Topics : Australia’s parliament is set to probe alleged foreign interference at public universities, a government minister said Monday, as concerns grow about Chinese influence.A proposed inquiry by the security and intelligence committee follows a series of controversies over China’s clout on Australian campuses, ranging from hacks of university data to questionable financial donations and intimidation of Beijing’s critics.Concerns have also been raised about the nature of research links between academics and scientists in the two countries. “We need to be assured and the public need to be assured that there isn’t that foreign interference in our universities sector,” he said.He did not say if the probe was aimed at China.The Australian newspaper reported that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton outlined the terms of reference for the inquiry in a letter Sunday to committee head Andrew Hastie, a government parliamentarian and outspoken China critic.Advisors to Dutton did not respond to a request for comment.The university guidelines announced in November push public institutions to enhance cybersecurity systems, undertake due diligence before signing partnerships with overseas organizations, and train staff to recognize foreign influence attempts.Academics have been urged to be wary of sharing knowledge on sensitive topics and discern how joint research with international scholars could potentially be misused.Schools and government officials also committed to more intensive consultation to protect Australia’s national interests.Beijing has repeatedly denied interfering in Australian campus life.China-Australia relations have reached a new ebb in recent months, with the two governments at loggerheads over trade and competing for influence in the Pacific.Tensions spiked in April when Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. Alan Tudge, the minister for population and cities, told Sky News the mooted inquiry was the latest government attempt to tackle spiraling foreign interference now at “levels not seen since World War II”.The move comes after Canberra announced last week that it was seeking new powers to scrap deals between local authorities and foreign countries that threaten the national interest — sweeping powers that would extend to universities.It also comes less than a year after Australia announced new guidelines for universities for research collaboration, cybersecurity, and international partnerships.Tudge said the inquiry would “go further” than previous probes into alleged foreign interference.
Published on February 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (2-2, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) split its Saturday doubleheader against No. 10 Georgia (4-0), getting clobbered 14-2, before bouncing back for a 4-0 win versus Winthrop (1-3) in Athens, Georgia.In the top of the first inning against UGA, Faith Cain smacked a double to right-center field for SU’s only hit of the game. That brought in Alicia Hansen for the Orange’s first run. Sydney O’Hara got caught trying to score a second run for Syracuse, ending the inning.After that, Georgia never looked back. Against Syracuse ace AnneMarie Gatti, the Bulldogs’ Alissa DiCarlo homered in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. DiCarlo hit two home runs in the game.The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the third inning. The first three were surrendered by Gatti, the others off of Baylee Douglass.UGA scored five times in the fourth, including DiCarlo’s second home run of the game, a three-run shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange pitching and defense struggled on Saturday. Gatti lasted only two innings, failing to record an out in the third inning while forfeiting three runs. Douglass wasn’t strong either, giving up six earned runs in only one and two-thirds innings pitched.Syracuse did, however, shut out Winthrop.Freshman left-hander Alexa Romero started the game in the circle for SU, going five frames without allowing a run. She had a perfect game through three innings and allowed only four hits in a dominant first career win. O’Hara, a senior right-hander, closed the game out, allowing no runs in the final two innings.Sammy Fernandez led the Orange with three hits and Hannah Dossett followed close behind with two of her own, driving in two of SU’s four runs.Syracuse is scheduled for a rematch against Winthrop on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Athens, Georgia, for its fifth and final contest of the opening weekend. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Several issues critical to voters are being addressed and promoted by the several candidates seeking office in the November 6 general elections. But, as the election approaches, universal healthcare has emerged, including here in Florida, as a key issue to voters and candidates, especially Democratic Party candidates.Democrats ads focus on healthcare In recent weeks, over half of the ads of Democrats running for governors, US Senate and House of Representatives, have focused on universal healthcare. The preponderance of healthcare ads coincides with a “Washington Post” report that 75 percent of congressional districts across the country had the term ‘healthcare’ as the top Google search this year. The search was higher in districts currently held by Democrats, and in 44 percent of Republican districts considered likely to flip to the Democrats.Concern over coverage for pre-existing conditions Voters interest in healthcare, and the response by candidates, is largely fueled by attempts made over the past two years to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, signed by President Barack Obama. Although Obamacare remains, its impact on national healthcare has weakened. Particularly concerning to voters is the threat to remove one of the pillars of the ACA – insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Recently, Republicans headed by President Trump have tried to assure Americans in op-eds and ads that even if Obamacare is repealed coverage for preexisting conditions will remain. But, meanwhile, there’s a pending Republican filed lawsuit in Texas to erase coverage for preexisting conditions.Most Americans are concerned about their healthcare as costs continue to rise. Clearly there’s need for something to be done. Several Democratic candidates agree this “something” is Medicare for All, a solution initiated by Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.Medicare for AllThe Medicare for All proposal is one supported by President Obama, although the initiative would create major changes to Obamacare.Entering the 2018 general election campaign in September, Obama criticized Republicans for attempting to remove Obamacare, while offering his support for “Medicare for All.” He stressed that Americans were buoyed by the need for universal health coverage, and commended Democrats for running not only “on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on new ideas, Medicare for all.” In primary elections held this year in several states candidates who supported Medicare for All won their races against seemingly unsurmountable odds These candidates included Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for Florida governor. Increasingly, national polls are showing support by voters for a universal healthcare policy similar to the popular national healthcare program for seniors over age-65.During the raucous debate over the ACA, several experts suggested Obama should consider expanding Medicare which offers comprehensive healthcare to seniors for affordable rates, as the national universal healthcare plan. However, these suggestions went unheeded.Govt. administered plan for Americans The Medicare for All plan proposed by Senator Sanders, supported by several Democrat candidates is a government administered plan for all Americans.The proposed plan requires consumers to pay a fixed premium, and unlike current private insurance policies would not require them to pay deductibles, and co-payments, and would cover preexisting conditions.To meet operational costs, under Medicare for All employers and individuals would pay a monthly fee. It is also proposed that federal funds spent on Obamacare insurance premiums and other federal healthcare programs would be redirected to Medicare for All.It’s also proposed under Medicare for All:Doctors and healthcare providers would receive reimbursement from the government at a rate set by the Department of Health and Human Services. These rates would be set at the current Medicare levels.The current Medicare benefits would be expanded to include coverage for vision and dentalcare.The age of eligibility for coverage would gradually fall every year for four years from the existing 65-years age for Medicare to include all Americans. Importantly, newborn infants would be automatically enrolled in the program.Some Medicare for All proponents want a public option where individuals will have the ability to purchase and keep private insurance plans.Strong public support A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicated 85 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of Americans, overall, favor Medicare for All. A March 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found some 60 percent of Americans favor a national health plan administered by the government. But despite this popularity Medicare for All is sternly opposed by Republicans. The opposition includes the cost of the program, likelihood of low reimbursement rates for providers, and possibility of longer wait times for care.Clearly, voters want universal healthcare, but such a policy can only be implemented if voters elect candidates that support it. There’s a real possibility this could become national policy, but only if there’s unusually heavy voter turnout in this crucial general election.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Pirates’ search for a manager has been put on hold with the firing of GM Neal Huntington on Monday.There are currently four teams who have yet to hire a manager for 2020 – the Giants, Pirates, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Two Dodgers coaches have interviewed with other teams for different managerial openings.Bench coach Bob Geren has reportedly interviewed with the San Francisco Giants. Dave Roberts’ bench coach for each of his four seasons as manager, Geren had a 334-376 (.470) record in parts of five seasons (2007-11) as the Oakland A’s manager where he worked with Farhan Zaidi. The Dodgers’ former GM is now the Giants’ president of baseball operations and looking to replace Bruce Bochy as manager for the 2020 season.Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler are also known to have interviewed for the Giants’ job.Meanwhile, Lombard reportedly interviewed with the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. An outfielder for parts of six big-league seasons, Lombard has been the Dodgers’ first-base coach for four seasons under Roberts.
(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new slant on how the first land creatures evolved is found in New Scientist: sunbathing fish received more energy, and this made them better predators. In all seriousness, James Randerson writes,Our distant fishy ancestors first hauled themselves on to land in order to warm up in the Sun. So claims a team that says basking would have provided an energy boost that made the fish more agile in the water, improving their chances of snaring prey. It was also an evolutionary milestone that heralded the rise of all land vertebrates, including us.”Jennifer Clack, Ms. tetrapod evolution (see 08/09/2003 and 07/03/2002 headlines), is apparently a convert to this suggestion. Presumably the new fad of sun-worshipping started a land rush, and all the fish tried to get the best spots on the beach. Our ancestors were the ones that remembered to pack the umbrellas and sunscreen.Does anyone need better evidence that Darwinism is not so much a scientific theory as the eternal quest for a good story? (See 12/22/2003 headline). The best candidates are those that lend themselves to cartoons by Johnny Hart and Gary Larson. How the destructive energy of raw sunlight was able to generate lungs and legs and other specialized organs for land habitation is inconsequential, as long as the plot has possibilities for visualization. Write here with your suggested caption:Roll me over, Melba, I’m done on this side.Charlie Tuna here, out to catch some rays, and shrimp, too.Now you know why they call us sunfish.That’s not skin cancer; it’s an evolving leg.Let’s try another beach; there’s nothing to eat here (see 04/30/2002 headline).The original fish fry.Storm the beach: the marines are looking for a few good men.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When the iPad launched in April last year, news media companies were among the first to create applications for the new tablet device. We’re now a year into the iPad era and some of those news apps have dramatically changed how we consume news. But it hasn’t been the apps from traditional news media. Rather, it’s been two iPad native apps that have enhanced our news consuming user experience: Flipboard and Newsy. Some big media companies have attempted to be revolutionary, with less success. Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily launched in February with claims of being the “future of the newspaper.” However its user experience fell flat, especially in comparison to Flipboard.This is the second post in a new RWW series looking at how the user experience of consuming media has changed with the increasing popularity of devices other than the PC. Yesterday we explored the thriving world of music on smartphones. Today we look at news apps on the iPad.One of the main selling points of the iPad is its ease of use as a content consumption device. It’s also a very tactile device, with its touchscreen interface. As such, the iPad inspired designers to create visually attractive, interactive apps. The iPad is nearly always a pleasure to use – unlike the sometimes burdensome PC or the pokey smartphone.What Makes Flipboard Better Than Other News Apps?One of the first apps to take advantage of the iPad’s unique functionality was Flipboard. A self-styled “social magazine,” Flipboard allows users to browse news and other content using a sophisticated but easy-to-use user interface. In fact earlier this month, Flipboard upgraded its UI to an even slicker, faster version. Related Posts What Big Media Can Learn From Flipboard & NewsyOne possible criticism of both Flipboard and Newsy is that they appear to be catering to short attention spans. Both Flipboard and Newsy emphasize the ease of scanning content. Is that reducing our ability to focus on longer form content? Possibly, but the ‘problem’ with both apps is that they make it so darn fun to browse around!Regardless of the drawbacks of easy scannability, both Flipboard and Newsy have a lot to teach traditional news media. News apps for the iPad must be a pleasure to use (the UI, visual design, using multimedia), be highly customizable, offer generous dollops of external content, make it easy to share content, and chunk content so its easier to digest. Many traditional media iPad apps are visually appealing and at least a little interactive – for example apps from The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN – but on the other points, big media has some catching up to do.What do you think of the user experience of Flipboard, Newsy and other news apps on the iPad? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When I think about what makes Flipboard a better user experience than the news apps of traditional media like The New York Times and Washington Post, there are two things that stand out. The first is that it’s simply a pleasing experience to flip through stories using Flipboard’s hand-swiping page turning UI. It makes it easy and fast to browse new stories. The second is the ability to customize your Flipboard, using content from all over the Web – RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr (and lately, Instagram). The ease of sharing content is a plus, too.Read more: How Flipboard Was Created & its Plans Beyond iPadNewsy: Why its Content is Better than The DailyNewsy, which recently announced a new funding round of $1.5M, is another iPad app that has impressed me over the past year for its user experience. Newsy features 2-3 minute video presentations of news and it serves these up in an appealing user interface. Using your swiping finger, you neatly flick through categories and stories until you find one to watch.Newsy is mostly innovative for its fresh approach to content. It analyzes news stories, providing context from a variety of external news sources – including niche blogs as well as more established media companies. Each news clip is just 2-3 minutes, so it’s optimized for a device like the iPad – where attention spans aren’t as long as they are for television or even PCs.It’s helpful to compare what Newsy is doing to what Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation attempted to do with its iPad-only news app, The Daily. It’s a little apples vs. oranges, as Newsy is focused on video while The Daily is mostly text. But from a pure content perspective, The Daily has two big issues: firstly a lack of choice for the consumer, and secondly the blandness of the content that is on offer. By comparison, Newsy goes out of its way to link to external sources (so there’s plenty of choice) and its snappy video presentations are anything but bland.Read more:Newsy: The Story Behind its Innovative News App Tags:#New Media#Series#UX Evolutions#web
Here are five insights into landing those lucrative freelance agency gigs — and the guide to holding onto them once you do.In my time, I’ve been lucky enough to be on both sides of the freelancer table for agency video production gigs, and let me tell you that it’s just as fickle and arbitrary as you might fear.From a freelance videographer’s perspective, agency gigs can be some of the best, most lucrative jobs on the market. If they’re for large enough companies and brands, you can expect some of the best pay rates, plus peace of mind that you’ll be covered for your time and expenses. You can also be sure that your client won’t simply disappear — you’ll be paid for your work. (Although, often, you have to wait months for your paycheck to process.)From an agency’s perspective hiring a freelancer, working with outside videographers is usually a last resort, when in-house resources can’t fill the need. As a result, the gigs can often be rushed or last minute, and they require someone who can dive in immediately.Together, a symbiotic partnership is definitely possible, but both parties should strive to be aware of (as well as realistic about) what a freelance videographer can and should bring to the table.1. Camera(s) and GearImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Sadly, this might be what the majority of agencies ask about and look for when choosing a freelancer for a shoot. While there are plenty of instances wherein videographers might get hired without their own cameras — meaning they simply rent the requested camera — more often than not, agencies are looking for videographers who bring their own cameras to the table.Agencies don’t just look for the best camera available, either. They’ll often look for cameras that are most similar to the ones they already use in-house.If you’re a freelancer with your own camera(s), be sure to list this in your résumé or in any communication with the agency’s representatives. Include any other relevant gear you might already own, as well as other specific cameras you might not own but are proficient with, just in case they have access to this equipment.2. References and Word of MouthBefore we get to your demo reel or samples, agencies will probably choose to work with people they’ve worked with in the past, people referred to them, or people they’ve at least heard about or met — before they find anyone out of the blue.This is why I argue that networking and meeting people will always be more advantageous than just hunkering down and working on your demo reel or curating your Vimeo page. If you’ve done some solid work, stay in touch with those clients. Ask them for references or connections to other places where you might want to work.3. Relevant Samples (or Demo Reel)Image via FrameStockFootages.That being said, it’s helpful to have at least some sort of sample material to share with prospective new clients or agencies. A demo reel is great. Some old-school agencies might ask for a demo reel, and only a demo reel, to review your skills.However, the case usually comes down to relevant work samples. If you have a portfolio that demonstrates you’ve done similar shoots to the one you’re being considered for, that will be to your advantage.If you do have diverse work experiences, consider breaking down your portfolio into separate categories. You can always have multiple demo reels, for say, music videos, product videos, event films, weddings, etc.4. Reliability and ProfessionalismThis goes along with word of mouth. But in the agency world, you’re only as good as your reputation, and your reputation is only as good as your last shoot. If you’re serious about getting the top freelance agency video gigs, you must absolutely be reliable, show up early (not on time), and perform your work in a timely and professional manner.Sadly, all it takes is one bad step to find yourself blacklisted from entire networks.5. Positive Attitude and ResponsivenessHowever, try not to let the stakes get you down — agencies value positive, can-do attitudes above all else. From working on the inside, you’ll see agency representatives who might be a bit jaded, at times — don’t take your cues from them. They need you to be the lightening rod to get things done.Responsiveness might actually be the most important aspect of all. When a job need comes up, that first call is the most important. If you can’t answer the phone or email immediately, the job opportunity could easily pass you by.That doesn’t mean you need to sit around waiting by your phone 24/7. However, having a professional attitude, responding quickly and concisely, showing interest, explaining your expertise, and being up-front about your availabilities will keep you at the top of their lists.Cover image by gnepphoto.For more industry insights and advice, check out some of these resources:7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your VideosFour Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lens5 Ways to Add Value to Your Corporate Video Production ProjectsIndustry Insights: Careers in Commercial, Indie, or Corporate Filmmaking7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production Company