Google has pledged to limit the scope of election audience advertisements (DDP/AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp The tech giant has said it will reduce audience targeting for election ads to age, gender and general location at a postal code level. “Whether you’re running for office or selling office furniture, we apply the same ads policies to everyone; there are no carve-outs,” Google Ads executive Scott Spencer wrote yesterday. Sebastian McCarthy Google has vowed toban advertisements which target people based on their politicalleanings, as the debate over digital ads intensifies ahead of theupcoming US presidential election. Read more: London Stock Exchange hires fintech to widen IPO access whatsapp The move to limitthe scope of electionaudience advertisements echoes a similar decision by Twitter, whichsaid earlier this month that it would seek to ban almost allpolitical advertising. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistate Share Read more: Google admits underreporting of general election ad spend Google’s move will start in the UK “within a week”, coming into effect ahead of the 12 December election. The decision allows politicians to run advertisements which make potentially false claims. Thursday 21 November 2019 9:44 am Spencer said that “given recent concerns and debates about political advertising, and the importance of shared trust in the democratic process, we want to improve voters’ confidence in the political ads they may see on our ad platforms”. Google vows to curb political ad targeting More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Fellow Silicon Valley heavyweight Facebook has yet to make a similar move, with founder Mark Zuckerberg exempting politicians from its third-party fact-checking program.
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Nation & WorldAlaska needs search and rescue preparedness in Arctic, world affairs council saysAugust 17, 2018 by Derek Minemyer, KTUU-Anchorage Share:ANCHORAGE — Making rescues in an Arctic with less ice and more ship traffic was one of the big topics of the Alaska World Affairs Council panel discussion Thursday.Hreinn Palsson of the Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C. says it’s time for cross-border cooperation to prepare for the opening of the Arctic.He says search and rescue preparedness should be a top priority.“Alaska is in the same place as the rest of us. We are all dealing with this,” Palsson said. “We are doing it through cooperation across borders.”Palsson says the Arctic is no longer just a subject of academic study. It’s becoming a destination for expeditionary tourism.And with more people comes more problems.“Issues of security, issues of transportation, issues of communications,” Palsson said. “So there is security and search and rescue teams that you have to have under control.”Lars Saunes is a retired Chief of the Norwegian Royal Navy with 29 years of Arctic naval experience.He says being ready in the Arctic means anticipating events before they happen.“If you look in Alaska, in this area, it’s a beautiful area and tourism is going to grow,” Saunes said. “So you need to establish enough of a presence by Coast Guard and other ships to ensure that if an accident happens, you are there,” he continued. “If you were not there, it’s already too late.”At that point, Saunes says, you’re out of the game in the Arctic.“Because in my opinion, if you don’t have the equipment and the trained people, you are part of the problem,” Saunes said. “You can’t just come from the outside and operate in the Arctic. It’s too harsh. It’s too difficult.”Channel 2 asked Jon Harrison, senior administration official for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, at tonight’s panel how the U.S. plans to handle the increasing demand for search and rescue resources in the Arctic.He said the Trump administration is surging resources to the Coast Guard, and doing everything it can to make sure they are properly resourced.Share this story:
Federal Government | Government | Military | Public Safety | SoutheastTrump’s defense veto could sink Sitka’s Coast Guard dockDecember 28, 2020 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka Share:The U.S. Coast Guard will deploy six fast-response cutters in Southeast Alaska, including one in Sitka. The National Defense Authorization Act included $30 million in upgrades to Sitka’s Coast Guard dock to accommodate the ship, and $30 million for new housing in Kodiak for ship’s personnel and families. (USCG photo)President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act has put Sitka’s plans for a new Coast Guard fast-response cutter on the rocks.Sitka was selected as a homeport for one of the six vessels. And while the ship itself doesn’t appear in jeopardy, there might not be anyplace to put it if the veto stands.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/12/24FRCVETO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan met with reporters before the Christmas holiday to share his frustration over the president’s veto of the bill, which appropriates around $400 million for a long list of capital projects to reinforce the Coast Guard’s presence in the Arctic, including a new dock in Sitka.“There is significant more funding for infrastructure, particularly in Southeast, with regard to Sitka,” Sullivan said. “Almost $30 million for the pier replacement because they’re getting a fast response cutter.”Sullivan’s frustration is shared by many senators who worked together pre-conferencing the bill — in other words, sitting down with members of both parties and with members of the US House of Representatives — hammering out something that a clear majority could agree to.But Sullivan’s frustration may be especially acute because the Coast Guard technically isn’t part of the Defense Department. It’s within the Department of Homeland Security. He’s been working to link the Coast Guard Authorization with the National Defense Authorization Act because the NDAA has been a sure thing for the last six decades.“And the big development there was that we combined the Coast Guard bill and the Defense bill together,” Sullivan said. “That’s actually been a goal of mine since I got to the senate. That’s the first time that’s happened. It’s a great thing for our Coast Guard because the Defense bill moves every year. Sixty years in a row that bill’s moved. The Coast Guard bill often gets overlooked, forgotten, maybe reauthorized every two years.”It was exactly two years ago that President Trump shut down the government in a standoff with Congress but maintained Defense spending. The 42,000 members of the US Coast Guard, however, worked without pay over the holidays and through most of January.Alaska’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, is also unhappy with Trump’s veto.“It’s incredible that the President chose to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act, particularly because his reason for doing so is an issue not related to national defense,” she wrote in a news release on Christmas Eve.Earlier in the fall, the president threatened to veto the bill because it did not include a repeal of the so-called “Section 230,” which shields internet companies from liability for statements posted on their websites by third parties.More recently, President Trump has called the National Defense Authorization Act a “gift to China.”The Senate could meet as early as Tuesday, Dec. 29 to consider an override vote — but only if the House of Representatives has already done so.KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki contributed to this story.Share this story:
Keywords Appointments, Banking industryCompanies Wealth One Bank of Canada PenderFund names new SVP for investments Toronto-based Wealth One Bank of Canada announced on Friday that Rubina Havlin, a former executive with two major Canadian banks, has joined the firm as its new president and CEO. Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Tessie Sanci CETFA elects new board leader Havlin brings more than 20 years of domestic and international banking experience to her new role at the Wealth One. She has had executive roles at Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia and Montreal-based National Bank of Canada and was also CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp.’s Canadian arm, Wealth One’s announcement states. “[Havlin] is a founding member of the board of directors of Wealth One Bank and has a deep knowledge of the bank and its mission,” says Zool Samji, chairman of the board at Wealth One Bank, in a statement. “Her leadership as CEO will guide the bank to the next level of business success.” Havlin replaces Charles Lambert at the bank, which focuses on providing financial services to the Chinese-Canadian community. See: New bank targets Chinese-Canadian clients Photo copyright: macfromlondon/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
hstiver/123RF Daily life for many Canadians has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, and no one is immune to the financial turmoil the virus has left in its wake.This is particularly evident for those living in Alberta, where the coronavirus has teamed up with increasingly unstable oil and gas prices to disrupt what was once a booming economy. Since 2015, when crude prices first plunged, Albertans have been eagerly awaiting the return of good times — but markets have refused to co-operate.Couple that with the March lockdowns, and Albertans face challenges most others in Canada have neither experienced nor understand.“Being in Alberta, low oil prices are a big concern,” said Walter Flores, portfolio manager and director of wealth management with The Flores Advisory Group in Calgary. “Not only that a great number of professionals worked in the sector, but also the sector impacts a lot of other businesses indirectly.”Flores said businesses in the service industry, including restaurants, entertainment, business venues — and even personal services such as dry cleaning and hair salons — have been hit hard by low oil prices, as well as Covid-19 restrictions.He believes government attitudes toward the energy sector have only compounded the issue.“The slowdown started in 2015 and we have not yet seen a meaningful bounce-back,” he said. “The unfriendly stance of governments and policy[-makers] has made the lower demand for fuel a bigger problem in Alberta.”Alberta is no stranger to volatile oil prices, but Flores said this most recent downturn is different due to the lack of federal government support.David Fraser, an investment counsellor with Mawer Investment Management in Calgary, said his clients face several hurdles, such as job losses, lower incomes, closures or lower revenues for small businesses, and defaults on mortgages and rentals.“Everyone in Alberta and the country is being stretched in that regard, and depending on what business you’re in, sometimes you’re more isolated than others,” he said.Fraser said his clients are confused by the K-shaped recovery.“The markets have really been gangbusters depending on where you’re looking,” said Fraser, “so we’re getting the question, ‘Why is there a de-coupling between the real economy, which is struggling, and the financial markets, which have bounced back quite quickly from the March lows?’”In response, Fraser highlights two main reasons: historically low interest rates and massive stimulus spending by governments, including by those of Canada and the U.S.“The fiscal side of things has really increased spending and reduced taxes,” said Fraser. “And depending on which governments you’re looking at, some have implemented [stimulus] more than others. That’s really what’s helped fuel markets.”Echoing Flores, Fraser said that though Covid-19 has an immediate impact on businesses — like restaurants that were forced to shut down — the impact on financial markets is more long-term.“We’re worried about cash flows over a far longer period,” he said. “Maybe 30, 40 or 50 years. We want to hold a good company indefinitely. If there is a dip in revenues, that’s only a couple of years over potentially a 50-year time horizon, so markets aren’t going to be that concerned over a short-term dip in revenues.”Flores said clients should understand where the next risk event will come from in the financial markets, suggesting that both equities (particularly information technology firms) and fixed income are overvalued.He is also wary about inflation risk as countries around the world spend heavily to shore up their economies.While clients can’t control what governments and markets do, they can manage their own risks. Fraser said it’s important for clients to have an emergency source of funds in a short-term, low-risk savings account.“A lot of people in Alberta working in the oil and gas industry have been laid off or are likely to be laid off as things drag on,” he said. “The general rule of thumb is three to six months of expenses in that stockpile.”Fraser would also advise clients to reassess their asset mix to reflect any changes in their financial situation. Clients who have lost their jobs or been forced to sell assets to cover their costs may want to de-risk their portfolios.Finally, it’s important people look at their investments in the same way as the markets — over the long term.“Anything under two years, you probably want to keep on the sidelines,” Fraser said. “I’m sure there’s more volatility on the horizon in the short term, but as we look out further ahead — like five years from now — I’m more confident that it will return to some normalcy. Ten years out I’m even more confident that that period of time will be more normal.” Keywords Alberta, Wealth management, Coronavirus, EconomyCompanies Mawer Investment Management Ltd. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Derek Clouthier
Prime Minister Highlights Value of PetroCaribe TechnologyJune 13, 2009 Advertisements RelatedPrime Minister Highlights Value of PetroCaribe RelatedPrime Minister Highlights Value of PetroCaribe FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The 5th PetroCaribe Ministerial Council Meeting of Energy Ministers and the 6th Summit of the Heads of State and Governments was hosted in Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis over the period June 11 and 12, 2009.The Jamaican Delegation in attendance was led by the Honourable Prime Minister Bruce Golding, supported by Honourable James Robertson, Minister of Energy and Mining.Speaking at the Summit, Mr. Golding commended President Hugo Chavez for his vision in creating PetroCaribe. He highlighted the value of the Agreement to several Caribbean countries and the way in which PetroCaribe has helped to buffer the effects of high oil prices and is helping to stabilise our economies.Prime Minister Golding acknowledged the generosity of Venezuela and its people and recognised the sacrifice they have made by foregoing immediate revenue to facilitate the PetroCaribe Agreement. He emphasised the need to ensure the sustainability of the existing Agreement.“This he said, should not be left to Venezuela alone. Each country must play its part to ensure that the programme does not become an unbearable burden on the Venezuelan people”.Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding (front row, right) poses for a group photowith other Caribbean and Latin American Heads of State including Presidentof Venezuela, Hugo Chavez (front row, 3rd from right), attending the 6thPetroCaribe Summit in St. Kitts on Friday, June 12, 2009.Mr. Golding urged signatories to the PetroCaribe Agreement to be mindful of their obligations to the Venezuelan Government. He further urged them to ensure that the funds retained under the PetroCaribe accord are utilised to meet the development objectives enshrined in the Agreement.“They should ensure the fiscal ability of their countries to make repayments when due, without creating additional burden for future budgets and future generations,” he emphasized.The Prime Minister also called for an improvement in the administrative arrangements to allow for more timely decision-making and more pro-active initiatives to deal with global challenges.Mr. Golding described the PetroCaribe Agreement as a model for co-operation within the region and among developing countries. He highlighted this initiative as a profound example of South/South Co-operation, particularly in light of the exclusion of developing countries from G – 20 deliberations.The Summit was attended by approximately twenty (20) Heads of State/Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Jamaican Delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM), Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), PetroCaribe Development Fund and PETROJAM. RelatedPrime Minister Highlights Value of PetroCaribe
Opportunity Wyndham – Creating Local Jobs For Local People Do you own a business in Wyndham and are passionate about bringing a mix of talents and ideas into your workplace?Wyndham City is launching Opportunity Wyndham – a collaboration between council and local employment and education service providers, including Wyndham Community and Education Centre, The Huddle, Job Prospects, AMES Australia and The Gordon.The Council is calling on local businesses to work with us to create local jobs for local people.Wyndham City’s Welcoming City Portfolio holder, Cr Jennie Barrera said Opportunity Wyndham provides local businesses with free tools, resources, access to recruitment services and local talent to build stronger, more inclusive workplaces.“The initiative brings together Wyndham City Council, local employment partners and businesses to build local pathways to employment, with support from the Victorian State Government,” said Cr Barrera.“With 58 per cent of the Wyndham population under 35 and home to people from over 162 countries, Wyndham is young, culturally diverse and provides a wealth of opportunities.”“Population growth, new infrastructure and inbound investment make Wyndham an exciting place to be. However, more can be done to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery from COVID-19 and growth are felt positively across the community.”“Access to local jobs and work placements is an important element of being connected to community, with Opportunity Wyndham being FREE for all Wyndham businesses, we know this program will have multiple benefits to not only employers but also the community.”Benefits to Employers include access to reliable, motivated, job ready staff. They will save time and money on recruitment and have access to tools and information on inclusive employment.It will also increase the local profile and standing in the community and improve local engagement by securing a diverse workforce. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, community, council, covid-19, education, employment, gordon, Government, infrastructure, Investment, local council, money, resources, workforce, Wyndham, Wyndham City Council
Funding for rapid COVID-19 test among $3.7 million manufacturing grants The Morrison Government is helping innovative Aussie manufacturers commercialise their great ideas with more than $3.7 million in grants, including funding for the development of a rapid COVID-19 test.Alcolizer Pty Ltd, based in Balcatta Perth, is among six companies to share in funding under the Government’s $30 million Commercialisation Fund, which brings together industry and researchers on job-creating projects.Alcolizer will use its $742,363 grant to work with research and industry partners on developing a mass market saliva-based antigen test to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients within 10 minutes.This will be achieved by combining Australian patented breakthrough technologies developed by the University of Technology Sydney and hardware technologies developed by Alcolizer, in the form of a new medical device called the Virulizer.Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said projects like this show the power of what can happen when you combine industry and researchers to solve key challenges facing Australia and the world.“The Morrison Government is determined to help businesses commercialise their great ideas and this funding is specifically designed to bring manufacturers and researchers together so they can seize those new opportunities,” Minister Porter said.“Not only do projects like the rapid COVID-19 test being developed by Alcolizer have the potential to help save lives, they also can deliver economic and job benefits for Australia.“By making our manufacturers more competitive and able to scale-up to take on new markets the Government is ensuring we can create the jobs we need.“This is crucial, not only as we recover from the pandemic, but for generations to come.”Other projects funded are:Harvest B Pty Ltd (Condell Park, NSW) has received $1 million to help develop its production facility for a variety of textured plant-based proteins for plant-based meat applications, initially for the domestic but in the future through export internationally, replacing protein ingredients which are currently imported.Omni Tanker (Smeaton Grange, NSW) has received $700,000 for the development of two types of carbon fibre tanks for storing and transporting cryogenic liquid propellants such as fuel for space rockets.Loupe Geophysics Pty Ltd (WA) has received $408,745 for its portable electromagnetic system device that helps locate mineral deposits.Glyde It (Sydney, NSW) has received $425,500 to help manufacture its revolutionary biodegradable tampon insertion product.Zeroco.com.au Pty Ltd (Byron Bay, NSW) has received $461,496 to help design, develop, test and build a world-first machine to clean and sanitise reusable pouches for personal-care and home-cleaning products.This funding supports projects within the Government’s six National Manufacturing Priorities; Medical Products, Food and Beverage, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing, Recycling and Clean Energy, Defence, and Space.Grants are between $100,000 and $1 million, with funding to make up no more than 50 per-cent of total project costs.The fund is administered by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), in collaboration with the five other Industry Growth Centres AustCyber, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), MTPConnect, METS Ignited and National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), and the CSIRO. /Public Release. 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Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 17, 2009 A report issued today by University of Colorado at Boulder Title IX consultant Nancy Hogshead-Makar says CU-Boulder is making progress on integrating policies, training personnel and addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault issues on campus, but could benefit from consolidating policies into a single master policy on discrimination and harassment and working to prevent gender violence.The report also says the university could benefit from clarifying and refining its pregnancy and parenting policies for students, implementing the recommendations in a report by a campus committee — the Sexual Assault-Sexual Harassment (SASH) Task Force’s Gender Violence Prevention Plan — and continuing to work with student, faculty and staff groups, as well as other CU offices, to create targeted prevention efforts to end discrimination, harassment and sexual violence on campus.”I believe the University of Colorado at Boulder is making steady, and in some cases, remarkable progress on Title IX issues and ensuring the safety of its campus,” said Hogshead-Makar. “Based on that progress, my report encourages the university to further integrate its efforts in the campus community, with benefits and responsibilities for every sector of the campus.”CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano lauded Hogshead-Makar’s report and her efforts, noting that since CU had announced her hiring in April 2008, she had “reviewed every CU-Boulder policy touching on gender discrimination, sexual harassment and campus efforts to promote the health and safety of its students, reviewed more than 1,000 pages of documents, met with more than 70 students and campus officials, including me, and spent many hours drafting new policy language and making key recommendations.””This was a substantive undertaking,” said DiStefano. “Taken alongside our campus’s existing efforts and the hard work of campus organizations such as SASH, I believe CU-Boulder has taken meaningful and lasting steps to make the campus a welcoming and responsible environment for the students who live and study here.”Hogshead-Makar was retained by CU-Boulder as a condition of the settlement of a lawsuit lodged by two women against the University of Colorado in 2005, claiming the university had fostered a climate hostile toward women based on the conduct of male student-athletes and recruits toward them.The University of Colorado settled that lawsuit in December 2007.”Today, I would not hesitate to recommend to any young woman that she enroll at the University of Colorado at Boulder,” said Hogshead-Makar. “CU’s efforts at educating and informing its campus on issues of safety, sexual assault, discrimination have been extensive, and in my interviews here I found dozens of dedicated CU staff and administrators devoted to gender equality and a better environment for women.”The Title IX report is available on CU’s Web site at www.colorado.edu/news.