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Trolling For God: 5 Things You Can Learn From Westboro’s Social-Media Playbook

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgTags:#Facebook#God Hates The Media#Silicon Valley#social media#Social media strategy#Steve Drain#twitter#Westboro Baptist Church The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Say what you want about Westboro Baptist Church. The Topeka-based hate group is notorious for picketing military funerals with “God Hates Fags” signs. (It believes tolerance of homosexuality has caused God to tip the military scales against the U.S. and its soldiers).But it’s also crushing it on social media—which means it may have something to teach you.Take, for example, Tuesday’s “God Hates The Media” protest tour of Silicon Valley. Targeting nine tech companies—including several that make the social-media platforms it exploits—the reliably headline-grabbing church plans to brave nearly 70 miles of some of the worst traffic on God’s green earth. See also: The Westboro Baptist Church’s Silicon Valley Protest—An Illustrated GuideWill the hateful faithful make it to all nine purveyors of cybersodomy? They say yes, but it doesn’t really matter. For it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for the canny social media mavens at Westboro to blow a golden opportunity for self-promotion. The group even—as expected—capitalized on the recent death of a celebrity to ensure outraged media coverage.“We’re going to try and get to what we can, but quite frankly, at this point  the preaching’s been done,” Westboro elder Steve Drain told ReadWrite. “All these tech companies know we’re coming and have shared it with their audience, other companies have put out stories.”OK, fine. You don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church. Who does? But think about it: This church only has about 40 members. How many headlines in major news outlets has your parents’ church scored since 1998?So here lieth the five unholy commandments of social media self-promotion as divined by ReadWrite from Westboro’s Elder Drain.Let Them With Nothing To Tweet Cast The First StoneThe greatest enemy of any small political or religious movement is obscurity. Groups like Westboro are accused of cheap publicity stunts in order to gain attention. So?In an increasingly crowded media landscape, rising to prominence is a bigger challenge than ever. Are actions like Westboro’s Silicon Valley protest tour just ways for the group to get people like me to write stories about them? Sure. On the other hand, here you are reading about them, too.“We’re after as many eyes as many ears on this message as we possibly can, Drain says. “How the message lands on your heart is God’s prerogative. We’re just supposed to say the words in as many ways as possible and in as many venues as we possibly can to get you to listen.” Westboro distills the doctrine that all PR is good PR to its essence: All bad PR is good PR. Pending The End Times, Thou Shalt Use The Tools Of The IdolatersProtesting Twitter, Facebook and other companies responsible for the same social media networks used by Westboro to spread their message is opportunistic and, to the extent it matters, hypocritical. But that’s silly. Just as Sartre pointed out that it’s impossible for an avowed communist to live free of hypocrisy under capitalism pending the revolution, Westboro must live in society as it is today: decreasingly hostile to the LGBTQ community, awash in social media.“When we say ‘God hates Twitter,’ it’s because of Twitter’s agenda, not because of of the technological advances,” Drain says. “We’re not Amish. “What we’re saying is the way you use the platform is unrighteous. The way you use the platform is evil.”The lesson to you and me? Quit complaining, live off the land and use whatever tools are at hand to get your message out.Thou Shalt Not Fake It Until Thou Maketh It Many in Silicon Valley evangelize about products they may or may not believe in. Westboro’s disciples are fanatics. They believe in what they’re selling, and that makes a difference. “We’re performing obedience to God the Lord Jesus Christ who told us to love our neighbor as ourself,” says Drain. “Rather than willy-nilly Hallmark conception of what that means, God gave us a specific meaning there. In Leviticus 19:17-18, you’ll see the Bible definition that how you love your neighbor as yourself is that you warn them when their sins are taking them to Hell.”That works for Westboro because, to its believers, there’s no homophobia like real homophobia. It’s easier to sell what you really believe in.Be Not Like Apple Post-Steve Jobs; Be Bold, Innovative And Forward-LookingThe path of least resistance for a group like Westboro, steeped in Old Testament beliefs about gays and others they deem aberrant, would be to reject modernity.Instead, like radical Islamists in the Muslim world, Westborovians recognize that they need to meet their secular enemy in its den … and that means online. Everywhere online. On Sunday, for instance, Westboro members conducted a Reddit AMA. Along with multiple websites and affiliated Twitter accounts, Westboro is on Pinterest and Twitter. It doesn’t bother with YouTube channels. “We used to have a couple, but YouTube kept pulling them down,” Drain confirmed to ReadWrite. “There are a LOT of people who put our content up on YouTube, break, Vimeo, ebaumsworld, etc., as soon as we publish it on our websites.”Considerable time and resources go into planning new ways to present the Westboro message, Drain says. “A lot of people will spend their disposable income on jetskis or a trip to the south of France. We spend our money on those resources necessary to make good video productions or go on a trip to San Francisco.”Never stop innovating.Let Go And Let God After you’ve done your best—whether it’s trying to land a big client or fighting bumper-to-bumper Teslas from Mountain View to Palo Alto to get your brightly-colored sans-serif signs in front of the right media cameras—you have to have faith that things will work out in the End Times.“We believe in absolute predestination. All events are foreknown,” says Drain. “We’ve done everything to reach the audience.We’re just supposed to preach as many ways as we possibly can to get to you, whether it’s wearing a shirt or holding a sign or doing a Reddit AMA.”Lead image by Burstein! helen popkincenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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IBM Launches A Cloud Data And Analytics Marketplace For Developers

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first_imgCate Lawrence What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#AI#Apache Spark#Big Data#cloud#IBM#Spark center_img There are certain topics in B2B technology that have staying power.  Cloud computing and big data are two of these. IBM today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available to developers and data scientists.These create a one-stop-shop for accessing and exploring data and for building and deploying applications. They can help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and also enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. In line with the recent trend of commercial tech companies embracing the open source ethos (or at least components of it), these hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party data, and open architectures that allows data to easily flow amongst the different services. IBM’s new cloud services include:IBM Compose Enterprise: A managed platform designed to help development teams build modern web-scale apps faster by enabling them to deploy business-ready open source databases in minutes on their own dedicated cloud servers.IBM Graph: The first fully managed graph database service built on Apache® TinkerPop that provides developers a complete stack for extending business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud detection, IoT and network analysis uses.IBM Predictive Analytics: A service that allows developers to easily self-build machine learning models from a broad library into applications to help deliver predictions for specific product use cases, without the help of a data scientist.IBM Analytics Exchange: An open data exchange that includes a catalog of more than 150 publicly available datasets that can be used for analysis or integrated into applications.IBM’s open approach means that any member of a data team can add or remove services at any time, to best suit immediate and long-term needs of their business. Developers can tap IBM Cloud Data Services to openly and freely move data in, across and out of the services.Derek Schoettle, General Manager, Analytics Platform and Cloud Data Services considers IBM’s cloud data services to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ of  data and analytics services, cloud development platform Bluemix; and Analytics Exchange, a repository of more than 150 public and free data sources, everything from census data to government economics statistics. He claims the key beneficiaries of cloud data services is the citizen analyst who can enjoy a ‘drag and drop experience’ without enlisting the help of the IT department. Clearly IBM is intent on embracing business solutions that bring data analysis to the workplace. Predictably, IBM has kept its finger in the AI pie with the release of Predictive Analytics, a complementary service to Apache Spark, that makes it easier for app developers to build their own machine learning models based on product use cases. The developer can define the use case, provide the data set to base the model on, and the Predictive Analytics service will evaluate a set of algorithms to determine which one will provide the most accurate predictions. This makes AI exploration quite accessible to the budding scientist. While IBM has a slew of competitors to deal with, they are clearly in this for the long haul, and it will be interesting to see how their new services are received by consumers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

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Intel SOA Expressway allows configurable policies for Content Attack Prevention (CAP)

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgThe CAP policy is configured within the SOA Expressway Designer tool. This configuration area can customize the mitigation for many different types of attacks using a CAP policy. The CAP policy can be configured to reject any message request that contains violates the policy. Intel’s SOA Expressway is a software package that allows for the many different options in controlling the flow and security of web services throughout an organization or even those published to external consumers through a DMZ. In many instances, especially for public interfacing web services, it is essential to have some type of filtering (also called reverse-proxy) of requests from a consumer of a web service and this is the specialty of SOA Expressway and how it is used to protect web services. In addition to the built-in security features provided by a proxy workflow, proxy workflows within SOA Expressway can contain Content Attack Prevention (CAP) policies. Although this type of security feature does not cancel out the need for proper security development processes, having a CAP policy can provide another layer to your security defense-in-depth strategy by applying restrictions to what can be allowed to pass through to the web service. This is especially helpful if a newly discovered xml based threat is known to have characteristics such that can be evaluated with a CAP policy. Another great benefit to the CAP policy within SOA Expressway is that a CAP policy can be assigned to many different workflows so that it can be changed in one location and utilized by many different workflows. Of course, this should be after it has been thoroughly tested in a test environment. The following options exist to configure the CAP policy.center_img Other valuable features that can provide greater security within SOA Expressway include XML schema validation and global error handling within the BPEL workflow. There are some great video tutorials available at http://www.dynamicperimeter.com/videotutorials There 3 essential parts to a standard web service gateway proxy workflow which include Receive, Invoke, and Reply. This workflow can be synonymously called the BPEL or Business Process Execution Language. The Receive action actually takes in the SOAP request for processing, the Invoke will send the call to the web service and the reply can send the response back to the consumer of the web service. But there are many other activities that can be configured for a web service to provide increased security and even actions based on what is returned from a prior step in the workflow. But for a simple overview, below is a display of a workflow using some of the tasks necessary for configuring a CAP Policy. A CAP policy is a comprehensive policy that fits into the message validation category of securing web services. CAP offers mitigation against both structural XML threats, such as coercive parsing and XML fuzzing, and semantic threats in the message payload. In a previous blog on SOA Expressway, I described some of the threats that a CAP policy can mitigate. More generic terms for these type of attacks include Canonicalization, Cross-site scripting, SQL injection, XPath injection, and XML bomb. The following image is an example of a workflow created using the Intel SOA Expressway Designer tool. The CAP policy is placed in position to evaluate the received message.last_img read more

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Fajardo vows no letup for Gilas

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgJudiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Outside, Fajardo is a gentle giant, who almost shies away from any form of tension.Fajardo, however, changes his mentality when he’s within the dimensions of the parquet floor,  unleashing a personality that his nickname sums up: “The Kraken.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd the four-time PBA MVP said he and his teammates in Gilas Pilipinas will still have that killer attitude in the group stages of the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers despite clinching a spot in the second round.“We’ll still go hard every game because we need to win every game as much as possible,” said Fajardo in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Embattled Blatche redeems self in PH win over Japan Gilas clinched their spot in the next round after beating Japan, 89-84, to up their record to 3-1 in Group B, ensuring a top-three finish in the group stages with two games to spare.“We can’t afford to lay low, we have to win all the games before the second round.”Fajardo, who finished with seven points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block, added their win against the Akatsuki 5 was of utmost importance after they lost to Australia 84-68 on Thursday.“This was a big help for us and we have to build up momentum going into the second round,” said Fajardo calmly.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims There’s a stark contrast between the June Mar Fajardo inside the playing court and the one outside of it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Jobs at Indian Coast Guard: Apply by August 17

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgThe Indian Coast Guard (Ministry Of Defence) has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the post of Navik Domestic Branch (Cook & Steward). The eligible candidates must apply online through the official website by August17.Vacancy details:Name of the post: Navik Domestic Branch Cook & Steward Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification: The candidates should have passed 10th Class, having acquired 50 per cent marks from a recognised university or institute.Age limit:The age of the candidates applying for the above post should be between 18 to 22 years.Pay scale:The candidates will get a salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200 per month.How to apply:The eligible candidates must download the application form from the official website, the link for which is www.joinindiancoastguard.gov.in. The candidates are required to send the duly filled application along with the essential documents i.e. copies of class 10 mark sheet, passing certificate, caste certificate, age proof, domicile, sports certificate attested by the Gazetted Offier and one passport size photograph to the ‘The Recruitment Officer, Post Box No.127, A-1, Sector – 24, Noida, U.P, 201 301’ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.The candidates residing at North Eastern Zone can send the application to ‘The Recruitment Officer, Coast Guard Region (NE), Synthesis Business park, 6th Floor Sharachi Builidng, New Town Rajarhat, Kolkata – 700 157.For detailed information, the candidates must visit the official website.Important dates:Last date to apply: August 17last_img read more

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Shreyas Iyer credits Sachin Tendulkar for Ranji Trophy success

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first_imgA session with Sachin Tendulkar before the start of the Ranji Trophy season proved to be of “immense help” for young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket.”When Sachin sir dropped in at the Mumbai nets this season, I asked him about a specific technical problem that I was encountering. I told him that while going back and across, my shoulder tends to open up and I wanted to correct it. He advised me corrective measures. The most important of them was to stay on the front foot,” Shreyas, who is the leading run-scorer in Ranji Trophy, said.Brilliant domestic seasonWith 930 runs at a staggering average of 71.53 and even mind boggling strike rate of nearly 96 has made Shreyas the most talked about player on the domestic circuit. “Before the start of the season, I was made aware about how second season for a player becomes more important after a good first season. I had scored over 800 runs in my debut season and I had set a target of 1000 runs for this season. I knew bowlers will study and analyse my game after the first season and accordingly I worked on my game. I am happy that I have had a good season so far,” the 21-year-old said.India A under DravidNot every player get to interact with Tendulkar and then get Rahul Dravid as a coach and Shreyas considers himself lucky that he was under former Indian captain’s tutelage while playing for India A.advertisement”Rahul sir told me that I should always concentrate on the process. Focus on improving everyday, learning something new. Initially, I was a bit sad that I got a few starts for India A (couple of 40’s) but could not convert it. But then I realised that I cannot sit back and think about what’s gone. Then my focus shifted to Ranji Trophy. I worked hard on my game, spoke to my coach Amre sir (Praveen Amre). Since he has seen me from childhood, he knows my game inside out,” the confident youngster said.However, Shreyas hasn’t got much chance to talk about batting with Amre’s more illustrious student Ajinkya Rahane.”Well, I haven’t got a chance to speak to him much as he has been on tour of late.”Most cherished knockThe double hundred against Punjab is a knock that Shreyas cherishes.”It was indeed a special knock. More so because I was able to score 200 runs in a single day. I was able to dominate the bowling and this was the kind of knock at the outset, which gave me a lot of confidence,” he said.With Ranji Trophy quarter-finals scheduled to be held after Vijay Hazare Trophy, will this break affect his momentum now that he is only 70 runs shy of a 1000-run season? His answer was as attacking as his batting. “Not at all as my game has been same across all formats so I have never had any problems with that,” he replied.Ultimate dreamDoes he fancy a chance of making it to the 30-member probables for the World T20 next year, he gave another straightforward reply. “Obviously, I will be happy if I make it as that’s the ultimate dream but that is not in my hands. My job is to score runs and I would rather concentrate on that,” he concluded.last_img read more

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442 people convicted for 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi: Govt

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first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 23 (PTI) 442 people have been convicted so far by various courts of Delhi in connection with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Rajya Sabha was informed today.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the Home Ministry has constituted a Special Investigation Team to re-investigate serious criminal cases which were filed in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in connection with the 1984 riots and have since been closed.SIT will examine the records of such cases afresh, he said.Chaudhary said the rehabilitation package of 2006 provided ex-gratia payment in case of death, injury, damaged residential properties and damaged uninsured commercial, industrial properties and other assistance to the victims of 1984 riots.So far, the Home Ministry has reimbursed an amount of Rs 154.54 crore to the government of NCT of Delhi under this package, he said.The Minister said the central government has also sanctioned additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those who were killed in the 1984 riots.The Government of NCT has reported that they have distributed an amount of Rs 73,53,24,000 to the families of victims, he said. PTI ACB SClast_img read more

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Brandon Weeden Takes Hilarious Shot at Jerry Jones, Likely Gets Benched

By on November 16, 2019

first_imgBrandon Weeden led the Houston Texans to a big win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. As a reward he is likely getting … benched for the final game of the season. The Texans have all but locked up a playoff spot but it probably won’t be Weeden leading them.“Brandon’s done a really good job,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He did a good job in the Indy game, did a good job (Sunday) but if Brian (Hoyer’s) healthy and clear he’s our starter.”For his part, Weeden partook in the win on Sunday and enjoyed sticking it to that other Texas NFL team up north. Weeden on Jerry Jones: “If (Bengals) win, we’ll be playing in the playoffs and he’ll be watching from his couch”. (on @FranchiseOK )— Mike (@StuffMikeDoes) December 28, 2015On Sunday, Weeden talked about settling in with Houston.“We came out the first possession of the second half and ran the routes with six or seven yards of separation. From there, I think we just got comfortable. I’ve only been here for a month and so – get in a rhythm, get comfortable, start seeing things slowing things down. It starts with getting early and easy completions.”“We needed this one,” Weeden said. “As a team, we needed this one. It feels good personally, (but) I’m more excited for this team.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Alves wants Alexis to join him at PSG

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first_imgTransfers Dani Alves wants Alexis Sanchez to join him at PSG Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 21:15 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dani Alves Alexis Sanchez Split Getty/Goal Transfers PSG Arsenal Manchester City Premier League Ligue 1 A. Sánchez The Chilean forward is set to leave the Gunners on a free transfer next summer and his former Barcelona team-mate would be pleased to see him in Paris PSG right-back Dani Alves has endorsed a potential move for Alexis Sanchez, insisting that he would be happy with the outcome if the Chilean leaves Arsenal for the Ligue 1 giants.Sanchez 19/20 to score v Watford Goal revealed on October 6 that Alexis remains determined to quit the Gunners at the end of the season , when his contract with the club expires. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The 28-year-old was denied a deadline-day switch to Manchester City after Arsenal failed to land Thomas Lemar, although Unai Emery’s PSG were also in the running for the talented forward.Indeed, Goal reported back in July that Alexis met with PSG chiefs  and now Alves has admitted he would welcome his arrival, should the Parisiens make another move in future transfer windows.When asked about PSG’s interest, Alves told  Radio ADN : “It’s a possibility, but there are several teams that want him. I want him to be happy wherever he goes, but if that’s with us, it’s better.”Alves faced Alexis in Brazil’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Chile – a result that meant the Chileans were out of contention to qualify for the tournament in Russia next year.On the game, the full-back added: “It’s always difficult to come up against players like Alexis, with this quality and level but we’ve been concentrating over the whole game and we’ve done a great job.”An injury-hit start to the season has limited Alexis’s game time thus far, with the forward having scored one goal in seven games for the north Londoners in 2017-18.last_img read more

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10 months agoModric rejects Real Madrid contract offer after Inter Milan proposal

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric rejects Real Madrid contract offer after Inter Milan proposalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric has rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid.Telemadrid says the midfielder has rejected the first proposal from Real – with a lucrative offer from Inter Milan already on the table.Modric is tied to Real until 2020 and wants to give Real the chance to up their offer.However, Inter’s package is tempting, being worth €10m-a-year and with the option to later play in China for their sister club Jiangsu Suning.Modric feels Real should hand him a significant pay-rise after winning the Ballon d’Or this month. last_img read more

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Five More Companies Recommended to Operate Under SEZ Regime

By on October 24, 2019

first_imgStory Highlights “That will bring the total number of approved new applicants to 15… once those five are approved,” he informs. Chairman, Metry Seaga, tells JIS News that the JSEZA Board took the decision to recommend the five new applicants to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for consideration during a meeting last week, after reviewing the entities’ submissions. The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has recommended five additional companies for approval to operate under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime, and is negotiating with another 40 that have expressed an interest. The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has recommended five additional companies for approval to operate under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) regime, and is negotiating with another 40 that have expressed an interest.Chairman, Metry Seaga, tells JIS News that the JSEZA Board took the decision to recommend the five new applicants to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for consideration during a meeting last week, after reviewing the entities’ submissions.“That will bring the total number of approved new applicants to 15… once those five are approved,” he informs.Mr. Seaga says the 40 prospective firms, which are engaged in operations varying from manufacturing and services to logistics, represent “over US$100 million of investments and in excess of 2,000 jobs”.He also advises that the process to transition 109 free zone companies to the SEZ regime is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.Mr. Seaga tells JIS News that based on a reverification exercise of the over 219 free zone companies initially registered, 109 were verified as legitimate free zone operators.He points out that entities that were no longer operational or those that were found to be operating within free zones without the requisite documentation, were removed from the listing.The Chairman says the transition process, which includes the submission of an application form and supporting documentation, is expected to start early in the New Year.Mr. Seaga says the JSEZA is “very pleased with the level of interest that we are seeing… and feel that we are moving in the right direction”.He notes that companies are bringing new, exciting and innovative engagements, “which is the intent of the Act… to bring new players into the regime”.“We’re not seeing the regular run-of-the-mill things that we normally see. We feel that this is a good sign and a testament that the architects of this new piece of SEZ legislation did the right thing, because it is creating the investment that we need in the country. So, I’m very happy with where we are, and where we are going,” Mr. Seaga says.For his part, JSEZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, argues that the diverse range of industries being introduced by various stakeholders augurs well for Jamaica as an investment location, as well as in relation to employment and other positive out-turns.“We see applications coming in for manufacturing, distribution, logistics, services… and even in the business process outsourcing space… we are seeing more advanced-type activities than just call centre operations coming on stream,” he outlines.Dr. Deans says the JSEZA is “very excited” about the prospects based on “what we see coming down the pipeline… because we have some very large, exciting projects which are on the horizon, which we will see in another couple of years coming to fruition”.“So, we feel very confident that what we hope to have achieved with this new economic zone regime, is being realised,” he adds.Meanwhile, the JSEZA Director for Investor Relations and Communications, Kelli-Dawn Hamilton, says that it is an exciting time for Jamaica.“When we talk about investments, I’m very happy to report that a number of the investors that we see coming to the fore are local investors… and we happily partner with them. Our mandate is one that will see Jamaica operating in a whole new way,” she points out.Mrs. Hamilton notes that local investors are “bullish” on Jamaica, adding that “while we assess each applicant, based on their meeting our requirements, we must partner with those players who have been in the space for some time and who have helped to put Jamaica on the map, as it relates to operating business within the free zone space.”last_img read more

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Nova Scotias Unemployment Rate Dips Below Canadas

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgNova Scotia’s unemployment rate has dropped below the Canadian average for the first time in recent history. Year-over-year comparisons released by Statistics Canada today, Sept. 9, show Nova Scotia’s August unemployment rate has gone down to a historic low of 6.9 per cent, compared to a 7.1 per cent average for Canada. The unemployment numbers for Nova Scotia have not been as low since Statistics Canada started collecting and publishing comparable national data in 1976. Premier John Hamm said this is yet another indicator of our economic progress as a province. “This is a credit to Nova Scotia’s economic strength. It is a credit to the business people across our province whose entrepreneurial spirit is evident in these results,” said Premier Hamm. “Our role is to support them as they build their businesses. There are many, many Nova Scotia business success stories behind these numbers.” From July to August 2005, 5,000 more people were working in Nova Scotia, for a total of 462,000. At the same time, the number of unemployed fell 9.2 per cent to 34,400. Employment increases in August 2005 were mainly in business, building and other support services, and in transportation and warehousing. Adjusted month over month for seasonal variations, the Nova Scotia unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent in August, compared to Canada’s unchanged rate of 6.8 per cent. This is still down from 7.7 per cent in June, which at the time was the lowest since March 1976. The Halifax region is also seeing very low numbers, with a 5.3 per cent unemployment rate, the lowest east of Regina. In Canada, August 2005 over August 2004, the labour force increased 1.1 per cent to 17.8 million, employment increased 1.5 per cent to 16.5 million, unemployment declined 2.9 per cent to 1.3 million, and the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 7.1 per cent.last_img read more

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Mohammed VI Museum VI Hosts Africa on the Move Symposium

By on October 12, 2019

Rabat – The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI), will host a symposium under the theme “Africa on the Move: Migration, Diasporas and Mobility,” as part of the “Afrique en Capitale” event scheduled for April 13.The event will discuss ongoing questions regarding migration in Africa.The symposium will bring together anthropologists, political scientists and migration sociologists from Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, France and the United Kingdom. It aims to take stock of the major changes in African migration. The event, which will be held from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, will be opened by Abdelkrim Benatiq, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in charge of Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs.Driss El Yazami, President of the CNDH, Abdeljalil Lahjomri, Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Noureddine Mouaddib, UIR President and Ambassador Mohamed Methqal, Director General of AMCI, will also be in attendance.Event organizers argue that African migrants primarily get caught up in security and are presented as a permanent threat to the countries in the North. African migrations are intra-African, as nearly seven out of ten African migrants settle in another country on the continent.These migrations result in profound changes, as whole regions such as the Maghreb have become, in recent decades, migratory crossroads, where several diversified populations and groups, such as students, asylum seekers, economic migrants, converge.The organizers add that African countries are, at the same time, countries of emigration, transit and permanent settlements. They become altered by the contribution of new settlers and the multiple relations maintained by expatriate compatriots.The event is co-organized by the National Museum Foundation (FNM), the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), the International University of Rabat (UIR), the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) and the MMVI. read more

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Orphaned child drowns in Wellawatte

By on October 8, 2019

The police identified the child as Mohommad Milnath.The Wellawatte police are conducting further investigations. An orphaned child fell into a canal in Wellawatte and drowned this afternoon, the police media unit said.The police said that the 9 year old boy was living at the children’s home in Dharmarama road, Wellawatte.

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Sri Lanka to sign MoU with Georgia to expand bilateral relationship

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The cabinet approved the proposal made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to sign the MoU during the political consultations at the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs scheduled to be held in Colombo from 3-4 August 2016. Sri Lanka is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Georgia to expand the bilateral relationship between both countries, Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said.The Minister said that the cabinet approved the signing of the MoU on bilateral political consultations between the Sri Lankan Ministry of foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Sri Lanka were established on June 16, 1998. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Robinson voices confidence on outcome of UN antiracism forum in Durban

By on October 6, 2019

“I firmly believe Durban can mark a historic breakthrough,” said Mary Robinson, before a meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg.The High Commissioner, who will serve as the Conference Secretary-General, said she was encouraged by the constructive atmosphere that had become apparent in recent weeks, and by evidence that the political will existed to reach “a shared commitment to tackle intolerance and bias.” She noted that intensive discussions were continuing on a number of outstanding issues, while considerable progress had already been made in several areas. “Flexibility is being shown in the search for language on the questions of addressing the past, including slavery and colonialism, and the Middle East,” said the High Commissioner. “One thing I would like to reaffirm is that there is a clear understanding that the formulation ‘Zionism equals racism’ has been done away with,” she stressed.Mrs. Robinson underscored the need for wide involvement in the Durban meeting. “We will need the participation of all countries at the highest level possible to demonstrate our determination to fight this plague,” she said.”There is still a lot of work to be done,” the High Commissioner observed. “We want the final document of the Conference to be a sort of Magna Carta in the fight against racism.”Meanwhile in Austria today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked about the participation of the United States in the Durban meeting. He noted that a decision on that matter rested with the country’s Government. “There are indications from Washington that if they do not get the language they want they may not participate,” he said, adding that “efforts are being made and people are working on the language even as we speak.” Set to run from 31 August to 7 September, the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will focus on action-oriented and practical steps to eradicate those scourges. read more

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Annan urges group of G8 nations to stretch out its helping hand

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In an op-ed article published on Wednesday in major newspapers in all eight countries of the group, Mr. Annan noted that the meeting being held in Gleneagles, United Kingdom, is particularly well-timed. In September international leaders will gather for the World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss how to both reform the Organization and improve the welfare, security and dignity of people worldwide.“All that is needed now is the leadership to make it happen,” Mr. Annan wrote, outlining such shared goals as countering climate change, protecting civilians from violence and oppression, and improving the lot of the world’s poor.Earlier this year, in a report entitled ‘In Larger Freedom,’ Mr. Annan laid out “the agenda of concrete decisions” that UN Member States must take by September if they are to provide the world with “a new century of security, prosperity and freedom.”The Secretary-General reiterated his earlier calls for the G8 members to increase their official development aid, deepen their debt relief and reform global trade rules and conditions so that the least developed States, especially in Africa, can make crucial economic and social gains.“Some decisions announced in the past two months have rekindled hope that the developed world will indeed stretch out its helping hand and enable poorer countries to share the opportunities of globalization,” Mr. Annan wrote. “Now it’s up to the G8 to fulfil that hope.”He also welcomed the decision of the Gleneagles participants to make Africa and climate change priority issues during this week’s meeting.Mr. Annan said that “if we have the political will” the world can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets drawn up five years ago for slashing socio-economic ills by 2015. Those goals include halving extreme poverty and hunger, cutting child mortality rates by two-thirds, and achieving universal primary education.He added that it is not only donor nations, such as those in the G8, that need to help in the cause. Developing countries are expected to fight “an implacable war against corruption,” strengthen their governance and make better use of their own resources. read more

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NBA Commissioner Wants Players to Ignore Their Personal Beliefs

By on September 30, 2019

NBA commissioner Adam Silver (Keith Allison/Flickr)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes even after Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, players who oppose him should still carry on the tradition to visit the White House post-championship.Silver made the statement while speaking to The Guardian in London before the Global Games match between the Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers Thursday, Jan. 12.“If a team came to me in the current situation and asked for my view on whether they should go, I would say go, whether it’s President Obama or now President-elect Trump,” Silver said. “Donald Trump, the private citizen, I don’t know well, but I have known him for many years as a fellow New Yorker. He has been to many Knicks games over the years and I’ve been to several games with his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. I have no reason to believe he won’t continue to be supportive of the NBA.”But for many NBA players, it’s not a matter of Trump supporting the league but his divisive political rhetoric. Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert told Complex in November 2016 that he would not visit the White House under Trump’s administration.“I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bull—- he’s got going on,” Shumpert said. “That’s his personal thing.”And when the Cavs visited the White House that month, forward Richard Jefferson declared on Snapchat that the team would be the last to carry on the tradition begun 54 years go.“I don’t plan on forcing them to do anything that will be viewed as political in nature,” Silver told The Guardian of player’s personal politics. “But I think as we have done historically, we encourage players to have those conversations with each other, with us and become informed on the issues.”Silver echoed such support in July 2016 when the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty protested the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police and the aftermath. However, he would have preferred that the teams not modify their uniforms in the process.“I actually think it demonstrates that these are multidimensional people,” Silver said. “They live in this society and they have strong views about how things should be. So I’m very encouraging of that.”But when it came to whether or not NBA could hop onboard San Fransico 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, Silver expressed his preference that all athletes remain standing rather than sitting or kneeling.“It would be my hope that they continue to stand for the national anthem,” he told ESPN in  October 2016. “I think that is the appropriate thing to do.” read more

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Museums and galleries are ageist and wrongly chasing youth to get new

By on September 25, 2019

“But if you look at the demographic of the Friends [members who pay an annual subscription] it tends to be older people who have the time and the inclination to come.”So I have this issue constantly: we are constantly trying to market and promote the institution to a younger age group and yet, if I am honest, institutions are in danger of what I think occasionally and notice is an element of age discrimination, in the sense that ‘younger people – good’, ‘older people – not so good’. He joked that the BBC film could have been a disaster because “it is almost impossible to film the governing body of a British institution in such a way that the British institution doesn’t come off badly”. But he said it appeared to have paid off, giving viewers a look behind “the traditional pomp, which even for my taste there may be a tiny bit too much of”.He said: “I was not sure what the impact would be, but what I found is that it has helped a lot of people who did not know or understand what the Academy is.”People come up and ask me about the Academy in a way they never would have done previously. So having been nervous about it for five years of filming, and a tiny bit nervous I first watched it, I now feel it has been very beneficial.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The head of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith, has claimed that British museums are ageist. One of those who has felt the discrimination first hand? Mr Saumarez Smith.The 64-year-old chief executive said his own team were keen to keep him out of a recent fly-on-the-wall documentary about life at the Academy, preferring to push forward the comparative youthful artistic director, Tim Marlow.It was a symptom, Mr Saumarez Smith claimed, of arts institutions trying to appeal to a younger audience when most of their visitors are older.”This is, I think a very interesting and – not surprisingly – key issue which, given my age, I take rather seriously,” he said.”I am conscious of the fact and it was evident to me through the filming, not to put too fine a point on it, that my communications team were extremely anxious to have as much of Tim, who is younger, more handsome and more televisual, and as little as possible of me.”I only crept in by accident, giving [the film-makers] this guided tour at the beginning, and when the film was shown my director of communications thought, ‘Hell, this shows an old man as the chief executive.'” What I think occasionally and notice is an element of age discrimination, in the sense that ‘younger people – good’, ‘older people – not so goodCharles Saumarez Smith, head of the Royal Academy of Arts Mr Saumarez Smith says he himself has been a victim of age discrimination Mr Saumarez Smith says he himself has been a victim of age discriminationCredit:Eddie Mulholland While poking fun at himself, Mr Samaurez Smith had a serious point to make. Speaking at the Hay Festival, he said: “It is tricky, this issue. We get money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to get new audiences. “And being in the latter category myself, I am rather resistant to that.”The documentary, The Private Life of the Royal Academy, was broadcast earlier this month on BBC Two. The corporation’s commissioning editor for arts, Mark Bell, said: “Cultural institutions including the BBC are acutely aware of this problem,” admitting that retirees are “the people who have time to go to galleries, watch television programmes. It is a challenge for our times.”Mr Saumarez Smith said institutions must be careful not to neglect their older members. He referred to Olwyn Bowey, aged 82, the longest-serving Royal Academician, saying: “She stands for that older generation. There is always that feeling, which I understand and have some sympathy for, that somehow the younger generation are getting all the publicity and everything is about Grayson Perry.” read more

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The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington and heres where all his ministers

By on September 21, 2019

first_img By Christina Finn Washington and New York: Taoiseach Enda KennySan Francisco, LA and San Diego: Tánaiste Frances FitzgeraldSt Louis; Chicago; NYC: Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’ConnorNYC, Philadelphia/Tri-state area: Minister of State Joe McHughFort Lauderdale, Miami, Atlanta, Savannah: Minister of State Michael RingAustin: Minister of State Pat BreenCleveland; Dublin; Columbus: Minister of State Sean KyneUnited Kingdom: Education Minister Richard BrutonMunich; Stuttgart; Cologne; Berlin: Agriculture Minister Michael CreedFrance: Social Protection Minister Leo VaradkarSweden; Denmark: Arts Minister Heather HumphreysMalaysia/Singapore: Finance Minister Michael NoonanToronto: Housing Minister Simon CoveneyBoston, Seattle: Children’s Minister Katherine ZapponeJapan, Korea: Public Expenditure Minister Paschal DonohoeUnited Arab Emirates: Chief Whip Regina DohertyScotland: Minister of State Finian McGrathBrazil: Minister of State John HalliganLebanon (UNIFIL mission): Minister of State Paul KehoeIndonesia, Western Australia: Minister of State David StantonSpain: Minister of State Dara MurphyHungary; Czech Republic: Minister of State Marcella Corcoran KennedyPoland: Minister of State Damien EnglishThe Netherlands; Belgium: Minister of State Andrew DoyleBeijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong: Minister of State Sean CanneyArgentina: Minister of State Helen McEnteeToronto; Montreal: Minister of State Eoghan MurphyEast Coast Australia; New Zealand: Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan Short URL Feb 21st 2017, 7:21 PM TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has faced down criticism over his decision to keep up with tradition and travel to the White House this St Patrick’s Day.In the wake of speculation about the leadership of Fine Gael, there had been some doubt as to whether he’d be able to make the trip as Taoiseach at all.The issue of Kenny’s leadership of his party is up for discussion a meeting tomorrow night – but in the meantime the official itinerary for the annual St Patrick’s Day ministerial trips has been announced.Here’s where Cabinet members are heading: 35,547 Views Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 7:21 PM The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington (and here’s where all his ministers are heading) Let the annual Paddy’s Day exodus commence… center_img Share1398 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3226995 147 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn recent weeks, the Taoiseach has defended his decision to visit US President Donald Trump this March. He said while he disagrees with what Trump has been saying and doing, he maintains it is “more important than ever” that Ireland’s voice be heard in Washington DC.Leo Varadkar, who’s being touted as Kenny’s possible successor as Fine Gael leader, has spoken out against the US President and warned that this St Patrick’s Day cannot be all about just “smiles and shamrocks”.Questions also hang over the visit due to the Taoiseach stating that he will decide if he will extend an invitation to Trump to visit Ireland when he meets the President.Varadkar has said he “wouldn’t be keen” on inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland.‘Unique opportunity’ The annual trade and publicity missions have come in for criticism in recent years, in wake of the downturn, and successive ministers have been keen to talk up the real-world benefits.“St Patrick’s Day provides Ireland with both an international platform to deliver our strategic messages as well as access to key political and business contacts in leading markets around the world,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said tonight.“This year St Patrick’s Day falls in a month of critical importance, with the expected triggering of Article 50 by the UK and the beginning of its formal negotiations to leave the EU.“It is essential that Irish Ministers continue to highlight Ireland’s priorities to Member State governments throughout Europe, building on the important work that has already taken place.We will also be spreading the message beyond Europe’s borders that Ireland is remaining in the EU and it remains a very attractive destination for investment and trade, for study and for tourism. We are also working hard to deepen our market penetration in European markets.The Taoiseach is due to meet businesses, political leaders and community groups in New York and Washington. Other locations may be added to Kenny’s itinerary at a later date.- With reporting from Daragh Brophy Read: Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland>Read: Minister tells Trump’s security advisor: ‘This travel ban has damaging consequences’ > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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