Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels.The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama.It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say."It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy."The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules."The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack.
Now an international team of researchers, including OISE's Dr. Kang Lee and PhD candidate Miao K. Qian, suggests one way to reduce racial bias in kids is by teaching them to identify individual faces of those of other races.Co-authored by researchers from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and their international colleagues, the study's two 20-minute sessions with 4- to 6-year-old Chinese children, in which they played with a touch-screen app to distinguish individual black faces, significantly reduced their implicit anti-black bias."First, using our app, young children can quickly learn to recognize people from a particular race other than their own, which is an important social skill for children living in the globalized environment."For parents and teachers, this means if you introduce children to those of another race frequently, teaching them about who they are as individuals, the implicit bias children hold against the people of that race will decrease," he continued, noting that teaching kids about Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama is one example of how adults can reduce implicit anti-black bias in non-black children.Gail Heyman, a professor of psychology in the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences and a senior co-author on the study, echoed Dr. Lee, emphasizing that in the study, the key to reducing the bias was the repeat session.But a second session a week later seemed to act like a booster shot, producing measurable differences in implicit bias 60 days later," she said.
But the new administration is getting rid of many of Obama’s policies, ones that are not quite as far-reaching as, say, the Affordable Care Act but still could impact millions of people.The latest example came Friday, when Trump’s team announced broader exemptions for an ACA mandate requiring employers to offer birth control free of deductibles or co-pays to their employees.1As Vox’s , the administration technically released two new regulations: one that broadens the religious exemption and one that creates a new moral exemption.Health care experts say the new regulation will essentially allow any organization to argue that offering contraceptives to its employees violates its religious or moral views (even if it is not a church, religious school or another clearly religious entity), and thus be freed from the mandate.But after a political fight that included even some liberal faith leaders opposing the initial policy, the administration carved out a narrow exemption from the contraception mandate for some religious organizations.It’s hard to know exactly how many employees Trump’s new provision will affect, because we don’t know how many employers will seek this exemption.
A teenager from Leicestershire, England, has admitted to trying to hack US government officials including the director of the CIA and Obama's Director of National Intelligence.Kane Gamble, 18, pleaded guilty on Friday to 10 charges at Leicester crown court.Other targets included Avril Haines, Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and John Holdren, his senior science and technology adviser, the Leicester Mercury reported.The charges admitted to included committing an unauthorised act in relation to a computer; causing risk of serious damage to human welfare/national security; performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access; and unauthorised modification of computer material.Gamble's barrister, William Harbage QC, said his client is "on the autistic spectrum".He was arrested in February 2016, reported the paper.
Or, as he says in the press release:”In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years.Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung.All of it together is in the pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.”the Inspiration for the unique shows came after a private avskedskonsert for Barack Obama and the White house staff of 12 January of this year.If the concert is in the White house is an indication of what Broadway audiences can expect so played Springsteen for the USA:s 44:e president:
Smith & wesson's parent company American Outdoor Brands shares rose three per cent, Sturm, Ruger & Con 2.7% and Vista Outdoorin 1.8 per cent, says Market Watch.Preposterous, impressive phenomenon is due to gun legislation tightening with fear.the rate of increase is likely to remain only temporary, but the fear of more stringent regulations has increased arms sales and increased shares before.president Barack Obama, at the time of the r stock prices were constantly rising in the upswing, because of the stricter laws the threat float in the air throughout the administration period.employs just under 300 000Stricter gun laws that were in favour of obama at the time of the arms industry grew by 158%, says Forbes.
As expected Ajit Pai will stay on as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in spite of protests from pro-net neutrality activists, who pushed lawmakers to reject his reconfirmation.The US Senate voted 52-41 Monday to give Pai another five-year term on the commission.The confirmation is retroactive to July 2016, giving him at least another four years as chairman.Nominated as a commissioner under former President Barack Obama, Pai was elevated to the role of chairman in January, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.Democrats and consumer groups opposed Pai's renomination, arguing his plans to roll back Obama-era net neutrality regulations and his easing of media ownership rules hurt consumers.But with a Republican-controlled Senate his reconfirmation was never in question.
We can't throw money at nerds if they can't get here, wail Silicon Valley's sugar daddiesA group of technology venture capitalists are suing the US government for, effectively, preventing them from investing in startups due to immigration red tape.The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has accused the Department of Homeland Security of harming their money-making schemes by not implementing the international entrepreneur rule – which would fast-track the immigration paperwork for non-citizens who want to start businesses in America.The association's lawsuit [PDF], filed in a Washington DC federal court, seeks an injunction that would force Homeland Security to begin implementing the rule.In other words, the VCs want the government to let foreign entrepreneurs live and work in America and take the investors' money, and ultimately mostly fail to build companies."Making it easier for talented entrepreneurs to come to the US so that they can grow the next generation of American companies is a no-brairer.
It’s the ultimate pics-or-it-didn’t-happen humblebrag.But Obama doesn’t dig selfies so much when celebs stage them on behalf of big name brands ambush advertising-style, like a few doozies arranged by Samsung lately.Thanks for the selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/y5Ww74sEID— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014Related: Ellen's Oscar Selfie Quickly Becomes the Most Retweeted Image of All TimeThe infamous selfie, which Ortiz of course snapped with his Samsung Galaxy Note 3, mind you, has racked up some 42,600 retweets and climbing.
Ginni Thomas, as she is known, travelled the country as a leader of the growing Tea Party movement, which was particularly focussed on overturning the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.Media attention began to focus on the propriety of such a close association between a Justice and a public adversary of a law whose fate was before the Court.Neither Thomas has ever addressed the issue publicly, but it’s possible to offer some informed speculation.So did the Chief Justice suggest to Justice Thomas, in a gentle and deferential way, that perhaps his wife’s activities were reflecting poorly on the Court?And did Clarence and Ginni Thomas subsequently decide that she might dial back her outspoken role?The retreat of Ginni Thomas brings to mind the emergence of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
It looks like Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will get to keep his job for another five years, despite protests from Democrats.Republicans have enough votes to reconfirm Pai, whose term expired in June.Nominated as a commissioner under former President Barack Obama, Pai was elevated to the role of chairman in January, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.Democrats and consumer groups have spoken out against Pai's renomination.Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, said Pai's policies "eliminate competitive protections, threaten dangerous industry consolidation, make the internet less free and less open, and weaken critical consumer protections for those most vulnerable.""If you believe communications networks should be fast, fair, open and affordable," she wrote, "you need to ask your senator to vote against Pai's reconfirmation.
Sen. Barack Obama may have a pretty nice lead going in the polls right now, but with less than a month to go, he's not looking to run out the clock just yet.In fact, his latest move shows he's looking to run up the score--and he hopes online gamers are, too.Video game company Electronic Arts has confirmed that the Obama campaign has purchased advertising space in several of its most popular games for the Xbox, including "Madden NFL 09."The ads appear as billboards or stadium signs and are downloaded when players in key battleground states log in to play the games online.Of course, this isn't a route that the average small-business owner can afford to take, but the lessons to be learned are as obvious as some of John Madden's color commentary.Stay Ahead of the Curve
This president is seizing both traditional and new media opportunities to deploy his messages in both an expeditious and ubiquitous manner.True, Obama's not perfect and he's made several misstatements (as has his gaffe-prone vice president), but his errors are actually quite small when measured against the enormous volume of his communications activities.According to a recent story in New York Magazine, Obama "has hosted 15 town-hall meetings; appeared in more than 800 images on the White House Flickr photo-stream; and held four prime-time press conferences, the same number held by George W. Bush in his entire presidency."These activities still have purpose, but their impact will become diminished absent a broader strategic view of PR and its value.PR, on the other hand, earns us credibility because seemingly unbiased third parties (i.e., media) are helping to propagate our message for us.Transparency is no longer just a buzz word, but an imperative for businesses of all sizes.
It turns out the most frequent squawkers on Twitter -- while small in number -- generate the most tweets, according to research presented this week at the 20th annual International World Wide Web Conference in Hyderabad, India.The 10-page study, called Who Says What to Whom on Twitter, is a joint project from Cornell University and Yahoo!Foremost among its findings is a factoid that shows about 50 percent of all tweets are generated by a paltry 20,000 users.To be more specific, that means less than 0.05 percent of all Twitter aficionados attract nearly half of all the attention on the popular social broadcasting service.These 20,000 tweeters who rope in such a large percentage of the billion or so tweets produced each week are defined in the study as "elite users," and they fall into the categories of media, celebrities, organizations and bloggers.The rest are shoved unceremoniously into the category of "ordinary users."
So you've started a business blog, providing authoritative insights about the latest news and most pressing issues in your industry.That is, of course, if anyone is actually reading it.Here are five tips to help you optimize your business blog for search:One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your business blog is to fail to include appropriate keywords in your posts.Every post is an opportunity to get noticed by search engines for a new set of keywords.Ideally, your blog posts should focus on long-tail keywords, such as "Sony Cybershot digital camera" or "Barack Obama action figure."
As the potential returns from crowdfunding go beyond free T-Shirts and movie passes, the rules were bound to get more complex.Last week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act.Though the prospect of being able to raise money from a bigger pool of investors is giving many entrepreneurs reason to salivate these days, the law stands to add a new level of complexity in the way companies market themselves to investors using crowdfunding.And firms attempting to attract investor dollars must file with the SEC and provide investors annual reports of financial conditions and operating results.Related: The JOBS Act: What You Need To KnowWhat's more, other stipulations may surface in the next few months as the SEC must set the procedures for how the law will be implemented in nine months' time, says Jason Best, the founder of the Startup Exemption, a San Francisco-based site dedicated to providing information about the crowdfunding provision.
President Obama's Twitter links were compromised on Monday in the latest attack by the hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army.The commander-in-chief posted on Twitter, "Science fair nightmare: This climate change denier is the world's most embarrassing dad” and included a link that was expected to go to his website.Instead, followers that clicked on the shortened URL were led to a propaganda video on YouTube called "Syria Facing Terrorism," according to The Verge.Several other Tweets sent by the president on Monday also linked to the video.It's important to note that the president’s custom URL shortener was compromised, not his actual Twitter account, meaning only the links were hacked.An official from Obama's campaign group Organizers for Action confirmed with the Huffington Post that the president's Twitter was not compromised.
If small-business owners had a collective mantra right now, it would be: "It’s tougher than it was five years ago, but I am going to succeed."Respondents have been in a leadership role at their respective small businesses for at least five years and they are customers of Waltham, Mass.-based Constant Contact.Despite their struggles, 72 percent of respondents say they expect to generate more sales this year than they did last year.Back in 2008, President Barack Obama was just being elected for his first term, the Great Recession was hitting the U.S., and Twitter was a relatively new social media platform.More than five in 10 survey respondents say that being locally owned and operated is a primary reason customers support their business.Five years ago, only 42 percent of respondents considered local critical to their customer retention.
Barack Obama is hoping you would.With fewer than 70 days left until Oct. 1, when millions of uninsured Americans will be required to purchase health insurance through the various government-run marketplaces, the White House is in overdrive to get buy in.Administration officials are particularly focused on getting the key demographic of young people (aged 18 to 35) to sign up for health insurance, as the more members of this typically healthy group participate the lower the overall cost of medical coverage.To help spread the word to the nation's youth, Obama is turning to his phalanx of supporters in Hollywood.This week, Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, reportedly met at the White House with, among others, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson, Aisha Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi and representatives for Oprah Winfrey.The administration is asking celebrities to promote Obamacare through television appearances, social media and public service announcements.
To work, everyone knows the Affordable Care Act needs young people to sign up, and the White House has been spending heavily to target millenials and others to at least start a conversation about enrolling in Obamacare.But its latest attempt seems to be falling on deaf ears.Here was this morning's tweet, from the official account of the president.How do you plan to spend the cold days of December?— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 17, 2013What follows is a parade of snark, most from the very target audience the president is trying to reach...