Medford Man Charged With Driving NYC Bus Drunk


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New York City bus driver was arrested for allegedly driving the public bus in Westbury while drunk over the weekend, New York State police said.Troopers responding to calls of a city bus being driven erratically eastbound on the Northern State Parkway stopped the driver just east of exit 32 for Post Avenue and found the man behind the wheel, Alexander Copeland, to be under the influence of alcohol at 2:22 p.m. Sunday, police said.The 52-year-old Medford man failed sobriety tests, smelled of alcoholic beverages and had a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent, more than double the legal limit, police said.Copeland was charged with reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle without owners consent, driving while intoxicated and traffic violations. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Portugal climb to fifth in FIFA rankings as Belgium remain top


first_imgFIFA rankingsBelgiumFranceBrazilEnglandPortugal (+2)Croatia (-1)Spain (+2)Uruguay (-2)Switzerland (-1)DenmarkSelected:Germany (+2)= ArgentinaColombia (-1)Italy (+3)= The Netherlands (+2)Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Portugal win Nations League titleLausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Portugal climbed two places to fifth in the latest FIFA rankings on Friday after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.Fernando Santos’ side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay.Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half strike from Goncalo Guedes, after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick had seen them past Switzerland in the semis.The Dutch, who failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last year’s World Cup, also gained two spots, rising to a tie for 14th.Belgium remain atop the rankings ahead of world champions France after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.last_img read more

Syrian feast brings community together at the LOFT


first_imgIt has been said that ‘food is the ingredient that binds us together’, and the first event of the new ‘Food From The Holy Land’ project in Donegal did just that. People of all ages and from all over the world came together in the LOFT at Donegal Youth Service for a Syrian feast recently.The feast consisted of various types of authentic Syrian food, kindly cooked for the local community by two Syrian women Nadine Berri and Jawaher Kurdi who have recently come to live in Letterkenny with their families. Syrian Food Project participants from DLDC and DYS: Left to right: Eyad Meshael, Marie Corcran-Tindell, Michael Campbell, Frankie McGreevy, Bilal Abd El Jalil, Nadine Berri, Jawaher Kurdi, Obeida Abd Al Jalil“We had such a great day and we are extremely thankful to the people from Syria who put in so much effort allowing us all to appreciate their beautiful food,” LOFT Youth Worker Frankie McGreevy said.The Loft Youth Project, Donegal Youth Service and the Community Foundation for Ireland are delighted to host the new initiative in partnership with the Donegal Local Development Company Resettlement Programme. Donegal Youth Service is a countywide youth organisation, meeting the needs of young people all over Donegal.  For more information you can pop in to 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, call 074 91 29630, email [email protected], visit and stay up to date with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Syrian feast brings community together at the LOFT was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth Serviceloftsyrian food eventlast_img read more

A Martian Crust: Was It Alive?


first_imgDavid McKay, the father of the Martian meteorite that started feverish debates about life on Mars in 1996, is at it again.  Now he thinks a mat of crusty soil was made by microbes, according to Space.Com.    In spite of the salty, acidic soil (see 08/06/04 headline), Gilbert Levin, also interviewed by Space.Com, thinks life on Mars is likely.Give it up, David.  There are more honest ways to get funding for new NASA missions than hyping the meagerest of circumstantial evidence while ignoring the problems.  “Mars has all the conditions for life: water, energy, and organic substances, McKay pointed out.”  One thing thou lackest: information.  From whence cometh information, if not from intelligent design?  That doth make all the difference between mat – and Matt.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Court Rules — Wrongly — That Google Is A Publisher


first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Google#international#legal#search#Yahoo center_img An Australian court made a huge mistake Monday. It ruled that Google can be treated as a publisher for the content of its search results — and therefore be found guilty of libel. If the ruling stands, Google will owe $200,000 to music promoter Milorad Trkulja, who sued Google because content on other websites linked him to criminal activity, and Google’s algorithm displayed those sites in search results for him.According to a report in the Guardian, the offending materials suggested that Trkulja was a criminal and that rivals had hired a hitman to kill him. Though he had been shot in a restaurant in 2004, Trkulja has never been convicted of any criminal activity. But people said otherwise on the Web, and they published images as well, so Google did its job and indexed those search results.Whose Fault Is It?Trkulja’s lawyers began contacting Google in 2009 asking for these search results to be removed, but Google told them to take it up with the publishers of the content instead. That’s how this Internet thing works. If someone publishes lies about you, it’s their fault – not the fault of the people and companies who read those lies and link to them.He sued Yahoo, which hosted the site that defamed him, and won $225,000 in damages in March. Not content with that, Trkulja sued Google for linking to the site that defamed him. Google maintained that it is not a publisher, but the jury was not convinced. It concluded that Google should have taken down the offending material after Trkulja put it on notice, and it awarded damages of $200,000. In the eyes of this court, Google is liable as a publisher, even though it merely indexed Web content published by others.We got the same PR response from Google as the Guardian did in response to the ruling:“Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web. The sites in Google’s search results are controlled by those sites’ webmasters, not by Google.”A source close to the situation tells us that Google is considering an appeal.A Bad Precedent That Breaks The WebThis is not a good ruling. It breaks the Web. It is unfortunate that Trkulja was put in this situation, though, and he’s far from alone. I’ve covered other recent injunctions against Google for algorithmic auto-complete suggestions that put people’s names next to unsavory terms. This is not publishing. This is statistics. Google’s tools are merely reflecting the live state of the Web.But Google is the gateway to the Web for millions of people, and what is true on Google is simply the truth as far as many uncritical searchers are concerned. Google should not be held responsible and asked to doctor its Web results. But people also should not have to deal with the fallout from false information about them that happens to rank well in search.Clearly Google has to keep improving its reputation signals for the sites in its index, so it can more reliably filter out false information. But this ruling in Australia, if it stands and spreads to other countries, is not a workable solution.Requiring Google to censor itself does not solve the problem. Google is not a publisher. It’s the responsibility of publishers to make sure the information they publish is accurate.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… jon mitchelllast_img read more

How to avoid losing in the competitive “future of work”


first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Did you get the memo? We’re living in the future. But despite being in the middle of the 4th Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), we’re not seeing the increase in productivity we’re used to seeing with the previous revolutions.Labor productivity growth is at a historical low, in defiance of the increased fetishization of productivity, countless technological innovations we have seen in this current business cycle (beginning Q4 2007), vacation days decreasing, and hours growth outpacing its long-term historical trend.What’s happening, argues Jeff Schwartz, Deloitte’s HR thought leader, is that while technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and individuals are usually quick to adapt, “…business productivity is not driven by Moore’s Law.”So what can organizations do to move the needle and close the gap between business productivity and technological advancement? Adapt with your workforce.Schwartz and his colleagues at Deloitte Human Capital, among many others, believe HR has a unique role to play in helping leaders and organizations adapt to this rapid shift in technology — and to the expectations of a rapidly growing Millennial and Gen-Z workforce. Recently, Deloitte’s Innovation Tech Terminal teamed up with ZipRecruiter and WeFind in Tel Aviv to host their 3rd Meetup for its HR Tech Community featuring experts ranging from HR Tech startups, investors, and corporations to discuss 1) the future of work, 2) the biggest challenges that organizations will face, and 3) what they can do to reinvent themselves for this digital age.Be flexibleAt the meetup, Vered Raviv-Schwarz, COO of Fiverr — the world’s largest freelance services marketplace — discussed the huge shift in the way the world views & treats work that has major implications for organizations looking to hire top talent. “Almost 40% of the US workforce is freelancing. For employers, you’re competing not just with other companies, but with a way of life as well.” The “Freelancing in America: 2016”  survey performed late last year seems to validate these comments, with 63% of freelancers doing it by choice, and with 50% saying that there is no amount of money that would get them to go back to a traditional job — and why would they when, according to the survey, a majority of freelancers that left a full-time job made more money within a year.According to Vered, “You’re not just competing on compensation, but flexibility — you need to give [employees] the feeling that they can be intrapreneurs.” Following the leads of the  Amazons and  Googles of the world, organizations are embracing a risk-tolerant culture and encouraging experimentation in the workplace. Others, like WordPress (with 400 employees) and Buffer, are ditching the office completely, opting to go 100% remote with many finding that, in terms of employee retention, there’s no place like home.Instead of trying to compete with the gig economy, companies can choose to embrace it. Working with freelancers would provide companies numerous benefits such as the flexibility of a fluid workforce that you can easily scale up or down for projects and a wider access to hyper-specialized talent. Routine process tasks and hierarchy are being phased out by automation as organizations are shifting towards being project-based networks of teams, so these off-balance sheet workers could eventually represent a sizeable chunk of the organization of the future.Love thy employeeIt’s going to take a lot more than flexible work policies to motivate this growing digital-first generation of workers. Companies will need to be more employee-centric and place as much emphasis on the employee experience as they do on the customer experience. This means, according to Schwartz, HR Tech will need to provide an end-to-end view of the entire employee experience, from recruitment to retirement, rather than just focusing on engagement and culture.This includes reinventing how you measure and evaluate employee performance. Gone are the days of annual reviews and focusing on individual achievements. Enter continuous feedback loops and aligning rewards with an individual’s contribution to the team and the team’s contribution to overall business goals of the company.Ronni Zehavi, CEO & Co-Founder of Hibob, an HR and employee benefits platform for SMBs that focuses on the end-to-end employee experience, argues that many HR platforms are B2B-oriented, with no focus on the “C” — “C” being the employee. With companies devoting up to 80% of their monthly expenses on people, “…they’re essentially your largest asset and resource for growth. To manage your #1 expense and resource, you need tech. It doesn’t make any sense that you pay for CRMs like Salesforce to manage your sales pipeline and marketing, but you neglect the people.”Develop your talentIt’s no secret Millennials are notorious for job-hopping —  60% say they are open to new job opportunities with 21% having changed jobs in the past year (3x non-Millennials). With estimates having Millennials making up 75% of the total US workforce by 2025, organizations must move fast to retain them or risk being left behind.Millennials and Gen-Z workers can expect to live for 100 years, meaning they’ll be working for 60-70 years. And, according to Schwartz, with the average worker staying at their job for ~4 years and the half-life of a learned skill being ~5 years, everyone will have one job — to constantly be learning. This represents an opportunity for organizations to increase retention and develop the younger, more agile and digital ready leaders of the future by providing training in the beginning of their employees’ careers and throughout.PepsiCo is doing this by focusing on a framework of “Critical Experiences” — immersive experiences (like pioneering a new product) that force you to deal with ambiguity, take you out of your comfort zone, and help you develop new skills & knowledge. The idea is that you can draw from the insights and perspective these experiences give you no matter where you end up in your career.Be attractiveRanked as the 3rd most important challenge businesses face in Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, it’s apparent organizations are scrambling to catch up their Talent Acquisition efforts to the dramatic shift in jobs & skills needs that are brought on by rapid technological innovation. In the new age of talent acquisition, companies will have to move beyond traditional systems and adapt to emerging technologies, capabilities, and needs if they want to attract the best and brightest.Building a digital employment brand is a necessity if you want to recruit top talent now. Companies like Industry, a professional network and hiring platform for the service and hospitality industry, are breathing digital life into an entire sector that otherwise uses rather archaic hiring methods like paper resumes and Craigslist ads — not ideal when the job turnover is 72%. For instance, Industry leverages video & photos for its users to build their brands, allowing restaurants to post a “Company Culture Video” on their hiring page and professionals to post short clips and pictures to highlight their creations and personalities.Others are leveraging cognitive systems like IBM Watson by consolidating data from the employee lifecycle and social media to predict future performance of candidates, optimize recruitment marketing, and increase the speed of hiring.Moving forwardPreviously viewed as a compliance-only function, with 404 deals and $2.2 billion in funding in 2016 alone, according to CB Insights, and changes in human capital philosophy, HR has emerged as the strategic function in helping organizations navigate the 4th Industrial Revolution and the new expectations & increased competition that comes with it. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Tags:#Human Resources#Internet of Things#IoT#job security#Jobs#unemployment Related Posts Matan Bordolast_img read more

a month ago​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribers


first_img​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga Sports TV, the multi-sports OTT platform launched by Spanish football’s LaLiga, has reached 300,000 registered users, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas who was speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, reports SportBusiness.LaLiga Sports TV offers free live coverage of various sports, including matches of the ASOBAL Handball league and Spain’s second-tier basketball division Liga LEB Oro, plus sports such as badminton, petanque and weightlifting.It went live in March of this year as a multi-sport proposition but also streams live games from Spanish football’s second-tier Segunda División, but behind a paywall. Short highlights from Spain’s top two leagues are also offered on the platform.LaLiga Sports TV was launched in March with the intention of boosting the exposure of Spanish sports, becoming the first European league to launch its own OTT service in doing so. Viewers can access it on mobile devices – both mobile phones and tablets – and smart TVs. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoNewcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exit


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen can’t rule out Hull exitby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City winger Jarrod Bowen admits he’d be open to leaving the Championship club.The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, and is being linked with Newcastle United.“If I leave, I leave, if I don’t, I am loving it here,” Bowen told the Hull Daily Mail.“What will be, will be.”I have just got to keep my head down, I have got agents that take care of all of that.“I am playing football so I am not surprised that I didn’t leave.”It is out of my hands what happens off the pitch, I have just got to (perform) on the pitch.” last_img

Embassy of Chile Donates Computers to Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High


first_imgStory Highlights His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, said his Government is strongly committed to promoting a comprehensive, inclusive education for children. The five computers were handed over in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Republic of Chile. Acting Principal of the school, Patricia Findley, said she is elated that the institution was selected as the location “for such a prestigious celebration”. A donation of notebook computers to the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew by the Embassy of Chile is expected to further enrich the learning experience of students.The five computers were handed over on Monday, November 11, during a special ceremony held at the school in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Republic of Chile.Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, said his Government is strongly committed to promoting a comprehensive, inclusive education for children that can stimulate and challenge every aspect of their lives.“In this age and day, it means allowing our children to have access to a technological world. We hope these computers can contribute to this important task, as they are tools to encourage different forms of learning,” he said.He further noted that he was pleased that throughout the 50 years of diplomatic relations, the bond of cooperation between both countries has been reinforced, noting that several local Spanish language teachers have benefited from diploma programmes.Meanwhile, Acting Principal of the school, Patricia Findley, said she is elated that the institution was selected as the location “for such a prestigious celebration”, and as the recipient of the computers, which will serve to enhance the technological knowledge of students.“Educating young minds is our business. We truly appreciate this gesture, and assistance in moving our children to greater educational heights,” she said.For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, said that “a better school could not have been chosen for the gifts”, lauding the institution for “trying to achieve national and surpass national targets in all that they do.”last_img read more

Saudi envoy meets Imran amid IndoPak tensions conveys his majestys special message


first_imgIslamabad: Saudi’s top diplomat met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and delivered a “special message” from powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, amid global efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions, according to media reports. Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Prime Minister Khan at the his office where the two discussed the ongoing Indo-Pak tensions and matters of regional and bilateral interest, Geo TV reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Jubeir conveyed him a special message of the crown prince, it added. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PM’s adviser on trade, secretary foreign affairs and other higher officials were present during the meeting. Ahead of his meeting with Khan, Jubeir met Qureshi and discussed Pakistan’s recent tensions with India, regional security and bilateral relations. The Saudi diplomat assured Qureshi of his country’s support towards solving the issues with India in a peaceful manner. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang According to Pakistan Foreign Office, Jubeir will also meet Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Jubeir was earlier supposed to visit Pakistan on March 1 but it was delayed due to heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on March 1. Countries like the US, the UK, China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were involved in easing tensions between India and Pakistan. While announcing the Saudi minister’s visit, Foreign Minister Qureshi Wednesday said that the Saudi envoy is coming to Pakistan with a “special message” from Crown Prince Mohammad. Jubeir’s visit comes after the crown prince stand alone visits to Pakistan and India soon after the Pulwama terror attack.last_img read more