Easter is just around corner

first_imgEaster is just around corner Easter is almost here and before the long weekend begins, employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should check their employment entitlements for the Easter period.The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are:Good Friday – 2 AprilEaster Monday – 5 AprilThe Easter 2021 public holiday page provides information on employment entitlements for:award free employeesShop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) AwardRestaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers AwardHairdressers Award. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Award, Easter, Employees, employment, Government, Holiday, Industry regulation, restaurant, Retail, Western Australialast_img read more

Is fighting crime a fake promise?

first_imgThe high crime rate continues to be a tremendous source of bother to Guyanese, locally and overseas, and also to visitors. This drives and sustains fears in the minds of all with a consumption of focus on how to be safe. Based on the constant evolution of how crimes are daily executed, there appears little option for safety. Fortified premises have been constantly breached, resulting in serious injuries and loss of life thereby forcing the “nothing I can do” reality into the mindset of the populace.There are various factors which make an already bad situation worse. Two of these factors are the exponential increase of these criminal activities and the violent resort to what some may want to classify as petty crimes. In the end, a crime is a crime and perpetrators must be made to feel the full brunt of the law prescribed for levels of severity. A worrying example is reflected in reports received about a young lad who was robbed by two armed men of a box of food he just bought. Had the young man resisted, he could have been injured, or worse, his life snuffed out.This type of crime adds a different dimension; that of desperation which can further and swiftly snowball the current terrible situation. There have been reports of similar crimes, not necessarily confined to areas where unemployment has been forced to increase. Three women were recently robbed following an invasion of their city home by armed gunmen. Among the items stolen was a pair of footwear.One can argue that some footwear are extremely expensive, however, such actions by armed marauders emphasise this growing desperation. It could mean that all are now more at risk through items not readily considered as of interest to bandits. This exacerbates the prevailing fear in the minds of the citizenry and will have devastating effects on local and national economies due to the natural propensity to curtail movements and activities in these circumstances.Obviously, the desperation is not only in the minds of the criminals, but also in the minds of the ordinary people. They are desperate for the situation to be arrested! They are desperate for the authorities to act in the interest of their safety. Droves of law enforcement agents recently waited and escorted to the Police Station the unarmed People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Bishop Juan Edghill. All are hoping for the same efficiency and meticulous planning in combating the escalating crime wave.While that scenario played out, somewhere someone was being robbed or a car probably hijacked. The swift response then and into the chambers of Parliament the day before is what all have been yearning for. Too often, the ordinary folks are being fed by the Police the diet of the unavailability of ranks or vehicles to respond to a crime in progress. During the 2015 election campaign, Guyanese may have been fed the fantasy of expertise and willpower that the coalition has security as a priority and will arrest the crime situation if voted into office.Many had no reason to doubt especially when former law enforcement heads were proudly boasted of and showcased in the line-up headed by a retired Brigadier. With that kind of power resources, criminals must have at that time shudder to think of their fate. As the old adage wisely advises, it was too good to be true.The reality is that crime ballooned after the coalition took the reins of power as exemplified by the current ongoing situation. It would, therefore, not be unfair to posit that Guyanese were given fake related promises.None is under the illusion that crime will disappear regardless of who holds the seat of power. However, in this instance, the coalition sold the nation a silver bullet on crime, which ironically is flourishing despite two and a half years into their rule. During that time, criminals were pardoned much to the dissatisfaction of Guyanese further broadsiding their afflicted mindsets. As feared, afterwards a pardoned few were found to be involved in heinous crimes.What is fast becoming detestable is the apparent trivialising of the situation. There is reported bureaucracy when following up and a seeming resort for solace through questionable crime statistics that appeared to be strategically released claiming a high percentage in crime reduction. Even if true, it brings no comfort to the bleeding victims and the potential others. It also makes it difficult not to question motives on the recent shuffling of part of the hierarchy of the Police Force.Reportedly, the substantive Commissioner of Police was instructed to remain at home for concerns it would not be in the best interest of ‘Christmas security arrangements’. Maybe therein lies the problem; it’s not about Christmas and if what’s happening currently is a gauge, then it is a catalyst that will evaporate any hope for relief.last_img read more

FirstRain Research Suite: Look and Drool

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Trend CrunchingFirstRain also processes the results it finds to pull out and display a number of trends. The primary one is around executive job changes. The management turnover widget expands into a full page that graphs out recent trends in executives coming and going from any company. In the image below the darker units denote turnover news discovered directly from the company and the lighter units denote news discovered elsewhere – like one company announcing that an exec from this company has been hired.The Management Turnover screen, just one of several trends analysis options. Click for full-screen. Hover over any point in the graph and you can see a detailed view of just who changed jobs, with links to the full story describing the move. FirstRain can track the same trends in things like product inventory, all gleaned from official and unofficial stories on the web. Cross reference items like this and you’ve got a whole new ability to ask informed questions of any of these companies.I WantI love seeing what kinds of tools people who trade in information on high levels have access to. My research workflow, which I wrote about here a year and a half ago, could use a big upgrade. FirstRain is a real inspiration. There’s not much in the consumer space, or hell for less than $10k/year, that I’ve seen that could compare to this though. RSS filtering is really simple, Yahoo! Pipes is probably the least so. There’s no algorithms there, though, just the ability to filter for words in various fields. You can work some serious magic with Dapper (our demo) and I’m excited to see what Toluu can do (our coverage). For company tracking the most comparable thing I’ve seen might be RivalMap, which I recommend to any startups working in competitive market verticals. FirstRain only tracks publicly traded companies, something for startups, like Crunchbase with smart, automatic updates would be great. Nobody in the web world is doing many of the far-out things that a service like FirstRain can do.Part of the problem may be the widespread “it has to be free” sentiment we see in the consumer market. I may not feel like I can spend $10k on a product like this, but I would definitely pay a hell of a lot more for something that can do some of the same kinds of things than I would for, say a premium Flickr account. Developers, please, build research tools I can pay you for!This is great inspiration to spend some time fine-tuning the research flow, but it’s also reason to stay tuned to the bleeding edge of the internet. Once semantic markup is widespread, determining what companies are most relevant to a particular search result and what the real topic of articles are should be a lot easier. Many times enterprise technology learns from consumer technology – FirstRain’s indexing of blogs is probably one example of that. In this case, though, I’d like to see the consumer market do some learning from high-end research tools aimed at the enterprise. The potential is really exciting.Meanwhile, if you’re a FirstRain customer – have a great time. Drop a line here in comments if you would and let us know how it’s working for you. All of us have a vested interest in seeing the web research field move forward. Exotic FilteringThe FirstRain dashboard looks like a startpage, your different companies and topics each have a widget that displays feed previews when you hover over headline links.Two widget types provide a great example of what kind of sub-topics FirstRain discovers. The company offers one widget that displays quotes from executives in the companies you’re tracking. Another widget uses Natural Language Processing and word proximity to pull out stories that contain executives saying anything that amounts to “no comment.” You can imagine what percentage of those stories might be of interest to financial traders.The FirstRain Dashboard. Click for full-screen. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… FirstRain is a web research tool-suite that markets itself to buy-side professionals in hedge funds. It costs $10k per year per user and is today announcing a distribution deal with CapitalIQ, an upstart Bloomberg competitor. That price is less than a Bloomberg box, but it’s still a substantial chunk of change. What kind of emerging research tools are available for financial players at that kind of price-point? FirstRain offers features that many of us who do business on the web would love to have, wether we buy and sell financial abstractions or not. What’s offered is qualitative analysis of search results through more intelligent filtering than is available in any other tool I know of. The feature set feels oddly within reach, too, if only we had a small army of algorithm developers at our disposal. Check out the screenshots below.Filtering v. Speed: The Simple StuffFirstRain argues that the web isn’t really real-time since the bulk of newspaper content, for example, gets uploaded at midnight Eastern time. Exceptions to that rule are numerous, but other services focus on bringing you information fast. FirstRain focuses on bringing you information from around the web that you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Blogs, SEC filings and news releases are all indexed by the service.An engagement with FirstRain begins with users identifying what other research services they already use, whether that’s Bloomberg or Google Alerts. FirstRain will automatically filter out any search results that your other services are already going to deliver to you.FirstRain then finds out what companies and industries you’re interested in. Natural language processing and analysis of word proximity is at the heart of the company’s intellectual property, their ontology will discover relevant content on the web about more than 10k different companies, 85% of the publicly traded companies in the US and some international but relevant firms. It will also filter out content from “left-wing wackos,” they told me, and you regular readers know how we feel about left-wing wackos here at RWW.Below: From a daily update sent to customers, available by email or RSS. Click for full-screen image. Tags:#Product Reviews#web marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Get Ready To Say Goodbye To The Traffic Light

first_imgTags:#Christoph Stiller#dedicated short-range communications#Drive#Jeff Miller#smart cars#traffic lights#traffic signals A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.The traffic light turned 100 years old this month. At the rate things are going, though, it seems unlikely to survive another century. It might not even make it past the next decade.The first electric traffic light, installed on Aug. 5, 1914, in Cleveland, was intended to bring some order to the chaos of mass-produced automobiles that were starting to flood the roadways. Now, a century later, these cars are on the cusp of driving themselves and communicating directly with each other.An early traffic lightTogether, those trends could force the venerable traffic light to evolve into a smarter form—or render it obsolete.Cars Texting CarsExperts like Christoph Stiller, a professor at Germany’s prestigious Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, expect smart, self-driving cars—aided by vehicle-based radar, laser sensors and sonar and video systems—in five to seven years. Data shared between vehicles will make the roads much safer, which in turn presents something of an existential crisis for the traffic light, says Stiller, who has been working on autonomous car technology for more than 20 years.Here’s a video in which Stiller outlines some of his ideas:One possibility is to make a much smarter traffic signal that can act as an information hub for an intersection, Stiller says. That means the signal needs to communicate with approaching vehicles, acting as the roadway equivalent of an air-traffic controller.First, the traffic light will let your car know when it’s about to change status. “It’s green but changing to red in 10, 9, 8, counting down, seconds,” said Stiller. “The vehicle could then adjust its speed if it makes sense to accelerate and make it through the green light, or decelerate because there’s no way to make it safety through the green light.”Cars, meanwhile, will also talk to the traffic signal—communicating their position and speed so the signal can maximize traffic flow.“In the long term, you could wonder why we even need traffic lights,” says Stiller, who predicts that every car will be equipped with communications within 30 years. “If all traffic participants will be equipped with communication devices, one could think about abolishing traffic lights. But you need a fallback solution for pedestrians who don’t have a mobile phone.”Can’t Get There From HereThe first cars offering autonomous functions—already on the road today—are not fully self-driving, but offer hands-off, feet-off operation during certain controlled situations, like stop-and-go traffic jams and long stretches of highway. Over time, we’ll see more sophisticated self-driving capabilities as a common feature. “It will be very similar with car-to-car communications, which at first will have low bandwidth, and no guarantee that messages arrive,” Stiller says. “If you lose a text message on your phone, or it’s delayed, it’s not a problem. But it’s a big safety problem if your car loses a message that tells you about another vehicle approaching at a certain position, with a certain velocity at a certain direction.”Rapid and reliable communications is needed for your car to make split-second decisions about whether or not to slam on your brakes. That means something like Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), with new hardware added to cars and roads, or specific dedicated frequencies set aside for critical automobile communications.“The debate is whether companies or the government want to invest in another multi-billion dollar infrastructure,” says Jeff Miller, editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine and associate professor of engineering at the University of Southern California. “We already have the cellular network that we potentially could use.” The question of DSRC versus LTE remains the VHS versus Betamax debate of the connected car world. Data privacy is also a concern.Cell-based communications, especially as we migrate from 4G LTE to 5G, is expected to bring greater speed and reliability. But even with those improvements, I’m not sure if I want to bet my life on the cell-phone module in my car not dropping a message, or losing connection with a Bluetooth-like pairing to a dedicated frequency, just as I speed through an intersection.On the other hand, I would be happy to see a friendly and more leisurely conversation between my car, your car, and traffic signals. Those communications can be measured in seconds, not milliseconds.Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need (Networked) Roads“It would make sense to have mobile phones talk with traffic lights, and pedestrians letting the road know when they want to cross the street. But it’s a huge investment,” Miller says. “You’re talking about public agencies having to do it.”There are sensors and system loop algorithms used in today’s traffic control networks. “But technologies used to control traffic signals are 40 to 50 years old,” Miller says. “They aren’t adaptable enough to connect directly into another network.”The federal government is also slow to move. On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a press release to give “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” on vehicle communication technology. (Get that: The feds are going to announce what they will be proposing, which is all subject to change as the process grinds forward.)Given these questions, Miller believes old-fashioned green and red lights might still be with us until 2060 and beyond. “I don’t believe in 50 years that we’re going to have 100 percent driverless vehicles on the road,” he says. “As long as we have some vehicles that are driven, we’re going to need a way to regulate them as they go through intersections.”That said, governments will be doing everything they can to incentivize highly connected autonomous or semi-autonomous cars—perhaps by creating something akin to today’s carpool lanes. But those dedicated lanes could weave all the way through city and highway environments. Those special lanes, reserved for fast-moving networked cars, will be loaded with sensors of every kind that share signals with one another and the roadway—and never stop for a red light.Lead image of the Traffic Light tree sculpture by William Warby; early traffic-light image via Broadstreet Corridor (website reportedly no longer active) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting bradley berman Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgSouth Africa will use Touch Football as a secret Aussie cross-code weapon when they make their assault on the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens tournament at the historic Adelaide Oval on 7-8 April 2007.South African Rugby Sevens Coach Paul Treu, has enlisted the assistance of Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) World Champion National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad to gain fresh insights into utilizing space, numbers, and attacking pieces that are part and parcel of the six a side high octane expansive sport of Touch Football. To assist Treu to grasp the finer points of the game and showcase the skill areas of interest, Touch Football Australia has assembled members of the National Men’s Open Team for two demonstration sessions in the week following the Adelaide leg of the IRB World Sevens.Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad is excited about the opportunity to showcase the skills of Australia’s elite players on a bigger stage.“It’s great recognition for the standards the elite guys in our game set and it’s fantastic that another football code can see the value in what we do. It’s a good opportunity to cross pollinate with a sport that is not disimilar to our own with the emphasis on using the football intelligently and making the most of space. It may open the door for other football codes to work with us. Paul is thinking outside the square and that is only a good thing as far an innovation in sport is concerned.” Trad enthused.The great Rugby League coaching icon Jack Gibson travelled to the United States in the 1970’s to cross pollinate with leading American Football franchises, and sporting codes the world over have been borrowing and swapping coaching ideas and practices for decades.It is common place for all the professional football codes – the  Australian Football League, the National Rugby League, The ‘A’ League, and the Australian Rugby Union to send teams, coaches, players, and administrators abroad on fact finding missions to study successfullclubs and their strategic and operational plans to ensure best practice methods are employed across the board. English Rugby Union World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward enlisted Rugby League legend Phil Larder to reinvent the English defence for the last Rugby World Cup in 2003 and new English Coach Andy Robinson advocated joint training sessions with the British Lions Rugby League team in the run up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.Closer to home, “Skills doctor” and former Australian Rugby League five-eighth, Matthew Johns answered an SOS last month from the Queensland Reds Super 14 Rugby team to assist the ailing Reds backline.South African Sevens Rugby Coach Paul Treu follows the trend, albeit, looking for inspiration in a sport that is not blessed with professional status or as high profile as many of the cross-code projects undertaken by many of his Rugby Union coaching cohorts.Treu is searching for every advantage possible to assist his Springbok Sevens combination as they embark on the closing rounds of the 2006-07 IRB World Sevens series, still very much in contention for the coveted crown. The South African team is currently trailing defending champions Fiji, New Zealand, and Samoa in the IRB World Sevens standings after completing five of the eight global tournaments on the World Sevens circuit.The South African Sevens Coach was an interested onlooker at the Federation of International Touch World Cup played in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January and sought Trad out after watching the Australian Men’s team sweep all before them in the premier event on the International Touch football scene.The Australian Men’s Open team has collected all six FIT World Cups contested since the inception of the event in 1988.Paul Treu was a distinguished Springbok sevens player from 1999-2002 before taking over the reigns as coach of the South African Sevens team from Chester Williams in 2004.The progressive and innovative career coach is passionate about Sevens Rugby and sees the clear correlation between Touch Football and the Sevens genre of Rugby Union.Treu was impressed with the Australian Touch Team’s ability to use space and create numbers from set plays, their positional nous, and off the ball lines runners provided for ball players.“The Australian guys were very impressive. They are very fit, quick, and agile, and their ability to create and provide options off the ball opens up a lot of different running lines. Sevens is all about utilizing the football, these guys have great hands and take good options in a split second. I am keen to put some of this into practice to give my team an edge in a very competitive environment. We have a lot of young guys in the team, many have gone to the Super 14 teams, so this is a perfect time to experiment” Treu said.The demonstration sessions, featuring Australia’s elite Men’s Open Touch Football players, will be held on Tuesday 10 April and Thursday 12 April 2007 from 6.00pm – 9.00pm at the New South Wales Touch Association’s Canterbury Velodrome location at 2 Bayview Avenue, Earlwood.Spectators are welcome to attend.last_img read more

10 months agoAzpilicueta: Pulisic deal a warning to Chelsea players

first_imgAzpilicueta: Pulisic deal a warning to Chelsea playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic is a warning for the players.Azpilicueta has welcomed the USA international’s move to Stamford Bridge, but feels it also sends a message to the current group.He told the London Evening Standard: “Of course. Chelsea is a top club and the competition is very high.”Every moment we need to get results, we need to perform. That has been the case for a long time at Chelsea and will be the same now.”Obviously I am very happy that Chelsea have signed Pulisic. He is a talented young player and will come in the summer. “For the next six months he will be with Borussia, but I’m happy that we are getting young players. Hopefully he can be very good for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEx-PSG keeper coach Dehon: I told Areola to quit for Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-PSG keeper coach Dehon: I told Areola to quit for Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer PSG goalkeeper coach Nicolas Dehon admits he encouraged Alphonse Areola to leave for Real Madrid.Dehon says Areola didn’t believe he had the confidence of management at PSG.He told the Courrier Picard: “Areola? I told him it would be hard for him because they would not trust him. “And they took (Keylor) Navas as number one, winner of three leagues of champions, and (Sergio) Rico in as No2. But I think he will eventually succeed.” On-loan for the season in Madrid, Areola made his debut last night for the 2-0 defeat of Osasuna. last_img

Wrestling Kyle Snyder Ohio State victorious against Maryland at Good Counsel High

OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder gets his hand raised during a meet against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. Credit: Lantern file photoResults: OSU wins 30-12•125 pounds: Michael Beck (UMD) won by forfeit. Jose Rodriguez (OSU) out due to illness.•133 pounds: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Billy Rappo (UMD), 15-5•141 pounds: No. 14 Luke Pletcher (OSU) major decision over Jhared Simmons (UMD), 16-7•149 pounds: Adam Whitesell (UMD) fall over Blake Riley-Hawkins. No. 5 Micah Jordan out due to illness.•157 pounds: Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Justin Alexander (UMD), 3-2•165 pounds: Cody Burcher (OSU) decision over Patrick Gerish (UMD), 5-2•174 pounds: Justin Kresevic (OSU) decision over Josh Ugalde (UMD), 3-2. No. 1 Bo Jordan (OSU) out due to injury.•184 pounds: No. 10 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over Sam Rowell (UMD), 16-6•197 pounds: No. 5 Kollin Moore (OSU) major decision over David-Brian Whisler (UMD), 17-7 •HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) technical fall over Youssif Hemida (UMD), 22-7Worth noting: The Buckeyes lost two matchups to the Terrapins on Sunday. Both came in matchups in which Buckeye starters were not able to participate. Junior Kyle Snyder took home a technical fall victory in his high school gymnasium, as the dual meet between OSU and Maryland took place at Good Counsel High School, Snyder’s alma mater. Looking ahead: The Buckeyes travel to take on the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 27. This matchup will impact the Buckeyes greatly, both in the Big Ten and in national rankings moving forward. OSU currently sits at 8-0 on the season, but are entering a tough two-game stretch with Iowa next week and No. 1 Penn State the following week (Feb. 3). read more

Players progress is Celtics reward McCart

first_imgCeltic’s Head of Youth Chris McCart believes players’ progression is the club’s reward.McCart who has spent a decade as the Head of Youth at the club says that seeing players become first-team regulars from the bottom of Celtic’s Youth Academy pyramid offers him the greatest satisfaction he could have hoped for at the club.The 51-year-old took over the reins of the role in June 2008 following the passing of Tommy Burns, who played a key role in developing the club’s academy. And he believes the late legend would be proud of the number of players becoming first team stars after coming through the academy.“When you look at the success of players coming into the first team and where these players started from, our old facility at Barrowfield,” McCart said, according to the club’s official website.“James Forrest came in at age eight, same thing with Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney, Michael Johnston came in around age nine or ten.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“The junior academy is something we’ve invested a lot in because we’ve looked at the stats and successes, and it seems we can go from here to St. Ninian’s and then to Lennoxtown.”“It seems to us like the perfect pathway and it’s working really well. Tommy Burns had a real structure in place and he’d be very proud to see youngsters coming through.”“Ultimately, talent is nothing without opportunity and we’re glad to have had first team staff members and a board who believes in what we’re trying to achieve here at the academy.”“It’s very difficult to compete with international players but the youngsters know once they get an opportunity it is left for them to make the most out of it.”last_img read more