Boda municipality is going to its maiden polls after 17 years of its formation.last_img read more

Trump seeks headway on Buy American Hire American pledge

first_imgDonald TrumpDonald Trump moves Tuesday to make good on one of his emblematic pledges—“Buy American, Hire American”—by issuing a decree on tightening skilled-worker visa rules, but his room for maneuver remains limited without wider congressional reform.During a trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump will sign a decree that singles out “abuses” of the H-1B visas that are pervasive in the US high-tech sector, as a first step towards reforming the visa regime.These time-limited work permits intended for scientists, engineers and computer programmers have become an important gateway for the many Indians drawn to Silicon Valley.The United States issues 85,000 of the permits each year.Like many of Trump’s executive orders to date, the newest decree will have little practical impact, but sends a signal for the various government departments to come forward with ideas for reform.It namely instructs the Labor, Justice and Homeland Security departments to tackle abuses of the H-1B system and draw up reforms aimed at bringing the program back to its original intent: awarding visas to the most skilled and highly-paid applicants.“For too long, rather than operating as designed and allowing only the best and brightest to come in and fill key positions, the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program has been administered in a way that harms American workers,” a White House official said.Specifically, Trump’s administration believes the current system led to a “flood” of relatively low-wage, low-skill workers in the tech sector.The US president cannot, by simple decree, change the number of visas allocated. But the White House hopes to spur momentum towards a broader congressional reform—whose outline remains unclear.“This is a transitional step to get towards a more skill-based and merit-based version,” a US official told AFP. “There is a lot we can do administratively, and the rest will be done hopefully legislatively.”Little to show -In his maiden speech to Congress, on March 1, Trump had proposed introducing an Australian-style merit-based system to reduce the flow of unskilled workers into the United States.His new decree also includes a “Buy American” component, calling for stricter implementation of existing laws that are intended to favor US-manufactured goods in public tenders.The Alliance for American Manufacturing welcomed the move as a “step in the right direction.”“It should be the policy of our government to maximize the amount of American-made steel, iron, and manufactured goods bought with our hard-earned tax dollars. We’re pleased the president agrees,” said AAM president Scott Paul.As Trump’s presidency nears the symbolic 100-day mark, his trip to Wisconsin has a special resonance.Trump snatched a slim victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the northern state, which no Republican White House hopeful had won since 1984.But the November 8 election already seems a distant memory, with Trump’s popularity languishing at a record low for a US leader this early into the presidency.While Trump’s firmness on the Syrian and North Korean dossiers has been welcomed on the international stage, the 70-year-old has little to show on the domestic front after his flagship travel ban was blocked in court, and his emblematic health reform foundered in Congress.Trump’s promise of an ambitious tax reform—another central campaign pledge that would notably involve slashing corporate taxes—is also struggling take shape.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged in the Financial Times Tuesday that it would likely be delayed following setbacks in negotiations with Congress over health care.Mnuchin described the target to get tax reforms through Congress before August as “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point.”last_img read more

Facebook Twitter Youtube to testify for filtering content

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13 May 2015. Photo: ReutersThe US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to take testimony from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube unit and Twitter Inc on whether social media companies are filtering content for political reasons, the committee chairman said.Conservative Republicans in Congress have criticized social media companies for what they claim are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have rejected.House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement on Friday that he was pleased the companies will send experts “to answer questions on their content moderation practices and how they can be better stewards of free speech in the United States and abroad.”Twitter declined to comment. Facebook on Friday confirmed they would participate but declined further comment. Alphabet did not immediately comment.Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bickert, Youtube global head of public policy and government relations Juniper Downs and Twitter’s senior strategist Nick Pickles will testify, said the committee.The committee held a hearing in April on the same topic after representatives of the companies skipped it.Republicans repeatedly suggested at the hearing that the companies are censoring or blocking content from conservatives, a charge the companies rejected.Lawmakers from both parties agreed tech companies must remove illegal content like fraud, piracy and sex trafficking but differed on whether they should remove objectionable content.Goodlatte said, “While these companies may have legal, economic, and ideological reasons to manage their content like a traditional media outlet, we must nevertheless weigh as a nation whether the standards they apply endanger our free and open society and its culture of freedom of expression.”Representative Jerrold Nadler, top Democrat on the committee, said in April “the notion that social media companies are filtering out conservative voices is a hoax, a tired narrative of imagined victimhood.”Nadler added “conservative commentary, including conspiracy theories of a conservative bent, regularly rank among the most far-reaching posts on Facebook and elsewhere.”Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom, said at the hearing that “concerns about Facebook’s potential slant are best addressed through other measures, starting with transparency and user empowerment. Ultimately, the best check on Facebook’s power today is the threat of a new Facebook disrupting the company’s dominance.”Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told Congress in April that he is “very committed to making sure that Facebook is a platform for all ideas.”last_img read more

Where are the hot spots for opening branch IT offices

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 11, 2008 If you mean you want to open up an office that sells IT services and what areas are hot or growing there’s no perfect answer.Small businesses are growing all over the country and you could check Entrepreneur.com for the places where small businesses are growing most. All of these small businesses have IT needs. Best Buy’s Geek Squad, CMIT solutions and other franchises are one clue in knowing what areas are hot areas–they spend money on knowing this. Like many McDonald’s competitors do, just follow the arches. The key to success, other than “location, location, location,” is providing exceptional service, getting your customers to recommend you to others, working with your local chamber of commerce and other small business influencers, and getting local media attention.I hope this helps,Ramon RaySmallbiztechnology.com min read Register Now »last_img read more

Zimbabwe politician drives off in motor show car

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – State prosecutors in Zimbabwe say an opposition politician at a Ford Motor Company car show got into the latest model on display and drove it away. He faces car theft charges in court next month.Court papers made available Wednesday say police arrested 38-year-old Aaron Muzungu, an official of a small opposition splinter group, after he clocked up more than 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) in the new Ford Ranger. Prosecutors said the politician claimed he was interested in buying the pickup. When he sat in it, the keys were in the ignition. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Sponsored Stories Police said security at the show was lax and Ford’s local agents played live music and held a cocktail party.Ford brought the first motor vehicle to colonial-era Zimbabwe a century ago.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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