Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) (City of Farmington Hills)Six teen representatives from the Farmington/Farmington Hills Mayors Youth Council attended the first day of the Michigan Municipal League Annual Capitol Conference in Lansing with Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey on Tuesday, March 20. The group learned about public policy by attending sessions on state and federal issues that impact our local community and also by attending a legislative update. Several members also took part in a “Future of Female Leadership” luncheon with Farmington Hills City Council member Theresa Rich. Pictured left to right are Veena Thamilselvan, Preston Buszka, Mayor Ken Massey, Maya Sopory, Parker Buszka, Rohan Putumbaka, and Apoorva Dayananda. Reported by
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rick turoczy 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In an economic environment where a number of companies are stumbling, it’s important to remember that sometimes even Google makes bad decisions. Such would be the case with Lively, a browser-based virtual world environment – and purported Second Life killer – that Google launched this summer to great fanfare.Now, a little over four months after Lively’s launch, Google has decided to turn the lights out on the alternate reality, announcing that they are discontinuing Lively at the end of this year.Google tried to be polite about pulling the plug:“Since Lively’s launch, we have been delighted to see the creative ways you’ve used the product. We enjoyed hanging out in Jen’s coffee house, and checking out the Brasil Party room. We got a kick out of the YouTube videos in a variety of languages telling stories about your avatars. And we’ve been awed by the elaborate rooms that you’ve constructed, using mosaic tiles and photo gadgets in novel ways.” But ultimately, it decided to shut the whole thing down. Why?There will be all varieties of speculation as to why Lively failed to remain a viable application for Google. Perhaps the traffic Google expected never materialized? Maybe it was going to be too distracting to take on a well-entrenched Linden Labs and its faithful user base? Was the “Windows only” format a problem? Could it be that, in today’s economic conditions, Google simply couldn’t afford to fund it?I think we can take Ockham’s Razor to this one. Because I think the answer is quite simple: It seemed like a good idea at the time. But, in actuality, Lively didn’t offer Google any relevant data. And that, ultimately, is what killed Lively.The world of Google – everything on which Google focuses its time and effort – is built on relevant data. A portion of that world involves making that data searchable. But the far more lucrative portion of that world involves analyzing how users are accessing that data and finding ways to monetize those behaviors.Example? Think of the silliest Google app that you can. I’ll pick Google Mail Goggles, a Gmail Labs feature that makes you answer math questions before you’re allowed to send an email to prevent you from drunk-emailing your friends. But you could take Gmail emoticons, because – honestly – that’s pretty silly too. Even those seemingly ridiculous apps provide thousands of data points through their use: Which users deem themselves “at risk” for sending unwarranted emails? How good are inebriated people at math? What’s the trend of sad emoticons now that the economy has turned? How many people opt for traditional emoticons versus graphic ones? You could go on and on with the potential data points.But those examples only make sense because of one thing: users. It’s much more difficult to make that leap with Lively – which didn’t boast anywhere near the traffic of Gmail – and as such, it just simply didn’t fit in to Google’s larger plan. And when traffic started to tank, it wasn’t worth additional investment, because Google likely wasn’t seeing any relevant application for the data as part of its core structure.Yes, I’m sure other factors came into play, and I’m sure it wasn’t easy to pull the plug on a splashy product that launched mere months earlier. But it’s an important reminder that Google has a larger goal in mind and you’re a big part of it. If you’re not playing, nobody’s paying. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Philippe Coutinho is capable of great things at Liverpool and can play the role that Steven Gerrard played for the Premier League side, according to former Brazil international Kaka.Brazilian Coutinho underlined his worth at the club scoring a sensational 25-yard strike in the 86th minute of Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Stoke City on Sunday to seal a 1-0 win.”I have been a big admirer of Coutinho and he can be a very important player for Liverpool and Brazil,” Kaka, who plays for Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC, told the Mirror.Also read: Stoke deserved a point against Liverpool, says Huges”There will be a lot of expectation on him with Liverpool fighting to get back into the Champions League, but I know that he can handle it.”One great player doesn’t make a team, but you can build a team around one great player, and I believe he can be that player,” he added.Like the Brazilian, Gerrard has also moved to MLS where he plays for Los Angeles Galaxy and Kaka believes Coutinho is ready for a bigger role at Liverpool.”Coutinho is a humble guy. He won’t talk about being able to replace a legend like Steven Gerrard, and the truth is nobody could ever replace him, but with Gerrard gone they do need somebody to step up — and he can do that,” Kaka said.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has dragged himself in the middle of a controversy yet again after posting a picture of a lion which seemed to be kept in chains at his residence in Karachi.The all-rounder was slammed on social media for the picture while he was also seen feeding a deer in the post.Now the Sindh Wildlife (SWL) department has stepped in and it will now probe the presence of the lion at his home.SWL Conservator Taj Muhammad Shaikh confirmed that the lion’s owner was one Hassan Hussain who also held the animal’s license, adding “we will find out what the lion was doing in Afridi’s home.” The conservator said that the investigation would start after Eid.Hussain, who owns the animal, said he has the license along with a travel permit. “I even informed the SWL department before taking my lion to Afridi’s home,” he said adding that Afridi has his detractors who are just trying to defame him.Facing severe backlash Afridi released a statement on Facebook.”I respect that animals need free space and wildlife for survival however I would like to state facts for the record. These pictures are of my house and not of any zoo, the animals displayed in the pictures were brought to my house for showing it to my kids, the owner has tamed them since they were 2months old and they are this big, they are totally home broughtup, the person who owns them has a license as well. The fact it was chained was just to be on the safe side but where they live is in an entirely free environment,” Boom Boom wrote.advertisementThe star cricketer who posted the pictures last week even had his daughter in the frame with the lion in the background.”Great to spend time with loved ones. Best feeling in the world to have my daughter copy my wicket taking celebrations. And yes don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care,” Afridi wrote on his post.Afridi retired from the sport last year but continues to play in T20 leagues around the world.The 38-year-old has faced injury problems in the last two years and even missed the final of the second Pakistan Super League in Lahore, which his team won, due to a finger injury.Since his international retirement, Afridi has spent a lot of time working for his charity foundation and travelling to different parts of the world.He was last seen in action in the Hurricane relief T20 in which he led the ICC World XI against the West Indies at Lord’s earlier this month.The match between the Windies and ICC World XI was organised to raise funds for the refurbishment of five cricket stadiums in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.West Indies rode on an all-round effort to thrash a star-studded World XI by 72 runs. Post the game Afridi made a donation of USD 20,000 towards the Hurricane victims in the Caribbean on behalf of the Shahid Afridi Foundation.
zoom KNOT Offshore Partners LP has completed its acquisition of the ownership interests in the company that owns and operates the shuttle tanker Lena Knutsen – KNOT Shuttle Tankers 26. The 156,559 dwt Lena Knutsen was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea and delivered in June 2017. The 284.3-meter-long vessel is operating in the Brazil under a five-year time charter with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which will expire in the third quarter of 2022.The company has been acquired for an aggregate purchase price of USD 142 million less USD 133.8 million of outstanding indebtedness plus approximately USD 24.1 million for a receivable owed by Knutsen NYK to KNOT 26 and USD 1 million for certain capitalized fees related to the financing of the Lena Knutsen.On the closing of the acquisition, KNOT 26 repaid approximately USD 41.9 million of the indebtedness, leaving USD 91.9 million of debt outstanding under the secured credit facility related to the vessel.KNOT Offshore Partners LP owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the deep-water offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil. Including the Lena Knutsen, the partnership now has a fleet of fourteen vessels with an average age of 4.5 years and a fixed average employment of 4.4 years.
TORONTO – Making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 amounts to pushing them off a cliff without a safety net, an Ontario Superior Court heard on Tuesday.In urging certification of their claim against the Ontario government as a class action, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued the province’s use of waitlists was arbitrary and violated their clients’ constitutional rights.“It’s not about inconvenience. It’s not about frustration,” lawyer Kirk Baert told court. “It goes beyond that.”The unproven lawsuit, which accuses the province of harm-causing negligence, seeks $110 million in damages along with a declaration the government has failed adults assessed as eligible for government help but who have instead been placed on indeterminate waiting lists.The proposed representative plaintiff is Briana Leroux, 20, of Timmins, Ont., a woman with a mental age of about three who is unable to speak and lacks the most basic ability to care for herself. Her father Marc Leroux said outside court the loss of a day program and other help for his daughter when she turned 18 caused huge stress on the family.“All those programs were just stopped, and I think there should be a transition and there just is not,” said Leroux, 46, a real estate broker. “Families should be more respected by the government.”In recent years, a select legislature committee recommended eliminating the waitlists, while the auditor general has also criticized the system. In 2016, the provincial ombudsman, who had investigated more than 1,400 complaints from families of adults with developmental disabilities, said thousands of people had been left “stranded.”In court, Justice Edward Belobaba said the issue at this stage of the proceeding was not whether the province had “made a shambles” of the programs, but whether the plaintiffs could get over the relatively low hurdle of showing the existence of a legal foundation for a class action.Baert said the case was not about eligibility for services, noting proposed class members had all been assessed and approved for supports they weren’t receiving because of what he called unreasonably managed waitlists.“Everyone who’s in the class is by definition someone who hasn’t received the services they were entitled to,” Baert argued.For its part, the province argued that disabled adults have no legal right to supports. What they receive is the result of government policy decisions that allocate about $2 billion a year to help them.Provincial lawyer Robert Radcliffe insisted clients are assessed and prioritized according to their needs, with the most urgent cases getting help even after turning 18.“My friend would have you believe they just fall of the window sill or just fall off the balcony,” Radcliffe told Belobaba. “To say it’s arbitrary isn’t consistent with the facts.”Government co-counsel, Rochelle Fox, said the plaintiffs were making a claim for a “positive entitlement” by attacking what was a “quintessentially policy decision.” The government, Fox argued, was under no obligation to provide the programs to recipients, regardless of eligibility.“It is fundamentally a claim that the government is obliged to provide you with a positive benefit,” Fox said. “(But) failure to provide is not a deprivation.”Belobaba, however, pushed back at the notion that the current situation was the result of policy decisions that are immune to such a lawsuit. Belobaba noted the list of problems the plaintiffs allege, including a failure to shorten waitlists and the cutting off of those receiving services when they turn 18.“These are real allegations of deficiencies,” Belobaba said. “It’s not the policy of the government, say the plaintiffs, to have a totally screwed-up system.”The certification hearing continues.
APTN National NewsThe trial of a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been pushed back to Sept. 14, according to an Ottawa court official.Bruce Carson, who was once an acting chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 8 on a charge of influence peddling.It’s unclear why the date was changed. A call to the Crown’s office was not returned.Carson was charged following an APTN National News investigation into his lobbying activities on behalf of an Ottawa-based water filtration company that had a struck a side-deal with Carson’s fiancée, a former escort. The deal guaranteed the woman a large cut of filtration system sales to First Nation reserves suffering from water woes.Carson is also facing three charges of illegal lobbying and a charge of influence peddling from a separate RCMP investigation into his activities on behalf of the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE) and the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC).Carson headed the CSEE which was given $15 million by the Harper government.Carson was deeply involved in helping promote Canada’s tar sands and developing a national energy strategy.Carson once brought an escort to a party at the prime minister’s residence on 24 Sussex Dr. The escort, who had been previously deported from the United States following a criminal conviction for involvement in a prostitution ring, struck up a conversation about underwear with Harper during the party. Harper reportedly [email protected]@APTNNews
VfB Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke is confident Benjamin Pavard will rediscover his best form in timeThe 22-year-old defender made a name for himself at the recent World Cup, where his impressive displays helped France on their way to a second world title at Russia.Due to this, Pavard had been a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the summer. But the Frenchman remained loyal to Stuttgart.Although Pavard’s poor display in Stuttgart’s 0-4 defeat to Borussia Dortmund last Saturday, which involved a costly individual error, capped off a bad start to the season.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We knew ‘Benji’ would need some time to get back to his top level after his trumphant World Cup. But we believe he is on the right path,” Reschke told Bild.Pavard has not missed a minute of Stuttgart’s eight Bundesliga games this season.Although his dip in form also coincides with Stuttgart’s own domestic struggles as they are 17th in the league table with just five points.