Glassdoor Announces Awards Criteria for Best Places to Work 2019

first_imgIs your company a Best Place to Work? If so, you can help your company win a 2019 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for the Best Places to Work.Today, Glassdoor is excited to share the 2019 awards criteria in advance to help employees and employers better understand what it takes to be considered.Unlike other workplace awards, there is no self-nomination process and no costs involved. To win a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, winners are determined based on feedback provided by those who really know a company best — the employees. If employees don’t share reviews on Glassdoor during the year-long eligibility timeframe, an employer cannot be considered. That’s why we encourage all employees to share a review today.For the 2019 Employees’ Choice Awards recognizing the Best Places to Work, Glassdoor will feature six distinct categories in multiple countries. For each category, company reviews and ratings from current and former employees will be considered between October 23, 2017 and October 21, 2018. Reviews submitted after October 21, 2018 will not be considered for the 2019 awards.While Glassdoor accepts reviews from former employees within five years of leaving a company, for the Employees’ Choice Awards, only reviews from former employees who have left the company in 2018 or 2017 will be considered.In addition, each list of winners is based on local employee feedback shared on Glassdoor. For example, reviews from U.S.-based employees will be used to determine if an employer is eligible for a U.S. list, while reviews from UK-based employees will be used to determine if an employer is eligible for the UK list. An employer can win a Best Place to Work award in multiple countries.To determine the 2019 winners, quantity, quality and consistency of reviews will be taken into account during the eligibility timeframe. The following information sheds more light on these three areas: 1. For quantity of reviews, a minimum number of ratings are required across eight workplace attributes that employees can rate when submitting a company review. They include overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, senior management, work/life balance, recommend to a friend and six-month business outlook. If there are not enough ratings across any of these eight workplace attributes, a company will not be considered. These eight workplace attributes will all be taken into account as part of Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm to determine winners, led by Glassdoor’s Economic Research and data science teams.To be considered for a specific category, an employer must meet the following requirements during the eligibility time frame:100 Best Places to Work – U.S. large companies: At least 75 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.50 Best Places to Work – U.S. small & medium companies: At least 30 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees; Fewer than 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.50 Best Places to Work – UK: At least 30 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from UK-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.25 Best Places to Work – Canada: At least 25 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from Canada-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.25 Best Places to Work – France: At least 20 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from France-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.25 Best Places to Work – Germany: At least 20 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from Germany-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.For all categories, an employer must also have at least a 3.5 overall company rating, and workplace factor ratings (career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, senior management, work/life balance) of at least 2.5 during the eligibility period. Plus, employee count must be current on Glassdoor as of October 21, 2018. The Glassdoor review panel will rely on the company ‘size,’ indicating the current number of global employees, on an employer’s Overview page to help assess eligibility. Employers have until October 21, 2018 to update company ‘size’ on their Glassdoor profile with a Free Employer Account. The awards also take into account various types of employment status including full-time, part-time, contract and freelance, however, intern reviews are not considered. Reviews from employees at universities, multi-level marketing agencies and in the armed forces are not considered. 2. For quality of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also takes into account what employees have to say that shows winners truly outshine the rest. Quality reviews are those that help job seekers by offering insights and feedback into what it’s really like to work at a company, including what’s working well, what needs improvement and advice to senior management, which employees are asked to share when completing a company review. 3. For consistency of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also looks at trends over time as it relates to both the quantitative and qualitative insights shared by employees. In some cases, if an employer lacks quality and/or consistency of reviews, it can impact results and/or eligibility. Tip: We encourage employers to check out free resources into best practices of Best Places to Work winners to learn more.Commitment to integrity for all employers: As part of determining award winners, Glassdoor is committed to the highest level of data integrity and reviews quality, including treating all employers equal regardless of whether they are a customer of Glassdoor. If the Glassdoor eligibility panel suspects and/or determines official company representatives have attempted to influence employee reviews or have tampered with the process of collecting authentic, unbiased reviews, including intentional or unintentional acts that violate the Glassdoor Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Use, an employer may be excluded from awards consideration. Exclusion from eligibility can be triggered by such acts as, but not limited to, management attempting to leave false reviews, management coercion of employees to submit positive reviews, management attempting to suppress reviews or other activities and/or events which could ultimately damage employees’ faith in the employer, its senior leadership and/or adversely affect its overall rating on Glassdoor. A best practice is to ask employees to leave an unbiased review every 12 months.  2019 winners will be announced in early December 2018. Want more information? Check out last year’s winners, free employer resources and award FAQs.last_img read more

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo presents twins to world

first_imgReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has posted an image of himself holding his newborns after leaving Portugal’s Confederations Cup campaign on Thursday.”So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he posted on his Facebook page along with the first photo of the twins.Ronaldo flew out of Russia on Thursday after the children were born via a surrogate mother four weeks ago.Ronaldo with his new born baby twins, taking his tally to 3 kids. …Messi only has 2— Zlatan Facts (@ZIatanFacts) June 29, 2017last_img

Nantes chief Kita pushes Arsenal to drop Ospina price

first_imgNantes admit Arsenal are pricing David Ospina out of a move to the French club.New Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri is chasing the Colombia goalkeeper.But according to L’Equipe, Arsenal’s asking price is too high.“We asked for information, but it’s unfeasible for us,” said their deputy general manager Franck Kita.Arsene Wenger signed the Colombian from Nice six years ago and has also been linked with a number of Turkish clubs.last_img

New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino enjoys his first day

first_imgNew Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino enjoyed his first day at work on Saturday.Pellegrino outlined his ambitions to take the club forward, highlighting that he will need everybody to do that.”For me, to be competitive, we need everybody. To make the people feel proud of the team we have to try to create this synergy between the players and the fans,” Pellegrino explained to the Saints website.“We have to give them our effort, our passion, our work and they will feel this.“If they feel this, I think it will be easier in the future. This is something the people quickly will feel when they see the players and the team is working together.“This is something that is important, because when you are competing the small details make a huge difference.”last_img

7 Tips to Make Your Charity Badge a Success

first_imgCharity badge campaigns have the potential to be incredible fundraising mechanisms if successful but are also susceptible to failure if they are not properly implemented.  Below are some tips to ensure that your fundraiser is a great success.Send E-mailsTo get started, email your badge to a number of supporters.  Do not email everyone you can think of, but rather those who would be most likely to make a contribution or share the badge with others.Donate to Your Own BadgePeople are more likely to donate to your cause if they feel that they are part of something bigger.  Before you spread the word about your badge, donate to it yourself and have co-workers or friends do the same ( Bold with Content on BadgeYou have a very limited amount of space to make your message compelling.  Be bold with your image and text to grab attention and call people to action.Start with a Small SuccessCharity badges allow you to set your fundraising goal and track the success of your campaign.  When starting your first fundraiser, set your goal to an attainable amount and let people know that they made a difference in the goals success (foik network).Write About it on Your BlogIf your nonprofit doesn’t have a blog yet, it should. Check out the article “10 Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Must Have a Blog” to learn why.  If it does, then use the blog to promote your campaign.  Post a description of the purpose of the fundraiser and a badge for supporters to share on your blog.Use Social Networking SitesSites such as MySpace are designed to facilitate social networking and sharing of information.  If you have a MySpace profile, use it to post your charity badge and share it with others.Send Thank You E-mailsThis is good practice for any fundraising campaign and it encourages donors to contribute again in the future.Source: Lance Trebesch and Taylor Robinson from read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 5, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:Shafia Rashid wrote about misoprostol and PPHMaternal health in Uganda was featured in the NYTWe attended the USAID Maternal Health Technical Series on PPH and PE/EEmily Puckart wrote about integration and maternal health based on the recent MH Policy Dialogue in NairobiCelia Pett wrote about Saving Lives at BirthSome reading for the weekend:Does maternal education impact mortality?Attempts to increase vaccinations rates through mothers’ mobile phonesWFP ED Josette Sheeran’s TED talk on hunger and nutritionShare this:last_img read more

A Call to Action to Address Iatrogenic Fistula: Webinar on 17 August!

first_imgPosted on August 8, 2016August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Join EngenderHealth for a webinar and discussion on iatrogenic fistula on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9:30am Eastern Daylight Time.Evidence is emerging that iatrogenic causes contribute significantly to the burden of genital fistula in low-income countries. Given the preventability and severity of fistula, data on iatrogenic fistula indicate the urgency of improving surgical training, supervision, and facility capacity, particularly amid increasing rates of cesarean section and gynecologic surgery in low-income countries. While data indicate the need for a consistent definition of iatrogenic fistula, people working on these issues have yet to reach a consensus on definitions or a minimum acceptable standard of surgical care in low-income countries.Webinar learning objectivesReview available data on iatrogenic fistula and recognize data gapsIdentify challenges around developing a consensus on the definition of iatrogenic fistulaShare successes in addressing iatrogenic fistulaHold a discussion following the panelists’ presentations to establish next stepsRegistration informationRegister for the webinar here.After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.PanelistsDr. Lauri RomanziProject DirectorLauri Romanzi is a physician and is Project Director for the Fistula Care Plus project. Dr. Romanzi is a U.S. board-certified gynecologist with subspecialty board credentials in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She most recently served as Visiting Associate Professor of Female Pelvic Medicine at Yale University, engaged in fistula and FPMRS capacity building in Rwanda’s Human Resources for Health. She supported quality assurance at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali, developing graduate and postgraduate programs in gynecology and urogynecology for the University of Rwanda College of Health Sciences; she also developed a central academic and regional district hospital outreach care program for genital fistula, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and other congenital and acquired pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Romanzi’s international program management experience in Africa and Asia includes program development and management, development of a national strategy for fistula eradication, protocol development and technical oversight, capacity building, database guidance, registry design, and grants acquisition. She has a vision for fully integrating fistula care into maternal health services, as well as integrating fistula care into the broader scope of female pelvic medicine service models. She has worked with most of the multilateral and bilateral agencies, international nongovernmental organizations, professional associations, and academic institutions in this field in various capacities, in such countries as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Nepal, Niger, Senegal, Somaliland, and Togo.Vandana Tripathi, MPH, PhDDeputy Project DirectorVandana Tripathi is the Fistula Care Plus Deputy Director. Before joining EngenderHealth, she worked on research studies related to maternal and newborn health, particularly quality of care measures in Sub-Saharan Africa, through projects at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. Prior to this, she served as the head of programs at HealthRight International, where she supervised the development, implementation, and evaluation of health and human rights projects, both globally and in the United States. Vandana has also worked on reproductive health and HIV and AIDS programs at a variety of organizations, including Planned Parenthood of New York City and the Ford Foundation. Vandana received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, her MPH in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and her BA from Brown University.The webinar will be moderated by Bethany Cole, the Global Projects Manager on the Fistula Care Plus project. Please direct any inquiries about the webinar to more about the Fistula Care Plus and follow on Twitter.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Axiomtek: slim-lightweight, EN 60601-1 certified 10.1″ medical touch Panel PC

first_img Continue Reading Previous The challenges and opportunities for machine learning in the IoTNext Sensirion: humidity sensor for battery-driven applications Axiomtek introduce the 10.1-inch EN 60601-1 certified panel PC for medical applications, the MPC103-845. This super slim medical touch panel computer is powered by the Intel Celeron processor N3060 with a fanless and noiseless design. The all-in-one structure with multi-touch screen minimizes peripherals and wiring. This medical PC adopts a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT LCD display with a projected capacitive touch screen and 350 nits of brightness. To ensure operational safety, the MPC103-845 has passed EN60601-1, CE, FCC Class B certifications. It was developed for a wide variety of applications including integration into a nursing cart, point-of-care terminal or patient infotainment terminal.The 10.1” WXGA medical grade computer has one 204-pin DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM socket for up to 8 GB of system memory. It also provides a choice of two types of storage: a half slim SATA SSD and an mSATA. There are two types of power input: a medical grade AC to DC power adapter with a screw type connector and a DC power input with terminal block connector. The medical panel system also offers an easily accessible external switch for AT/ATX mode selection. The Axiomtek’s MPC103-845 can be mounted on a panel mount, wall mount, VESA arm or desktop stand. This industrial-grade touch panel PC supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, WES 7 and WE8S.This durable industrial-grade medical panel PC comes with rich I/O interfaces including one RS-232 port, one RS-232/422/485 port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two Ethernet ports, one switch for power on/off, and one audio (Line-out) port. In addition, the unit offers two PCI Express Mini Card slots for RFID, 3G, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection- which can be used for real-time patient data access and processing. It can withstand an operating temperature range of 0 to +40°C and up to 2G of vibration. Its IP65-rated front bezel can protect it from dust/dirt or liquid splashes.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Shaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the making

first_imgShaheen Shah Afridi. Remember the name. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer was born in Khyber Agency in 2000, nearly a year after Pakistan lost to Australia in a one-sided World Cup final at Lord’s.In 2019, a strapping Shaheen Afridi led a spirited fight for Pakistan who had their backs against the wall after a disastrous star to their World Cup campaign. His baby face and good looks resonated with the cricketing globe.At a time when Pakistan cricket is struggling to keep up with the rest of the world, Shaheen Afridi brought back memories of a different era. Imran Khan. Wasim Akram. Good-looking men with the ability to bowl fast and scare batsmen.Pakistan were under the pump after their defeat to India on June 16. And they needed a miracle or four to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.Shaheen Afridi had played his first ever World Cup match against Australia in Taunton on June 12 but he was overlooked for the game against India after conceding 2 for 70.With everything to play for, Afridi came back into the Pakistan playing XI and made an immediate impact.He picked 1 for 54 against South Africa before returning figures of 3 for 28 against New Zealand. Against Afghanistan, Afridi was virtually unplayable with figures of 4 for 47. By the time Pakistan took on Bangladesh for their final game, a semi-final berth was improbable but he made his mark with figures of 6 for 35.That was the best bowling figure by any Pakistani in World Cup history. Not just that, he is also the youngest to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups.advertisementIt was a disappointing World Cup campaign for Pakistan. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the second successive time in World Cups but Shaheen Afridi’s raw talent and charisma will give them hope.In 1992, 8 years before Shaheen Shah Afridi was born, Imran Khan inspired his country to World Cup triumph. 27 years ago, like in 2019, Pakistan were in deep trouble before fighting their way through to the final to defeat England.There were lots of similarities between 1992 and 2019. Pakistan’s streak of losses and wins were eerily similar. And Shaheen Shah Afridi played his part along with Mohammad Amir who took 17 wickets.But Amir played 8 matches.Afridi took his 16 wickets in only 5 matches in the World Cup. He was fast and he was lethal. Batsmen, in the years to come, will be wary of this young bowler from the land of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aqib Javed.Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the finds of this World Cup for Pakistan and make no mistake, he will be in focus as the country tries to find its feet once again in the cricket world.After finishing with a 6-wicket haul, Afidi said: “It means so much to have this record when you think of all the legends of Pakistan cricket. To be able to take six wickets at Lord’s is a very big moment for me and my family, it’s the Home of Cricket and a very special place.”We’ve played such good cricket in the last four matches and it’s disappointing it’s now over. This is my first World Cup, and the same for other players too, that is very good news for the future.”In the years to come, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a fearsome bowler. With experience, he will develop his skills and pace. That has been true of all great pacers across history. That is how they started. That is how those legends – Imran Khan and Wasim Akram – started for Pakistan all those years ago.Shaheeh Shah Afridi. Remember the name. He is Pakistan cricket’s next big thing.Also Read | Pakistan teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi on his 6-wicket haul: It was incredibleAlso Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Seelast_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgThrough our TFA website and newsletter, NRL Touch Football’s major sponsor, Harvey Norman, has a new great deal for our members. Out now at Harvey Norman is their Stylish Smart Jewellery collection with exclusive pieces designed by Iris Apfel. Harvey Norman is offering a 10 percent discount off all Smart Jewellery pieces for all members of Touch Football Australia. For more information or to purchase your Smart Jewellery, please click here.Be sure to use the code ‘SMART10’ to redeem your discount. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deallast_img

ESPN Releases New Year’s Six Bowl Projections After Week 5

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN has updated its bowl projections following Week 5 of the 2019 college football season today.The Worldwide Leader has made new picks for the New Year’s Six games following a weekend that saw Clemson struggle at North Carolina and Ohio State absolutely dominate Nebraska.Here’s who ESPN currently has in the top bowl games.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Georgia vs. Ohio State Jake Fromm warms up before the Georgia-Notre Dame game.ATHENS, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets his team fired up prior to playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Allstate Sugar Bowl: LSU vs. Texas LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in Week 1 win.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Penn State vs. Oregon Penn State head football coach James Franklin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Capital One Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame Trevor Lawrence throws up his hands at North Carolina.CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to the sideline during the first half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Wisconsin vs. Boise State Jonathan Taylor rushes the ball against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s picks for every game here.last_img read more

How to Hide a Hangover: The Best Regimen to Cover Up Evidence of Your Wild Night

first_img The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The morning after an over-indulgent evening you probably feel like crap but you also look it, too. Little shut-eye, too much booze, plus loads of late night junk food means you’ll definitely wake up on the wrong side of the bed. As in, those indiscretions are going to be written all over your face. You can disguise your self-destructive tendencies before you head out the door with a combination of energizing ingredients, detoxifying formulas, and the topical equivalent of a slap in the face. Without further ado, (we can see that forehead vein throbbing), here’s how to hide a hangover.Davines Energizing Shampoo, Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub and C.O. Bigelow Mentha Vitamin Body Wash$25.50,$12,$32, malinandgoetz.comEven if you’re running late for work a shower is non-negotiable. Just do it. And make it cold. Then wash away the sins of last night with this invigorating one-two-three punch of peppermint-infused body cleanser and scrub and caffeine-laden shampoo.Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub$18 for 3 oz., getjackblack.comYou might have enjoyed a super fun night, but now you’re dull, your skin, at least. A once over with this scrub will brighten things right up.Blind Barber Wild Watermint Gin Facial Cleanser$18, mrporter.comSort of like hair of the dog for your skin, this juniper berry (yeah, the same stuff that’s in Beefeater) spiked face wash will help you snap out of your stupor.Clarins Men Anti Fatigue Eye Serum$32, clarinsusa.comThe eyes have it. Meaning, they will be the first to show signs of your sleepless night by way of puffiness and dark circles. Get all bright-eyed, if not bushy-tailed, with this instant eye revitalizer.Anthony Wake Up Call$38, anthony.comLike an alarm clock for your face, this hydrating gel’s potent (non-alcoholic) cocktail of green tea, caffeine, menthol and prickly pear extract does what the name promises. Plus, it replenishes moisture-sapped skin.David Kirsch Wellness Co. AM Daily Detox$45, mrporter.comYour bad behavior last night was toxic, hence why you look and feel like s%&#. Clear it out and start anew by pouring this potent antioxidant-packed grape-flavored drink mix into a big glass of water (which incidentally will also help with dehydration-induced lethargy).Game Day Charging Energizing Facial Mist$22, birchbox.comGetting through your day is going to be a struggle but frequent spritzes of this invigorating face spray will help you overcome. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Animal rights protesters confront woman accused of dragging dog

first_imgSTRATHMORE, Alta. – A woman charged after a critically injured dog was found tied to a car was confronted by animal rights protesters when she made her first court appearance Tuesday.Melinda Harris, 40, is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.On July 2, a police officer was stopped by a driver who had seen a dog on a leash being dragged behind a black car down a highway east of Calgary.The car, with the injured dog tied to it, was found in a field later that day. Police said the dog was suffering from injuries consistent with having been dragged. RCMP took the dog, believed to be a border collie cross, to an emergency veterinary clinic, but the animal had to be euthanized.Heather Anderson from the Daisy Foundation, a group that fights for stiffer penalties for animal abusers, confronted a smiling Harris outside of the Strathmore courthouse, east of Calgary, during a break.“How can you be joking? Your dog just died. I don’t find anything funny about this,” Anderson said. “I want to know why the dog didn’t end up at a vet.”Harris replied it wasn’t her fault and said her boyfriend had tied the dog to the hitch of her car.“I drove away to get gas,” Harris said.Her car ran out of gas and she left on foot to get help, she said.“He was in pain and I knew he was dying and I ran for help,” Harris said.“Shut up. I didn’t tie my dog up and I wouldn’t never had done that to my dog. Am I laughing about my dog? No, I’m crying every day.”Harris waited for most of the day for her named to be called in court. She was told that the Crown was amending the charge against her but it wasn’t clear what the new charge will be.Harris, who now lives in Mackenzie, B.C., has been ordered to return to court Sept. 5.RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for True Underwood, 20, who is also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.Anderson founded the Daisy Foundation in 2006 after a 19-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty when a dog named Daisy Duke was dragged up and down the street in Didsbury, Alta.“It really reminded me of Daisy Duke and when she got killed. Dragged behind the vehicle by someone who was supposed to love her. It was way too familiar for me,” Anderson said outside of court.“Obviously the poor thing died and he suffered. It’s pretty sad.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Victoria ban on singleuse plastic shopping bags to begin in July

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria is the latest Canadian city to move ahead with a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.Councillors have given third reading to a bylaw that would fine businesses $100 if they sold or provided plastic bags.Adoption of the bylaw is expected in early January and, if approved, it’s to effect in July, with enforcement beginning in 2019.Businesses would be required to ask customers if they need a bag, and charge 15 cents for a paper bag, or $2 for a reusable one.Bags used for packing bulk foods, dry cleaning or prescriptions would still be provided.The Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo voted earlier this month to stop using plastic bags, but delayed further action while it determines if it has the authority to impose a ban.Montreal is banning single-use plastic bags on Jan.1, and a website using content from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association says three communities in Quebec, two in Manitoba and one in Alberta already prohibit their use.B.C.-based Greener Footprint Society, which focuses on waste reduction in Canada, says Canadians use between nine billion and 15 billion plastic bags every year, enough to circle the Earth more than 55 times.Fraser Work, Victoria’s engineering and public works director, says the bag ban in the B.C. capital has broad support.“There’s a lot of people in the city that are really excited about a move to rid ourselves of the millions of plastic bags that are going into the community and the hundreds of thousands of which are ending up in the landfill,” he says.Victoria Coun. Jeremy Loveday says there are better options than single-use plastic.“We would be really encouraging the reusable bags that can handle up to 100 uses or more,” says Loveday.Vancouver has not banned plastic bags, but as part of its 2040 Zero Waste Goal, it is drafting a strategy aimed at reducing or ending the use of single-use bags, coffee cups and takeout containers.A final report on the zero waste strategy is due before council in 2018.last_img read more

Government opens £30 million fund for low carbon buses

The Department for Transport today announced a £30 million fund to encourage bus operators to purchase low carbon buses and support a UK-wide shift to low carbon transport.  Government expects the fund to support the purchase of several hundred low carbon buses, thereby stimulating the development of the green technology industry. Low carbon buses use at least 30 per cent less fuel than conventional buses, but account for less than 0.2% of buses on the road today. The government initiative aims to lessen the impact of road transport on climate change as well as support the UK market for low carbon buses.    The NAIGT report, released in May 2009, recommends that government adopts the low carbon automotive agenda as one of its core priorities and aims to create a transformed business environment in the UK for the automotive industry. The   cross-agency approach would include the incentivising of low carbon vehicles. While existing technologies are advanced in their own right, next generation vehicles will need to include various types of sustainable innovation and low carbon technology. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sonys CAPTCHA tests store characters in plain text

first_imgThe whole point of a CAPTCHA is to obfuscate letters and numbers so only a human can infer what they really are. That human’s input is compared to an encrypted or hidden hash that verifies whether the characters were correctly typed or not. If they weren’t, then access to the desired information or service is blocked.It’s a simple system, but one that works well enough that most websites use them in some form. However, Sony decided do away with the whole encrypting or hiding of the hash entirely, and stores the CAPTCHA characters in plain text, accessible through the page’s source.AdChoices广告Over at Google+, Andrew Hintz found that a simple regex was all that was required to reveal the characters in the CAPTCHAs on Sony’s pages. Not only does this render them completely useless in weeding out bots, but it also puts whatever data is behind the CAPTCHA at risk if the other information required to get past it is somehow made available.It’s unlikely that a CAPTCHA is used to protect sensitive information, but it does show us that Sony may not have completely reformed its somewhat lax attitude towards online security. Hintz is familiar with CAPTCHAs, and how they tend to be more of an annoyance for their users than a useful security tool. He’s written CAPTCHA breakers that reverse the most common image filters used to obscure characters.What’s sad in this case is that one of those applications isn’t even required to get past the CAPTCHAs Sony uses on its site. All you have to do is right-click and look at the page source, and then dig just below the surface. Even worse, the JavaScript used to display and verify the CAPTCHA is well commented. This would normally be a great thing – every developer should comment his or her code – but in this case the comments reveal how the function is generating the CAPTCHA, perfect information for programming a bot to harvest the characters and input them.Read more at Google+last_img read more

Twitter adds User Galleries whether you like it or not

first_imgTwitter has recently added a new photo feature called User Galleries to compete with the likes of Facebook and Google+. The micro-blogging site also recently added a photo feature that allows you to upload photos from your computer and post them on Twitter without the use of a third-party service like TwitPic or yFrog. This had people uploading pictures freely, but the latest update is placing those pictures, along with any others you post on Twitter, on the right of your profile for all your followers to browse through.User Galleries basically aggregates up to 100 of the images you’ve uploaded in your tweets into a single page. The images included come from photos you’ve uploaded from Twitter, yFrog, TwitPic, Instagram and other photo-sharing services supported by Twitter.The photos that show up in your User Galleries are from Jan. 1, 2010 until now. If you’re one of those Twitter users who uploads a photo of your sandwich every day at lunch, you most likely will have 100 photos in your stream, but only 100 will be kept in chronological order. So, as you add one photo, another will be pushed out. The gallery has yet to incorporate an “albums” feature or any sort of sorting feature.Interestingly enough, your user gallery will show photos that come from tweets you’ve retweeted, but only if you’ve copied, pasted, and retweeted. If you just hit the retweet button on Twitter, the photo won’t show up in your stream.Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an “opt-out” option, which means you basically have no choice whether or not you want your photos displayed. The only way they won’t be displayed is if you don’t upload any photos.To see your photos, just go to your profile and you’ll see them pictured on the right. To delete an image, you have to actually delete the tweet that contains the image.Looking at my own photos, of which there are only seven–two of which I took myself and the rest coming from retweets–I’m a little embarrassed. Out of the seven, there are two photos of craft beer and two photos of John Hodgman. The other three represent cupcakes, music, and friends. So, if you think of it as a snippet of your life, I do have to admit that the seven photos I’ve uploaded since Jan. 1, 2010 are pretty representative of the things I like.Read more at Twitterlast_img read more

Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your Pool

first_img For the love of all that is holy, please stop pooping in public pools.Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium—thankfully also known as Crypto—in the US increased an average of 13 percent each year from 2009 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes 444 outbreaks over eight years, resulting in 7,465 sick people, 287 hospitalizations, and one death.The nasty parasite spreads through the feces of infected humans or animals into water and food, putting pool visitors, burger lovers, and childcare users at the greatest risk.A small but mighty percentage of cases were also linked to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk or apple cider.“Young children can get seriously sick and easily spread Crypto,” Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program, said in a statement. “They don’t know how to use the toilet or wash their hands, or are just learning how.“But we as parents can take steps to help keep our kids healthy in the water, around animals, and in childcare,” she added.(via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Protected by an outer shell, Crypto is tough to kill. It can survive for days in chlorinated water or on surfaces disinfected with chlorine bleach. Your toilet, meanwhile, is a treasure trove of Crypto germs.Fun fact: Someone sick with Cryptosporidium can have diarrhea for up to three weeks.Outbreaks, the CDC explained, are most common in the summer—when sick kids are clamoring around water parks and overheated adults are taking a dip in the community pool.Follow these simple steps, though, and hopefully you can avoid the grisly business of Crypto:Do not swim if you have diarrheaDo not swallow the water you swim inKeep kids sick with diarrhea home and away from childcareWash your hands with soap and water after touching animals or anything in their environment—specifically, dung; alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work effectively on CryptoRemove shoes worn in animal environments before going insideBuy only pasteurized milk or apple ciderHlavsa & Co. reported their findings in a paper published last week by the CDC.More on Change Puts 1B People At Risk of Mosquito-Borne DiseasesWash, Dry, Scan: Device Detects Disease-Causing Germs on HandsSuper Poopers’ Fecal Matter Could Help Save Lives DNA From Primitive Poop Shines Light on Ancient DietsResearchers record malaria parasite entering a red blood cell Stay on targetlast_img read more

Moment of Silence held by country leaders for drowned Haitians

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 25, 2017 – Cramped conditions and 69 people on board coupled with a treacherous reef and stormy weather led to the capsize of a relatively small wooden sloop, says Police Commissioner, James Smith.  The Governor, His Excellency, Dr. John Freeman offered condolences to the Haitian people and led a moment of Silence for the dearly departed.Haiti was represented in its Consul at a press conference which just wrapped up at the Hilly Ewing Building.  Leaders focused also on the issue of human smuggling, which is universally illegal.    One survivor is in Police custody and it is his information which is giving Police and Border Control insight into how many were on board and when the boat departed Haiti.The boat left Haiti on January 20, 2017 said the Commissioner who also explained that a call to 911 exposed that there were people seen running on the Beach in northwest point early yesterday. There were ten found dead yesterday, another male body discovered by Police this morning and a report of a female body washed ashore at the Amanyara Resort, also this morning.  Police have no idea how many died in the mishap and how many made it to shore and again, with the same appeal echoed by the Governor and Premier, asked for the public to report what they know in the case.Through Haitian Consul, Jacques Adolphe, there is dialogue with Haiti which will see it’s new government officially installed in two weeks.  Consul Adolphe expressed that this issue is important to the Haitian Government.    In recent years Haiti has resisted signing an anticipated Memorandum of Understanding with TCIG, however new Premier Sharlene Robinson promised a stern push to have a tete a tete with the new Haitian regime to turn things around.Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood confirmed that over $1 million was spent on dealing with Haitian landings and interceptions.  Three vessels have made it to shore so far for 2017.  A National Security Council or NSC meeting will delve more deeply into the issues linked to border control, including talk on the coastal radar.Questions or responses to questions on the apparent inadequacy of the coastal radar were handled by the Governor who opted not to expound on so called weaknesses in the system.  HE Dr John Freeman stated flatly that it was not on the public interest to disclose the known information.  Still residents are with eyes wide open and can see the trend of migrants trying to enter Provo more northwest now.    There is a significant reduction in reports of radar aided interceptions.center_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more