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first_imgThe Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic has already felt the impacts of the cuts made by the Ontario government, its executive director says.Walter Van de Kleut and staff at the local clinic organized an open house on Tuesday as part of a provincewide day of action calling on the government to reverse the cuts.Van de Kleut said his clinic received a “modest” cut of 1.5 per cent this year, while 20 clinics in Ontario faced cuts between six and 45 per cent. He said the local cut is actually larger because the clinic hasn’t received funding for mandatory pay equity payments or for rent increases.“Clinics that face rent increases, and we are likely one of them, there’s another cut,” he said. “It’s cut by effect.”One area that could be in jeopardy, said Van de Kleut, is the work done by a full-time housing paralegal to reduce homelessness in Chatham-Kent by saving tenancies. The clinic received $28,000 in funding last year as part of a partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.According to Kleut, the paralegal has seen an average of 79 tenants and resolved an average of 17 tenancies each month since September.Jeff Wilkins, the paralegal, said the relationship with the municipality has been working well. Employment and social services will refer clients to him and he will call them if he has a client with arrears.Wilkins said they try to resolve tenancy issues before they get to the courts to save the courts time and “save everybody money.”“We found a real need, especially with the markets so crazy for rentals. People are getting evicted and the landlords are jacking the rents up,” he said. “There’s not a lot of inventory out there. That’s the realistic sign of the times right now because they’re not building any more affordable housing.”Van de Kleut said specialty clinics – including Income Security Advocacy Centre and Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario – in Ontario have also been hit by cuts. Local clinics rely on these services for their expertise and, if they can’t help, local lawyers will have to take time away from assisting a client to do their own research, he said.Legal Aid Ontario, in response to the $133-million, or 30 per cent, cut this year, eliminated the Clinic Learning and Training Program, which Van de Kleut said cost about $400,000 for all 72 Ontario clinics.“In order to do law reform, in order to do advocacy, in order to meet continuing professional requirements, in order to keep up with the law, you need to do training,” he said. “We’re going to have to find a place for that money that’s needed there out of our budgets.”He said it may have to be done online or in house, but it “won’t be as good.”Melinda Robertson, a staff lawyer at the clinic, said legal clinics are designed to help people living with low income and funding cuts can lead to fewer services and fewer hours.“Some of the areas of law may be impacted that people can access and if they can’t access that then they may have a difficult time going anywhere else because of the fees associated with legal help,” she said.Van de Kleut said the clinic is asking people to sign a letter addressed to Premier Doug Ford and Attorney General Doug Downey describing the impact budget cuts can have on people in Chatham-Kent.last_img read more

first_imgTwitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account dataYou are here: Facebook, Google and Twitter have all found themselves unwitting players in Russia’s effort to disrupt and influence the 2016 election. Ironically — and in retrospect, unfortunately — these companies shared an almost utopian faith in the role of technology to improve and influence society for the better.But in the wake of the presidential election and other developments, the narrative is shifting around the large tech companies. They’re being forced to answer tough questions about how their platforms were so widely and easily exploited (some say “weaponized”) by a foreign power with an intent to undermine the American electoral process.We still don’t know to what extent Russian manipulation of voters’ opinions actually impacted the outcome of the election. We may never fully know whether digital ads and social media had a marginal or material impact on voters’ opinions in key states. That’s because some of the data, posts and ads have been deleted.Last week, Facebook was accused of suppressing posts relevant to the Russian investigation. However, the company said it deleted the content in compliance with its own privacy policies. Later in the week, Twitter was found to have done something similar for much the same reasons.According to an article appearing in Politico:Many US investigators believe that their best hope for identifying who was behind these operations, how they collaborated with one another and their suspected links to the Kremlin lies buried within the mountains of data accumulated in recent years by Twitter …But a substantial amount of valuable information held by Twitter is lost for good, according to the cybersecurity analysts and other current and former US officials.Twitter’s guidelines for law enforcement say that once data is deleted, it may be unrecoverable:Once an account has been deactivated, there is a very brief period in which we may be able to access account information, including Tweets. More information about deactivated accounts is available here. Content deleted by account holders (e.g., Tweets) is generally not available.Reportedly, Twitter is seeking to determine what parts of the deactivated account data may be recoverable.Fake accounts and mass manipulation by a foreign power were never contemplated by these companies in creating their policies and trying to strike a balance between the privacy interests of consumers and information needs of law enforcement.At a minimum, the election aftermath and revelations of Russian interference should prompt soul-searching and new policies to prevent similar exploitation of these platforms in the future.Their collective resistance to regulation is partly what made them vulnerable to outside manipulation. And without significantly fortified procedures to prevent a repeat in 2018, Washington will almost certainly intervene with new rules for political advertising.From our sponsors: Twitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingTwitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account data Posted on 16th October 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

first_imgDoes your data require surgery?You no longer have clusters of computers crammed into a datacenter for high performance computing. Dell’s Active Infrastructure HPC for Life Sciences is comparable in size to a fridge and can sequence up to 13,000 genomes in a year or 37 per day. Delivery methods have also been transformed by cloud-based technologies and as this blog post indicates, you can rent a Dell based SAP Hana appliance over the Amazon Web Services for as low as $3500 per month before you decide to go with an on-site solution. It’s important to reinforce at this point that privacy and security is a major concern for the healthcare industry so careful consideration must be taken when choosing a solution.So big data has arrived. It’s no longer a hype but the main question remains of its probiotic value – is Big Data any good for the healthcare industry? Well, according to this WebMD article, probiotics are good for our health so if we carry the same analogy, we may claim Big Data is also good for the healthcare industry. But let’s hold on to that thought for a second. Sometimes, probiotics come short of curing human ills and you may have to undergo a medical intervention including surgery. With that in mind, Dell and Intel is promoting a ‘Does your data require some serious surgery?’ campaign offering all our customers a free assessment on your Big Data needs. Reach out to us by filling out this request form and we will happily be at your service.Contact Afsar Akal on LinkedIn Danone is a company which deserves much admiration. For thousands of years, the ‘lactobacillus bulgaricus’ cultured milk – as indicated by analysis of this bacteria’s genome – was consumed as yogurt. Let’s not underestimate this historical disruption. Probably due to a chance event somewhere in Central Asia, this bacteria-cultured product extended the useful life of plain milk from less than a day in warm climates to three days or more. Useful, considering the lack of refrigeration at the time.A few decades ago came the incremental innovations of adding Bifidus Actiregularis bacteria to yogurt and packaging it in an organic compound called PLA Igneo instead of polystyrene plastic. Danone promoted this nutritionally advanced and re-packaged product as a ‘probiotic’ with their successful Activia brand, and thus created an annual $4 billion market. Not bad for a commodity product right? Well, labelling yogurt as a probiotic was no hype as per Danone’s commercial success shows.Big Data – Hype or Reality?I recently had the privilege of co-hosting a short talk on Big Data with the Chief Medical Officer of Dell Health and Life Sciences, Dr. Nick van Terheyden, to a group of distinguished guests at the NHS Innovation Expo in Manchester, UK. Dr. van Terheyden spoke about the flood of data originating from behavioral, demographic, social and financial domains and underscored the importance of predictive analytics that will not only shape delivery of healthcare but also define the science of prevention in the next decade.If you’re on the customer side of the healthcare industry, I would suggest that you have the full right to do a sanity check on whether you’re being hyped by the concept of big data. Is the whole IT industry repackaging plain old yogurt cultured by a mixture of Data Warehousing, Data Mining and Business Intelligence tools under the Big Data label? Well if Activia is any guide, architectures, packaging and delivery methods have changed considerably. Intel Health and Life Sciences: Big Data in HealthcareTGen, Dell, and Intel: Accelerating Science for Precision MedicineDoes your data require surgery? Take a free assessment on your Big Data needslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later. last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe son of revered First Nations leader Elijah Harper is in a coma at a B.C. hospital following an attack by three people, APTN National News has learned.APTN spoke with Harper by phone, and Harper says that his son Grant was in Kelowna studying diving dynamics when the attack occurred. Police and family aren’t sure who was behind the attack, or if it was racially motivated.Elijah Harper is best known for saying “No” to the Meech Lake Accord when he was a member of the provincial legislature in Manitoba.last_img read more

Here are the notes Neil worked from for the conversation: Embed Code Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed After Chris Paul and Alex Ovechkin were knocked out of their playoffs this month, there were a lot of hot takes about how neither was a big enough star to carry his team to a championship. On this week’s “Hot Takedown,” Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Chadwick Matlin look at some of the research on whether you need a star to win a title, or whether winning a title makes you a star. According to Neil’s analysis, the sport that relies on star players the most is basketball — then come baseball, football and hockey. read more

Redknapp on Premier League title battle Its a three horse race

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that three teams are in the running for this season’s Premier League titleAfter suffering shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City this month, Manchester City have slipped from top spot to third in the standings.Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the league crown in such dominant fashion last season, now find themselves seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.Redknapp’s old club Spurs aren’t doing badly either in second-place after beating Everton 6-2 at the weekend and Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to five matches.“I think it’s a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.As for Chelsea and Arsenal, Redknapp doesn’t see how either of them can be considered contenders.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it,” added the 71-year-old.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.”Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tipped his old club to take home a first league title in 28 years.last_img read more

Could San Diego handle an influx of detained migrants

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics, Trending FacebookTwitter April 15, 2019 Could San Diego handle an influx of detained migrants? KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 15, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration was still considering whether to place some immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities.Could San Diego handle an influx of migrants in its city?“Look, this is an option on the table,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”Sanders said the move would not be President Donald Trump’s “first choice” but remained something the administration might do. She said when the idea was brought up “at a staff level,” the administration had not moved forward with it because “logistically, there were a lot of challenges and it probably didn’t make sense to move forward,” but was now under consideration again.“The President heard the idea, he likes it, so — well, we’re looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review,” Sanders said.Trump confirmed on Friday that his administration was looking at the idea of releasing immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats, undercutting earlier denials from his own administration officials.The term “sanctuary city” is a broad term generally taken to refer to locales that have limited cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, and many of the largest cities in the country have such policies in place.Trump has long railed against “sanctuary” policies, and in response to reports of the latest considered moves, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the Trump administration of “using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants.” KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:39 PMlast_img read more