House Majority Leader Misses Mark With Facebook Initiative

first_imgAll of this leaves us asking why not use the publicly available data on all pending legislation and allow citizens to “co-sponsor” any bill currently being weighed by the legislature?No matter how we feel about Facebook’s privacy provisions, we’ll be the first to admit that it is the default way to connect with people these ways. We’re not poo-poohing any initiative that harnesses social media that makes it easier for people to get involved in the political process, and we’re not bashing this from a partisan point of view. We’re bashing it from a point of view that cares about transparency.Cantor’s ploy reeks of partisanship disguised as bipartisanship (nowhere on the main page of the site are the words “Democrat” or “Republican” used). And while the Cosponsor Project may be more participatory, it’s certainly not the “open, visible” platform he promises in his introduction. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., launched the Citizen Cosponsor Project Tuesday, a Facebook-based platform he says will allow citizens to keep track of legislation currently before Congress. Log onto the site, review legislation and, if you support it, you can click “co-sponsor” and get updates on the status of the legislation as it works its way through Congress.Which is all well and good, providing you only care about the six pieces of legislation that Cantor cares about.In an introductory video and in text on the Web site, Cantor says the initiative will foster a “more open, visible and participatory legislative process.” The site refers to “we,” implying a bipartisan effort, but as Marci Harris points out on Huffington Post, the site never makes clear who “we” are. dave copeland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Tags:#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… But here’s the real rub: five of the six pieces of legislation on the site are sponsored by Republicans. And the one sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, is a rather innocuous Homes For Heroes Act ensuring access to HUD housing and homeless programs for veterans.The other bills range from repealing portions of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation to the Permanent Hyde Rule, which Republicans are calling the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Newsletter: Drop in solutions, expired certs, Fast Call for Help, and more

first_imgThis week, I decided to highlight our Use Case Reference Designs. Have you checked these out? We have a team dedicated to building these designs and they enable you to quickly implement specific Intel vPro functionality. Our engineers and tech writers put together a package of scripts, instructions, etc – whatever is needed to make the design return value to you quickly.Three of our Solution Architects have content showcased in this week’s newsletter. You’ll find expert info on topics such as expired GoDaddy certs, implementing Fast Call for Help with LANDesk, and communicating with Intel® AMT outside of your management console. Read the newsletter or subscribe to receive it in your inbox automatically. This newsletter goes out every two weeks.last_img read more

Pop star Britney Spears spotted at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Malibu

first_imgBritney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according,Britney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according to temple president Nadadur Varadhan, “showed a lot of interest in Hindu religion”.First Madonna’s mehendi fixation and now Spears’ Hindu temple tales, the Indian curry just got spicier.last_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfield

first_imgSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDC United striker Wayne Rooney took in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield Town.The forward, who played for United between 2004 and 2017, was pictured at Old Trafford before fans were allowed in, and captioned his post with a love heart.Rooney, who attended the game with the family of his wife Colleen, was a pundit for BT Sport for new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff.Wayne Rooney for Manchester United: Games – 559 Goals – 253United steward be like…“Better safe than sorry.” #mufc [433]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Georgia Coach Mark Fox Yelled At His Student Section For Chanting “Bruce Pearl Sucks”

first_imgGeorgia vs. Auburn basketball in 2015.Georgia’s men’s basketball coach Mark Fox got pretty upset with the Bulldogs’ student section Saturday afternoon. His team is facing Auburn in Athens, Ga. During the second half of the contest, Georgia’s students began chanting at Tigers’ coach Bruce Pearl. This did not please Fox, who proceeded to yell at the Georgia student section, asking them to stop. Georgia students were chanting something about Bruce Pearl, couldn’t hear what. Whatever it was, Mark Fox asked them to stop.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) February 14, 2015It appears the Bulldogs’ students were chanting “Bruce Pearl Sucks!”Part of student section starts chanting “Bruce Pearl sucks” during Auburn free throw. Mark Fox walks over & yells at them to stop. #class— Wilson Alexander (@Alexander_taGr8) February 14, 2015That’s a pretty classy move from Fox. Student sections can be fairly mean-spirited. Georgia and Auburn are currently playing on FSN.last_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip During Clemson’s Post-Game Dance Party

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Clemson picked up a massive win, knocking off Notre Dame at home on Saturday night, so you know head coach Dabo Swinney was ready to dance. After the game, and a very awkward post-game interview that was accidentally cut off by ESPN, Swinney got down in the locker room, swinging a towel and hitting the Whip. We cannot confirm whether or not he added in the Nae Nae as well.With the win, Clemson danced its way to sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. The Tigers look to be in very good position to make a run at an ACC Championship, with Florida State struggling in recent weeks.last_img read more

Alphaliner Carriers to Increase AsiaEurope Transit Times

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Carriers on the Asia – North Europe route will implement major changes to their networks from the end of March, resulting in longer average transit times as vessel sailing speeds are further reduced. According to Alphaliner, the average duration of services on the corridor will reach a record high of 11.3 weeks as a result of these changes.Asia – North Europe round trip durations have increased steadily from an average of eight weeks in 2007 to the current average of over eleven weeks, mainly due to slower sailing speeds to mitigate rising bunker prices.The use of larger ships on this route has also resulted in longer port stays, as the average size of vessels deployed in this trade has more than doubled from 7,000 TEU in 2007 to above 15,000 TEU currently, Alphaliner noted.The 2M carriers, Maersk and MSC, will extend the duration of two of their six Asia – North Europe services to 13 weeks, making the AE-5/Albatross and AE10/Silk services the longest strings on this route. The extended 91-day rotations for both services includes planned diversions for bunkering calls at the Russian Baltic port of Kaliningrad, which add more than four days to the loops’ total rotations.Apart from the extension of the two 2M services, THE Alliance has also stretched the rotation of its FE5 from nine to ten weeks, while HMM extended its standalone AEX service from ten to eleven weeks.In contrast, the OCEAN Alliance will shorten the rotation of its ‘NEU3’ from eleven to ten weeks, while calls at Shanghai and Ningbo will be removed, leaving overall transit times largely unchanged.last_img read more

Alberta moves problem grizzly bear from outside Banff area to remote park

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – A feisty female grizzly that came too close to people too often has been moved far away from her stomping grounds in Banff National Park and the Canmore area to protect public safety.Paul Frame, a provincial carnivore export, said Bear 148 was tranquilized and relocated from her home range to the remote Kakwa Wildland Park in northwestern Alberta.Frame said despite the best efforts of Alberta and Parks Canada staff to condition her to avoid humans, Bear 148 was approaching people daily, including a close call with a man near Canmore Thursday.“She did come within a metre of a jogger,” Frame said Monday. “At the point we decided any closer would result in contact.“We are trying to prevent a tragedy from happening here.”Bear 148 has gotten near people dozens of times since she was born in the Banff area 6 1/2 years ago.This summer the bear strayed onto a rugby field during a practice, charged a person walking with a stroller and chased dogs out for a walk with their owners.No one was ever hurt, but the threat was always there.Officials were hoping the bear would learn to stay away from humans in the busy, scenic Bow Valley.But the hungry bruin, which has bred twice this year, has a mind of her own.“We tried to condition her out of high-use areas where we don’t want bears to be — residential areas, off-leash dog parks,” he said.“I would prefer to never be a metre from a bear coming towards me.”Grizzlies are a threatened species in Alberta and experts estimate there are about 65 of the bears in all of Banff National Park.Frame said they hope Bear 148 will have cubs and thrive in her new home 700 kilometres away in the wilderness.He said in a recent research project involving relocating grizzlies, four of the six female bears survived.“We wanted to move that bear as far away as we could get her from human habitation to give her the best chance.”Parks Canada said it supports Alberta’s decision.“Parks Canada values the conservation work of the Province of Alberta and respects the province’s jurisdiction and wildlife management practices in the recent decision to relocate Bear 148,” Christina Tricomi, a Parks Canada spokeswoman, wrote in an email.“All government land and resource managers must make difficult decisions to balance the safety of residents with the needs of wildlife. The Province of Alberta made such a decision in relocating Bear 148.”— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

Babsocks Teams Up With Molson Coors

first_imgMolson Canadian Team Canada Babsocks (CNW Group/Babsocks) Advertisement announced today that it has partnered with Molson Coors Brewing Company to provide hockey fans and beer lovers with a special promotion for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.The promotion, which was officially launched on Monday and runs from September 12 to October 8, features a pair of Team Canada Babsocks in 375,000 cases of either Molson Canadian or Coors Light. The red-and-white socks are adorned with the Team Canada logo and the intimidating likeness of its head coach, Mike Babcock.The socks were inspired by the original Babsocks, a blue and white version that was introduced last October to celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs finally getting back on the road to greatness with the arrival of Mr. Babcock, inarguably the best coach in hockey. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img From the moment they were launched online at, Babsocks became an instant hit with Leafs Nation fans, not only in Toronto, not only in Canada, but throughout the world.Created by Thomas McCole and Jake Mednick, two diehard Leafs fans from Toronto’s east end, the idea for Babsocks surfaced in a dressing room after a beer league hockey game on the same day that Mr. Babcock’s hiring was announced.“We thought this was a fun idea that might unite the Leafs fan base,” said Thomas McCole. “We started it as a bit of lark but it took off right away and has been going strong ever since. The global passion of Leafs Nation is a phenomenon and an inspiration.”Jake Mednick says that the partnership between Babsocks and Molson Coors is a natural fit. “We’re thrilled to team up with Molson Coors, and we’re looking forward to seeing thousands of fans in their Team Canada Babsocks. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”McCole and Mednick also indicated that they have a few exciting new products in their fan apparel pipeline that should be ready to launch in the near future. Stay tuned. Go Leafs Go. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Stuart McLeans long time publisher reflects on his passing

first_img“E.B. White talked about that ineffable place where tears meet laughter. That place where you can’t trust your emotions, where you find yourself falling from one to the other. When we find ourselves there, White said, we find ourselves close to the big hot fire that is truth. With his instantly recognizable voice, wisdom, tender humour, and enormous care, Stuart McLean brought so many Canadians to that truth, laughing and crying along the way. He made us feel as though we were part of his delightfully idiosyncratic Vinyl Cafe family, and in so doing, he brought us all together, connecting us with stories of road trips, musical memories, and neighbourhood adventures. That lovely little family will remain in our hearts, as will Stuart.”Viking has been McLean’s publisher from the very beginning, publishing his first book, The Morningside World of Stuart McLean, in 1989, a collection of essays that McLean wrote as a columnist and guest host of CBC’s Morningside. It was a Canadian bestseller and finalist for the City of Toronto Book Awards. McLean went on to write eleven Vinyl Cafe books, all of which have been bestsellers, including Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page, published in 2015. McLean was also the author of Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada, which was selected by the Canadian Authors Association as the best non-fiction book of 1993. He was recognized with the Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award in 2004, and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times, for Home from the Vinyl Cafe in 1999, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged in 2001, and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe in 2007. He received the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.Stuart toured widely with the Vinyl Cafe, performing in towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Whitehorse in the Yukon; from Bangor, Maine, to Seattle, Washington. No matter how remote the location or the late hour, Stuart stopped at the local bookstore—because for him, a bookstore felt like home.Viking and Penguin Random House Canada mourn the loss of this beloved storyteller. Login/Register With: It was announced today that cherished humorist, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Stuart McLean has passed away.Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, has been Stuart McLean’s proud publisher of fourteen books over the past twenty-seven years.In reflecting on Stuart and his work, Nicole Winstanley, Publisher of Penguin Canada, said: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more