Sharenting – a parent’s habitual use of social media to share news and images about their children – puts the child’s online privacy and, potentially, safety at risk, warn researchers. The researchers found evidence that women’s feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media. Those posts sometimes include their children’s personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates, and photographs, showed the findings published online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. The women who participated in the research articulated a variety of risk factors for vulnerability – a changing body, a changing view of self, new responsibilities associated with motherhood, demands of nursing, exhaustion, and issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety. The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children’s online privacy from commercial entities.
A teen has been arrested for sexually abusing a 9 year old boy in Kobeigane in the Kurunegala District, the police media unit said today.The 19 year old youth had been arrested after a complaint was lodged with the police saying he had sexually abused the boy. According to the police the 9 year old boy had been abused last evening near an open field.Further investigations are underway.
OTTAWA — Canada’s Maxime Bernier, leader of the right-wing Peoples Party of Canada (PPC), will participate in two official election debates next month after initially being told he was not invited, the debate organizers said on Monday.The body that has organized the debates for Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, the first in English and the second in French, last month said Bernier would not be invited because he could not prove his party could win more than one seat in parliament in Canada’s Oct. 21 election.“Based on recent polling data, (the PPC) has achieved a reasonable chance of success in more than one riding,” Debates Commissioner David Johnston said in a statement explaining his decision to extend Bernier an invitation.Bernier, 56, created the PPC a year ago after losing a bid to become leader of the Conservative Party.“I am obviously very happy with the decision of the Debates Commission to invite us,” Bernier said in a video clip posted to Twitter. “We offer a real alternative, a different alternative, with policies based on reforms we need for a freer and richer country.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Though welcome news for Bernier, the PPC leader’s inclusion could be a blow to the Conservative Party, which draws from a similar pool of voters.The PPC has fielded candidates across Canada, but national polls currently have it picking up less than 5% of the vote. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is leading Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by a whisker, 34.4% to 34.0% nationally, according to a Nanos Research poll.Bernier has cast the PPC as a radically different choice from most Canadian parties. He is the only leader of a national party who says climate change is not caused by human activity, and he is proposing dramatic cuts to immigration levels. (Additional reporting by David Ljunggren; Reporting by Steve Scherer)
Hasbro says 4Q revenue didn’t meet expectations; to cut about 10 per cent of workforce by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2013 6:37 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Toy maker Hasbro said Friday that its fourth-quarter revenue failed to meet expectations because of weaker-than-expected demand over the holidays. It plans to cut about 10 per cent of its workforce and consolidate facilities to reduce expenses.The stock dropped 3 per cent Friday.Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro, whose brands include Monopoly and Nerf, has about 5,500 employees worldwide. A 10 per cent workforce cut would put about 550 people out of work.While Hasbro said consumer demand was softer than it expected over the holidays, the season was expected to be tough. This was in part because retailers were ordering inventory more cautiously.In addition, stores such as Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us beefed up their layaway and reservation services to encourage shoppers to buy toys early in the season, which meant items may have been scarce later on.The November and December holiday selling period is critical for toy makers because it can make up as much as 40 per cent of their annual revenue.Spokesman Wayne Charness said that the job cuts will all be this year and will occur globally, with no particular business groups targeted. He said that the facility consolidations could result in some closures but was not specific about which plants would be affected other than to say no closures were planned In Rhode Island or Massachusetts in 2013. Hasbro has offices in 40 countries worldwide.CEO Brian Goldner said in a statement that Hasbro created a plan during its fourth quarter to deliver $100 million in annual cost savings by 2015.The company expects charges of about $37 million in 2012 and an additional $20 million to $30 million in estimated charges in 2013 related to its cost-cutting efforts.Hasbro Inc. anticipates fourth-quarter revenue of about $1.28 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet predicted revenue of $1.4 billion. Unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates lowered results by $8 million.Goldner said that demand over much of the holiday season was weaker than expected in the U.S. and some international markets.For 2012, Hasbro expects adjusted earnings between $2.89 and $2.91 per share on revenue of approximately $4.09 billion. Unfavourable foreign currency exchange rates lowered revenue by $99 million.Wall Street forecast earnings of $2.84 per share on revenue of $4.2 billion.The company will report its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results on Feb. 7.Its stock fell $1.14, or 3 per cent, to close at $37.31 Friday. Its shares have traded in a 52-week range of $32 to $39.98. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The video above gives an interesting interview with Craig Lafferty, lead producer working on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at Bethesda.During the interview we get to see a load of in-game footage and a bunch of information from Lafferty about how the game is being developed and what we should expect to be playing come November. However, there is one negative he brings up around the 4m40s mark: we won’t be getting a demo of Skyrim to play, ever.AdChoices广告Those who loved previous Elder Scrolls games will probably scoff knowing their pre-order is already logged with their games retailer of choice. But for gamers new to the series, a demo really helps when considering putting down $60 on an unknown title.In this case though, we can forgive Bethesda for not supplying one. The reason Lafferty gives for there being no demo is purely down to the sheer size and complexity of the game. To ship a demo would mean gigabytes of data being uploaded by them and then downloaded to PSN, Xbox Live, and on their own web servers for PC games. It’s just too big to make it feasible. On the flip side, that size will most likely translate into many hours lost exploring in the massive Skyrim world.So while big downloads of demos or otherwise are not going to happen, Lafferty has confirmed there will be DLC. In fact, he states in the interview that he doesn’t want to talk too much about what they left out of the game as that content usually appears later. That to me hints at multiple DLC packs with some worthwhile content and features unlocked at a later date.Even though there’s no demo, we are bound to see a lot of HD gameplay footage appearing from Bethesda over the coming months. The official release date is set as 11.11.11 and you can already pre-order your copy.via Gameplanet
Alerte météo orange : Météo France continue ce matin de placer le département de l’Aube sous surveillance Ce matin, et ce jusqu’à jeudi dans la matinée, Météo France fait le choix de maintenir sa vigilance orange dans le département de l’Aube après que d’importantes crues soient parvenues à faire déborder la Seine de son lit. Les pluies qui devraient continuer à s’abattre toute la journée dans le secteur de Troyes ne devraient toutefois pas trop aggraver la situation actuelle.Placés dès hier en vigilance orange par Météo France, les départements de la Marne (51), de la Haute-Marne (52), de l’Yonne (89) et de l’Aube (10) ont fait ces dernières heures l’objet d’une surveillance accrue après que de fortes pluies se soient abattues dans la région Champagne-Ardenne en provoquant le débordement de la Seine à certains endroits. Quelques heures après avoir été placés en vigilance orange crues, les trois départements de la Marne, de l’Yonne et de la Haute-Marne ont toutefois vu ce matin leur surveillance être levée. Seul l’Aube à la carte de 10 heures de Météo France faisait toujours ce mercredi 8 mai 2013 l’objet d’une vigilance orange.Hier le débit de la Seine à l’entrée de Troyes était arrivé en début de matinée à 155 m3/s avant de passer à 170 m3/s à midi pour finir encore par augmenter en soirée à 190 m3/s. Si les pluies qui vont s’abattre aujourd’hui dans le secteur ne devraient pas trop aggraver la situation déjà en cours, Météo France a cependant choisi de maintenir son alerte toute la journée ainsi que toute la nuit. “Le pic de crue attendu dans la nuit n’est pas arrivé, la situation n’a pas évolué depuis hier et la Seine, qui a légèrement monté, est restée dans son lit”, a-t-on indiqué mercredi matin à la cellule de crise de la préfecture de l’Aube. La plus grande prudence reste toutefois recommandée lors des déplacements.Le 8 mai 2013 à 10:22 • Guichaoua Virginie
Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Oh, what a glorious time to be alive! Social media has allowed us to get into horrible, typo–inducing, name calling, yelling at the screen, typing arguments with people we’ve never even met before. And it’s given us the magnificent ability to stay in touch with those people from high school who justify racist/homophobic/xenophobic/anti-science posts with explanations like, “I know I’m right because that’s just how I feel.” Who knew our utopian idea of the “information superhighway” would become more like a Walmart parking lot where your uncle gets too drunk and yells misogynistic things?Luckily you don’t have to tolerate this kind of hate if you don’t want to which is why I’m present the following guide on how to block those people from your life.FacebookThis is really where a lot of the nastiest stuff goes down. I mean, there are just so many jackasses out there! On FB you have a few options. When someone posts something, you can click on the little down arrow looking thing in the top right corner of their post. There it gives you a few options, one of them being to unfollow said person. This makes it so that you’re still FB friends, but none of their crap will come up in your feed. Pretty 100!But that might not be enough because they can still see your stuff and message you. So the next step is to block their ass. To do this go to the little downward arrow that’s next to the question mark in the top right corner of any FB page. Then click on settings. Then on the left side click on the thing that says “blocking” and it will give you all the blocking options available. You’d be surprised how many there are!TwitterTwitter is another place where shit weevils come out of the woodworks to harass you. Luckily blocking them is super easy. Just go to their twitter page and find the “Follow” button on the right-hand side. Next to that are three little vertical dots. Click on that, then click the block option and poof! stupid alt-right Nazi nitwit can’t see that you called him a ******.EmailSince most everyone is using Gmail, I’m just gonna explain it with that (firstname.lastname@example.org I still love you!). Blocking someone on email is super easy. Just open the message they sent you (containing the most unfortunate looking *insert eggplant emoji* pic in the world) then find the little down arrow in the top-right corner, and click “Block Stuart” or whoever’s name is in there.PhoneEveryone has had at least one ex who send really insane things for months after you break up. It’s painful, heartbreaking, and sometimes just terrifying. So block that jerk!On an iPhone just go to their entry in your phonebook and scroll to the bottom. See that “Block this Caller” button? Push it.On Android, go to the recent calls list, find the dope’s number and hit “Block.” Same goes for the messages they send you.Congrats on now having way less negativity in your life. This is your moment of zen!
Take heed, Clark County, it’s about to get hot. And with the record-breaking temperatures, health officials worry there will be an increase in heat-related illnesses.“This is going to be extreme, maybe hotter than anyone here has seen before,” said Dr. Andrew Shepard, emergency department medical director at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.The good news is that heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can be prevented if people take a few precautions, know the signs of illness and watch out for each other.“People should be not only aware of themselves, but if they know of anyone that does not have air conditioning, if they’re elderly or have multiple medical problems, they’re at increased risk for having problems,” Shepard said.In addition to the elderly, young people are vulnerable to heat illness, as well.Heat illness ranges from mild dehydration and heat cramps to heat stroke.Heat cramps are involuntary muscle spasms, often caused by loss of fluids and electrolytes. Heat cramps can be resolved by resting and cooling down, drinking a sports drink with electrolytes and stretching the affected muscles, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – The US Coast Guard was summoned from its base in The Bahamas to assist in the search for a Brazilian tourist who reportedly fell from a Royal Caribbean Cruise liner around 1am Friday. The 35 year old man was said, by ABC News, to have jumped from the seventh story of the Oasis of the Seas. He first landed in a life raft and then fell into the waters about 17 miles off Turks and Caicos, in nearby Bahamas. Recommended for you Illegal boat voyage to TCI deadly for 60 Haitians Related Items:cruise ship, oasis of the sea, US coast guard
Ashlie Rodriguez, Sampson Ochotorena San Diego City Council Votes to Limit and Regulate Short-Term Vacation Rentals Ashlie Rodriguez, Sampson Ochotorena, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After years of heated debate, the San Diego City Council established new rules and regulations Monday regarding short term vacation rentals. The council voted 6-3 in favor of a plan that limits how many homes you can put on websites such as AirBnB.By passing the plan, council created the City’s first license-based system to manage short-term rentals. A homeowner who chooses to rent out their home will only be given one license, because the new rules mean homeowners can only rent out their primary home, or, the home they live in. They can apply for one additional license for a dwelling unit on the same parcel as the their primary residence. This means people who buy homes with the intent to rent them out for short-term vacation rentals will no longer be able to do so.Council is also charging cost-recoverable fees to administer licenses and enforce code violations; establish a “Good Neighbor” policy to preserve neighborhood quality of life; hire additional staff to respond to complaints about nuisance properties; and implement a per-night fee that would generate funding for affordable housing projects.“We allowed people to rent out a room in their house on an unlimited basis to make ends meet,” said District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry. “We allowed them to rent out their whole house on a short-term basis up to six times a year. What we did as we have prevented investors from buying up homes in single family neighborhoods and turning them into mini-hotels.”She and Councilmember Lori Zapf argue neighborhoods are filling with strangers, and San Diego is losing its sense of community. They also say the uptick in investment properties mean there are fewer homes on the market for San Diego resident who actually need to live here full time, and the housing shortage makes the rent go higher for residents as well.The only members of council to vote against the amended plan was Chris Cate, David Alvarez and Scott Sherman, who argued the property rights of residents were being violated by the new rules. He argues council’s new rules just stole many residents’ means of income. Sherman, who represents District 7 believes the issue will go to court.“People’s complaints are noise, people staying up late,” Sherman said. “I’ve got month-to-month renters that are keeping people awake, people who own who are keeping people awake. So what are they going to do next, ban month-to-month renters? Where does the government stop telling everyone else what to do with their lives?”Council estimates it will take one year to get the new system up and running and enforce these new rules.All hosts are required to:Register with or be licensed annually by the CitySecure a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificatePay TOT and the Affordable Housing Impact fees monthlyObtain a Neighborhood Use Permit for dwellings with four or more bedroomsAdvertise a STRO license number on all advertisementsComply with “Good Neighbor” policy, including posting local contact information on propertyCollect and maintain detailed records on each STRO transaction for a period of three yearsAll platforms are required to:Provide notice of the STRO and TOT requirements to each host prior to their listingCollect TOT and Affordable Housing Impact fees at the same time rent is collectedEnsure only licensed or registered hosts are using the booking service on the hosting platformCollect and maintain detailed records on each STRO transaction for a period of three yearsENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE AND NEW ONLINE TOOL FOR COMPLAINTSMayor Faulconer is committed to active enforcement to ensure hosts, guests and online platforms for short-term rentals are in compliance with the new regulations. That includes a new team of police and code enforcement officers to work evenings and weekends to address code complaints; the creation of a license and registration system that interfaces with City databases; and a new complaint hotline or mobile application for residents to report violations.Enforcement is based on an inter-departmental strategy that includes the Code Enforcement Division, the City Treasurer’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).The enforcement program will:Maintain a database of all licensed or registered STRO locations within the City Treasurer’s Office that will provide information to the SDPD.Issue notices of violations, administrative citations, fines and revocation of licenses.Create a STRO Code Enforcement, SDPD and City Attorney team for proactive enforcement in the areas with most frequent violations. The team will work evenings and weekends to target disturbances.Monitor websites to ensure hosts are paying TOT; violators will be reported to the City Attorney.Receive complaint calls 24-hours per day, seven days per week; an online portal will be created to report violations.First notice of violation is considered a “warning”Second notice of violation may result in citationThird notice of violation within 12-month period may result in revocation of STRO permitSUPPORTING AFFORDABLE HOUSINGThe proposal also includes a new Affordable Housing Impact Fee of $2.73 (home share) to $3.96 (whole home) per rental night, paid for by hosts. Implementation of the fee is expected to generate funding for the Affordable Housing Fund, which is administered by the San Diego Housing Commission and is used to pay for affordable housing-related projects. Posted: July 17, 2018 UPDATE: (5:00 PM 7/17/18) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke out after the City Council voted against his short-term rental property plan. Updated: 6:53 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings July 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers have been cancelled as part of government blueprint to hold a lopsided election, reports UNB.”We think it’s an ill-motivated decision. Our leader’s (Khaleda Zia) nomination papers have been rejected as part of government a master plan and a blueprint to keep her away from the election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Addressing a press conference at the BNP Naya Paltan office, he also alleged their party’s some other popular candidates’ nomination papers have also been annulled as the government is trying to hold a unilateral election and stay in power by force.The Bangladesh Election Commission on Sunday trashed Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft cases.However, the party has alternative candidates in Feni-1 and Bagura-6 seats while it has no candidates in Bagura-6 constituency.Rizvi said the government is not willing to hold a credible election as it is desperate to retain power by any means.He, however, warned that voters will go to polling stations on 30 December braving all the obstacles to ensure the fall of the current ‘autocratic’ regime.The BNP leader said though the ruling party leaders and candidates are violating the election code of conduct, the election commission is not taking any action against them.”It seems the election commission has turned blind while the chief election commissioner and some other commissioners engaged themselves in works to help the government,” he observed.Rizvi said the government has established its control over the EC, police and civil administrations like a ghost to manipulate the election results in its favour.
Slamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is ‘playing with the lives of Indian fishermen’ and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain. Alleging that Modi government was ‘playing’ with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, ‘I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the lives of Tamil fishermen should not be taken lightly. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIf the NDA follows the UPA policy on Sri Lanka, the Tamil youth will not tolerate that.’The statement comes in the backdrop of five Indian fishermen being awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for drug-trafficking last week.Slamming the centre on ties with Colombo, from inviting its president Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi’s swearing-in to the continued defence ties, Vaiko said despite these, Chinese naval ships had recently berthed in Sri Lankan waters, which he said was a direct threat for Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind‘Such an approach by the Modi government towards Sri Lanka was a reason for the five fishermen being awarded death penalty as Rajapaksa controlled his country’s judiciary,’ he told reporters after spearheading a protest here against the court verdict.He warned that the centre may have to face the consequences of such an approach towards Sri Lanka. Vaiko had been critical of UPA government’s ‘friendly’ relations with Sri Lanka, including maintaining defence ties, and had accused it of aiding Colombo in its pursuit against the rebel LTTE, with the last leg of hostilities in 2009 witnessing heavy civilian casualties when Rajapaksa was president.
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Leach, 35, is a 12-year league veteran who has held downthelong-snapping job with the Cardinals since 2009. Leachwillreceive a new three-year deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals continued to re-sign more of theirownfree agents, according to Darren Urban ofAZCardinals.com.Cardsbring back long snapper Mike Leach (3-year contract) andLB/special teamer Reggie Walker (2-year contract).— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 26,2012 Top Stories Walker, a reserve linebacker who was an undrafted freeagentout of Kansas State in 2009, played in all 16 games lastseason,primarily as a special teams member. Walker registered 16special teams tackles. He’ll receive a 2-year contract. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
21Jul Rep. Runestad’s bills require citizenship for scholarships, housing Categories: News,Runestad News Bill package limits benefits for illegal residentsState Rep. Jim Runestad recently introduced legislation that prevents illegal residents in Michigan from eligibility for scholarships involving state funds and housing assistance through a state agency.Runestad, of White Lake, said only legal United States citizens should be eligible to receive financial aid through the Michigan Promise Grant. His other bill limits housing aid and loans through the Michigan State Housing Development Agency (MSHDA) to legal American citizens.“To hand out taxpayer-funded benefits to people who are not American citizens is simply a travesty, and we should take action now to prevent it from occurring,” Runestad said. “Hard-working people who are citizens deserve a hand up when they need housing or giving their children a chance to obtain a college education through state-funded scholarship grants. Those opportunities should not be afforded to people illegally living in the United States.”The bills were referred to the House Appropriations Committee.“I welcome people who go through proper channels to gain citizenship to their adopted home, and commend them for making good decisions,” Runestad said. “But people who fail to gain citizenship or are living in America on expired visas should not be entitled to state-funded benefits.”#####The bills are House Bills 4829-4834
Legislation renames portion of U.S.23 in Presque Isle CountyState Rep. Triston Cole today voted with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to rename a portion of highway in Presque Isle County to honor former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia.Highway U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway will be named as the Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway. Pettalia lost his life on Sept. 12, 2016, in a motorcycle accident in northern Montmorency County.“Peter A. Pettalia had an immense impact on northern Michigan and showed great leadership throughout the community,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “He will not be forgotten, and renaming this highway for him is a fitting tribute.”Pettalia represented the 106th House District and previously served as Presque Isle Township supervisor for 16 years and a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years.Senate Bill 622 moves to the full House for consideration.### 29May Rep. Cole supports plan honoring former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia Categories: Cole News
House approves long-overdue bipartisan no-fault solutionState Rep. Brad Slagh today joined colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.The House voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims to help lower costs. The plan will head to the governor for her expected signature.The bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long run as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“Our plan makes car insurance more affordable for everyone in Michigan while providing necessary coverage,” said Slagh, of Zeeland Township. “I’m proud to vote yes today.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating drivers buy unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, with no corresponding cap to what medical providers may charge an accident victims. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options. Categories: News,Slagh News 24May Slagh’s vote would guarantee auto insurance savings for Michigan drivers
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 28, 2014; Strategy & Business BlogsThe old clichés come to mind when reading this review of Jeremy Rifkin’s new book: “Be careful of what you wish for,” and “We were victims of our own success.”Is it possible that the Industrial Revolution, the roots of which go back 250 years, has finally accomplished what it set out to do—free humans from the drudgery of working to survive? And, if it has, now what? Rifkin’s controversial prognostications are legendary and emerge in a new book.Rifkin’s new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), gets the once-over from Theodore Kinni, book editor at strategy+business. He calls it “the futurist’s most comprehensive inquiry into business and work yet, and it is built on a thesis that we’ve heard before: capitalism is tottering and will not last out this century, a victim of ‘the dramatic success of the very operating assumptions that govern it.’”In the book, Rifkin writes that capitalism’s downfall is inevitable because of its ceaseless quest for productivity and the growing power of digital technology. These two factors drive down the cost of production to near zero, which squeezes profits to an intolerably low level. This includes the cost of human labor, and Rifkin explains that digitization is replacing jobs, resulting in a situation that economists once assumed could not happen: productivity rises, but employment falls.So how do people survive without jobs? In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin is optimistic. He tells Kinni that the nonprofit sector has grown even faster than he had envisioned, pointing out that between 2000 and 2010, nonprofit revenues in the U.S. grew by 41 percent, more than double the growth in GDP:“The nonprofit community is also the fastest-growing employment sector, outstripping both the government and private sectors in many countries…and in many of the most advanced industrial countries—including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada—employment in this sector now exceeds 10 percent of the workforce, and its trajectory has been rising year over year since 1995. The nonprofit community is the fastest-growing employment sector in many countries.”Then Rifkin points to the creation of social enterprises, 35 percent of them nonprofits, which has recently increased dramatically thanks to a new generation of entrepreneurs. He points to “several hundred thousand social enterprises in the United States that employ over 10 million people and that have revenues of $500 billion per year. These enterprises represented approximately 3.5 percent of the nation’s GDP in 2012.”Finally, Rifkin talks about the Internet of Things (IoT):“What makes the social commons more relevant today than at any other time in its long history is that we are now erecting a high-tech global technology platform—the IoT—whose defining characteristics could support and nurture it.”Rifkin tells Kinni that the IoT facilitates collaboration and synergies, making it an ideal technological framework for advancing the social economy: It optimizes lateral peer production, universal access, and inclusion, and its purpose is to encourage a sharing culture. He believes that the IoT will “bring the social commons out of the shadows, giving it a high-tech platform to become the dominant economic paradigm of the 21st century.”Rifkin’s views are encouraging and inspiring as the world climbs out of the Great Recession, but he leaves out an important piece: the role of public policy. Political leaders and governments must provide a hospitable environment for nonprofit social entrepreneurialism to flourish, and that requires the political will to challenge entrenched power and financial elites, change current economic systems, and adopt new ones.That means making a more fundamental—and very difficult—choice, based on the reality that the new world economic order Rifkin envisions requires an evolution into a different economic system, one that redistributes resources, and therefore income, and which limits the ability of a few fortunate individuals to accumulate vast amounts of wealth and economic control. Does society have the intestinal fortitude to make that choice?If we don’t go that route, we are likely to continue in the direction we see today: growing income inequality, where a small educated and elite sector of society continues to consolidate control and reap great benefits and wealth while the rest of us continue to stagnate, and even lose ground, as we confront the shrinking pie. Talk about a permanent underclass will mean much more than just the very poor.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 23, 2014; MIT Technology ReviewThe implementation of electronic health records (EHR) in hospitals across the U.S. has been accompanied by unauthorized access to patient records. Data security firm Websense reports a 600 percent increase in web-based attacks on hospitals in the past ten months. Websense believes that attacks on hospitals will increase in 2015 as more hospitals use EHR more widely and as more patient information is available online.NPQ has reported on the funding problems facing nonprofit hospitals. Electronic health record implementation is a key component of the Affordable Care Act because it is believed to be a long-term cost-saving measure for insurers (including government programs like Medicaid and Medicare) that will also allow providers to more closely and completely track patient wellness information. The same features of EHR designed to make online systems easier to use and connect with each other can be taken advantage of by hackers to infiltrate a hospital or clinic’s database and steal patient health, financial, and identification information (such as a Social Security number). Cash-strapped hospitals implementing EHR systems may not have the funds to dedicate to comprehensive security testing, and may implement EHR with a view toward satisfying doctors’ and nurses’ needs and simply accept the potential increased risk of data theft.The MIT Technology Review article notes that today’s hackers aren’t just interested in getting access to credit card numbers and bank accounts. The unsettling reason is that there are too many credit card numbers for sale already. Combined with other public data and information hacked from other sites, the comprehensive health records let data thieves compile a person’s individual profile, which can be worth hundreds of dollars on its own. Such profiles can be also used to impersonate someone’s identity online in any number of ways.Security testing will inevitably clash with usability testing as electronic health records systems are implemented. While it’s easy to prefer usability to security, especially when it appears to save time and money, what happens when a hospital’s data breach becomes known to the community? The cost to its reputation and patient affinity may be far greater than the money saved by not adequately securing their online systems.—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Finnish telco Elisa is using technology from OTT platform provider Tvinci to power its on-demand service EpicTV.EpicTV will use Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform to enable its pan-European subscriber base to watch sports programming and movies in HD quality via iPads.The free EpicTV iPad app gives consumers access to 600 movies based on adventure sports. Users can download content onto their devices to watch offline. “In an age where convenience is valued so highly and where consumers are averse to relying on traditional programming schedules, our latest deployment with Elisa has answered their immediate need not only for a new OTT video delivery method to iPad, but also a brand new TV experience,” said Ido Wiesenberg, Tvinci’s co-founder and vice-president business development.
Polish cable operator Netia is launching a new HD package featuring channels from pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus.From December 6, the Premium Plus HD package will feature 11 channels, including Kino Plus HD, Planete Plus HD and Canal Plus Sport HD. It will be available to all digital TV customers on a 24-month contract for PLN36 (€8.70) per month.