Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThere are more Metis in Canada than ever before, says the newest census data.Figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada show the Metis population comprises more than 51 per cent of the country’s Indigenous people.But that doesn’t mean there are more Metis babies.Stats Can says it means more people are self-identifying as members of the Metis Nation.Something that rankles the leader of the Manitoba Metis Federation.“That’s the weakness of census Canada asking this question,” said David Chartrand, president of the MMF.“We’re writing a letter to census Canada on that issue.”Stats Can says the self-identified Indigenous population grew by 42.5 per cent – or four times that of the rest of the population- since 2006. That reflects a jump to 1,673,785 from 1,172,790.At that rate, the Indigenous population is projected to hit 2.5 million by 2040.Yet, self-identifying as Metis or non-status First Nation doesn’t make one a member of the Metis Nation, said Chartrand. Although he allowed that’s a fact people continue to debate.“We are very concerned these numbers are misconstrued,” he said from Santiago, Chile where is attending an international Indigenous conference. “Mixed blood is far different than a citizen of the Metis Nation.”The province of Manitoba is considered the ancestral homeland of the Metis in Canada. The census shows the Metis population has remained relatively stable on the Prairies at around 400,000, with Alberta registering the highest at 19.5 per cent of the total population.But it reports a jump in Ontario to 120,585 – something Chartrand disputes.“I can guarantee there are not even 100,000 members of the Metis Nation in Ontario. Only a small part of the homeland is in Ontario. I guarantee it.”In total, the census shows Indigenous people make up 4.9 per cent of the country’s population.It also shows more Indigenous people are living off-reserve – nearly 49.1 per cent – and more than half of those living in Western Canada.The data says the highest number of First Nations people live in Ontario.The long form Stats Can census – the first in 10 years – found the Inuit population continues to grow. It also identified a baby boom not matched in the non-Indigenous population.For example, children under the age of four account for 8.7 per cent of the Indigenous population. The Inuit has the youngest population with 33 per cent aged 14 and under.Stats Can learned more of those children under four are in foster care. Namely 4,300 Indigenous children.But children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock said that’s not enough information.“It’s difficult to know what’s happening with First Nations children because we have no national data collection system like the United States and Australia.”Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said it’s important to know the number of children in care, how long they’ve been there and why they’re there in the first place.Especially at this young age.“These are kids under four, which is such a critical age for children’s development. That sets the building blocks for future trajectory: brain and body and language development for children.“This is highly problematic to me,” Blackstock added from her office in Ottawa. “If kids are our national treasure and we don’t even know how many kids are in care. It’s hard to do good policy and be accountable to these children and their families.”First Nations children comprise 41.4 per cent of children under four in foster care, followed by Metis children at 6.7 per cent, and Inuit children at two per cent.Contact Kathleen here: email@example.com
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsWinnipeg is getting ready to welcome a new courtroom designed specifically for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).But one First Nations organization is worried the project could lead to more problems than solutions.
Kolkata: People from Egra gheraoed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh after they suspected him of carrying cash in his car that was to be distributed among the voters. The incident caused tension in the area and eventually led to a clash between the Trinamool Congress-BJP activists.Some persons from both the political factions were reportedly injured during the clash. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The local residents of Egra said they had specific information that Ghosh was carrying money. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe villagers alleged that he was trying to intimidate the voters by various means. The allegations brought against Ghosh by a section of the people are yet to be verified by the election officials in the district. No such confirmation has come from the Election Commission that can validate the claims of the villagers. Ghosh is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from Midnapore and is pitted against Trinamool Congress heavyweight Manas Bhunia. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA police picket has been set up in the area to quell tension that was prevailing in the area till late Saturday evening. In a separate incident, another clash broke out in Moyna area under Tamluk constituency on Saturday morning. As many six persons have been injured. It may be mentioned here that Moyna area has seen sporadic incidents of violence in the past few days with the Trinamool Congress and BJP workers clashing against each other. On earlier occasions as well, people have been injured. There has been a large deployment of the police force since the incident took place on Saturday. The election officials and senior police officers have started a detailed probe regarding both the incidents. They are also looking into the allegation of distribution of cash against Ghosh.
YOUTUBE There’s no way convicted sex offenders and violent criminals were sent to test Uber’s screening process.Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart is speaking out against the claim, after Mayor Naheed Nenshi was unknowingly taped talking about sending criminals through the screening program.In a statement released Friday afternoon, Colley-Urquhart says according to the information and feedback she received, “I can unequivocally state that the Mayor’s facts were inaccurate and that the City did not, has not and will not use people convicted of sex crimes and violent criminal offences to test Uber’s or any other transportation network ride-sharing company’s screening practices.”Colley-Urquhart is Chair of The Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective services. She tells 660 NEWS she thoroughly checked with Bylaw Services, and a third party contractor hired to investigate the ride sharing service.“Yes they were hired as an arms length independent company when the City was getting prepared to get an injunction against Uber when they were operating illegally around the previous bylaw. But when I asked when they employed these practices, the answer was unequivocally no,” she says.Colley-Urquhart says she’s worked closely with Bylaw Services to clean up the taxi industry and open the door to ride sharing companies like Uber. by Crystal Laderas Posted Apr 29, 2016 5:24 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email City does not, and will not, use criminals to test Uber screening: Coun. Colley-Urquhart
A 16th century Buckinghamshire pub made famous by the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping and then Prime Minister David Cameron has been bought by a major Chinese firm.The two politicians visited The Plough – a rural tavern in Cadsden near the official country retreat used by British prime ministers – for a fish and chip supper and a pint in October 2015.The establishment then became so famous in China it is now to become the model for a chain of British pubs in the People’s Republic. The two men were seen eating fish and chips and drinking beerCredit: PA The pub’s website describes it as “probably the most famous pub in England”Credit:INS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The pub’s owner, Steve Hollings, told the Morning Advertiser President Xi had sent him an email “thanking him, and saying that he enjoyed the meal and drink in the pub”.The pub’s website describes it as “probably the most famous pub in England” as well as being “the pub of choice of prime ministers for many decades”.Edward Heath was once photographed drinking a pint on his way back to Chequers, while the building has also appeared in an episode of the TV series Midsomer Murders.It also gained attention four years ago when Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha drove off after a Sunday drink in the beer garden, accidentally leaving behind their daughter, Nancy. Although the pub was not for sale, state-backed enterprise SinoFortone, which has spent billions on British projects, reportedly contacted the pub’s agents after the state visit.And it has now reportedly been sold for around £2million.Neil Morgan, the Christie & Co director behind the sale told the Morning Advertiser: “We are really pleased to have completed the sale of the Plough to SinoFortone Investment.“The pub became famous in Chinese circles following the visit of President Xi Jinping, and it has become quite a tourist attraction for Chinese visitors since, who are keen to sample the classic British food and beer that the president tried.” Peter Zhang, the managing director of SinoFortone, said: “We are so excited about this new adventure. The English pub concept is growing very fast in China, and it’s the best way culturally to link people from different countries and build friendships. We see bigger opportunities where we believe we could also export the UK brand internationally.”SinoFortone is also involved in the new London Paramount theme park development and the proposed Crossrail 2 route through London.
South Africa: the commissioning of the Barberton Mines Tailings Retreatment Plant (BTRP) regrind mill will be completed during the current week, on schedule and on budget. The BTRP is expected to reach annualised gold production of 21,000 oz in the next month, in line with previous guidance.The regrind mill enables the BTRP to sustain the annual production at approximately 21,000 oz/y. The construction of the regrind mill took five months and was completed on budget. The regrind mill was installed to reduce the coarseness of the material treated from the Harper Dump and will improve material handling and recoveries going forward.The 1.7 MW, 4.3 m by 4.9 m, Veecor regrind mill was constructed in record time by Barberton Mines, with New Concept Projects as the main subcontractor to DRA Global, which was responsible for the mill refurbishment and installation.Pan African Resources has concluded the Section 189 process in terms of the South African Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 and signed a retrenchment agreement with the recognised unions of Evander Mines. The retrenchment cost will be approximately R160 million and will be funded from the Group’s existing debt facilities and internal resources.As previously communicated, the retrenched employees will be provided with opportunities for reskilling and the Group is in the process of identifying employment opportunities for retrenched employees, both internally and with potential external employers.Separately, the Group is at an advanced stage of reviewing the technical and commercial merits of mining the remainder of Evander’s 8 shaft pillar. This may extend the final closure date of the shaft, generate positive cash flows and assist with further employment opportunities for those affected by the Section 189 Process.The construction of the Elikhulu project remains ahead of schedule, with first gold production expected in August 2018, and full commissioning at the end of September 2018. Elikhulu’s capacity will be increased by 200,000 t to 1.2 Mt/month with effect from December 2018, by incorporating the existing Evander Tailing Retreatment Plant (ETRP) throughput with the associated economies of scale and enhanced recovery benefits. The increase in processing capacity will not affect the original construction schedule or first gold production expectations. In conjunction with the ETRP throughput, these two surface operations, once in full production, are expected to produce more than 70,000 oz/annum.Pan African’s Barberton and surface tailings operations uniquely position the Group as a relatively low-cost producer with long-life, quality assets and attractive organic growth prospects.
NORTH KOREA has threatened to resume the Korean War – ending a 60-year truce with South Korea – if its southern neighbour continues with military drills, and the United States looks to pursue UN sanctions against it.The Korean People’s Army Supreme Command has threatened to withdraw from the armistice deal signed in 1953 – which enforced a ceasefire in the war with South Korea which was never formally ended – if South Korea and the US continue their joint military drills.The statement comes after reports that the United States and China – which is one of North Korea’s few international allies – had agreed the draft text of sanctions to be pursued against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear missile test.North Korea now says it will cancel the armistice deal signed in 1953, bringing three years of hostilities to a close, on March 11.Abandoning that agreement would mean North Korea no longer recognises the 2.5-mile demilitarised zone (‘DMZ’), which acts as a ‘buffer zone’ between the two countries.Officially speaking, abandoning the armistice would also mean the resumption of war between the countries – a fate that international observers will be desperate to avoid, given that North Korea is now in possession of nuclear weapons.Pyongyang said the US and others were going beyond merely economic sanctions, and were expanding into straightforward military aggression.
CYCLING IRELAND MAY yet to nominate Pat McQuaid for a third term as head of the sport’s world governing body.But the Dubliner could just have rendered any action here as irrelevant.McQuaid today secured the nomination of the Swiss cycling federation, a tactic available to him because the UCI is based there and he is resident in the country for the required length of time under the rules.The incumbent UCI chief’s nomination by Irish delegates will be scrutinised at an EGM in Dublin next month. McQuaid has been criticised for his perceived handling of the Lance Armstrong scandal and other issues within the sport.“I am delighted that the board of Swiss Cycling has endorsed my nomination,” Pat McQuaid said in a UCI statement. “I put myself forward to serve another term as UCI President on my record of developing the sport throughout the world and on combating the scourge of doping in cycling.“I have an ambitious agenda to continue developing the sport. I look forward to presenting myself for election with the support of Swiss Cycling and other federations worldwide. I took up residency in Switzerland in 2005 when I assumed the role of UCI President and I have had a long association with Swiss Cycling.“It has become clear that my nomination in Ireland has been politicised by a small group of people. However, I have received a wealth of letters from national federations all around the world urging me to stand for President again and I strongly believe that it should be for our national federations around the world to decide democratically on their next president.”Di Canio: I will decide when Sunderland’s holidays startHenry Shefflin describes praise from BOD as ‘great lift’
Greece is to contribute 1 million euros for the reconstruction of Gaza following the recent conflict with Israel, Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos has announced.Speaking at the International Gaza Reconstruction Conference in Cairo on the weekend, Mr Venizelos revealed that Greece would add another 1 million to the 25.66 million it has contributed “for technical co-operation, financial support, education, health infrastructure, the social sector, as well as for humanitarian aid” between 2008 and 2012.“Following the recent devastating conflict – the third in the last five years – Gaza finds itself in desperate and urgent need, not only of reconstruction, but – more broadly – of recovery and relief for its suffering population, and of restoration of normal daily living conditions, including through access to, and from, the outside world,” said Venizelos.“We encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to seize the current opportunity and continue to engage in negotiations, under the auspices of Egypt, regarding a viable future for Gaza.”Venizelos called on the Palestinian consensus government to “exercise its responsibilities in Gaza” and reiterated Greece’s support for the creation of a Palestinian state.“Greece has always been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian people in their quest for statehood, dignity and national unity,” said Venizelos.“No doubt, no ceasefire will be sustainable without a broader political perspective. Gaza cannot be seen in isolation from the wider Palestinian context, as it forms an integral part of the Palestinian territories, and its future is inextricably linked with the future of the West Bank,” he added.“Therefore, it is indispensable that the political perspective be sustained for the establishment of an independent, viable and territorially contiguous State of Palestine, under a central government that maintains effective control across all Palestinian territories.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt said a mix-up caused him to falsely state that he was endorsed by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council in his bid for re-election.On Sunday, The Columbian published responses from a candidate questionnaire sent to Boldt and his challengers, Democrat Eric Holt and Republican Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring. Included, along with excerpts of their responses, was information on their backgrounds as well as any notable endorsements.Boldt, no party preference, listed the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, which represents unions in the region, as having endorsed him. But on Monday, Shannon Walker, the council’s president, contacted The Columbian and stated that her group had interviewed Holt and Boldt (she said Quiring didn’t show up) and decided not to make an endorsement until after the Aug. 7 primary.Walker pointed out that Boldt is endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48. Bob Carroll is the union’s business representative, according to its website. He also serves as the vice president of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, according to Walker.Walker said that she spoke with Boldt after he claimed the endorsement. She said that when Carroll reached out to Boldt telling him he had been endorsed, Boldt assumed he was being endorsed by the entire Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, and not the individual labor union.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Saturday that it awarded about $2 billion in renewed homeless assistance funding across the United States, including $61 million for Washington and $1.7 million for Clark County.The money funds programs, such as homeless shelters, for people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of becoming homeless.“At this time of year, thousands of local homeless assistance providers receive federal funding to operate and maintain stable housing for those living in our shelter system and on our streets,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a news release.“Renewing these grants will come as a huge relief to these providers, and it will allow them to continue their work to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors.”Clark County’s $1,717,678 in funding will go toward existing programs and expanding the Homeless Management Information System. Funding for new projects will be announced later, HUD said.
When Vancouver mom Caressa Milgrove would pick up her 8-year-old son Mark from school, he’d dive into his lunch box to chow down on the food left behind from earlier in the day.At first, Milgrove thought her son was goofing off and chatting with his friends during lunch at Walnut Grove Elementary School. And to be fair, there is some of that going on. He is in third grade after all. But when Milgrove began to press her son, he told her he simply didn’t have enough time to finish his meal.“It just stresses me out because I don’t really have that much time to eat,” Mark said.The experience prompted a string of activism for the Milgrove family. It started with school board meetings and an online petition garnering more than 2,000 signatures. Now, the issue is at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are considering a bill that would require elementary schools to pilot longer lunch periods.Milgrove worked with state representatives and child nutrition experts to help craft the proposal, and said some of their input became the language of the bill. The bill passed nearly unanimously out of the House and is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It must move to a floor reading by April 9.For the Milgrove family, the experience has been a lesson in advocacy and politics rarely experienced by kids so young. Both Mark and his brother, 6-year-old kindergartner Chance, have attended legislative sessions. Mark even spoke at a House Education Committee hearing, urging lawmakers to approve the bill — though, he didn’t quite know how to explain that.
Dejan Lovren has warned Real Madrid that Liverpool are a side that can be “compare with every team in the world” and that they must not be underestimatedLos Blancos are widely viewed as the favourites to win an unprecedented third successive Champions League crown when the two sides meet later this month at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.However, despite the underdog tag, Lovren is certain that Liverpool has the talent at their disposal to cause an upset.“Every year it’s getting more difficult to get into the top four. It’s about teamwork,” said the defender, according to The Express.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The most important thing is that we won and we are in the Champions League again next year, because everyone deserves that – the fans and us. Everyone is happy.“We have a squad that can compare with every team in the world.“We showed it in the Champions League (against) Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the first game. It’s the team.”Liverpool defeated Brighton 4-0 on Sunday in their final Premier League game of the season to secure their place in the top four for next season’s Champions League.
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Email https://twitter.com/lollapalooza/status/976473551820685313 Music Festivals 2018: Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White Set For Lollapalooza Twitter News Facebook Four fantastic days of music in August are in store for Chicago festivalgoers with the latest festival announcementPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 2:18 pm On March 21, headliners for Lollapalooza 2018 were announced, and festivalgoers can look forward to a star-packed lineup during the event, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park on Aug. 2–5. Live concerts at music festivals are a primary art form of their own, as SXSW 2018 demonstrated last week, and festival season is just beginning.Without further ado, headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza include GRAMMY winners Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White, Daya, LL Cool J, the National, St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, and Zedd. Rounding out the lineup are GRAMMY nominees Arctic Monkeys, James Bay, Galantis, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Logic, Odesza, Portugal, The Man, Travis Scott, Tyler, The Creator, and Kali Uchis, among others. Lollapalooza 2018: Bruno Mars, The Weeknd & More music-festivals-2018-bruno-mars-weeknd-jack-white-set-lollapalooza Get ready to party with your favorite artists this summer and get your tickets now via Lollapalooza’s website. Enjoy the summer!Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
DHAKA: Bangladesh’s high court has granted the country’s rivers the rights and status of “living entities” in a bid to save them from encroachment, a lawyer said Tuesday. The court on Monday published a landmark verdict on a 2016 petition filed by a Dhaka-based rights group, saying all of the country’s hundreds of rivers would now be treated as legal persons, litigator Manzil Murshid said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “We filed the petition to save our rivers from powerful encroachers. The court has declared that all the rivers should now have the same rights as legal persons or living entities,” he said. The verdict came just months after the country, much of it crisscrossed by thousands of streams, tributaries and rivers, became the fourth nation after Colombia, India and New Zealand to honour its waterways with such status. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The court appointed the country’s River Conservation Commission as the legal guardian of all waterways and directed other state agencies to fully assist them. Experts said the verdict would save rivers from illegal encroachment in the densely populated country of about 17 crore people and where land is precious as gold. They said many of the country’s rivers are struggling to survive thanks to illegal sand dredging and large-scale industrial pollution. Advertise With Us “This verdict is very good news for us. We hope the commission can now work freely and save the rivers from premature deaths,” said Sheikh Rokon, a spokesman for the Riverine People group. He said the high court would empower the commission to take strict action against encroachers, polluters and illegal dredging companies. National River Conservation Commission of Bangladesh chairman Mujibur Rahman Howlader said the “unprecedented order would help the vast ecology and biodiversity” of Bangladesh’s rich river system. “We feel strengthened. It reminds us the rivers are not anybody’s property. We can now enforce a zero-tolerance policy against encroachers.”
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested from Kolkata by Jamalpur police station under Purba Bardhaman District Police on Tuesday for allegedly killing a girl. According to the police, the girl, a resident of Muzaffarabad, was murdered by her father and brother as she was in a relationship with a local boy.On August 31, a girl’s body was found beside National Highway 2 near Nabagram in Burdwan. During the autopsy procedure, a few mobile numbers were found written on the legs of the deceased. Among them, police have identified a number which belongs to the boy with whom the girl had a relation. As the girl’s family was against this relationship, her father tried to prevent her from meeting the boy. Failing to that, both her father and brother murdered the girl.
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Thanks to a healthy social media presence, polite and knowledgeable tech support representatives, Razer confidently emerges as our most improved company.What Happened Last YearRazer’s sophomore appearance in Tech Support Showdown was nothing but disastrous. But it didn’t start that way. The online aspects of Razer’s tech support generally delivered correct answers.While it didn’t have a Facebook page specifically dedicated to support, I got a response when I messaged the general page with a problem. The company makes up for its light Facebook presence with an active account on Twitter and a rather robust Reddit page, which acts as another forum outside of the company’s Razer Support page.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/razer-just-jumped-lot-brands-tech-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Speaking of Razer Support, the website delivered timely, accurate information by way of its FAQs and forums. I was impressed that information for Spectre/Meltdown, a major security vulnerability last year was front and center. The rep Live Chat I interacted with was also knowledgeable.Where Razer’s online support was solid, its phone support was non-existent. I was already mildly displeased with phone support hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST) that only took place from Monday – Friday, leaving you stranded totally without help during the weekend or for a sizable chunk of the weekday.Narrow time window aside, I at least expected someone to pick up the phone when I called. But on three separate occasions, I found myself placed on hold for over 29 minutes before the call would unexpectedly disconnect. I tried four times — three calls went to the U.S./Canada line and once to the international phone number, essentially losing more than two hours of my life that I can never get back.Inquiries to Razer’s PR team revealed the company was in the midst of switching call centers with the former company not “fully execut[ing] their obligations.” However, that didn’t explain why the company that was so abreast of Spectre/Meltdown didn’t post anything on the state of its phone service during the transition period.What Happened This YearLearning from last year’s missteps, Razer had improved on almost every aspect of its tech support. The online support was faster in its responses overall. The Twitter rep answered my query in 7 minutes compared to 30 minutes in 2018. My 2019 Live Chat wrapped up in 13 minutes.The company still doesn’t have a Facebook tech support page, but I still got a correct answer from the main page. Email support still has a 24-hour answer period, which is kind of a bummer.Razer Insider and the Reddit forums continue to be fonts of information; you just have to be ready to do a little digging and keyword experimentation to find your answer.After last year’s phone debacle, it was a win just to reach a human being from Razer’s phone support, let alone actually ask a question. I did both and got much more. It’s also worth noting that Razer has extended its U.S. phone center by an hour to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST. But the biggest change is that the company now offers phone support 7 days a week. It’s not 24/7, but it’s a big step in the right direction.During actual interaction with Razer phone reps, the company was 2 for 3 on correct answers. I got accurate solutions when asking about changing Fn functionality and disabling automatic Windows updates. The incorrect answer came when I asked about adjusting fan speed with the rep incorrectly stating that my 2017 Blade Stealth’s version the cloud-based Synapse software didn’t have the ability to control fan speed. It’s potentially a sign that Razer needs to step up its efforts to train its support team on the ins and outs of its proprietary software.The average time spent on calls with Razer support was 13 minutes and 27 seconds. That’s considerably shorter than the 2.5 hours from last year’s outing.Whether it was via phone or live chat, at the end of each interaction, I received an email detailing the events of the experience. The correspondence also included contact info in case I needed more assistance and a few had a few helpful tips on how to protect my system from the latest security vulnerability.Bottom LineFrom laptops and smartphones to outlandish concept projects, Razer’s used to being the underestimated underdog. At this point, I think it’s a role the company relishes in. Since last year’s spectacular fail, it seems the company’s been hard at work shoring up its weakness in order to provide great tech support. And for all intents and purposes it’s working thanks to speedy, knowledgeable tech support representatives and a wealth of online information. They’ve even extended phone support hours and days.There’s still room for improvement of course. Razer’s reps need to know the company’s products inside and out and 24/7 support access is a must. But overall, if Razer keeps this up, it has a good chance of being the company to finally dethrone Apple at the top spot of our tech support rankings.For a full look at how every major laptop brand performed, be sure to check out our complete Tech Support Showdown 2019 report.
Oh, and some transparency would be nice, too, says Catherine Brooks, director of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies at the University of Arizona. “There’s an entire world of knowledge inside Facebook, and questions we can’t answer unless we have access to the data,” she says. “But the public also needs more information about how that data is being collected and used, and an opportunity to consent to provide it.”The challenge for Facebook will be allocating the resources necessary to make it happen. The company currently possesses some of the best social data in the world. Is its chief obligation to share it or protect it? Responsible researchers think the answer is yes.Facing ControversyAfter days of silence about the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Mark Zuckerberg authored a Facebook post.Facebook has struggled to respond to the revelations about Cambridge Analytica.Read the WIRED story about the past two years of struggles inside Facebook. The third level of access is to tap into Facebook’s data through its API. This is how psychologist Aleksandr Kogan acquired information on some 50 million Facebook users, via an app-based quiz called thisismydigitallife. Researchers still use apps to collect data from users who agree to participate in studies—albeit far less than they could when Kogan did, back in 2014. The language in Zuckerberg’s post indicates Facebook will restrict app-based data access even further going forward, though it doesn’t designate the extent of that restriction, or how it will apply to researchers, specifically.“I think the primary concern for Facebook with that sort of thing would be more with respect to app developers and corporations, but it could certainly affect scientists as a byproduct,” says MIT social scientist Dean Eckles, whose research often incorporates data from Facebook. It could also mean more paperwork for anyone looking to access data through the API—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; legitimate researchers, Eckles says, “will be largely willing to jump through those hoops.”Less clear is how Facebook’s restrictions will impact researchers not conducting app-based research. Solomon Messing, director of Pew Research Center’s Data Labs, relies on Facebook’s API to study the effects of congressional rhetoric on the platform. “We’re interested in constituent communication, how their audience responds to different forms of messages, and the API gives us the ability to get the text of what members say and user engagement data—likes, comments, shares, stuff like that.” He says whether Facebook’s crackdown affects his research will depend on specifics—how the company chooses to restrict data access, and what kinds of approval processes he’ll need to go through moving forward. “But I would hope that academic researchers will be able to access whatever is necessary for them to do their research in an ethical and legal way.” Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users’ data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When a company possesses information about some 2 billion people, is its chief obligation to share that information, or protect it?The answer’s not as obvious as you might think. To social and computer scientists, Facebook is arguably the most valuable data repository on earth. Insight into many of the most pressing issues of our time, from social media’s role in political processes to technology’s impact on individual wellbeing, could well reside on the social network’s servers—a fact that has led many scientists and policymakers to call for more permeable borders between public researchers and Facebook’s private data hoard.But then Cambridge Analytica happened, and gave a lot of researchers a scare: Tapping into Facebook’s data is already more onerous than many of them would like. How would the company’s reaction to one of its most devastating public disasters to date affect their access going forward?On Wednesday, they got their first trace of an answer. In a post published to his Facebook wall, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged his company’s failure to protect its users’ data and outlined how the social network would protect that data going forward. Of relevance to researchers is the second step in Facebook’s three-part plan: …we will restrict developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse. For example, we will remove developers’ access to your data if you haven’t used their app in 3 months. We will reduce the data you give an app when you sign in – to only your name, profile photo, and email address. We’ll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data. And we’ll have more changes to share in the next few days.To understand how these changes could affect research, it helps to understand the ways scientists can currently gain access to Facebook’s user data.Method one is obvious: Work at Facebook. It used to be companies would farm out data analysis to third parties, but Facebook can afford to employ psychologists, sociologists, and data scientists full time. That’s not to say company employees are given carte blanche: No Facebook employee has access to all the company’s data all the time. To its credit, Facebook has an internal ethics review process for vetting company research, which means access to information is granted on a need-to-use basis and subject to auditing. (This policy was created in reaction to Facebook’s notorious emotional contagion study, another of the company’s missteps.) According to a former member of Facebook’s Core Data Science team who declined to be named for this story, this process is rigorously policed. “If you went digging around in anything you clearly weren’t supposed to, you’d be fired.”Method two is to partner with Facebook as a collaborator in some official capacity. Which can mean a number of different things. For example, Facebook recently granted Stanford economist Raj Chetty and a team of researchers access to a trove of de-identified user data, to aid his investigations on income inequality in America. (Those shocking New York Times infographics on the fate of black boys in America? They’re based on Chetty’s work.)But Chetty’s relationship with Facebook is pretty unique. One of the more typical ways that Facebook collaborates with academia is to hire PhD candidates as paid interns, making them fixed-term, full time employees. That also means they sign all the things employees sign, including intellectual property and nondisclosure agreements. The PhD student may spend a lot of time with raw data, but any and all analysis happens entirely on Facebook infrastructure. And when the candidate’s internship comes to an end, Facebook’s privacy and policy teams ensure any data they take with them—to continue working towards a publication for example—exists only in aggregate form. (Another related mode of collaboration is to hire researchers as contractors; they, too, get access—and NDAs.)
Upon being released in 2014, Price joined a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department by former Indiana sheriff’s deputy Dan McKibben. A gay man, McKibben, too, spent 23 hours a day in his cell and couldn’t participate in a work program.According to McKibben, who died in 2016, sheriff’s deputies beat up and verbal abused LGBTI inmates. Price said she experienced the same kind of verbal discrimination.The plaintiffs might receive $1 million‘The [San Bernardino County] jail maintains the discrimination folks experienced was for their own safety,’ ACLU Southern California attorney Brendan Hamme told sbsun.com. ‘But jails have an obligation to keep everyone safe while providing equal access to opportunities in jail.‘No one should be led to choose between their safety and their equal rights.’According to the terms of the agreement, LGBTI inmates will have more housing options and a broader access to programs.Furthermore, jail staffers will receive special training. The county also agreed to pay $1 million to plaintiffs. The amount will be split between those incarcerated in the Alternative Lifestyle Tank from 2012 to 2018, as well as attorney’s fees.Price, who has worked at an Ontario motel since her release, commented on the settlement. She said she’s glad she was able to help other LGBTI inmates in their struggle for equal treatment.‘Somebody had to speak for those who didn’t know what to say,’ she told sbsun.comGSN has reached out to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for comments.Read more from Gay Star News:Does this gay con artist deserve to be in prison for 144 years? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming LGBTI inmates were confined to their cells for up to 23 hours a day. There are only two gay under-21s in the entire UK prison system eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sheriff’s officials had claimed the isolation was to protect inmates from harassment. | Photo: Pixabay GAYSTARNEWS- They were also allegedly prohibited from taking part in jail programs. The decision was taken on 15 August and still needs to be approved by U.S. District Court in Riverside. If so, it would mark another victory for the ACLU in its battle for equal treatment of inmates in Southern California jails.The 2014 lawsuit shed a light on the unfair treatment of gay, bisexual, trans and intersex inmates at San Bernardino County jail. The plaintiffs were housed in the so-called county’s Alternative Lifestyle isolation tank.Despite sheriff’s officials had claimed the isolation was to protect inmates from harassment, LGBTI inmates complained their removal from activities could compromise their life out of prison.LGBTI inmates couldn’t take part in special programsLynn Price is a transgender woman and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. She said she would have participated in the General Education Development (GED) program offered at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga if she had the opportunity.‘So when I got out, I would be able to do something. I’d be ready for society,’ she said.But Price and other LGBTI men and women had to stay in their cells for all but an hour a day. They were also denied access to the jail’s job training, educational, drug rehabilitation, religious and community re-entry programs.Price explained they all experienced discrimination.‘Everybody else, all the non-gay people, they could do the things they wanted to do. But us, there was nothing we could do.’ACLU officials confirmed the Alternative Lifestyle Tank housed 600 people between 2012 and 2018.Lynn Price had to spend up to 23 hours a day in her cell. | Photo: Flickr/Travis Wise‘It was a very lonely thing’Price was in her 50s when police arrested her for narcotics possession in 2012. She was wearing makeup, a dress and heels at the time of arrest.At the West Valley Detention Center, Price said she was classified as an LGBTI inmate and placed on virtual lockdown. She explained she had only an hour a day to shower, make a phone call or watch television.‘It was a very lonely thing. It kind of tends to wear you down,’ she said. Jail inmate who vowed to kill gay people accidentally releasedUganda LGBT Pride Week Marred by ArrestsMore needs to be done to protect transgender prisoners in ThailandRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-inmates-isolation-lawsuit-california/ Gay man given death penalty after jurors claim he would ‘enjoy’ male prison Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…