O’Donnell has unfriendly view of co-host

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rosie O’Donnell says she will likely never speak to “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck again after an on-air tiff last week that led to O’Donnell’s early departure from the show. The former host of the ABC daytime chatfest says in a video blog posted on her Web site that she has never tried harder to be friends with someone, but she doesn’t think she succeeded with Hasselbeck. “I haven’t spoken to her, and I probably won’t, and I think it’s just as well,” she said. “I wrote her an e-mail, and she wrote me back, and there you have it.” The fight ended a colorful eight-month tenure for O’Donnell that lifted the show’s ratings but no doubt caused heartburn for show creator Barbara Walters. On Friday, ABC said O’Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. O’Donnell said last month she would be leaving because she could not agree to a new contract. In the video blog, she said she never really fit in. “I was really just like a foster kid for a year,” she said. “I came, you know, we considered adoption, but I didn’t really fit into the family and now it’s time for the foster kid to go back home.” The argument with Hasselbeck began Wednesday over O’Donnell’s statement last week about the war: “655,000 Iraqi civilians have died. Who are the terrorists?” Talk show critics accused O’Donnell of calling U.S. troops terrorists. She called Hasselbeck “cowardly” for not saying anything in response to the critics, which set off their lengthy argument. – Associated Presslast_img read more

NC Churches to Advance Sanctuary Efforts

first_imgPresident Donald Trump signed a series of border security orders on Wednesday in what he said was an effort to counter illegal immigration.Included were orders to begin the process of constructing the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and restricting the immigration of refugees from Syria or other Middle Eastern countries.The executive actions are concerning to immigrant advocates such as Jennie Bell, program director at the North Carolina Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants.“It would impact families, for example, when people are in a mixed-status family, where the children are here legally but the parents are here illegally. What would that mean for the child?” Bell argued. “Another group that it’s really scary for is DACA recipients who came out of the shadows, who have been living here legally, who have permission to work, permission to go to school.”On Sat., Jan. 28, Duke Divinity School will sponsor a conference to help religious leaders and houses of worship create a sanctuary space for immigrants. The event is intended to address a growing interest among religious communities to help vulnerable populations.The term “Sanctuary community” refers to faith communities that offer a safe haven to immigrants threatened with deportation.Trump also announced on Wednesday he would strip federal grant money from states and cities offering sanctuary status to immigrants and refugees. Bell said the upcoming event at Duke Divinity School will offer guidance to churches as they navigate uncharted waters to help those in need.“How do you do the process, what are the legal implications, and then also having a chance for people to network with other local groups,” she said. “Because to give someone sanctuary, it really requires a lot of people working together. It’s not just one single individual church.”According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 600,000 foreign-born people living in North Carolina – almost 7 percent of the population. Nationwide, undocumented immigrants contribute almost $12 billion to the economy.last_img read more

Just One Job: A Testimonial From Harley Blakeman

first_imgMy name is Harley Blakeman. I am one of the roughly twenty million Americans living with a felony criminal record. As an entrepreneur, my company has taken a pain point that millions face daily and turned it into a viable business – www.HonestJobs.co – a free-to-use, national fair-chance employment platform.At 15, my father passed away unexpectedly. My mother was battling addiction and was unable to be a parent, leaving me on my own. Over the next two years, as I bounced from couch to couch, essentially homeless. I began taking, and then selling, prescription pills. Just weeks after my 18th birthday, I was arrested for drug trafficking.After serving 14 months in a prison work camp in Georgia, I moved to Columbus, Ohio, for a fresh start.Lucky enough to have distant relatives in Ohio, I moved into my aunt’s finished basement and immediately started washing dishes at one of her friend’s restaurants.While I struggled to find a better job because of this record, I saved up as much as I could in the position, working 50+ hours a week, and started attending the local community college to study business.Excelling there, I applied and was accepted into The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. My criminal history, again, presented a challenge as I struggled to find quality internships despite being at the top of my class. While my lower-performing peers had jobs with marketing and consulting firms, I was stuck working in a restaurant.It was during those years in college when I began to explore entrepreneurship. My first few business ideas never quite panned out, but came with many valuable lessons.After graduating with a 3.7 GPA in 2017, I initially followed a traditional route. I interviewed with 36 Fortune 500 companies, going through multiple rounds of interviews with each, and received 35 rejection letters. The rejection letters almost always came immediately after disclosing my criminal history.One company, Owens Corning, extended an offer which I accepted; I got promoted to supervisor after seven months. But entrepreneurship was calling. I knew there was a huge opportunity to address the massive business and social issue I had personally faced.For the roughly twenty million people living in the U.S. with felony convictions – and millions more that have some type of criminal record – finding gainful employment can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.The formerly incarcerated face a staggering unemployment rate of approximately 27 percent, compared to under 4 percent for the general population.Over several months, my business partner, Josh Watters, and I built an online platform that connects formerly incarcerated job candidates with employers willing to consider them based on their qualifications.Over the last six months, we have continued to build out the platform, which has amassed dozens of employers, features positions across the country and has led to confirmed hires.Employers can create an account and have up to three active job posts for free. After that, it’s a tiered pricing plan based on the number of job posts.* Paid plans come with extra benefits like advanced analytics, email marketing campaigns and the option of invoices instead of credit card payments.My story has gained major attention from large organizations including TEDx (video here), SHRM, and the White House, when the President of the United States invited me to attend the First Step Act celebration in March 2019.My goal is to encourage the millions of Americans who are discouraged by our broken system while empowering companies to become fair-chance employers with http://www.HonestJobs.co.With the SHRM initiative, Getting Talent Back to Work, I am asking employers to post #JustOneJob on the fair-chance employment platform. If every HR professional gave #JustOneJob to a formerly incarcerated job candidate this month, we would likely see the stigma dissipate dramatically.* Up to 10 posts are $299/month, 20 posts cost $499/month, and tiers continue all the way up to 1,000 active jobs for $4,799/month. This post is part of a series for Second Chance Month, which highlights the need to improve re-entry for citizens returning to society and reduce recidivism. One of the primary ways to do this is by providing an opportunity for gainful employment. To sign the pledge and access the toolkit with information on how to create second chances at your company, visit GettingTalentBacktoWork.org.last_img read more

Build Cross-Platform Widgets in the Cloud with Netvibes Studio

first_imgeXo released its hosted IDE earlier this year. Its features include versioning, Java validation and REST service discovery.Netvibes shifted from being a consumer-centric RSS dashboard to building enterprise dashboards a couple years ago. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#saas Dashboard software-as-a-service provider Netvibes and enterprise Java platform builder eXo have teamed up to create Netvibes Studio, a cloud-based development environment for building cross-platform widgets. Widgets built with Netvibes Studio can run in any browser, and can be deployed instantly into the Netvibes environment. Better yet, they will work in most major widget platforms, including iGoogle, Windows Vista, Apple Dashboard, Live.com, iPhone, Opera and more.last_img read more

Calendars & The Consumer Cloud: Still Too Messy

first_imgrichard macmanus Tags:#Apple#cloud computing#Series#The Consumer Cloud#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Yesterday we started a new series about the Consumer Cloud, defined as an online repository for your content and applications. These services, such as Apple’s new iCloud and Amazon’s Cloud Drive, are becoming increasingly important in the multi-device world we live in.One of the applications for which the Consumer Cloud is particularly relevant is the calendar. Unless you still carry around a paper diary, you likely use a digital calendar service such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal or Microsoft Outlook. You probably want to access your calendar while you’re out and about, for example on your smartphone or tablet. While there are many ways to sync your calendar to your various devices, they’re typically fairly technical or fiddly to set up. In this post we’ll explore how calendar sync has evolved… or has it?Oops, Apple Hasn’t Got This Right YetIf you use Apple’s new iCloud, you have an option to turn on calendar sync. But the user experience is less than ideal. In fact it’s downright messy. I use Google Calendar for my personal and work lives. The first problem I experienced with iCloud is that you have to choose between iCloud and Google Calendar sync. iCloud won’t let you integrate the two. In other words, if you turn on iCloud to sync calendars – it will only sync iCal ones.I was frankly confused by this at first, because when I had iCloud turned on to sync calendars I noticed a bunch of my old iCal calendars – that I’d long ago stopped using – show up on my iPhone and iPad (see screenshot to the right). What’s more, they began to send me notifications on those devices! I eventually figured out that iCloud calendar sync was useless for me, as I was using Google Calendar and iCloud doesn’t support it. So I turned off iCloud sync for calendars.That meant I had to set up Google Calendar separately on each device that I own. I’d actually already done that a while ago. But the point is I thought iCloud would replace that process, so future devices would be easier to sync. It didn’t.I wasn’t the only one to have problems with iCloud and calendars. Danny Sullivan blogged about his experiences trying to merge Outlook and Google Calendar with iCloud. Sullivan concluded that for calendaring, “iCloud isn’t solving my cross-platform issue at all.” Indeed, he felt it is “more invasive” than Google’s calendar sync.Other SolutionsThere are other ways to sync calendars. For example ReadWriteWeb webmaster Jared Smith uses ActiveSync, a Microsoft technology, to sync iCal with Google calendar.I asked my Google+ followers which calendar they use and if/how they sync it. Most people do sync across devices, but their methods vary.Bob Adams commented that he uses Google for his personal calendar and Microsoft Exchange at work. He said that both are “merged on my Android calendar app.”Rob Michael’s comment is more proof that Apple hasn’t figured calendar sync out yet. “I started syncing calendars/contacts on my PalmPilot,” said Michael, “then moved to Mac iCal/ AddressBk for syncing to iPhone. Now I’ve moved everything to Google Cal and access/ sync via Android/browser cloud. I love Google’s offline functionality too. In some ways, the old Palm Pilot is my favorite for its ease of use and speed. My least favorite was the iPhone set-up.”Lest we forget, there are other calendars out there other than by Apple, Google and Microsoft. Hubert Wagner commented that he uses Lotus Notes calendar, which he said is “available on my laptop via Lotus Notes and browser [and] Notes Traveler and browser on Android.”Ahhh, if it were only this easy… Apple’s marketing of iCloud for calendars.Calendar Sync Still a Work In ProgressWhat all of these solutions – including iCloud – have in common is that they require a bit of technical set-up. None of these calendar sync solutions is the kind of simple, painless sync that Consumer Cloud services should be providing.Google has the best solution so far, because it’s all hosted in the cloud to begin with. Unlike Apple’s iCal or Microsoft’s Outlook. But other than on Android, which it has a large degree of control over, Google is reliant on device software from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Apple does allow sync of Google Calendar onto its devices, but as mentioned above it’s a fiddly process and needs to be set up separately on each device.Perhaps one day iCloud and other consumer cloud services will make it a simple, one time only process to set up calendar sync across all devices. But that day is not here yet. Let us know your thoughts on calendar sync in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Win some, learn some

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH As the Vietnamese celebrated on the streets of Hanoi, waving flags, blowing horns and dancing to disco beats, following the home side’s 2-1 victory late Thursday night in the second leg, completing a 4-2 aggregate win, the Azkals were left to ponder what might have been in their hotel near My Dinh Stadium.The Azkals entered the tournament determined to at least reach the finals after getting to the semifinals in three of the last four editions of the Suzuki Cup.“The players left it all on the field, they can’t complain about that,” said defender Carlie de Murga. “It’s really hard to play like this after so many travels and changing hotels.”The Vietnamese also took the physicality to the Azkals, one of the perceived strengths of the Filipinos in the region. A 2-1 win at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last Sunday left the Azkals needing to replicate the Miracle in Hanoi eight years ago.But Vietnam also showed it was incisive and clinical when it mattered. The Azkals held their ground until the last 10 minutes when they conceded twice in quick succession, allowing the Vietnamese to seal the win before James Younghusband, playing his 100th match for the country, scored a consolation goal a minute from time.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Kevin Ingreso fights off the challenge of two Vietnamese players in their match last Thursday night.—CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTSHANOI—There have been tougher defeats in recent years, but for the Philippines, the semifinal exit in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup had a familiar feeling that came with the result.Vietnam was a different opponent from the Azkals’ three previous trips to the knockout stage, but the outcome remained the same for a side that will now have to wait two more years for a crack at Southeast Asian football’s biggest prize.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Valdez wants to capture Open crown at home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously, we are all disappointed with the final result but every player really stepped up and played their hearts out,” said James. The period of evaluation will be quick with focus shifting immediately to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates a little less than a month away.But as far as the players are concerned, this year’s Suzuki Cup, with its new home-and-away format, should serve as an example that nothing less than the best preparation and the best ways to lessen the stress of traveling from one country to another should also be a priority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“The players gave everything on the pitch tonight,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer as he slowly walked to thank the Filipinos who showed up at My Dinh Stadium to support the team.“We expect to always be playing in these type of games. But if we want to take the next step, we have to be better in all aspects. The support has to improve. The quality of the team can only get us so far.” Read Next MOST READ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner: We must forget about table, results, whatever

first_imgHuddersfield boss Wagner: We must forget about table, results, whateverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner has urged his players to focus only on themselves ahead of facing Manchester United.Wagner’s team having won only once at the John Smith’s Stadium this season, scoring four goals in 10 games.He said: “We have to make ourselves independent from what is around us, from the table, results, whatever.”We are exactly where everybody predicted us so this makes no sense to think about it and get affected by it.”We are only able to collect points and to be competitive if we perform on our highest level. This is what we’ve done in recent weeks and this is what we’ve done in the second half (against Southampton), where we looked competitive.”In the first half we didn’t perform at our level, we were not competitive and we were 2-0 down.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2018 Fort St John Annual Municipal Report being presented

first_imgCopies of this report are available on the city’s website; CLICK HERE or in person from City Hall at 10631-100th StreetAny inquiries regarding this public meeting can be directed to David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services at [email protected] or call (250) 794-3300 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public meeting is being held to present the 2018 Annual Municipal Report on Monday, June 24th, 2019.The presentation starts at 6 pm at City Hall in the Council chambers and is being presented by David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services.The presentation will go over the details of the report including the 2019 goals and objectives, updates to the 2018 goals and objectives, the 2018 audited financial statements and report on permissive property tax exemptions.last_img read more

Regulator seeks powers to grant immunity impose lesser penalty

first_imgNew Delhi: With an aim to bolster its information-gathering mechanism and fast-track its probe, market regulator Sebi has sought direct powers to grant immunity in select cases and to impose lesser penalty if the accused agrees to provide assistance against other wrongdoers. In two separate proposals for the government, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has opined that such provisions would help it in establishing and securing stronger findings and orders against defaulters against whom sufficient evidence may not be available otherwise, officials said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe new powers can be crucial for Sebi in some ongoing cases, including one involving a large bank and several high-profile names, officials added. At present, any immunity for securities law violations can be granted only by the central government. Citing similar powers available with the fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI), Sebi has proposed to impose a lesser penalty on a person who may have violated securities laws but provides assistance to the regulator in proceedings against other accused before completion of investigation, inquiry, inspection or audit ordered by it. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsResponding to Sebi’s proposal, the Finance Ministry has opined any such powers should remain with the central government and a provision for that can be made by suitable amendments to the Sebi Act and the Securities Contracts Regulation Act (SCRA). Clarifying that the proposal to impose a lesser penalty is different from granting immunity, Sebi has said the conduct of a person in an actionable proceeding may be considered as a mitigating factor and the regulator or its adjudicating officer should be empowered to impose a smaller fine against an individual providing help in probe. This would, however, depend on the person having made a full and true disclosure in respect of his or her alleged violations and the disclosure should be vital for the regulator. Also, the penalty cannot be reduced in cases where the disclosure is made after receipt of report of inspection, inquiry, audit or investigation. In cases where the informant stops cooperating with the regulator before completion of the proceedings would also not qualify for the leniency. Besides, Sebi can act against such an informant at a later stage if it finds that the person has failed to comply with the necessary conditions for the leniency, had given false evidence or the disclosure was not vital or to the satisfaction of the regulator or its adjudicating officer. On the proposal regarding power to grant immunity , the regulator is of the view that such powers currently lies only with the central government. However, the Committee on Fair Market Conduct has recommended that such a power can also be exercisable by Sebi. The Committee has also suggested necessary amendment to the Section 24B of the Sebi Act to give power to Sebi to impose lesser penalty along the lines of a similar provision in the Competition Act. This Section provides for power to grant immunity to the central government to a person who is alleged to have violated any of the provisions of the Sebi Act or rule or regulations the immunity from prosecution or from imposition of any penalty. It has been now proposed that such powers should be available to the government as well as to Sebi, officials said. Sebi has also proposed to remove the reference in the current provision that any recommendation from the regulator for grant of immunity should not be binding on the government. Any such immunity, however, cannot be granted in cases where the proceedings for the prosecution for any offence has been instituted before the receipt of application for granting immunity. Also, an immunity can be withdrawn by the government or Sebi at a later stage if it is found that the person has failed to comply with necessary conditions or the evidence provided by him or her is found to be false. Subsequently, the person can be tried for the offence and also become liable to imposition of a penalty for the offence for which the immunity was granted.last_img read more