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NDP’s Walsh looking to break through in riding

first_imgIn his second run to become the MP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, NDP candidate Tony Walsh is finding he has a better opportunity to get his message out.The Chatham man said social media is playing a larger role than the last election while more debates are scheduled this time.“I’m hopeful that we can break through in this riding and that I can help contribute to more NDP members of Parliament fighting for the everyday people, small business and farmers, the folks that need a voice,” he said.Walsh earned 9,549 votes, or 18.3 per cent of the vote, in 2015, placing third. The member in the last Parliament, Dave Van Kesteren, is retiring and not seeking re-election.An investment specialist with CIBC, Walsh said his interest in running for politics goes back to volunteering in his community at a young age alongside his parents.“There has always been a sense that one should be active in one’s community and so, as I got older and developed a career, I went into a career where I was helping people,” he said.Eventually, he came to a point where he thought he needed to “make a bigger impact by affecting policy” and he became inspired by former NDP leaders Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair, Walsh said.He also started a family, which he said made him think more about the future he was leaving them.The biggest issues for the riding this time, he said, are addressing the cost of living and prioritizing job opportunities sustainable with the “current climate crisis.”“People are finding that they’re not getting ahead,” he said. “The economy is doing well, but they don’t see more money in their bank accounts, so why is that?”The candidate said there have been cuts to services and, with an aging population in the region, there needs to be a seniors’ strategy in place.Walsh said he “absolutely” trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed climate research that climate change is real and caused by human activity. He said the melting of polar ice caps, “massive” flooding and forest fires are all signs something needs to be done.“We can’t stand idly by when we have the technology and we have the resources to make life better for those that are in those spots,” he said.With the flooding experienced in the riding along Lake Erie and the Thames River, Walsh said the NDP has a $2.5-billion plan to help municipalities when disaster strikes and to improve infrastructure, as well as $15 billion to address the climate crisis.The NDP candidate said he has also heard from people in the riding about a national dementia strategy, national pharmacare, mental health and the opioid crisis. He said he believes addiction should be treated a health issue and not a criminal offence.Walsh said he encourages everyone in the riding to follow all of the candidates on Facebook.“It’s up to us, the candidates, to engage the voter to come out and vote,” he said. “I take full responsibility for that, for my part anyways, and if anyone is not feeling engaged . . . I would encourage them to contact me directly.”last_img read more

Princess Shirts that Have Us Saying “What??”

first_imgAre you a fan of these shirts? Got an explanation? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Every so often, Disney comes out with a merchandise item that causes me to send an emergency alert to Derek Burgan to save some real estate in the Outlet Report. But when Disney comes out with an entire line of merchandise, look out world!Now, maybe I’m just not the target audience, but at my tragically unhip age, I don’t get them — it’s a series of princess shirts with the theme of “I’m such a _____”. Good news, you can get quite a few princess shirts in this design. And if this is something that appeals to you, perhaps you can explain them to me? The shirts are $34.99, and should be found all over Walt Disney World before their trip to the Outlets. (These were found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)last_img read more

New Benz to boost auto exports

first_img18 September 2007DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has spent approximately R2-billion upgrading its manufacturing plant in East London, which now produces both right- and left-hand drive versions of the latest Mercedes Benz C-Class car for domestic and export markets.The decision demonstrates the confidence that the German-based automaker has in its local unit, which had also been producing right-hand drive versions of the previous C-Class model, for both local sales and for exports to countries like England, Australia and Japan.For the first time, DCSA will manufacture left-hand drive versions of the new C-Class model, dubbed internally as the W204, for export to the United States. East London is one of only three plants globally manufacturing the new C-Class, the other two being Sindelfingen and Bremen in Germany.Speaking at the launch last week, President Thabo Mbeki commended DaimlerChrysler for their investment, which would ensure that the port city became a major manufacturing node.Mbeki said the government was aware of the motor industry’s contribution to the South African economy – currently about 7.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).“Our government has formally taken the decision that in terms of our industrial policy, we must encourage and support the automobile sector as one of the leaders in our process of radical expansion of our manufacturing sector,” he said.New technologiesHighly specialised robots, controlled and monitored by computers, were installed in DCSA’s new plant for laser welding and brazing, high-strength steel welding and structural gluing, while a revamped production line allows for quick and efficient operations.According to DCSA, several of the company’s just-in-time and just-in-sequence suppliers are based in the nearby East London Industrial Development Zone and are linked with the manufacturing plant by a small train.Since the last W203 C-Class car rolled of the production line at the end of February, the electro-coat and primer ovens in the paint shop have been upgraded and a completely new assembly line has been installed.Re-training workersWith some 70% of the welding processes now being carried out by the 230 robots in the bodyshop, existing employees had to be retrained to manage and maintain the robots.DCSA adds that virtually all of its 1 600 employees working on the new C-Class were trained in new skills to support the flexibility concept, which allows for the movement and redeployment of employees capable of building all the options available for the new car.Work at the plant is being carried out in eight-hour shifts, though DCSA chairperson Hansgeorg Niefer states that a good relationship with the relevant trade union gives them more flexibility to extend working hours or add additional shifts should there be a higher demand for the new vehicles.“We have a flexibility agreement in place with the union which will help absorb market fluctuations,” he said. “This type of understanding with Numsa [the National Union of Metalworkers of SA] and our local shop stewards is testimony to the high level of maturity in our relationship with the union.”Commenting on the quality of the luxury car, Mbeki said its class and elegance sent out a message that South Africans were capable of making products of the highest quality.Niefer added the new vehicle was the most technologically advanced product that the company had built at its East London plant.“It is our ticket to the future that has been bought and paid for by many,” he said. “We know that South Africa will reap the rewards of economic growth, skills and technology transfer, supplier development, black economic empowerment, job growth and global respect.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Technology Advice from ISC West—And a Few Words of Warning

first_imgWhat will help you be a more effective loss prevention executive today and in the years ahead? There was no shortage of advice handed out at last week’s ISC West conference in Las Vegas, and—being a giant trade show—most of it centered on strategies for approaching new security technology. Here are three tips that we heard again and again at the show.Even good habits can make you fall behind. In today’s rapidly changing retail and technology environments, a security strategy that made sense yesterday may not be the best solution today. Because of it, several experts presenting at ISC had the same advice as Eddy Collier, who is in charge of selecting surveillance technology for retail and casino areas at MGM Resorts International. “Don’t do what you’ve always done,” he warned. Another industry leader put it this way: “What got you’re here won’t get you there.”Collier cited the example of a PTZ camera going down. You could, of course, just replace it. But just because that was the smart choice before is no guarantee that it still is. Several experts at the conference advised to always revisit the original purpose for any device before replacing it. What problem was it trying to solve? Is the problem still there? Is the solution you had before still the best solution? Technology has simply moved too fast not to revisit core assumptions, they advised. Don’t be reflexive in such situations—be strategic. “What was that PTZ camera doing?” asked Collier. “If it was just to provide a general overview, why not throw a new 360 camera up there? Now you’ve got complete situational coverage at less cost.”- Sponsor – Solutions can be problems. When it comes to ensuring the security of the security products they sell, “vendors get a D in my book,” said Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA Network, an organization comprised of more than 200 electronic security systems integrators. But vendors weren’t the only ones with fingers pointed in their direction at ISC West. Integrators were in the hot seat for, among other things, calling a system install complete when default passwords are still in place. And end users didn’t escape criticism. Most are inflexible with their mind made up on the product they want, integrators and vendors complained.What’s the lesson? It’s critical to evaluate the security of a security device as closely you do other criteria, such as compatibility, features, and price. Often, even basic security precautions are ignored in the manufacture and installation of security devices. Even though they are designed to protect you, connected security devices can create critical network vulnerabilities, and “you can’t allow your security solution to become a threat vector,” said Gavin Bortles, president of Kepler Networks, a network engineering services provider. So: 1) Pick your integrator carefully. 2) Demand vendors have a roadmap for the security of their products. 3) Watch out for yourself—because no one else is.Feature-rich is good, easy-to-use is imperative. Example: Despite its promise to boost store performance as well as cut shrink, not every loss prevention professional we heard at ISC West was singing the praises of business intelligence (BI) software. These solutions can be used narrowly—to watch transactions at a specific location by a cashier with numerous suspicious transactions—and more broadly to inform retail operations. Who is opening their store late? Where’s the customer traffic? That’s all good data, but some questioned whether it’s worth all the time it takes to train people how to use it.Time was a concern for Terra Walker, manager of LP & Investigations for Murphy USA, because it was a concern for her management. “My boss warned me that we can’t get something that was going to keep people in training.” In the end, however, they chose and rolled out BI software (3xLogic’s VIGIL Trends) to cover its 1,344 convenience store locations without any training at all for district managers—just a short instructional video. It also took no time at all for their loss prevention analysts to get up to speed and now they’re now solving more cases, more quickly. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Big Data: Think of NoSQL As Complementary to Traditional RDBMS

first_imgWith the growth of Big Data, there is a proliferation of tools and techniques being developed to corral and analyze all the data being collected.  Hadoop is one such technology that’s received it’s share of the hype.  Google created the Google File System and the BigTable Database with the objective of becoming more nimble in tracking and acting on huge amounts of data; similarly, Amazon created a storage system called  Dynamo.  Another category of tools that’s frequently discussed falls into the NoSQL category.NoSQL tools have three primary characteristics:Do not use SQL as the query language and avoid the use of the JOIN operatorDo provide ACID guarantee [instead, ‘eventual’ data consistency is guaranteed]Allow scale out distribution across multiple machines, rather than scale-upPopular NoSQL databases include Cassandra, CouchDB, Hbase, MongoDB, MemCache and Redis.  Most NoSQL database technologies are Open Source and often tuned to work well in the cloud.  A drawback of these technologies is that their focus to date has been on scalability and fast data transactions, with less of a focus, or even much thought, about being able to run within the enterprise.  InformationWeek bluntly criticized the technologies as often lacking basic security.Others question the overall hype around NoSQL technologies.  NoSQL is not a replacement for RDBMS.NoSQL databases excel at applications like serving web pages on high-traffic websites, delivering streaming media, and applications with low or nonexistent data integrity requirements.  But in many cases NoSQL databases are a poor replacement for many standard business software applications that run today and handle and process huge volumes of very structured data.  In order to emphasize the that NoSQL is more of a complementary technology, rather than a revolutionary replacement for existing data management tools, some people are beginning to translate the term ‘NoSQL’ to stand for ‘Not Only SQL’.last_img read more

The Truth About Why Yahoo’s CEO Got Fired

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan frommer What’s the takeaway from Yahoo’s recent CEO fiasco? Don’t lie on your corporate bio, for one, and make sure no one else has lied on your behalf. But the real lesson has nothing to do with falsified credentials.Sure, the world will remember Scott Thompson as the Yahoo CEO who got fired over a fake computer science degree, but the context is crucial: A battle with Yahoo shareholder Dan Loeb for control of the company. If not for Loeb, we may never have found out about Thompson’s juiced resume, and he might still be CEO. The real lesson is: Beware the activist investor.Four months had passed since Thompson’s appointment as Yahoo CEO, and no one had questioned his education. His relevant experience at PayPal? Sure, at first. But not his computer science degree. In fact, many of us actually thought that especially qualified him for the Yahoo job.In hindsight, Yahoo obviously should have investigated Thompson’s background more thoroughly. (And shame on us in the press for missing this one!) But even if Yahoo had found the discrepancy after Thompson was named CEO, it might have quietly corrected the mistake and hoped no one noticed.It is possible to survive a scandal over a college degree you wish you’d earned but didn’t. When RadioShack CEO David Edmondson resigned in 2006 after a newspaper reported that his two supposed degrees were invented and that he was facing a trial for DUI charges, the company said its board had known about “some, but definitely not all” of the issues. (I suppose it makes a difference which ones.) But former Bausch & Lomb CEO Ronald Zarrella stayed around for years after he was busted for falsely claiming an MBA from New York University.In this case, there was no pushing anything under the rug. it was Loeb himself who outed Thompson, in a letter to Yahoo’s board that he made public in a press release.“According to the Yahoo! Form 10-K/A, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 27, 2012, newly-hired Chief Executive Officer, Scott Thompson, ‘holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science’ from Stonehill College,” it read. “A rudimentary Google search reveals a Stonehill College alumni announcement stating that Mr. Thompson’s degree is in accounting only.” Whoops.Did Loeb actually care about Thompson’s level of educational attainment? Probably not. This was a power play, pure and simple. And it worked. (Note that Loeb’s activist website, ValueYahoo, is already taken down.) If Loeb hadn’t hit the jackpot with the degree accusation – or if Thompson and Yahoo successfully brushed it off – he would have come back, again and again, until either he or his adversary crumbled.But with the mess Yahoo is in – even after Thompson’s four months on the job – Loeb finally had the mob on his side. And now he’s on top. Tags:#web#Yahoo center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more