APTN National NewsThirty-seven people, including elders and children, were displaced after their homes flooded in Lower Post, B.C. last month.Now, they have a new hill to climb: rebuilding their lives, and their homes, in the aftermath.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean speaks with the victims of the flood, and the workers helping them rebuild. She files this report.
Rabat – The Moroccan police and the General directorate of national territory surveillance, in close collaboration with the Spanish security services, disbanded a network, active in Nador and Melilia (northeastern Morocco), suspected of recruiting fighters for the Iraqi-Syrian jihadist group “Islamic State.”A release of the Moroccan interior ministry said the operation is part of anticipation efforts to face terrorist threats.According to the source, eight members of the network who were arrested were in touch with members of “Attaouhid” and “Al Mouahidine,” two other groups disbanded in May 2013 in Nador. They also coordinated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group in northern Mali where the brother of the cell’s chief was active since end 2012 before joining the “Islamic State” organization in Iraq and Syria.The head of this cell is involved in several crimes, including robbery under the pretext of what is called “booty,” while other members smuggled all kinds of goods and sold stolen cars in order to finance the travel of the cell members to Syria and Iraq, the release goes on.The suspects will be referred to justice at the end of the investigation conducted under the supervision of the relevant prosecutor.
A man who has lived in Barrie and Simcoe has been ordered to never drive again after pleading guilty to driving offences from 2014 and 2018.Christopher Scott Rumbolt, 37, appeared before Justice Gethin Edward in Ontario Court recently and pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified on Aug. 16, 2014. He was charged with breaking seven other driving prohibitions at the same time. The other charges were withdrawn.Rumbolt also pleaded guilty to disqualified driving in Norfolk County last Sept. 28, when he was charged with breaking nine orders not to drive. Eight charges were withdrawn.The judge credited Rumbolt with already serving 218 days in jail and sentenced him to return to jail for a further 142 days for a total sentence of 12 months.He remains under a lifetime driving prohibition.Man caught driving stolen vehicleA man with no fixed address, who was driving a stolen vehicle on Highway 24 and nabbed by a licence recognition program, pleaded guilty to four charges when he appeared in Ontario Court in Simcoe recently.Christian James Johnston, 25, was spotted by police near Windham on Oct. 9 at about 9 a.m. An officer was using an Automatic Licence Plate Recognition vehicle, which picks up licence plates that are stolen or otherwise in poor standing.When he stopped Johnston, the officer found the vehicle had been reported stolen from Dryden, Ont.Johnston pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle on Oct. 1, theft under $5,000 on Oct. 8, and possession of stolen property and driving while suspended on Oct. 9.Justice Colette Good credited him with time already served calculated at 200 days and ordered that he pay a fine of $1,125 for his driving infraction.Woman gets weekend jail sentenceA Belleville, Ont., woman, who was originally charged with causing an accident that injured another woman, was given the chance to serve her sentence in weekend jail.Sarah H. Hilts, 39, pleaded guilty to the July 11, 2017 incident and pleaded guilty to public mischief for reporting the theft of her vehicle to police the following day.Justice Gethin Edward sentenced Hilts to 90 days of weekend jail, a one-year probation period and a two-year driving prohibition.Man assaulted womanA 30-year-old Simcoe man who assaulted a woman in January was sentenced in Ontario Court recently to time served, plus more days in jail.Michael Whittaker pleaded guilty to the Jan. 5 assault and was credited by Justice Aubrey Hilliard with already having served 54 days in jail. Hilliard ordered that he attend weekend jail for another 66 days for a total sentence of four months.Whittaker was ordered not to communicate with his victim and to have no weapons for 10 years.SGamble@postmedia.com
ALBANY, N.Y. – Three economically distressed counties in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos, a panel announced Wednesday, bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities.The Gaming Facility Location Board chose sites in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties and decided not to recommend a fourth license amid an increasingly saturated gambling market where consumers have more options closer to home. While casinos were once limited to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and a handful of tribal reservations, most Americans are now within a few hours’ drive of a gambling facility.Voters last year authorized up to four casinos in three upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.The projects announced Wednesday:— The Montreign Resort Casino will be built in the Catskills town of Thompson. The $630 million project will come with an 18-story casino and hotel complex, meeting spaces and an indoor waterpark. Its developer, Empire Resorts, operates through a subsidiary, the nearby Monticello Casino & Raceway.— The Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in the city of Schenectady will be part of a larger redevelopment effort at a formerly blighted riverfront site. The $300 million project will include a hotel, a high-end steakhouse, 66 gambling tables and more than 1,100 slot machines.— Lago Resort & Casino, a $425 million project in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre in Seneca County, will include 2,000 slot machines. It was the largest contender in the Finger Lakes-Southern Tier region.The board opted not to award a license in New York City’s suburban Orange County, the site of six competing proposals. Board Chairman Kevin Law noted that several faced environmental and financial uncertainties and would have taken revenue from other gambling facilities.“We did take a look at what was happening in the entire industry,” he said. “At the end of the day we had to do what made financial sense.”At Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Sullivan County, dozens of casino supporters who gathered to watch the decision live cheered and hugged after the Montreign proposal was announced.“It’s going to be huge,” said Pamela Pesante, a real estate agent. “Jobs! People! Homes can get sold! It’s exactly what we need to boost our economy and our spirits.”“This mean rebirth. This means new life,” said restaurant owner Randy Resnick. “Basically, it’s our shot. This is our time.”Applicants submitted 16 bids for licenses. With its proximity to New York City, the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley attracted the most interest, with nine bidders.The three regions were picked to spread out the benefits — and to avoid competition with existing tribal casinos.The three selected projects are projected to support more than 3,200 full-time jobs and generate $265 million in tax revenues, along with $136 million in licensing fees.“We needed this,” said Schenectady resident James Torre, whose father worked at a locomotive plant at the site of the future casino. “This is going to be good jobs, good development.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the casinos will act as a “magnet” to lure New York City residents to upstate destinations and reduce the amount of money New York gamblers spend in other states.“Our point is: Let’s keep them. Let’s keep their dollars in New York,” Cuomo said.For the winners, Wednesday’s decision represented the successful conclusion to a long and expensive push.“A lot of effort, about $8 million and two years,” said Thomas Wilmot, developer of the Lago Resort & Casino. “I’m elated.”For the others, the loss was bitter — especially in the Southern Tier. Earlier Wednesday, Cuomo’s administration announced a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, which some in the region had hoped would provide an economic lifeline.“The Southern Tier just got wiped out economically,” said Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs racino, one of two losing bidders in the Southern Tier.The licenses will be formally awarded by the Gaming Commission after background checks and other final reviews.___Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Sullivan County. by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 1:05 pm MDT New York panel recommends 3 upstate casinos in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thomas Wilmot Sr. of Lago Resort & Casino smiles after learning the Gaming Facility Location Board recommended them for a Southern Tier casino license on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The Buckeyes celebrate redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) after running in a touchdown in the first quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 10 Ohio State football team (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) returns home to host Maryland (3-1, 1-0) Saturday at 4 p.m. with some newfound momentum, having throttled Rutgers 56-0 last week. The Buckeyes have averaged 49.3 points per game in three wins since its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in Week 2. Here is what to expect in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Terrapins.Ohio State offense vs. Maryland defenseThe Terrapins have had a successful start to their season, but it has not been because of their defense. The unit, tied for 91st in fewest points allowed, has surrendered an average of 30 points per game, and has only allowed fewer than 24 points once this season, in a 63-17 beatdown of Towson in its home opener.Maryland has been especially porous when it comes to its pass defense. The Terrapins have been picked apart through the air, having allowed an average of 248 passing yards per game, 37th-most among FBS teams. Though its defense has intercepted five passes, this still could be a mismatch for Maryland because Ohio State appears to have found its stride in the passing game.Maryland’s lone defensive bright spot has been its ability to slow the run. The team’s defense ranks 48th with only 131.8 rushing yards allowed per game and opponents average just 3.85 yards per carry against the Terrapins. Only six of the 16 offensive touchdowns opponents have scored against Maryland have come on the ground. The key to Maryland’s ability to limit the run has been linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. The senior was named to both the preseason Bednarik and Butkus award watch lists after finishing seventh in the Big Ten with 8.5 tackles per game in 2016. Carter is leading his team in total tackles (29), tackles for loss (4.0) and sacks (2.5). Though his numbers don’t jump off the page when compared to others in college football, Carter has been a steady presence for the Terrapin defense.An issue Maryland might run into Saturday is that after a 56-0 trouncing of Rutgers, Ohio State’s offense appears to be clicking. The Buckeyes’ offense now ranks as the 11th-best scoring offense in the country (42.6 points per game), receiving boosts from both its 241 rush yards per game (20th-best in the FBS) and its 323.8 passing yards per game (13th-best in the FBS).The offense appears to have found its groove of late, leaning more on short passes and blocks downfield to create big plays rather than trying to force deep shots. It also is getting healthier as now running back Mike Weber is fully cleared and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon has played in back-to-back games after missing the Buckeyes’ matchup against Army. With all of the team’s key offensive weapons back and facing a suspect Maryland defense, Ohio State’s offense could continue to build on its recent momentum and improve the rapport between quarterback J.T. Barrett and his receivers.Ohio State defense vs. Maryland offenseMaryland’s offense comes limping into this game having already lost its top two quarterbacks — Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill — for the year with torn ACLs. Now turning to sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager, the Maryland offense has taken a drastic new look. Having Pigrome to enter the year, the Terrapins relied on a dual-threat quarterback system, as they have in years past. But Bortenschlager doesn’t have the running ability of Pigrome or Hill. Bortenschlager has filled in admirably, but he entered the year as the third-string quarterback for a reason. He has completed 60.7 percent of his passes (34-for-56) and has three touchdowns and two interceptions. Though he has looked passable in his two games, including a 31-24 win on the road against Minnesota, Bortenschlager will not be counted on as the catalyst for Maryland’s offense. Instead, the Terrapins will lean on running back Ty Johnson. The junior is tied for 35th in the nation with 411 rushing yards, and his 8.93 rushing yards per carry represent the fourth-highest average among FBS players with at least 30 carries.The biggest concern for Maryland — as is often the biggest concern for any team facing the Buckeyes — will be how to counter the Ohio State defensive line. Though the Buckeyes rank only 56th in the nation in rushing yards allowed, the numbers are somewhat skewed as Ohio State has faced two opponents (Army and UNLV) that almost exclusively run the football, leading the Buckeyes to have faced the 25th-most rushing attempts.Ohio State has been more than efficient at breaking through the opposition’s offensive line as the team averages the second-most tackles for loss per game and rank 43rd with 2.4 sacks per game. On the flip side, Maryland’s offensive line has allowed 5.75 tackles for loss per game, 61st in the nation, and has allowed an average of two sacks per game, 66th in the nation. Ohio State will miss both starting defensive tackles Dre’Mont Jones (leg injury) and Michael Hill (indefinite suspension) for this game, but the Buckeyes benefit from their depth at defensive line and feel confident in running out defensive end Jalyn Holmes and defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle as starters on the interior of their line. With question marks still surrounding Maryland’s passing game and an offensive line that could be overmatched by Ohio State’s defensive line, the Terrapins might have a tough time producing enough offense to win the game.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 49-14Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 51-0
EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #GOOD NEWS: The country has technically exited recession: CSO figures out today confirmed growth of 0.4 per cent in the second quarter. There was some negative news too though, with GNP declining by the same margin.2. #HYGIENE: Hand hygiene standards have been found to be lacking in a number of hospitals. St James’s – the largest hospital in the state – was amongst those criticised by HIQA, with practices described by the health watchdog as ‘poor’.3. #MURDER: Two people are now being held in connection with the murder of a three-year-old boy in Lisburn. A 51-year-old man is now being questioned, along with a 27-year-old woman detained earlier.4. #ELAINE: Investigations are continuing into the death of Dublin woman Elaine O’Hara. Gardaí have made a renewed appeal for anyone who may have seen the 36-year-old before she went missing last August to get in contact.5. #DIFFERENT HYMN SHEET: Labour and Fine Gael ministers had different views on how much would be saved by abolishing the Seanad at an event this afternoon.
French Watford Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, believes that Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy’s showoff personalities are a good thing for football.There has been a lot of criticism in recent days against French midfielder Paul Pogba for being too flamboyant, but Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure likes this swagger as well as Benjamin Mendy’s. Watford is a Premier League club that has surprised everyone with how well they started the season, this weekend they face Manchester United at their stadium and will put Jose Mourinho’s squad to the test. The French midfielder from the Hornets gave a press conference ahead of the match and called Paul Pogba a ‘showoff’, but later explained why he believes this is a good thing for football. Doucoure also referred to Benjamin Mendy’s charisma, one that we’ve had the chance to watch many times in the Manchester City Amazon documentary series. Both French internationals are always the life of the party during the World Cup celebrations of the National Team, Mendy has even taken charge of the microphone when everybody wants to sing to the other players like N’Golo Kante last week at Stade de France. Talking about Pogba and Mendy during the press conference, Doucoure said this in front of the local press: “He was the same [growing up]. He likes to show off a little bit, but he’s a very nice guy, very natural. Today there’s a different dimension, because he is a superstar, but he was always the same. He likes to laugh, to speak about everything. Both [on and off the pitch], he has this personality… he gets this because he is good on the pitch as well. It’s good for him. Benjamin Mendy as well brings a lot of personality, show-off sometimes. It’s good in the football. Since Under-16, I played with him [Pogba]. And he was, physically, the same like today. He was in advance of everyone. He had his technique. He grew up in Italy, I think he did very good things in England. Of course, he is a very important player for Manchester United. We have to be aware of him, he will be very dangerous for us. We speak together sometimes… I sent him a message in the World Cup, congratulated him on the title,” said the midfielder about both players.Paul Pogba is a SHOW OFF! But football needs him…https://t.co/D53qdZRLT8 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/uycermaLtrVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) September 13, 2018But Pogba really needs to get a little more serious during these next few weeks, as he has been seriously under fire from the Manchester United fans due to his latest cryptic comments about his future. It has been widely reported by several media outlets that Paul Pogba is being manipulated by his agent Mino Raiola, with the end goal of leaving Manchester United for a new club. The most mentioned team that has been endlessly linked to Paul is FC Barcelona, and the player’s latest comments where he leaves the door open for a possible exit has really angered the fans who demand more respect for the Red Devils as an institution, and for the fans who have been supporting him during the tough moments when his relationship with Jose Mourinho has reached new lows. Pogba’s moments of swagger should decrease a little bit when the times aren’t as good, this could come off as a serious distraction that is keeping him away from the best form possible we all fell in love with during his time at Juventus. Watching that player in Serie A and the Pogba we get today at Manchester United, has made many fans really angry because they keep wondering where that version of Paul went.What do you think about Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy’s swagger? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diego City Council unanimously approves Fiesta Island amendment for large dog park KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Monday to amend the Mission Bay Park Master Plan to add a large fenced-in, off-leash dog park to the southwest corner of Fiesta Island.The council considered two options to update Fiesta Island’s southwest section, which is partially undeveloped. The plan dubbed “option A” would have reserved much of the area for a smaller fenced-in, off-leash dog park while also including a launching area for non-motorized boats, a road extension through the park and a dedicated swimming beach.Option B, which the council chose to adopt, will allocate almost all of the southwest area as a fenced-in dog park with adjacent parking spaces and walking trails surrounding it. The dog park, parking and walking trails will span roughly 470 acres, according to the city.City officials developed the amendment options to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan for roughly two years. The vast majority of public speakers at the council meeting voiced their support for option B, arguing it will preserve existing habitats and serve as the only off-leash dog area in Mission Bay Park.“I’m a strong supporter of everything we can do to keep Fiesta Island in its most natural form,” said City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell. “Preservation of open space is so very, very important.”In addition to support for the dog park, option B’s supporters argued it would cost less than option A because the city would not have to make significant modifications to the area such as adding a paved road through the park.City Councilman Scott Sherman suggested the city should look into designating the South Shores boat launching area as a launching port for non- motorized boats as well in an effort to appease non-motorized boat owners.South Shores, located across the bay from the south end of Fiesta Island, is used sparingly by boat and watercraft owners and includes all of the amenities that option A would have added to Fiesta Island. City officials told Sherman they would start the process to modify South Shores’ usage.“South Shores is incredibly underutilized and we spent a whole bunch of money building that thing in the first place,” Sherman said. “It would be really nice to see more utilization of that spot.” Posted: June 17, 2019
The American Soybean Association welcomed today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the agency will award $6 million to universities and state cooperative extension services for the development of web-based tools to assist farmers in choosing new programs within the Agricultural Act of 2014. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following statement on USDA’s announcement:“As farmers in many parts of the country move ahead with planting soybeans, our minds are on the many different options we have under the new farm bill. The investment by USDA today will help farmers establish which of the new and complex program options will work for their operations. These programs will be in effect through the life of this farm bill—at least through 2018—so it is imperative that farmers have all the information available to make informed decisions.“It’s important that farmers in geographically-diverse parts of the country have analysis from experts in their region to help them decide on the appropriate program, and the diverse institutions represented by the two consortia that will receive the funding will accomplish just that. This approach will provide farmers with tools developed by economists familiar with their specific crops, practices and growing regions. ASA supported this approach, and we are heartened to see that approach taken in today’s announcement.“Moreover, while the bill’s Price Loss Coverage option will be familiar to many growers due to its similarity to the expired Counter Cyclical Payment program, the Agricultural Risk Coverage option is entirely new.“ASA looks forward to helping our land grant partners and the state cooperative extension services providing our farmers with the tools they need to make these very big decisions in the months ahead.”
The workplace benefits offered by SAS Software:PensionDefined contribution (DC) stakeholder plan for all employees as a core benefit.Employer contribution levels are 6.5% for up to two years’ service, 10% for over two years.Minimum employee contribution of 2.5%.Employees with more than two years’ service can choose to reduce their employer contribution to 6.5% and take the difference as cash or add to their flex fund.Additional voluntary contributions (AVC) through flex.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance (PMI) as a core benefit for employees only.Employees cover dependants through the flex scheme.Life assurance at four-times salary as a core benefit. Employees can trade down to two-times or up to 10-times salary through flex.Group income protection as a core benefit.Dental insurance through flex.Critical illness insurance for employees and their partners through flex.Health cash plans through flex.Gym membership through flex.Health screening through flex.TravelSalary sacrifice car scheme.Bikes-for-work scheme.Travel insurance through flex.Work-life balance25 days of holiday. Employees can buy or sell up to five days a year through flex.Enhanced parental leave.Informal work from home one day a week.Birthday given as holiday.Childcare vouchers scheme.Other benefitsTastecard and Gourmet card through flex.Payroll giving through flex.Salary sacrifice gadget scheme.Shopping discount portal.Local discounts.Long service vouchers every five years.Social activities and on-site servicesFree tea, coffee and juices.Subsidised restaurant at UK headquarters.Sports club, which runs an internal global football tournament.Photography club with studio for employees at the UK headquarters.Employee allotments at UK headquarters.Cricket club at UK headquarters.Football pitch at UK headquarters.Dry-cleaning service and personal post at UK headquarters.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump, under pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 US election, probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.Asked whether Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Giuliani said, “He’s not, but he probably does.” Giuliani added that Trump “has no intention of pardoning himself,” but that the US Constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, “doesn’t say he can’t.”Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” program, Giuliani added, “It would be an open question. I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that’s what the Constitution says.”Mueller is investigating whether Russia meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow. Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russia investigation.Both Russia and Trump deny collusion, and the president has denied obstructing the probe.The possibility of Trump pardoning himself appeared to be raised in a Jan. 29 letter from his lawyers to Mueller, published by the New York Times on Saturday, arguing that the president could not have obstructed the probe given the powers granted to him by the Constitution.“It remains our position that the president’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Trump pardoning himself.A Trump decision to terminate the investigation “could lead to impeachment,” Giuliani separately told the NBC News program “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.” Under the Constitution, a president can be impeached by the House of Representatives and then removed from office by the Senate.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, made clear that he did not think Trump or any other president should pardon himself. “I don’t think a president should pardon themselves,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.”Trump has not been shy about using his pardon power.The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to US campaign finance law violations.Trump also said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of corruption charges. Critics accused Trump of subverting the rule of law.‘OPEN QUESTION’Giuliani told ABC it is an “open question” whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller but that the president’s lawyers were leaning against having him testify.Giuliani also said the president’s legal team planned to challenge any potential subpoena from the special counsel’s office as harassment or as unnecessary because the White House has turned over more than a million documents and several witnesses.Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to again rage against the FBI and Justice Department, saying he would not have hired Manafort if the agencies had told him Manafort was already under investigation.“As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of ‘Justice’ have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me!” Trump tweeted.“Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time … but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn’t have been hired!” Trump wrote, referring to former FBI director James Comey.Trump’s May 2017 firing of Comey led to Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.
Listen 00:00 /01:15 Share In 2015, full-time employed women in Texas made $683 per week. That compares to $864 median weekly earnings for men.Cheryl Abbot is a regional economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas. She says a lot of it has to do with the fact that men are more likely to work in higher paying oil and gas, construction or transportation industries – whereas more women work in lower paying office and administrative jobs.“Now I’m not trying to say there is absolutely no difference between median earnings for men versus women, but a lot of it is based on the simple occupational distributions.” Compared to the rest of the country, Texas ranks 31st in the difference between men’s and women’s pay.Abbot says the ratio improved up until 2010 when the recession hit Texas. But the gap increased with the oil boom, “…where we saw men concentrated in very high-paying occupations. As that industry boomed, it pushed up their median earnings.” Women started to catch up again in 2014 when the price of oil fell dramatically. But the gap widened again last year. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
The iCade, originally an April Fool’s joke by ThinkGeek, is finally here – almost. The iPad arcade cabinet finally has a release date: May 11th. The device will start shipping on May 10th, and if you have to be first in line or get one shipped to your home on release day, you can pre-order it now for $99.99 retail price. The iCade uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad, and supports both the original iPad and the iPad 2.If you do buy one, you’ll also want to pick up a copy of Atari’s Greatest Hits in the iTunes App Store – at the moment it’s the only game (although it’s actually a collection of over 100 classic Atari games) to fully support the iCade. ThinkGeek and Ion have partnered to build the arcade cabinet and to produce an API that app developers can use to make their games compatible.
During their presentation at this year’s annual Game Developers Conference, Sony revealed what many have long awaited: the launch date and price of its PlayStation VR peripheral. Sony confirmed that the device will launch this October for $399, about $200 cheaper than its main competitor, the Oculus Rift.A price tag of $399 puts Sony’s device at a lower price than competitors Oculus Rift and HTC Vibe, which will launch $600 and $800, respectively. Also of note is that PlayStation VR is fully compatible with all existing PlayStation 4 consoles on the market, meaning that you don’t have to own a powerful PC in order to play PSVR games.Sony also revealed the specs of the system. It will have a 5.7-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p (which is 960 x RGB x 1080p per eye). The refresh rate will be 90 to 120hz with sensors that have 360-degree tracking via nine LED lights. Expect a field view of approximately 100 degrees, with a latency of less than 18ms. The machine will support DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers.PlayStation VR update from Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc #GDC16https://t.co/2dYE4ucALE— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 15, 2016 Sony’s Andrew House told the audience that, right now, PSVR has 234 developers working on it. This includes smaller developers and bigger studios. The October release date is to ensure that developers have the proper time to develop games for the machine, not to mention the time needed to manufacture the number of peripherals required to meet consumer demand. House said that users can expect up to fifty PSVR games by the end of 2016, one of which will be a VR Star Wars: Battlefront game that’s exclusive to Sony.While this price range is definitely easy (or easier) on your wallet, it should be noted that this doesn’t include a PlayStation camera or Move controller. Granted, you can use a DualShock 4 controller to play games, but a camera is still required, making PSVR cost a tad more than $399. Even still, the machine is much more affordable than its two competitors. Sony may be the one to bring VR to the masses this October, but it remains to be seen if virtual reality gaming will truly become mainstream by year’s end.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: That’s Elon Musk’s theory on artificial intelligence—a field he both fears and profits from.The tech billionaire, who peddles luxury electric vehicles designed to drive autonomously, once compared AI to “summoning the demon.”Now, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO believes humans can ride out the robot revolution by merging with machines—or risk becoming irrelevant.During Monday’s World Government Summit in Dubai, which marked the launch of Tesla, Inc. in the United Arab Emirates, Musk talked up “deep AI.” The technology, he said, is “smarter than the smartest human on earth,” as reported by CNBC.As artificial intelligence advances, jokes about sentient androids and a Westworld-like takeover become less funny and more terrifying.In the short term, artificial intelligence threatens to displace jobs—particularly those belonging to delivery drivers, cabbies, and chauffeurs, among other professions that require a human to operate heavy machinery.According to Musk, whose own firm develops autonomous cars, 12 to 15 percent of the global workforce will be unemployed within two decades, CNBC reported.“The most near-term impact from a technology standpoint is autonomous cars,” Musk said Monday. “That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it’s going to be a great convenience.“But there are many people whose jobs are to drive,” he continued. “So we need to figure out new roles for what … these people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.”The inventor’s proposal, as described by CNBC, requires humans to evolve into cyborgs—a being with organic and biomechatronic body parts (i.e. Doctor Who‘s Cybermen, Darth Vader)—or risk becoming obsolete.He did not, however, appear to provide any insight on how to reach this new level of existence. Somehow I don’t think you’ll find step-by-step instructions for this on wikiHow. Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Stay on target
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Google has joined Apple in a growing chorus of tech giants coming out in support of the Clean Power Plan. The company filed a statement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which it has since shared with TechCrunch, supporting the Obama-era legislation.The legislation, which sought to curb power plant emissions by more than 30 percent by 2030, is expected to be repealed by the Trump administration. As with Apple’s earlier filing, Google cites both environmental and economic fallout, should the policy be repealed.“Wind and solar deployment—as well as the associated supply chains—have been among the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy in recent years,” the company writes in the letter dated April 25, “with job growth rates significantly exceeding the growth rate of the overall labor force.”The company also notes its own personal interest in supporting the policy, citing its work to shift toward renewable energy, along with the CPP’s potential to drive job growth. “The Clean Power Plan can continue to drive innovation and job growth,” Google adds, “while spurring the modernization of the American electricity system and reducing carbon dioxide emissions and helping to mitigate the threat of global climate change.Under embattled head Scott Pruitt, the EPA has suggested that the CPP was an illegal extension of the agency’s authority. Late last month, Trump signed an executive order mandating a review of the policy, a move most observers have interpreted as the first steps toward its eventual repeal.
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