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Banana Republics new Hijab Line Sparks Debate on Muslim Dress Standards


Rabat – Banana Republic launched a line of hijabs on Tuesday, August 30. The American retail giant added four styles of plain colored and patterned hijabs, the head coverings some Muslim women choose to wear, to the “accessories” section of its website.Banana Republic’s joins other retail giants who are moving towards more inclusive brand depictions and clothing lines. In 2017, Nike released a sports hijab line, and last year, GAP released a promotional “back to school” ad campaign showing a little girl wearing a hijab.Banana Republic’s new product quickly sparked debate. Two of the high profile Instagram influencers, British-Moroccan model Mariah Idrissi and the founder of the online fashion label Haute Hijab, Melanie Elturk, criticized Banana Republic about two images used in the ad campaign. They pointed out that the brand’s campaign images for the hijabs did not necessarily meet the modest dress code requirements of hijabi women. The first image shows a woman wearing a hijab and a short sleeve white T-shirt. The second image shows a woman wearing a hijab and a grey dress with a slit up the side of the leg.Elturk shared the first images from Banana Republic’s website on her Instagram, writing: “While I LOVE that hijab is becoming more mainstream and applaud @bananarepublic for their efforts in inclusivity… I have to pause at the way it’s portrayed.”“There are guidelines to hijab outside of just covering hair,” she noted.“All it would have taken was a consultation with a Muslim brand or group to advise in order to do it right and respect our values. So while this excited me as someone who’s life mission is to normalize hijab in the mainstream, I also think it’s important we keep the essence of hijab intact for ourselves and our future generations,” she added.London-born model Mariah Idrissi, of Moroccan-Pakistani descent, also commented on the images. “I’m out here on… all these platforms to explain the importance of getting the right people to consult for brands that want to tap into the ‘Muslim dollar’ and then this happens. Why are these errors happening still?” she questioned. Idrissi made headlines back in 2015 when she became the first model to wear a hijab in a major international fashion campaign for H&M. Banana Republic has removed the two images in question from its website. The brand has not released a statement on the matter. read more


At UN Bolivian leader proposes alliance to save humankind


The provision of water and other basic services, including energy and electricity, are human rights, he said, also urging the protection of migrants.“Walls were built for cattle and sheep,” Mr. Morales told world leaders gathered at the Assembly yesterday, criticizing the erection of barriers in Mexico and the occupied Palestinian territory. “We cannot confuse human beings with animals.”Commerce can circulate freely but people cannot, he said, calling for an end to embargoes such as the one against Cuba put in place by the United States.The new alliance would also help to conserve the environment, the President said, speaking out against the selling of so-called carbon bonds. “How can Mother Earth be turned into a business?” he asked.The coalition must also promote equality and justice for all, which he said is the backbone for peace.Its final objective, Mr. Morales said, is to strengthen the United Nations by democratizing it, which he said would be a “difficult task.” 24 September 2010Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed the creation of a new alliance to save humankind by guaranteeing human rights, saving the environment and promoting equality and social justice for all during his address to the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment. read more


Thousands fleeing DR of Congo for Burundi UN refugee agency reports


The recent flare-up of fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent thousands of people fleeing across the border to Burundi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today, voicing concern that intensified clashes could spell further displacement.Agency spokesperson Millicent Mutuli said the Congolese began leaving over the weekend when heavy fighting broke out in south Kivu between two rebel groups – the Mai-Mai militia and the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma).“We are increasingly concerned that there may be further displacement if the Mai-Mai offensive in the Kivu region continues,” she said, citing reports that the Mai-Mai militia intend to press on northwards toward the DRC town of Bukavu, on the shores of Lake Kivu, while RCD-Goma rebels say they will launch a counter-offensive to re-capture Uvira. “UNHCR is extremely worried that possible fighting for Bukavu or a counter-offensive for Uvira could lead to further population displacement into Burundi – which is itself fragile from years of conflict – or into south-western Rwanda,” she added.More than 5,000 refugees reportedly arrived in Burundi on Monday, added to the nearly 2,000 who crossed the border over the weekend, according to UNHCR. Many of the refugees who fled from Uvira are Congolese of ethnic Tutsi origin.UNHCR, which distributed basic supplies to the displaced families, is erecting large hangars to shelter them. Refugees reported that they would like to return home as soon as possible, but voiced fear that their homes and property had been looted. read more


Unemployed man launches roadside placard campaign


first_imgAN UNEMPLOYED FATHER of five has spent the last five days walking for hours up and down the road at Newland’s Cross wearing a sign around his neck – and says he won’t stop until he gets a job.Brendan Coleman has spent all of his working life employed in the sales sector and after losing his job last year he found he was unable to find new employment.He told TheJournal.ie that he had tried “all the conventional” means of applying for jobs, including online and the national papers, “to no avail”. Coleman decided that he would make a sign about his predicament and wear it at the busy Newland’s Cross junction.“This is my last route,” said the Wexford man. “It’s a gimmick. It’s a way of making people sit up and take notice.”Coleman, who is in his fifties, wears a sign that has his mobile number on it and the lines: To all employers – prove to me that you don’t age discriminate – employ me! I have 20 years sales experience.“I don’t mind,” he said of potential future jobs. “If I have to diversify, I don’t mind. A  job is what I’m looking for and I’m not going to apologise.”He has received a lot of support online, with his photograph being shared widely on Facebook. “It’s been phenomenal,” he said. “I have gotten 7 or 8,000 likes on Facebook. I got a text from someone in Australia who had seen me on Facebook.”He said the support “has renewed my faith in people”.Since Monday, Coleman has driven from Wexford to Newland’s Cross, where he takes up his position at 9am on a narrow concrete strip near traffic lights. Surrounding him are about eight lanes of traffic. He stays there, walking up and down, until at least 3.30pm.“It’s not easy. This is not simple,” he said. “”It’s not nice. It’s about keeping positive. It’s not saying ‘I’m not going to bother’.”He is married with five grown-up children and said his family are “totally behind me”.“I couldn’t do it without them.”He has had a number of employers contact him since he began wearing the sign. Coleman plans on continuing to go to Newland’s Cross with his placard until he is officially employed.“I’m going to stay as long as it takes to get a job.”Coleman said he doesn’t blame anybody for his lack of a job, and he knows it is hard for employers as well as unemployed people. But he is determined to do what it takes to become employed again.I’ve worked all my life. If I’m honest, yeah it was a culture shock not to be working. I wanted to be working. I’m hopeful I will get a job; I know I will and that’s the reason [I’m here].Read:  Numbers on the Live Register fall again in November, unemployment at 12.5 per cent>last_img read more


Trapattoni confirms Richard Dunne will miss Sweden and Austria matches


first_imgIRELAND MANAGER GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has confirmed that Richard Dunne will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.Trapattoni revealed the bad news when he made an appearance at the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda tonight.The Italian will have to plan without the Aston Villa defender, who has struggled with injuries since Euro 2012, for the two matches later this month.Trapattoni said Marc Wilson, who has recovered from a leg break and is back in action for Stoke, and Everton’s Seamus Coleman will both be named in the Ireland squad for the qualifiers.The full Irish squad is due to be named at midday tomorrow.Earlier today, the FAI announced Ireland will play Georgia in a home friendly on 5 June.Wrong Georgia, Trap? Boys in Green line up un-glamorous friendlylast_img read more


Dinquiétantes tempêtes de sable en Iran


first_imgD’inquiétantes tempêtes de sable en Iran Des vents de sable de plus en plus violents, venus d’Irak, touchent l’Iran depuis plusieurs jours. Les tempêtes de sable n’avaient jusqu’ici jamais atteint une telle ampleur dans ce pays.   L’Iran est un pays habitué à être balayé par des tempêtes de sable à l’arrivée du printemps. Pourtant, depuis quelques jours, les vents de sable venant d’Irak sont inhabituellement violents. A tel point que les autorités iraniennes ont été contraintes de fermer les différentes administrations, écoles et aéroports dans certaines régions du sud, de l’ouest et du centre. Dans la capitale, Téhéran, une alerte à la pollution a même été lancée.  Selon Le Monde, le responsable de l’environnement du Khouzistan, à la frontière irakienne, a précisé que “le vent de sable qui a touché le pays est sans précédent, c’est le plus violent jamais subi par l’Iran”. Habituellement, le pays est protégé par son relief, mais les responsables iraniens imputent le problème à la désertification de la partie sud de l’Irak consécutive à 25 années de guerre et aux barrages construits sur les deux grands fleuves irakiens que sont le Tigre et l’Euphrate.Le 15 avril 2011 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Brazil the best team in the World Lukaku


first_imgBrazil are the best team in the world but Belgium can beat them says Lukaku, according to ESPN.Romelu Lukaku believes that he and his teammates have what it takes to beat Brazil despite referring to them as the best team at the World Cup.The Belgian striker is among the top scorers at this World Cup so far with four goals to his name. His sublime dummy against Japan was enough to put West Brom’s Nacer Chadli through on goal and the wide man made no mistake from six-yards out.Roberto Martinez’s men look very good in attack and Lukaku knows the game against Brazil will provide them an opportunity to show how far they’ve come.“For the past two years we’ve been playing with this system and we’ve improved as individuals,” Lukaku told reporters during the pre-match conference.“Tomorrow’s match against the best team in this World Cup will be a good test to see where we stand as a team.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When asked about Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup. He replied:“For me he’s not an actor, he has come against very tough players. He’s one of the best in the world and I’m excited to be going up against him for the second time.”Belgium go into this game as underdogs against the five-time world champions But Lukaku believes his teammates will play without fear or too much respect.“I think we have to savour the game as well as play without the pressure from the outside and give our optimal best for our country.”The Brazilians have the meanest defensive record so far at the tournament, but the Belgians will hope their attack proves too much for Thiago Silva and co tomorrow evening.last_img read more


Sinkhole leaks raw sewage in Hialeah streets


HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A sinkhole pumped raw sewage out on the streets of Hialeah, Wednesday morning.The sewage leak occurred near West Sixth Avenue and 40th Place.Officials said the sinkhole was caused by a sewer main break.Crews are working to fix the pipe and fill the sinkhole.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


China will not oppose Masood Azhars ban as global terrorist at UN


first_imgJeM Chief Masood AzharJaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is likely to be designated as a global terrorist at the United Nations on May 1 as China has reportedly decided not to block India’s request. Earlier, China had blocked India’s four such attempts to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, much to the disappointment of the other members of the United Nations Security Council – the US, the UK and France. They have been standing by India’s side, especially since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.If Azhar is designated as a global terrorist at the UN, this could be a big diplomatic win for the Narendra Modi-led BJP government which has been pressing the international community to act against JeM. The decision could pave a way for financial sanctions against the JeM on the lines of other terror groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.”May Day is going to be the death knell for Masood Azhar, as he will be designated as a global terrorist by the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, with Beijing caving in to the global demand led by the US, France and the UK that the main orchestrator of the Pulwama attack be brought to book,” a senior official told Hindustan Times.China gives in to international pressure?Post the Pulwama terror attack, the members of the UN Security Council such as the US and the UK supported France’s proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee. The members were given 10 days to raise any objection over the proposal. China blocked the decision on March 13, which was the last day of the deadline which is believed to be a move to please its all-weather friend Pakistan.But post-China’s fourth attempt to block India’s demand of listing Azhar as a global terrorist, both the US and the UK are infuriated and have clearly expressed that a formidable action against the JeM chief will soon follow.China seems to have finally shed its reluctance and agreed to the demand of the other UN Security Council members amidst the mounting pressure. The February 14 terror strike in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir has ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan leading to tit-for-tat air raids across the line of control (LoC) in Kashmir.Masood Azhar is one of the most wanted terrorists in India, who has been accused of plotting various attacks on the Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, attacking the parliament and the J&K Assembly in 2001, attacking the Pathankot air base in 2016 besides the recent Pulwama suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF personnel.Pakistan’s External Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had recently stated that Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is unwell. Post the Indian air strikes at the JeM training camp in Balakot, its chief is said to have moved to the safer Bhawalpur region with his family. Masood Azhar’s two nephews were gunned down by the security forces in separate combat operations in Kashmir last year.last_img read more


Happy Birthday Doctor Who Voice Actor Nicholas Briggs


first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Happy birthday to the unsung hero of Doctor Who, Nicholas Briggs!You may not know his name, but you’ll recognize his timbre.Jack-of-all-trades Briggs is an actor, writer, director, sound designer, and composer, best known as the voice of many of the Doctor’s greatest villains.Briggs’ first Whovian break came in the mid-80s, when he snagged the role of The Myth Makers host, interviewing actors, writers, and directors involved in the original BBC series.When production company Reeltime Pictures expanded into original dramas, Briggs also expanded his role, penning some stories and acting in others, including unofficial Doctor Who spin-off Wartime—a 1987 direct-to-video film in which he plays an unnamed soldier.Briggs, behind the scenes of ‘Doctor Who’ (via BBC)He began honing his voice acting skills as a future incarnation of the Doctor for a series of audio dramas by Audio Visuals (a precursor of Big Finish Productions).And even served as the model for a Ninth Doctor, as the Time Lord appeared in a 1990s Doctor Who Magazine comic strip depicting the Eighth Doctor’s regeneration. (Which later turned out to be a hoax.)Since Russell T. Davies revived Doctor Who in 2005, Briggs has provided the voices of several monsters—most notably the Daleks and Cybermen.He also voiced the Nestene Consciousness in revival opener “Rose” and recorded a voice for the Jagrafess in “The Long Game.” Oh, and there was his work as the Judoon in DW and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as Ice Warrior Skaldak in Eleventh Doctor take “Cold War.”It’s easy to hide behind the scenes. But Briggs stepped into the spotlight in 2009, joining Torchwood serial “Children of Earth” as Special Government Advisor Rick Yates.Hard at work on 2015 episode “The Witch’s Familiar” (via BBC)The London-born performer really carries a torch for Doctor Who, directing, writing, and acting in a number of Big Finish audio plays. In 2006, he was named co-executive producer of the entertainment company.If you get a chance, pick up the Dalek Survival Guide reference book, co-written by Briggs and published in 2002, or his 2013 novel The Dalek Generation, one of three Eleventh Doctor novels released by BBC Books.Like I said: Jack of all trades, even if those trades are limited to one science-fiction franchise.Cheers to 56, sir! We hope it’s Dalek-table.(Also, a shoutout to one of my favorite Doctor Who comic artists, Rachael Stott, who turns 28 today!)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more


Bengal driver economy for eastern states says Fin Com


first_imgKolkata: Stating that Bengal’s economy is a “driver economy” for many other states in the eastern part of the country, N K Singh, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, praised the development projects taken up by the state government.The 15th Finance Commission headed by Singh and other members including Saktikanta Das, Dr Anoop Singh, Dr Ashok Lahiri and Arvind Mehta, Secretary, held a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Finance Minister Amit Mitra and senior officials of the state government on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter the detailed discussions with the state government, Singh said: “Some of the development initiatives that have been taken up are commendable in multiple ways in terms of job creation, harnessing the comparative advantage that Bengal has in terms of its intellectual capital.”The Chairman also stated that the Finance Commission has recognised that in the past few years the economy of Bengal has made enormous progress in terms of key macro-economic parameters on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), on improved debt management and on enhancing its own tax revenue. “The state has also made several strides on human development particularly in education and health sector,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Commission’s Chairman said: “Some initiatives in which job and employment hubs of a labour intensive nature have been undertaken, particularly the issues of Information and Technology sector and leather industry are the two illustrative cases which were brought to the Commission’s notice.”He maintained: “There are many virtuous features in what Bengal has done in terms of the tier three governance structure and delegation of substantial powers to the Panchayats and in terms of harnessing the comparative factors’ advantages of Bengal. These are the examples of key initiatives that would not only add to Bengal’s development but would be a pointer of how to harness comparative advantages of other states too.” Singh further added: “We agree based on today’s meaningful discussions to continue interaction and dialogue with the state government on what needs to be done in both short and medium term for Bengal to become an important multiplier state in terms of the overall growth picture of the country.”In the same breath, he said that it is a fact that the state’s economy is very strategically placed with three countries bordering it. It is a driver economy for many other states in the east that shares the border with Bengal.last_img read more


Ragamuffin Day – The Original Halloween


first_imgThe modern Thanksgiving holiday is a time for celebration, giving of thanks, enjoying family and of course, eating plenty of delicious foodstuffs. The traditions of Thanksgiving in modern America are few but familiar. The presidential turkey pardon, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and copious consumption of turkey are the primary traditions of the holiday. Yet, in the early 20th century, American Thanksgiving had some traditions that were strangely similar to Halloween.After Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed that Thanksgiving was to be celebrated as a national holiday in 1863, many states began to take part in different festivities and traditions.ThanksgivingOne tradition that emerged from New York involved children dressing up in all manner of costumes and begging strangers for treats.These kids would often dress down, wearing poor people’s clothing as a costume, garnering the nickname of Ragamuffins.Known colloquially in New York City as Ragamuffin Day, the children would go out on the streets and ask, “Anything for Thanksgiving?” They would be rewarded with candies, fruits or even pennies.Over time, the tradition would expand as the children dressed up as more than just hobos and vagrants. Some would wear face paint, others would put on masks. The tradition, beginning in 1870, actually preceded Halloween’s trick or treating.Ragamuffins on Thanksgiving.The traditions of Ragamuffin Day would prove to be very popular in New York City. Large swathes of costumed children would parade throughout the streets, giving credence to the idea of a Ragamuffin Parade.The costumes would grow more elaborate and for a time, the strange custom would be widely accepted within New York City.Story Of A City: New York (1946)Other states would imitate the practice as well, although not to the wide degree that NYC would.And of course, this tradition provided valuable business to stores that were looking to ply their wares.Thanksgiving Maskers.Paper mache used to create masks, candies for the children — all of these were advertised and sold by merchants who took full advantage of the holiday demands.Children wanted to be dressed as sailors, businessmen, Charlie Chaplin-esque tramps, and even as animals. The costume and mask industry did very well during this period.Thanksgiving maskers, circa 1910-1915.Unfortunately, the widespread tradition of Ragamuffin Day would not survive. What once started out as a lark, a fun way for children and adults to enjoy a holiday together, soon grew to be an annoyance to the refined and sophisticated crowd.Thanksgiving Maskers scramble for pennies.By the 1930s, there were calls from New York Times articles that stated the holiday needed to end, as it was nothing more than an unpleasant distraction for adults.Claiming that the ragamuffin beggars were annoying, adults began to shun the tradition and soon parades were on the decline.A still from the movie adaption of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” where Ragamuffin Day is mentioned.Why would public sentiment turn so quickly against Ragamuffin Day? Simply put, by the arrival of the Great Depression in 1929, which cast a sour mood on the country.With many struggling to find work, and some genuinely reduced to begging in order to survive, the jovial activities of dressing up as a poor person and begging for treats was no longer a novelty.Painting a Thanksgiving Masker, 1911.It was instead a harsh mockery of what the times had become. People didn’t have the resources to give away treats or pennies.Groups of children, such as the Madison Square Boys Club, began to actively campaign against Ragamuffin Day as well, instead opting to host Thanksgiving Day parades of their own.Part of Bay Ridge’s 2013 Ragamuffin Parade. Photo by emilydickinsonridesabmx CC BY 2.0While many would still dress up, they would march, sometimes with signs that say, “American Boys Don’t Beg,” as a way to indicate that they were not in approval of such activities.Ragamuffin Parades would continue, although less frequently, until the 1950s, where they would evaporate entirely.Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looking North from the East side of Broadway between 47th & 48th Streets, 1979. Photo by Jon Harder CC BY 2.5A few parades would later surface in the early 70s, but by and large, Ragamuffin Day is a bygone relic of American history, a strange tradition that few would eagerly remember and fewer still would continue celebrate.Read another story from us:Swanson’s turkey oversupply after Thanksgiving led to birth of the TV dinner in 1953Soon, the Macy’s Day Parade, the main competitor to Ragamuffin Day, would be at the front of center of Thanksgiving and Halloween would go on to fulfill the role of a costume and candy holiday.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more


Human Tech Support Still Has a Future


first_imgDecember 5, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read Enroll Now for Free The brisk pace at which the digital era has redefined contemporary life has many people asking whether their jobs are secure in the future. A rapidly forthcoming tide of robots and automating software, we’re often told, is just around the corner from stealing our livelihoods and rendering most human employees obsolete. Is there any truth to these predictions of doom and gloom, especially when it comes to the IT sector?Despite the hubbub being raised over automation and the ongoing IT boom right now, it’s a simple matter of fact that humans will always be involved in tech support. Here are some of the ways that tech support is changing, but why it will always need human technicians no matter what the future holds.Related: AI Won’t Replace Us Until It Becomes Much More Like UsPeople don’t trust robots.The most important fact that needs to be established upfront is a relatively simple one — people don’t trust robots and would much prefer that another flesh-and-blood-being handle their problems than a piece of cold, calculating hardware powered by a computer-brain. Despite the fact that many proponents of automation and the ongoing digital revolution claim that software can offer a better experience than human technicians, many people will feel uncomfortable relying on a machine for everything when it comes to their tech support.Recent surveys have driven this point home time and time again; the rise of AI-powered chatbots has been discussed endlessly, for instance, but surveys routinely find that many customers rate their chatbot experiences poorly and would prefer a human face when interacting with a company. This trend isn’t going away anytime soon, especially as today’s scary media images of robots as calculating killers coming to take our jobs expands as time goes on.When it comes to tech support in particular, many customers will simply demand a human presence. While much of today’s tech support is becoming more digitized and remote, many customers — particularly older ones — want technicians to come to their homes and help them with their problems in a hands-on fashion, for which everyday human workers are essential. Making ethical decisions in the tech support industry, too, is something that simply can’t be outsourced to emotionless machines that lack the moral compass of astute human employees.Related: Don’t Get Beaten by a Robot: 3 Ways to Ensure Your Job Survives AutomationCustomers will also want a human nearby so that they have a real person to take their anger out on. As pessimistic a prediction as it may be, it’s unlikely that the current trend of customers who are angry at robots taking their fury out on real life people will end anytime soon. When machines and software inevitably fail, as all things do, then a person will need to be nearby, not only to fix the issue, but to take the brunt of the blame from a furious customer who needs to express their frustration.Tech will empower, not replace, human beings.As is true in virtually every economic sector, the tech support industry will see rapid digital innovations largely empower its workforce rather than replace it. Exciting technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality, already used in automated backlinks, are packed with potential, but are also confusing and generate a mess of challenging questions. The role of human beings in solving these questions can’t be understated. When things go wrong, human creativity will be needed to make them right again.It can be easy to give in to the paranoia and insist that the robots will have all of our jobs sooner rather than later. The doomsday predictions that are so rife in today’s market are largely overblown, however, most often produced simply to generate clicks. Despite the rising digital tide, human workers will always find that companies value their presence and need their expertise if they want to cater to the largest audience of consumers as possible. Elsewhere, companies will also soon discover that human employees are simply reliable in the way that many machines aren’t.Related: Artificial Intelligence Will Be the Greatest Jobs Engine the World Has Ever SeenTo be a human tech support worker in the digital era is no easy task, but it’s certainly not an impossible role. Human tech support professionals will oftentimes find themselves called upon to be the face of their company when it needs to interact with angry customers. Furthermore, they’ll find themselves to be the only professionals with the needed-knowhow to fix machines and re-code software programs when they inevitably break down or become compromised, thanks to outside attacks.You can thus be reasonably assured that while AI-powered, automated customer service is likely to increase in the next few years, humans will always be around. Software can be compromised, and cold machines simply aren’t friendly enough to satisfy customers who demand a human touch when soliciting IT help. Above all else, however, the creativity of everyday human workers and the resiliency of employees who will doubtlessly find new ways to make themselves useful guarantees that human tech support still has a future. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


LA prosecutors are reviewing a sex crimes case against Kevin Spacey


first_imgThe lessons gay men can learn from ‘handsy’ Kevin SpaceyThe lessons gay men can learn from ‘handsy’ Kevin SpaceyJudi Dench defends ‘good friend’ Kevin SpaceyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/la-prosecutors-reviewing-sex-crimes-case-kevin-spacey/ Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing a sex crimes case against Kevin Spacey. GAYSTARNEWS- According to NBC, the sherriff’s department first submitted the case on 5 April. Now, the District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Task Force is reviewing the case for it to potentially move forward.No further details were given and Spacey’s reps have not yet responded.How this came to beAt the end of October, actor Anthony Rapp made the first allegations against Spacey of sexual abuse. He said that in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26, Spacey made sexual advances towards him.Following the allegations, Spacey tweeted: ‘I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter… But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.’Following Rapp’s story, more followed and Spacey’s career came crumbling down. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Numerous more men came out with accusations against Spacey.Then, Ridley Scott replaced Spacey with Christopher Plummer in his recent movie, All the Money in the World, earning Plummer an Oscar nod. Netflix also moved on with their series House of Cards sans Spacey.More casesLos Angeles isn’t the only city investigating the actor.Police in Nantucket opened an investigation into Spacey’s behavior following journalist Heather Unruh’s accusations. Furthermore, Scotland Yard is also investigating him after allegations in England.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Spacey in House of Cards | Photo: IMDB/Netflixlast_img read more


Costa Rica to celebrate worlds first International Yoga Day


first_img Facebook Comments “Yoga has the power to bring the entire humankind together. It beautifully combines Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion),” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted last December after proposing the idea of celebrating International Yoga Day before the United Nations General Assembly.On Dec. 11, 2014, the U.N. approved a resolution declaring June 21 “International Yoga Day,” a global initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the multiple benefits of maintaining a yoga practice.“Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for one’s fellow human beings and for the planet we share. And yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, all people can practice, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message regarding the world’s first Yoga Day.“On this first-ever International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all,” he added.On Sunday, Modi’s vision will materialize as the world celebrates its first Yoga Day.Tomorrow the world will celebrate the first #YogaDay. I urge you all to be a part of it & inspire others to join as well.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 20, 2015In India, where the prime minister, a strict vegetarian with a daily yoga practice, created a Ministry of Yoga and the traditional healing science of Ayurveda, 35,000 government officials, soldiers and citizens will gather in the capital New Delhi for a 35-minute, open-air yoga session that could break the record for the world’s largest yoga class, AFP reported.In Costa Rica, those who enjoy stretching and bending their minds and bodies will be able to enjoy free yoga classes throughout the country on Sunday.Activities, organized by the Costa Rican Association of Yoga Teachers (AsoYoga), the Indian Embassy in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Culture, Health Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Relations, will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Costa Rican Art Museum in La Sabana, west of San José and carry on throughout the day in each of Costa Rica’s seven provinces.Katya Cordero, a yoga instructor and member of AsoYoga’s board of directors, told Amelia Rueda News that yoga “helps to activate energy and improves the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems.” Related posts:Envision Festival announces 2016 music and arts lineup Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Envision Festival prepares to kick off its seventh editionlast_img read more


Rep Roberts career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee


first_img22Mar Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee Categories: News,Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts’ legislation to give students better access to college and career counseling was approved unanimously by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.His bill will ensure that counselors complete professional development instruction, specifically in the areas of career technical education and college preparation.“Counselors working with high school students should have all of the tools they need to guide students to post-graduation opportunities,” said Roberts, of Charlotte. “This counseling will include showing students all of their possible career paths, whether it includes college or not. Students and the families rely on this information to decide what classes to take and what opportunities to pursue after high school.”Currently, school counselors are required to get 150 hours of professional development over five years to remain certified by the state. His legislation does not call for an increase on those standards, but makes sure at least 25 hours are for career technical education and 25 hours are for college preparation.During testimony in mid-March, the committee heard comments in support of the legislation from current high school counselors and a manufacturing/pre-engineering education and training facility. Today’s vote was supported by the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Home Builders Association, Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling, and multiple local and intermediate districts.“This bill will help our counselors know what choices exist for each individual student,” Roberts said. “The goal of every high school is to educate and prepare students for life after graduation. This will give students a better chance to know what their opportunities will be.”House Bill 4181 will advance to the House floor.#####last_img read more


Glenn smart meter bill is top 10 priority for AARP


first_img01Mar Glenn ‘smart meter’ bill is top 10 priority for AARP Tags: Smart Meters Categories: Glenn News,Newscenter_img National organization says analog option should remainAARP Michigan has adopted among its top 10 legislative priorities for 2018 a bill introduced by state Rep. Gary Glenn allowing customers of Consumers Energy and DTE the freedom to opt out of having a “smart” meter installed on their homes without being forced to pay an up front and monthly fees, as is now the case.The Michigan chapter of AARP, a national organization of more than 38 million members, said House Bill 4220 would allow customers to keep their old analog meter and replace already-installed smart-meter technology with an analog meter. Some customers consider smart meters, which provide utilities with real-time metering, are a violation of private property rights and could compromise data privacy and cyber security.Glenn (R-Williams Township), who is author of the bill and chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, said opposition to smart meters is growing.“I have conducted public hearings on this issue and there is a keen interest in affordable ways to opt out of smart meters,” Glenn said. “It is very apparent that utility customers across the state have valid concerns about their health and privacy.“Multiple overflow public hearings on this issue reveal a keen interest in affordable ways to opt out of smart meters, especially for senior citizens on severely limited budgets,” Glenn said. “It is very apparent that utility customers across the state, many of them retirees, have strongly-held concerns about the effect of smart meter technology.“AARP’s making this legislation one of their top priorities indicates that the Legislature is not the only place senior citizens are registering their concerns,” Glenn said. “I’m pleased to have AARP’s support for my efforts to give people a choice on how their electricity usage is recorded.”Consumers Energy and DTE Energy now charge residents nearly $70 upfront and nearly $10 a month afterwards to opt out of programs involving advanced electricity meters installed outside residential customers’ homes.Attorney General Bill Schuette took utilities to court to try to protect customers from being forced to accept installment of smart meters without penalty, but the state Court of Appeals ruled that unless state law is changed, homeowners can legally be charged for refusing to accept the technology.Glenn’s bill is under consideration in the House Energy Policy Committee.#####last_img read more


Kelly education panel approves new teacher prep legislation


first_img The House Education Reform Committee, chaired by state Rep. Tim Kelly, today approved a landmark plan to better prepare new teachers for Michigan classrooms.The legislative package includes two bills sponsored by Kelly.“When we’re not putting new teachers in a position to succeed, we’re also shortchanging the students in that classroom – that’s what this plan seeks to correct,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “We need to have our teacher prep institutions properly preparing its graduates for the challenges of education today and in the future. At the same time, we need to be smarter with our certification of our educators and get input from our most experienced teachers. Michigan is counting on better educational results and we have to get teachers prepared to lead the way.”Kelly’s legislation will establish a master teacher corps through the state Department of Education to help provide professional development, assist low performing schools and to serve as input for new educational programs or issues. His second bill will stipulate an elementary level teaching certificate only be allowed to student teachers who have completed 12 credits of reading instruction.The teacher prep plan will also:Require classroom management instruction and student teaching experience in multiple environments, such as rural and urban districts, while also familiarizing the student teacher with their district’s evaluation methods, local data to help craft instruction and classroom management;Require that full-time faculty at the teacher prep institution complete at least 30 hours of continuing education annually in order to be certified as a teacher preparation program;Set a standard that student teachers complete at least 400 hours of classroom experience during their preparation program, in addition to the college coursework;“This is about students and educational growth in the classroom,” Kelly said. “This plan will drive improvement – in our college education programs, local school districts and Michigan as a whole.”The legislative package advances to the House for its consideration.##### Categories: Kelly News,News 22Mar Kelly, education panel approves new teacher prep legislationlast_img read more


Rep Kahle welcomes guest to Capitol during Arts Advocacy Day


first_img19Apr Rep. Kahle welcomes guest to Capitol during Arts Advocacy Day PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed Alison Carpenter to the Capitol during Arts Advocacy Day. Alison, an Eastern Michigan student and Adrian High School graduate, stressed the importance of arts and the creative industries for thriving communities in Michigan. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img


Rep Wentworth details plan to improve school safety to Michigan House panel


first_img25Apr Rep. Wentworth details plan to improve school safety to Michigan House panel Categories: News,Wentworth News The Michigan House Appropriations Committee heard testimony today on a plan to improve school safety across the state.The plan includes the creation of a school safety commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools and more resources for security improvements in school buildings across the state. Other parts of the plan would make the OK2SAY school safety program permanent, enhance training for new law enforcement officers, require reporting procedures for school incidents and threats, and require safety-related measures in new school construction.“This plan is a necessary and fundamental step to secure the buildings where our kids, teachers and other school employees gather every school day to build a better Michigan,” said Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare, sponsor of the main bill in the legislative plan. “There is nothing more important.”The school safety commission would evolve from a gubernatorial task force charged with making school safety recommendations. The commission would develop a system to audit safety procedures in Michigan schools. Grants to improve security would be distributed with priority going to schools with the greatest need.The plan calls for a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the commission – a necessary step to make sure improved safety practices reach every corner of the state and that local perspectives are included in the process.Wentworth said local schools, law enforcement and other groups “helped immensely” in developing the legislation and that work will continue.“It’s a team approach,” Wentworth said. “That’s what it takes to make sure the safety of our children and everyone who works in or visits a school comes first. We will continue to work with law enforcement and all the other groups committed to improving school safety as work on this plan continues.”Gladwin County Sheriff Mike Shea, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who also has worked as a school resource officer, is one of the local law enforcement personnel who worked with Wentworth on his plan.“The goal is to help determine as a school district what are we doing today and what can we do to get better,” Shea said. “The goal is to get good standards in place for every school district.”The legislation remains under consideration in the committee.last_img read more