The Small Screen of Infinite Distractions

first_imgYesterday, I did a keynote speech with Jeb Blount. A keynote is normally one person speaking, but the client asked us to speak together to close out their conference. So we got together and built a little slide deck and decided to sit on stools and take turns speaking.It took a lot of trust, but we decided that when one of us finished speaking, they’d just stop talking, and the other person would just start speaking. There was no weird, repetitive handoff, like “Jeb, what do you think?” It worked perfectly.Listen Up NowOne of the points we hammered home was the importance of listening. We were driving home ideas about how you treat people, and how poor treatment makes people feel unimportant, like they are a transaction. While Jeb was sharing how critical it is to look people in the eye, to listen deeply to what isn’t being said, and to focus all of your attention on the person speaking, I took out my cell phone and started flipping through screens, ignoring Jeb and ignoring the audience of 500 people. When Jeb finished speaking, I didn’t say anything. I waited an uncomfortably long time, until Jeb said, “Anthony?“I looked up and asked our audience how bad that felt having someone who was supposed to be deeply engaged with them deeply engaged with his phone instead. I asked them if they felt insulted while I was busy ignoring them, and if they felt unimportant. They agreed that the experience was awful for them. And they agreed that they use a different screen, but that they don’t always give their clients their full attention because they are busy on a screen.Look Up NowThis is what we do now. This is who we are becoming.We have an individual in front of us who needs our full attention, and we instead look at the small screen of infinite distractions.We have a chance to connect with people who are important to us—and to our business—and we ignore them, choosing instead to pay attention to people who are far away from us.We act as if we might miss something on the Internet, even though nothing disappears from the Internet while the opportunity to connect with a real person does.We fear the wrong danger.The people who are able to exercise the self-control necessary to give another person their full attention are going to have a commanding advantage over the people with crooked necks who can’t pull themselves away from the small screen of infinite distractions. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Goa villages to document biodiversity

first_imgPANAJI: Goa has become the second State after Kerala to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees in most of its village panchayats, according to Pradip V. Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board.The move is aimed at forming People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) in villages, which as many as 75 villages are already in the process of forming these.Mr. Sarmokadam said here on Friday that as per the board’s chief mandate to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004, in Goa, this exercise was extensively conducted across the State. He was talking to The Hindu ahead of the first meeting of the State’s Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) committee on Saturday, under the chairmanship of C. Achalender Reddy, Additional Director, Centre for Innovation in Public Systems, Hyderabad. “Financial provisions have been assured by the government for us to start with the work of PBRs and ABS committee,” Mr. Sarmokadam said. He said that apart from Kerala and Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are doing a commendable work in conservation and sustainable access to biodiversity.Mr. Sarmokadam said that Section 41 of the Act makes it mandatory for every local governing body to constitute a Biodiversity Management Committees. Goa will soon take up a similar exercise for municipal councils.Traditional knowledgeThese committees are expected to function for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. They will maintain data about local vaidyas (practitioners of traditional medicinal knowledge), keep a register on information of access of biological resources and traditional knowledge granted, details of collection fee imposed and of benefits derived and the mode of their sharing. He said the board would sensitise and train the committees in documentation of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge. “Unless we are able to connect the biodiversity conservation to livelihood of people in the area, we will not be able to convince them about conservation and sustainable sharing of its benefits, for retaining same quality of food, same quality of environment,” he said.last_img read more

Suicide bid by another farmer in Yavatmal

first_imgNagpur: A farmer tried to commit suicide by immolating himself in Yavatmal on Sunday. Shyamrao Bhopale (60), resident of Marelgoan village in Umarkhed tehsil of Yavatmal, set himself on fire at his home. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment which referred him to Government Medical College in Nanded. district.Congress leader and head of farmers’ group the Shetkari Nyay Hakka Samiti (Committee for justice for the farmers) Dewanand Pawar, who visited Mr. Bhopale at Nanded, said he had suffered over 90 % burn injuries. injuries and chances of his survival were bleak.“I tried to immolate myself because of the debt burden. I had no option left,” Mr. Bhopale, who owns 1.5 acres, said in a video statement recorded by his relatives at the hospital.Mr. Pawar alleged Mr. Bhopale received no help from the government’s loan waiver scheme, which pushed him to take this extreme step.“Farmers in Yavatmal have killed themselves by writing names of prime minister in their suicide notes. Some farmers have set up their own funeral pyres and jumped in it. This farmer has also tried to set himself on fire but the government remains unmoved and insensitive,” Mr. Pawar told The Hindu and added that his group would organise protests in all blocks of the district over the farmers’ issue. The leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also claimed that Mr. Bhopale’s bid was a result of state government’s apathy.last_img read more

Mark Nonoy breaks down in tears after painful loss to Ateneo

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rice industry paralysis “I did everything I can because our first group was having problems in the game,” said Nonoy who played nearly 28 minutes off the bench.“We have to step up. It’s now up to coach Aldin [Ayo] to make the adjustments for the betterment of our team come Game 2.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Overcome with emotions, the would-be Rookie of the Year couldn’t help but tear up and go to assistant McJour Luib to find some support after the final buzzer sounded.“Of course it was painful because this was our goal but we came up short,” said Nonoy in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’ll just take back the series in Game 2,”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceOf those players from UST who took at least five shots, it was only Nonoy who converted on a 50 percent rate and at times looked to be carrying the Growling Tigers on his shoulders.Nonoy drove to the basket every chance he got or pulled up from deep if he saw the defense sag off. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? SEA Games opening rites tickets go on sale Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Emotional Mark Nonoy after UST’s Game 1 loss in the UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Phiippines—Mark Nonoy picked the best time to unleash the biggest game of his rookie year, but University of Santo Tomas’ 91-77 blowout loss to Ateneo in the Game 1 of the Finals wasn’t how he wanted to end the night.Nonoy’s career-best effort of 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field, 7-of-14 from deep, and five rebounds went for naught as the Growling Tigers failed anew to dent the Blue Eagles’ seemingly impenetrable armor.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Duda Bats Mets Over Marlins, 7-1

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday.Duda homered in the fourth inning. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run.Duda missed the Mets’ first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. He has at least two hits in each of his past three games.“I’m feeling good at the plate,” Duda said. “I feel like my timing is getting back a little bit. Hopefully, it will carry over into the season.”“As far as the injury goes, I was kind set back a little bit,” Duda said. “But it feels great right now. My body feels great.”Mets starter Rafael Montero threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out six and walked none.Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings. Haren allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ghoulam faces month out after surgery

first_imgNapoli Napoli blow as Ghoulam facing a further month out after knee surgery Tom Webber 21:16 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FaouziGhoulam - cropped Getty Images Napoli Serie A Napoli v Lazio The full-back was close to a return from a torn ACL for the Serie A side, but a fractured right patella will keep him sidelined for a few more weeks Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam will spend another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a fractured patella in his right knee.Ghoulam has been out of action for Napoli since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee during the 4-2 Champions League group stage defeat to Manchester City on November 1.The Algeria international returned to first-team training last month but suffered a setback in his recovery and required an operation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Ghoulam was operated on at Villa Stuart by Professor [Pierpaolo] Mariana due to a transverse fracture of the right patella,” a Napoli statement announced.”The intervention was perfectly successful. Faouzi will start rehabilitation [on Saturday]. He will be evaluated in 15 days and should return to the training pitch in a month.”Napoli slipped to second in Serie A after Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday, but Maurizio Sarri’s side can return to the summit with victory over Lazio on Saturday.last_img read more

Conte: Chelsea must prepare to suffer

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘We must be prepared to suffer’ – Conte’s Chelsea bracing for tough Barca test Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:40 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Chelsea Antonio Conte Lionel Messi Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Videos The Blues manager knows his side must work hard to keep Lionel Messi and Co. in check in the Champions League last-16 clash Antonio Conte hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world but warned his Chelsea players not to become fixated with Barcelona’s talisman in Tuesday’s imposing Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has an unusually poor record against Chelsea, failing to score in eight previous encounters with the reigning Premier League champions in Europe’s top competition.AdChoices广告But Conte is not placing too much stock in the prospect of that record continuing and observed La Liga’s leaders can hurt opponents from all angles. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked whether Chelsea would grant Messi any special attention, Conte replied: “This is a good question. We are talking about the best player in the world.”Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score. This means that, with this player, we are talking about a fantastic player.”We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi. [Luis] Suarez is a fantastic striker. The rest of the team are very dangerous, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona — Messi, Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, the whole team of Barcelona.”We have to work very hard. We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”As Italy boss at Euro 2016, Conte put forward a tactical masterclass as his unfancied side deservedly beat a Spain team featuring the likes of Iniesta and Gerard Pique 2-0 in the round of 16.He conceded there were some parallels between that encounter and the two-legged battle about to unfold.”I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure. Barcelona — on paper — are favourites to go into the next round,” he said.”But, for this reason, I think we must be excited to take on this challenge. These two games will be very important to understand what is our level in this competition.”We’ve worked and prepared well. It won’t be easy. We are playing against Barcelona.”Conte added: “When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too. They can move a result a lot of the time.”We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”last_img read more

7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squad

first_img Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 00:16 IST There are 7 first-time World Cup players among the 15-man World Cup 2019 squad for India announced today (PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSThere is a great blend of youth and experience in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup7 players in the Indian team have never before played a World CupVirat Kohli and MS Dhoni had played in the 2011 World Cup which India wonMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are the only 2 surviving members of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad in the team for the 2019 World Cup which was named on Monday in Mumbai. MSK Prasad’s selection committee named a 15-man squad which will travel to England under Virat Kohli.There were no surprises in the squad. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami picked themselves.The debate would have centred around the other four.KL Rahul was picked as back-up opener while Vijray Shankar found a place as a batsman who could bowl. He is likely to start in the playing XI while Kedar Jadhav has had a major impact as a middle-order batsman and a partnership breaker with his part-time off-spin.The main talking point leading up to the selection meeting was Rishabh Pant vs Dinesh Karthik? Should the selectors have gone for a wicketkeeper batsman who is being seen as a possible successor to MS Dhoni? At the end, what really tilted the scales in favour of Dinesh Karthik?MSK Prasad said Pant was unlucly to miss out and Karthik’s ability to deal with pressure situations won him a berth. Rishabh Pant is only 21 and he will get many more opportunities to show he deserves a World Cup berth in four years’ time.But this is a good mix of players in the Indian team.MS Dhoni had led India to World Cup glory in 2011 and Virat Kohli had impressed as an up and coming player with crucial knocks in the opening game against Bangladesh and in the final against Sri Lanka. Dhoni led India to the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and even though he stepped down as captain 2 years ago, his experience and wisdom will be key for Virat Kohli.advertisementThen there are others in the side who played the 2015 World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja were all part of the World Cup squad four years ago in Australia and New Zealand.Dinesh Karthik had played the 2007 World Cup in West Indies when India crashed out of the group stages.That leaves as many as 7 first-timers in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup. Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadav are among the 7 players who will be playing the World Cup for the first time (Photo: @vijayshankar260)KL RahulHe returned to the Indian team after a stunning IPL season for Kings XI Punjab in 2018 but lost his way soon. Rahul hit 2 hundreds in England in the first T20I and the last Test but lost his way thereafter. After being dropped from the Test team following a string of poor scores in Australia, KL Rahul was primed to play the 3-match ODIs when the Koffee with Karan storm threatened to rock his career.However, KL Rahul returned to the Indian team for the home series against Australia and did well in both the T20Is. He has since been in good form for KXIP in the 2019 IPL and was an automatic selection as back-up opener behind Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Vijay ShankarHe had a horror intiation into the Indian team. In the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh, Vijay Shankar failed to put bat to ball in a tense chase before Dinesh Karthik bailed the team out with a stunning assault. A year later, Vijay Shankar flew out to Australia as replacement for Hardik Pandya who was banned in the aftermath of the Koffee with Karan controversy.Always a special feel to wear this jersey ! #BleedBlue #TeamIndia Shankar (@vijayshankar260) March 6, 2019Vijay Shankar was solid without being outstanding and grabbed his chances as a batsman who could bowl. MSK Prasad said his 3-dimension skills – batting, bowling and fielding – helped him pip Ambati Rayudu in the final squad for the World Cup.Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionKedar JadhavNo surprises here. Kedar Jadhav has been a solid middle-order batsman and his part-time off spin has broken several threatening partnerships. He may not get to bowl as much in England but if the pitches are dry, Jadhav can be called upon to deliver with his slingy actionHappy birthday to India all-rounder @JadhavKedar!Will he be a key part of their side at #CWC19? (@ICC) March 26, 2019Hardik PandyaHe had every reason to be worried about his immediate future after his sexist comments on Koffee with Karan. But once the suspension was lifted, he went to New Zealand and made a strong impact. The only thing the selectors wanted to see about Pandya was his fitness: in the course of the 2019 IPL for Mumbai Indians, it was clear Hardik Pandya is fit, strong and raring to go.advertisementGearing up for the @IPL season with @mipaltan. pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 13, 2019Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep YadavNo surprises there either. After the Champions Trophy in England 2 years ago, India’s focus shifted to wrist spin. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were phased out and both Chahal and Kuldeep showed they could be trusted do to the job. The two leg-spinners had a great time in South Africa where India won the ODI series 5-1.@RCBTweets Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) March 19, 2019Jasprit BumrahIndia’s greatest strength in the bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah’s selection in the World Cup squad was a no-brainer. He was spotted by John Wright when he was out on a talent scouting mission for Mumbai Indians a few years ago. Today, Bumrah is the No.1 ODI bowler in the world and is reliable with both new and old ball.Back in MI colours bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 21, 2019Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup squadFollow Indian cricket teamFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Hardik PadyaFollow KL Rahul 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadWorld Cup 2019: India have selected as many as 7 players for the 2019 World Cup, who have never played a World Cup before. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had won the 2011 World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

FTC fines Facebook 5B adds oversight for privacy mishaps

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion.The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though it won’t make much of a dent for a company that had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year.As part of the agency’s settlement with Facebook, Zuckerberg will have to personally certify his company’s compliance with its privacy programs. The FTC said that false certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties.Some experts had thought the FTC might fine Zuckerberg directly or seriously limit his authority over the company.“The magnitude of the $5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC,” Joe Simons, the chairman of the FTC, said in a statement. He added that the new restrictions are designed “to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations.”Facebook does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.READ MORE: Is ‘Big Tech’ too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutinyThe commission opened an investigation into Facebook last year after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The agency said Wednesday that following its yearlong investigation of the company, the Department of Justice will file a complaint alleging that Facebook “repeatedly used deceptive disclosures and settings to undermine users’ privacy preferences.”The FTC had been examining whether that massive breakdown violated a settlement that Facebook reached in 2012 after government regulators concluded the company repeatedly broke its privacy promises to users. That settlement had required that Facebook get user consent to share personal data in ways that override their privacy settings.The FTC said Facebook’s deceptive disclosures about privacy settings allowed it to share users’ personal information with third-party apps that their friends downloaded but the users themselves did not give permissions to.Privacy advocates have pushed for the FTC to limit how Facebook can track users — something that would likely cut into its advertising revenue, which relies on businesses being able to show users targeted ads based on their interests and behaviour. The FTC did not specify such restrictions on Facebook.Three Republican commissioners voted for the fine while two Democrats opposed it, a clear sign that the restrictions on Facebook don’t go as far as critics and privacy advocates had hoped. That wish list included specific punishment for Zuckerberg, strict limits on what data Facebook can collect and possibly even breaking off subsidiaries such as WhatsApp and Instagram.“The proposed settlement does little to change the business model or practices that led to the recidivism,” wrote Commissioner Rohit Chopra in his dissenting statement. He noted that the settlement imposes “no meaningful changes” to the company’s structure or business model. “Nor does it include any restrictions on the company’s mass surveillance or advertising tactics,” he wroteThe fine is well above the agency’s previous record for privacy violations — $22.5 million — which it dealt to Google in 2012 for bypassing the privacy controls in Apple’s Safari browser. There have been even larger fines against non-tech companies, including a $14.7 billion penalty against Volkswagen to settle allegations of cheating on emissions tests and deceiving customers. Equifax will pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits and investigations over a 2017 data breach; the FTC was one of the parties. The money will likely go to the U.S. Treasury.WATCH: Experts warn about privacy issues with FaceApp The FTC’s new 20-year settlement with Facebook establishes an “independent privacy committee” of Facebook directors. The committee’s members must be independent, will be appointed by an independent nominating committee and can only be fired by a “supermajority” of Facebook’s board of directors. The idea is to remove “unfettered control” by Zuckerberg, the FTC said.Since the Cambridge Analytica debacle erupted more than a year ago, Facebook has vowed to do a better job corralling its users’ data. Nevertheless, other missteps have come up since then.In December, for example, the Menlo Park, California, company acknowledged a software flaw had exposed the photos of about 7 million users to a wider audience than they had intended. It also acknowledged giving big tech companies like Amazon and Yahoo extensive access to users’ personal data, in effect exempting them from its usual privacy rules. And it collected call and text logs from phones running Google’s Android system in 2015.Amid all that, Zuckerberg and his chief lieutenant, Sheryl Sandberg, apologized repeatedly. In March, Zuckerberg unveiled a new, “privacy-focused” vision for the social network that emphasizes private messaging and groups based on users’ interests.READ MORE: Report: FTC will say Facebook misled users about privacy But critics and privacy advocates are not convinced that either a fine or Facebook’s new model amounts to a substantial change.If the company’s business practices don’t change as result of the FTC’s action, “there is no benefit to consumers,” said Marc Rotenberg, the president and executive director of the Washington-based non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center.“The eight-year delay won’t be justified,” he said, referring to when Facebook first told the FTC it would do better.The fine does not spell closure for Facebook, although the company’s investors — and executives — have been eager to put it behind them. Facebook is still under various investigations in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, including the European Union, Germany and Canada. There are also broader antitrust concerns that have been the subject of congressional hearings, though it is too early to see if those will come to fruition.Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute, which has been critical of Facebook, said the company should admit wrongdoing.“There should be structural solutions to force competition into the social networking market,” he added. “One of the angles for competition is privacy. They will compete to make a safer space to retain their user base.”__Ortutay reported from San Francisco. Associated Press Writer Samantha Maldonado contributed to this story from San Francisco.Marcy Gordon And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sesame Street Theme Songs And Hollywood Movie Royalties For Sale In Charity

first_imgRoyalty Exchange, the world’s first online marketplace for royalties, is offering a rare chance to buy a stake in music and screenwriter royalties from several popular Sesame Street shows and hit Hollywood movies.Most notable are the theme songs for Sesame Street favorites “Elmo’s World” and “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” Also included are screenwriter residuals for Steven Spielberg produced movies “An American Tail” and “Land Before Time.”These and more than 375 other musical works from the iconic children’s TV series are also included in this catalog, which will be sold in a live auction on The winner will own the royalties to these works and all future royalty income generated by them.That means any time they air on TV or online, or if someone buys the DVD or CD, or streams the songs online, the buyer earns royalties. Not to mention the bragging rights involved in owning a piece of television history.Royalty Exchange is making this catalog available on behalf of the estate of Tony Geiss, the legendary Sesame Street songwriter/screenwriter behind the catalog for sale. Both Tony and his wife Phyllis wanted to gift these royalties to a select group of charities after his passing.Royalty Exchange was selected for its access to over 17,000 investors interested in royalty assets and its ability to produce the best possible results for rightsholders.“We’re honored to play a small role in helping honor Tony’s wishes,” said Royalty Exchange CEO Matthew Smith. “Competition and transparency will ensure these worthwhile causes get the most out of his talent and generosity.”The organizations benefitting from the sale are: • New York Public Library • Doctors Without Borders • Citi Harvest • American Cancer Society • National Foundation for Cancer Research • Wildlife Conservation Society • Central Park Conservancy • The Nature Conservancy • Audubon Society • National Parks Conservation AssociationThe listing is live on Royalty Exchange now. Bidding will begin at $430,000. Once there is an opening bid, the auction will begin. Investors interested in receiving these royalties can view more details and register to bid at read more

Sheila Dikshit six Congress candidates file nominations

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by Congress workers, filed her nomination papers at the DC office, Nand Nagri for the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday. All seven candidates of the Congress –former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal, former Union minister Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia, former Cong MP Mahabal Mishra along with Dikshit and Vijender Singh filed their papers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTalking to reporters, Dikshit, who has been fielded from North-East Delhi, said, “I have sentiments attached to this seat as I had fought my first election in Delhi from this seat.” When asked whom she considers a bigger challenge between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, the Congress veteran said she sees both of them as a challenge and her endeavour will be to win from this seat. “No seat is small or big and it does not belong to any individual. It belongs to the people of the constituency,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDikshit had contested from East Delhi constituency in 1998, but faced defeat. The seat included parts of North-East Delhi at that time. Maken in a scathing attack said that the Modi government has withdrawn through its 7th Pay Commission, all the benefits given to government employees through the 6th Pay Commission by the UPA government. Addressing his workers, Ajay Maken informed them that Congress government had got 3,000 flats constructed for the people staying in Katputli colony at the cost of Rs 1 each. He further said that it was Congress policy that if two families were staying in one jhuggi, then each family got a separate flat. Vijender Singh, who is contesting from South Delhi, said he will focus on issues related youth and sports. “I am genuinely concerned about employment, which I think is a prominent issue for the youth. And being a sportsperson, I am also keen on working towards developing sports infrastructure. It’s about time we had good infrastructure so that budding athletes can actually flourish,” he said. Asked why he opted for the Congress, which did not win a single seat in Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijender Singh said: “I relate to the ideology and the leadership. As is propagated by our leadership, I want to be a friend of the electorate. I don’t wish to be the ‘neta’ that visits once in five years. I am not going to do rallies or road shows. I am going to connect with the voters spontaneously,” Singh said.last_img read more

Gulf States play vital role in global relief efforts says UN humanitarian

8 April 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official has lauded the contributions of Persian Gulf countries to relief efforts around the world, and called for boosting ties between them and the world body to better meet today’s growing challenges. “In many countries across the globe, the combined humanitarian efforts of Gulf countries have made a life-saving difference, reaching communities that, at times, the UN and other aid actors could not,” stated Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who is currently on a four-nation tour of the region.In his keynote address to the fifth annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, Mr. Holmes pointed out that member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have given nearly $500 million and pledged a further $320 million in humanitarian aid over the past three years. Mr. Holmes, who is also Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that the global demand for humanitarian assistance is likely to grow dramatically in the coming years, owing to ongoing internal and civil conflicts, more frequent and intense natural disasters and the rise in food and energy prices.“If we are to meet the growing array of humanitarian needs, we must work together more cohesively not only to respond to crises, but also to reduce their impact before they happen,” he stated, stressing the need to strengthen the partnership between the UN and Gulf nations.Doing so will not only reinforce current activities, “but also help build a more fully-representative and universally accepted humanitarian movement that is better equipped to meet the challenges of both man and nature in the 21st century,” said Mr. Holmes. “Without this balance, there is a risk that humanitarian assistance will continue to be viewed as a Western enterprise,” he added. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Holmes – who is travelling together with UN Special Humanitarian Envoy Abdul Aziz Arrukban – is visiting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Also today at the DIHAD Conference, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled the Arabic version of its popular humanitarian video game that teaches children about global hunger.Some six million people around the world have already played “Food Force,” which is designed for children aged eight to 13. In a race against time, players join a virtual team of WFP experts to get food to the needy in an emergency situation. WFP’s Deputy Executive Director John Powell noted that it is fitting that the game is being launched in Dubai, “an essential logistics hub for the entire humanitarian community, and especially for WFP as one of the leaders in this field.”Launched in 2005, as the world’s first humanitarian video game, Food Force is available as a free internet download from read more

Afghanistan responding to UN appeal Japan donates additional 7 million in aid

Tokyo’s emergency assistance package came on the heels of the appeal made by Kenzo Oshima following his mid-February visit to Afghanistan, according to the UN.Last week, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) delivered the first consignment of Japanese aid, which consisted of tents, blankets and plastic sheets. The supplies were sent to Herat from Tokyo via Uzbekistan on a Japanese chartered plane which is scheduled to complete a second rotation with additional aid by the end of this week.In total, IOM will distribute 160 tents, 1,200 blankets and 1,600 plastic sheets to camps in Shaiday and Maslakh sheltering over 90,000 internally displaced persons.

Inflation remains mild as cheaper gas lowers US consumer prices 02 per

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 8:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Inflation remains mild as cheaper gas lowers US consumer prices 0.2 per cent in March WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check.The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent in March, after jumping 0.7 per cent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Gas prices fell 4.4 per cent, reversing part of February’s 9.1 per cent gain.The figures come a day after the prices of many commodities, including copper and oil, fell in response to a report of slower than expected growth in China. That suggests U.S. consumer prices will likely stay low in the coming months.The drop “marks the start of what will likely turn out to be a string of declines stretching into the summer,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Wholesale gas prices and crude oil have continued to fall in April. Ashworth noted that usually prices increase in the spring ahead of the summer driving season.Except for February’s large increase, consumer prices have declined or been unchanged in four of the past five months. In the past year, consumer prices have risen 1.5 per cent. That’s the smallest yearly increase in the past eight months.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices rose 0.1 per cent. In the 12 months ending in March, they rose 1.9 per cent. That’s below the Federal Reserve’s inflation target of 2 per cent.That gives the Fed the leeway to continue its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy.Tame inflation also leaves consumers with more money to spend, which spurs more economic growth.In February, consumer prices jumped by the most in more than three years, mostly because of a big increase in energy costs. Gas prices rose by the largest amount in more than 3 1/2 years.Since then, gas has gotten cheaper. Gas prices averaged $3.53 nationwide on Monday, according to AAA. That’s 16 cents lower than a month ago.Other prices also fell last month, the department said. Clothing prices dropped 1 per cent, the most in 12 years. That likely reflected widespread discounting of spring clothes, since March was colder than usual. And furniture prices dropped 0.3 per cent.Core prices were pushed up by small increases in rent and new cars. Used cars and trucks jumped 1.2 per cent and airline fares rose 0.6 per cent.Mild inflation gives the Fed the room to keep pursing policies to spur faster economic growth. The Fed is keeping a key short-term interest rate it controls at nearly zero until unemployment falls at least to 6.5 per cent. It is also buying about $85 billion in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed bonds in an effort to keep longer-term interest rates low and spur more borrowing and spending.However, some economists have raised concerns that the policies being pushed by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke could ultimately trigger higher inflation. They also worry that the Fed’s programs could create bubbles in assets such as the price of stocks. read more

Poll Have you been shopping in the January sales

first_img Poll Results: YesNoVote Yes (363) FIGURES RELEASED YESTERDAY showed that, despite the Christmas rush, there was no change in retail sales between November and October, with business groups predicting job losses in the sector if it fails to pick up.Though figures for December have yet to be released, retailers are hoping they show an improvement, but many shoppers may have been waiting to nab the bargains in the January sales.So we want to know: Have you been shopping in the January sales? No (1888)last_img

The burning question Are Penguins chocolate bars or biscuits

first_img Poll Results: C – A perfect hybrid (1457) A – Chocolate bar (1376) B – Biscuit (2219) D – WHAT? Wednesday is National Biscuit Day? *Runs to buy biscuits* (946) WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week ahead and you have a lot on your plate.So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: Wednesday is National Biscuit Day and the people over at 11850 decided to find out which biscuits are the nation’s favourite. Controversially, Penguins came in sixth.It started a fierce argument at HQ and on Twitter.One person tweeted that it must be a chocolate bar because “otherwise you’d start destroying an entire, wonderful genre including Club Milks, 54321s and Purple Snack Bars. Meanwhile, someone from went with the old Jaffa Cake argument that Penguins are kept in the biscuit aisle of supermarkets and are, therefore, biscuits.So, help us sort this one out once and for all. What, exactly, is a Penguin?A. A chocolate bar, orYouTube Screengrab from this 1970s ad. B. A biscuitDixie JulepWhich side do you fall down on? A – Chocolate barB – BiscuitC – A perfect hybridD – WHAT? Wednesday is National Biscuit Day? *Runs to buy biscuits*VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at previous entries in The Burning Question*>The burning question*: Are Jaffa Cakes really biscuits or… cakes?last_img read more

Dads arent recognised in our Constitution and the Citizens Assembly denied them

first_img Share1116 Tweet Email5 By Matt O’Connor Jun 18th 2017, 9:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 791 Views Founder, Fathers4Justice WALK INTO ANY card retailer in the weeks ahead of Father’s Day and you’ll find a carefully constructed façade of clichéd cards peddling the myth that all dads will spend it either playing with their children, cooking on the barbecue, playing golf or fishing.The facts behind the fiction for Ireland’s forgotten fathers and broken families are very different.Despite the push for equality for all, the government and all political parties oppose parental equality for fathers, including a presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in the event parents separate.As a result, fathers are increasingly trapped in a glass cellar, marginalised and discriminated against both by the courts and the state. The outdated, default position of a dysfunctional legal system results in first-class fathers being treated like second-class parents.Unmarried dads have no rightsMany of Ireland’s 220,00 separated dads will struggle to see their children this Father’s Day. Unmarried dads have no rights and 189,000 children now live in fatherless homes according to Census 2016. But the cancer of fatherlessness and family breakdown is only just beginning.In our brutal, prehistoric, family courts, dads are routinely separated from their children without good reason by Jurassic Judges, and court orders for parenting time between dads and their kids are simply not enforced. These courts are secret and unaccountable.There isn’t even a complaints procedure to deal with judicial misconduct.According to suicide charities, separation from children is a significant factor in some dads suicides. In addition, fathers are more likely to be displaced from the family home to unstable accommodation or homelessness, itself a risk for suicide.Fathers who have been separated from their children face an elevated risk of alcoholism, depression and suicide as they are excluded from their families and homes with scandalously little, or no support, from the state or charities. They have literally been left for dead.Suicide is still a taboo subjectStatistically, 11 men will take their own lives in the week before Father’s Day.Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in Ireland and ends more lives than car crashes or cancer, yet is still a taboo subject, hidden by a cultural wall of silence where families fear the shame of suicide.For children, the outcome is equally as harmful. Fatherless young people are almost 70% more likely to take drugs, and 76% more likely to get involved in crime. The cost to society from family breakdown, truancy, anti-social behaviour, teenage crime, addiction and depression is incalculable.The State has responded to this public health emergency by spending just 0.9% of the money it spends on women’s services, on men’s services and male suicide.€20.6 million spent on women’s services, just €146,000 for men’sIn a letter to Fathers4Justice on 24th February 2017, the private secretary to Minister Katherine Zappone TD said that €20.6 million was spent on women’s services, whilst just €146,000 was provided for men’s services.You might have thought that in this inhospitable climate the Catholic Church would be a place for comfort and solace for separated dads. You’d be wrong.The Church has consistently refused to support the rights of separated fathers to see their children and while Pope Francis has eulogised about the role of mothers, he has repeatedly made discriminatory comments about dads.In his 2016 papal pronouncement Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis went as far to describe fathers as “absent, missing…too controlling…they neglect families…fail to offer sure and solid guidance to their children.”In fact, not a single priest has raised his voice to express concern for the plight of fatherless children and their dads.Fathers are not recognised in the ConstitutionWorst still, fathers are not recognised in the Constitution, and they are increasingly demonised by politicians as feckless “deadbeats” for cheap political capital. Even the Citizens’ Assembly denied men and fathers a voice on the 8th Amendment and any say as to whether they too should have a choice as to whether they become parents or not.Dads have even been abandoned by human rights organisations like Amnesty International and the Irish Human Rights and Equalities Commission, whose silence is deafening loud. Pitifully little information is kept by the State about the plight of dads in Ireland.The Central Statistics Office don’t keep a record of the parental status of suicide victims and is unable to provide data about the exact number of suicides involving dads, or the death rates for separated dads, which are three times higher than mothers in the UK.The toxic truth then behind Father’s Day in Ireland is concealed behind a façade of colourful cards, papering over the cracks in Ireland’s macho veneer.Masculinity and fatherhood is in crisisThe facts behind the fiction is that masculinity and fatherhood is in crisis, exacerbated by the cultural conditioning of our local GAA that perpetuates the myth that dads are doing just grand and are mighty and strong. That’s why we are sounding the alarm.But it doesn’t need to be like this. Progressive legislators in the United States have already introduced shared parenting for dads in over 20 states, and in Sweden 40% of separated parents now share the parenting of their children. In the 1980s it was just 1%.Better still, shared parenting will lead to better outcomes for fathers and families and allow mums more time to invest in their careers and businesses as fathers and paternal grandparents are plugged back into the lives of their children and grandchildren.Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do, but it will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland for everyone. Its time our politicians started acting responsibly to tackle this issue and soon, before more harm is done.Fathers4Justice (F4J) was founded in 2001 by father of three boys, Matt O’Connor. In 2005 he was named GQ Magazine’s 7th Top Communicator in the UK, GQ Magazine’s 92nd Most Powerful Man in Britain, Esquire Magazine’s 35th Most Powerful Man in Britain Under 50 and one of twenty people shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Great Briton of the Year Awards. In 2007 he published his first book Fathers4Justice: The Inside Story through the Orion Publishing Group and sold the motion picture rights to his life story to Buena Vista pictures, part of the Walt Disney group. Fathers4Justice is the world’s largest shared parenting campaign group with over 80,000 registered families in the UK and Ireland. ‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 9:30 AM Matt O’Connor 98 Comments ‘Dads aren’t recognised in our Constitution and the Citizen’s Assembly denied them a voice’ Parental equality isn’t only the right thing to do. It will create stronger, healthier, happier Ireland, writes Matt O’Connor.last_img read more

Milligan full of praise for Boyle

first_imgAustralia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.last_img read more