Blog content – Ascension Risk Management http://ascensionriskmanagement.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Blog content – Ascension Risk Management http://ascensionriskmanagement.com/ 32 32 Walmart Black Friday offers live blog – 65-inch 4K Roku TV for $228, PS5 restock for $499 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/walmart-black-friday-offers-live-blog-65-inch-4k-roku-tv-for-228-ps5-restock-for-499/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:02:42 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/walmart-black-friday-offers-live-blog-65-inch-4k-roku-tv-for-228-ps5-restock-for-499/ Refresh 2022-11-21T11:27:43.177Z (Image credit: Hisense) Are you looking for a big screen TV at a low price? Walmart has this Hisense 58-inch 4K TV on sale for $298 (opens in a new tab). That might only be a savings of $40, but it’s a great price for a solid entry-level TV. This TV is ideal […]]]>

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Are you looking for a big screen TV at a low price? Walmart has this Hisense 58-inch 4K TV on sale for $298 (opens in a new tab). That might only be a savings of $40, but it’s a great price for a solid entry-level TV.

This TV is ideal for streaming with easy access to all best streaming services courtesy of Roku TV. Plus, movies and TV shows will look fantastic with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 support. they’ll also sound great thanks to DTS Studio Sound which simulates surround sound speakers. And like a full 4K TV, images will be consistently crisp and vibrant.


Beats Studio Buds Offer

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Until the next batch of Walmart Black Friday deals go live at 12 p.m. ET for Walmart Plus Members (7 p.m. ET for everyone), we’re highlighting our favorite discounts you can shop right now. This includes the Beats Studio Buds on sale for $99 at Walmart (opens in a new tab)that’s a $50 discount.

In our Beats Studio Buds review, we called it a “surprisingly affordable” option and that was before Walmart slashed the price even further. We particularly liked the compact design, the strong active noise cancellation (a feature reserved for expensive AirPods Pro) and IPX4 water and sweat resistance. Poor call quality and the inability to switch multiple devices with ease hold the Beats Studio Buds down somewhat, but these minor issues shouldn’t be a deal breaker. If you’re looking for a set of affordable wireless headphones, the Beats Studio Buds are a great choice.

Eufy Robovac G32 Black Friday Deal

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The Eufy RoboVac G32 provides smart home cleaning of your floor without costing you hundreds of dollars like other highly rated robot vacuums. And an early Black Friday deal at Walmart brought the price down even further. Today, you can get this budget robot vacuum for just $119. Normally, you pay $299 for this robot vacuum, so that’s a generous discount.

The RoboVac G32 uses smart navigation to optimize its route through your home, and it’s smart enough to detect the difference between carpet and material floors. At less than 2.9 inches tall, it’s compact enough to fit under most furniture to give it a good clean.


HP Chromebooks

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Although it was unveiled at the first Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days event, Walmart still has stock of the HP Chromebook for $79. If you’re looking for the cheapest Chromebook on the market, this is it. It has an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD screen, an AMD A4 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Keep in mind that these specs are likely fine for kids (or light web browsing), but they’ll fall short for any kind of hardcore multitasking. In other words, it’s good for kids or as a coffee table laptop used for internet browsing.

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CRTC Chairman flip-flops again on regulating user content under Bill C-11 [VIDEOS] • iPhone Blog in Canada https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/crtc-chairman-flip-flops-again-on-regulating-user-content-under-bill-c-11-videos-iphone-blog-in-canada/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:41:12 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/crtc-chairman-flip-flops-again-on-regulating-user-content-under-bill-c-11-videos-iphone-blog-in-canada/ CRTC Chairman Ian Scott made another appearance Thursday before the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, which is examining the Liberal government’s controversial online streaming lawalso known as Bill C-11. During the meeting, Scott once again flip-flop on whether Bill C-11 would give the CRTC the power to regulate user-generated content on the Internet. […]]]>

CRTC Chairman Ian Scott made another appearance Thursday before the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, which is examining the Liberal government’s controversial online streaming lawalso known as Bill C-11.

During the meeting, Scott once again flip-flop on whether Bill C-11 would give the CRTC the power to regulate user-generated content on the Internet. He was also unable to explicitly define the extent of the CRTC’s power under the proposed bill.

Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and outspoken opponent of the streaming law, set Scott’s flimsy arguments on fire in a recent blog post.

“In this case, Scott has embarrassed himself, the CRTC and the entire legislative process because he clearly failed to defend the independence of the CRTC and zigzagged between actively promoting the bill , claiming that was not his role, and even bizarrely offering to draft potential amendments,” Geist wrote.

Scott first reassured the committee that user content was not on the table, as he had before. However, when asked about the interpretation of section 4.2, Scott admitted that the bill gives the CRTC the power to regulate user-generated content, but said he was not interested in doing so. He also has admitted to as many in May.

“It’s fine that you choose to interpret the bill in this particular way, but that’s not what the language says,” Senator Paula Simons replied to Scott. At one point in the reunion, Simons was visibly angry with Scott over his references to the cat videos. You can check this in the video below:

Scott also got into trouble with the committee for failing to protect the CRTC’s independence and blurring the lines between a regulator and the legislative process.

Another major concern with Bill C-11 is its ability to let the CRTC influence and require changes to the search and discovery algorithms of online platforms. Scott was questioned by the committee about his inconsistency when it comes to algorithmic regulation.

Although the CRTC Chairman tried to argue that Bill C-11 would not allow for algorithmic regulation, he ultimately acknowledged that it was part of the arsenal of potential approaches the CRTC could take to achieve the objectives set out in the legislation.

Scott told the senator Miville-Dechêne, “wWhat I’m trying to explain is that this is a very narrow example. There are many ways to promote discoverability. However, he did not deny that the CRTC may require changes to platform algorithms once it runs out of other suggestions to improve the discoverability of Canadian content.

Scott noted that he won’t require algorithmic changes, only that online platforms will be needed to achieve certain results. That said, Scott will not last long at the head of the CRTC. His term ended in Septemberbut Ottawa extended him for a few months as he is looking for a suitable replacement.

The potential threat that Bill C-11 poses not only to online streaming platforms, but also to digital creators who post content there has led to YouTube, TikTok and many Canadian creators jump into the fray and argue against legislation.

Head to Michael Geist’s blog for his full take on Wednesday’s meeting.

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Six digital marketing tips for small business owners https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/six-digital-marketing-tips-for-small-business-owners/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 11:33:32 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/six-digital-marketing-tips-for-small-business-owners/ The economic roller coaster of the past few years has presented new challenges for small and medium-sized businesses. Businesses are impacted by adverse economic conditions in a variety of ways, from supply chain challenges to diminished consumer purchasing power. Even in times of growth, but especially in times of turbulence, companies must evolve their marketing […]]]>

The economic roller coaster of the past few years has presented new challenges for small and medium-sized businesses. Businesses are impacted by adverse economic conditions in a variety of ways, from supply chain challenges to diminished consumer purchasing power. Even in times of growth, but especially in times of turbulence, companies must evolve their marketing strategies to respond to rapidly changing consumer behavior and fluctuating demand.

Although digital marketing has been an important marketing strategy for decades, the pandemic has dramatically increased consumer demand for digital excellence and led to rapid adoption of digital marketing by businesses of all sizes. Gartner reports that marketing budgets represent 9.5% of total company revenue in 2022, up from 6.4% in 2021. However, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of dramatically increasing their marketing budgets, especially given the economic uncertainty. But small business owners can leverage the scalability of digital marketing to help fill the gaps and make their businesses recession-proof over the coming months.

Here are some ways your small business can do it.

Be visible online

Decide on your hub – the main place you want to drive your customers to. For most businesses, this is a website. But it could be your TikTok account, your Etsy page — whatever you decide is the best place to engage with leads and customers, as well as convert customers.

Once you have your hub, optimize your hub content to rank well when someone searches for you. For example, if your website is your hub, what search terms should trigger your website to rank high in search results? Make sure your site contains useful content that contains these search terms and use an SEO ranking tool to track your domain’s performance.

Priority to customer experience

Digital marketing is the most effective way to engage with your customers at scale. You can deliver personalized experiences to different types of customers and control where your target audience interacts with your brand.

It’s also important to remember that consumers are looking for a frictionless digital experience – digital expectations have increased due to time spent online in recent years.

Make it easier for customers to access the service, make it easier for them to buy from your company. And, often overlooked but critically important, be sure to ask for opinions. Reviews are a powerful way not only to you to understand the experience customers have with your business, but also to ensure that potential customers receive the social proof they need to feel comfortable buying from you. If you are a local business, a tool like Bring together can significantly help you automate review requests and analyze review content.

Stay connected with your audience

To optimize the customer experience, be sure to maintain engagement with your consumers. Ask questions, encourage comments, and actively respond to their comments and DMs online. This can inform your digital content strategy – you need to know what consumers are looking for, as well as the social platform that resonates most with your target customers, to deliver the content they need in a place where they can easily find it.

Remember that all customer feedback is valuable. Positive feedback can be used as content on your website and social media. Constructive criticism can help inform your strategy moving forward.

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Standardize your brand voice

All brands have a personality related to their market segment, their target audience and their values. This brand voice is necessary to create, reinforce and preserve the perception of your brand among consumers. Effective digital communication leverages this brand voice across all mediums, including web copy, email newsletters, company blog content, and social media posts.

Being consistent with your brand voice and values ​​is essential, especially during times of economic uncertainty when consumers may be reluctant to stray from their trusted brands. Having a clear brand voice and values ​​will guide how you communicate with your audience to ensure you meet their needs and your overall business goals in tandem.

Stay active on social media

Being at the forefront is especially important in a competitive market. Publishing quality content is key to cultivating a trusted consumer base, and social media is one of the best distribution mediums for that content.

If you’re a small business with limited bandwidth, consider using a tool like indiscreet to help you streamline your social media management processes and maximize your efficiency.

Consider video marketing

Video marketing has overtaken other forms of visual content to become the most engaging way to connect with your target customer. Social video content generates 1200% more shares as online content based on images or text.

Not only does video feature the type of easily consumable human-first content preferred by most social media algorithms, but it also helps build authentic brand trust and connections in a way that written content alone cannot. can not. Consider broadcasting live from your company’s social platforms or recording and posting short videos for TikTok, Instagram or Facebook. Use a video scheduling tool like PLANOLY can help you easily schedule your videos.

While economic turmoil is not a fun challenge to overcome, it can be a powerful function in forcing a business to implement critical digital marketing strategies that can result in significant long-term growth. I hope these tips provide you with a good starting point to help you build a resilient and sustainable business. And don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try something different, because not all strategies work for all businesses. Digital marketing is constantly growing and evolving, so flexibility and a testing mindset are far more valuable than a one-size-fits-all strategy.

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Arkansas Storm Team Weather Blog: First Snowflakes of the Season https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/arkansas-storm-team-weather-blog-first-snowflakes-of-the-season/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:38:17 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/arkansas-storm-team-weather-blog-first-snowflakes-of-the-season/ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The first snowfall of the season has been officially recorded in Arkansas! The highest snowfall totals were found in northern Arkansas. According to the National Weather Service, an inch was recorded at Mountain Home and Flippin. Closer to half an inch has also been reported in Harrison and Biggers. Reports of […]]]>

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The first snowfall of the season has been officially recorded in Arkansas! The highest snowfall totals were found in northern Arkansas.

According to the National Weather Service, an inch was recorded at Mountain Home and Flippin. Closer to half an inch has also been reported in Harrison and Biggers. Reports of sleet and showers were also reported as far south as Little Rock and Mena.

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Little Rock Airport also recorded its first official snowfall of the season overnight. Around 1:25 a.m., a trace of snow was recorded.

We also received some great photos of snowfall. Feel free to send them to us on Facebook!

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Midterm election results: Ron DeSantis easily wins Florida https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/midterm-election-results-ron-desantis-easily-wins-florida/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 03:27:34 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/midterm-election-results-ron-desantis-easily-wins-florida/ Although the labor market remained strong, inflation and a looming recession may have clouded the outlook © Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images The economy and inflation are among the top issues in the midterm elections, and voters are expected to favor Republicans to improve the economy, according to recent polling data. And while these topics are front […]]]>
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The economy and inflation are among the top issues in the midterm elections, and voters are expected to favor Republicans to improve the economy, according to recent polling data.

And while these topics are front and center for many voters, issues like abortion rights and threats to democracy are also pushing Americans to the polls.

According to a Nov. 4 NBC News poll, 81% of voters are either “very dissatisfied” or “somewhat dissatisfied” with the state of the economy.

Although the labor market stayed strong under President Joe Biden and clawed back all the jobs lost in the coronavirus pandemic, lingering inflation and threats of a looming recession may have soured the average American’s economic outlook.

Inflation is down from a four-decade high earlier this summer, but remains historically highdespite the Federal Reserve’s efforts this year to tighten monetary policy.

Many Republican candidates for Congress have grasped about the complicated inflation situation and criticized the Democrats’ handling of the economy by pointing out the impact of inflation on American families.

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll, voters trust Republicans more to fight inflation and manage the economy. Fifty-two percent of voters trust Republicans more for the economy than Democrats and 50% of likely voters trust Republicans to handle inflation, while only 38% trust Democrats.

Beyond economic issues, outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which had protected the right to obtain an abortion on constitutional grounds for nearly half a century, galvanized the left and, this summer, appeared to offer Democratic candidates a path to mid-term victories. Although the track was stifled by Republican blame on Democrats for decades of high inflation and an economic downturn, abortion remained a central campaign issue until the very end.

According to a Washington Post-ABC poll, 22% of voters said abortion was the most important issue this election cycle, just behind the 26% of voters who cited the economy.

In the poll, 21% of voters named threats to democracy as their most important election issue, related inflation.

Republicans have also spoken out on crime on the campaign trail, chastising Democrats — especially those running big cities — for rising rates of gun violence since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the poll, 54% of voters trust Republicans on crime issues, though only 14% of respondents ranked it as their top priority. Immigration lags behind with 9%.

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Commit to Conservation Part 1: Setting the Stage – Aridity in California https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/commit-to-conservation-part-1-setting-the-stage-aridity-in-california/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 06:29:30 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/commit-to-conservation-part-1-setting-the-stage-aridity-in-california/ In Part 1 of our 3-part series, Commit to conservationHeal the Bay Water Quality Scientist Annelisa explains how smart water practices like recycling and conservation can help secure the human right to water and the rights of nature, even as California becomes more arid. MANY PEOPLE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA know drought all too well, because […]]]>

In Part 1 of our 3-part series, Commit to conservationHeal the Bay Water Quality Scientist Annelisa explains how smart water practices like recycling and conservation can help secure the human right to water and the rights of nature, even as California becomes more arid.

MANY PEOPLE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA know drought all too well, because it seems that we are always in one. I was born and raised in California, so drought conditions have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I learned to turn off the tap while brushing my teeth, limit my showers to 5 minutes or less, and never waste a drop of water. Many California residents have gotten really good at conserving water when drought hits the headlines, but we’re not quite as sure why behind it all, so these good water practices often disappear as soon as it is raining. Unfortunately, one good rainstorm – or even a few – isn’t enough to end one drought, or prepare for the next. Drought cycles have always happened in California, and they continue to worsen as the climate crisis persists, in part due to a process called aridification it makes our dry years even drier. What we consider “normal” is constantly changing, and we still have dry spells on top of that. In this blog, we’ll begin to explore the why of all our conservation efforts and what it means for the future of water in Los Angeles.

A map of drought conditions in California, as of October 18, 2022. This map shows exceptional drought conditions (the highest level of drought severity) in the Central Valley. All of California experiences some level of drought, and the majority of California experiences severe, extreme, or exceptional drought conditions. Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Water management in Los Angeles

About 80% of LA’s water is imported hundreds of kilometers away Northern Sierra Nevada mountain the San Francisco Bay Mountain Range and Delta via the CA Aqueduct, the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley via the LA Aqueduct, and the Rocky Mountains via the Colorado River Aqueduct. Most of this imported water starts out as snowpack in the mountains. In fact, California’s water system was designed so that the snowpack is our largest reservoir, the Sierra Nevada (which translates to snow-capped mountains in Spanish) alone containing 30% of the water in California. Snow accumulated in the winter, then slowly melted in the spring to fill reservoirs, recharge underground aquifers, and flow into our aqueducts so that we have water when we need it most in summer and winter. fall, at which time the cycle would begin again.

As we continue to draw water from critical ecosystems like the Bay Delta, Owens Valley and Colorado River Delta, which also need this snowmelt, we are removing the water that is is available locally. Even in dry weather, 10 million gallons of water flow through Los Angeles Storm Drainage System and towards the ocean every day just from untimely flow (e.g. broken sprinklers, washing cars, watering driveways). And then, when it rains, this flow increases with stormwater runoff, on average 100 billion gallons of water wasted each year, when it could instead be captured and used for beneficial purposes. In addition, hundreds of millions of gallons of treated water is rejected every day by our treatment plants. Some of this treated water flows to the ocean via rivers and streams, and at least some of this flow may be required to provide habitat critical to ecosystem health. But treated water that is discharged directly into the ocean has no beneficial effect.



To learn more about the LA Aqueduct and its effects on local people and ecosystems, watch The aqueduct between usrealized by AnMarie Mendoza of Gabrieleno-Tongva Tribe.

Water resources in Los Angeles change with the climate

Climate change is happening now. We see and feel the effects every day with record heat waves, floods, fire seasons and droughts. We are already experimenting with what is called whipping weather: Dramatic oscillations between extreme weather conditions. Climate change continues to intensify these fluctuations, so our dry years are hotter and drier, and our wet years are even more intense. More frequent dry years and warmer temperatures increase water demand (more water is needed to irrigate crops and landscapes), depleting water supplies. Evaporation also wreaks havoc by drawing water from reservoirs and even absorbing moisture from the earth, which weakens the health of the ecosystem and actually makes it harder for the earth to absorb water when ‘it is raining. Add longer, more intense droughts to this mix, and it’s clear that California is getting drier (or arid) over time. This process is called aridificationand the trend will only increase as human-accelerated climate change continues.

Low flow in the Colorado River, Credit: Vicki Devine / Center for Biological Diversity

Extremely low snowfall in California. Credit: Stephanie Elam / CNN


Despite this terrible news, it is still raining in Los Angeles. Looking ahead, we actually plan to get the same volume of rain locally on average as we have in recent history, but it will fall less often in heavier showers. In addition, our shrinking snow reservoirs are melting faster each year. We currently do not have the infrastructure in place to capture this higher level of runoff from intense storms and rapid snowmelt. All of this means that more water will flow back to the ocean rather than being stored as snow or seeping into groundwater reservoirs. Some people have suggested that more surface tanks would be the solution, but they are prohibitively expensive. Much of the stored water would be lost to evaporation, and quite frankly, we have already dammed most rivers in California. So we need to rethink our water management to make the most of the resources we have left.

Water management in Los Angeles must also change

Although we continue to experience aridification and climatic whiplash, we can still adapt to this hotter, drier future. To do this, conservation cannot just happen in response to a drought designation, but it must be a way of life. The good news is that there are local, lasting solutions that individuals can make at home (inside and out) and systemic changes we can push together to be careful with water.

We can source sufficient water locally to meet our water needs and significantly reduce our dependence on imported water. This can be done by improving water conservation/efficiency both regionally and at home, cleaning up groundwater, rainwater catchmentand wastewater treatmentwithout resorting to costly, energy-intensive and environmentally harmful practices such as desalination of sea water. Additionally, it is possible to use nature-based solutions that capture and infiltrate water naturally to support overall ecosystem health, which, in turn, can help mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, among a myriad of additional benefits. In this way we can ensure the human right to water so that people can stay safe and healthy, and respect the rights of nature ensuring the prosperity of our ecosystems.

Do what you can when you can – Stay informed

The issues of California’s dwindling water supply, increasing demand, and uncertain reliability can seem overwhelming. But we are not powerless in the face of this climate crisis. We can all take it Climate challenge do what we can when we can. Start today and focus on ‘what we’re learning’ – or whatever resonates with you. You can stay informed. Heal the Bay can help.

Over the next six months, Heal the Bay will explore what it means to live in an arid state and what climate change, drought and aridification mean for our water future. We will share solutions and opportunities to advance water efficiency to become more water efficient at home and as a community through collective and regional action. Stay tuned for more content! Waiting…

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Written by Annelisa Moe. As Heal the Bay’s Water Quality Scientist, Annelisa helps keep Los Angeles water clean and safe by advocating for comprehensive, science-based water quality regulation and enforcement. Prior to joining the Heal the Bay team, she worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board on the Underground Storage Tank Program and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program.

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TikTok tells European users that its staff in China has access to their data | ICT Tac https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/tiktok-tells-european-users-that-its-staff-in-china-has-access-to-their-data-ict-tac/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 16:15:00 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/tiktok-tells-european-users-that-its-staff-in-china-has-access-to-their-data-ict-tac/ TikTok tells its European users of the platform that their data may be accessed by employees outside the continent, including in China, amid political and regulatory concerns over Chinese people’s access to user information on the site. The Chinese-owned social video app updates its privacy policy to confirm that staff in countries including Chinaare authorized […]]]>

TikTok tells its European users of the platform that their data may be accessed by employees outside the continent, including in China, amid political and regulatory concerns over Chinese people’s access to user information on the site.

The Chinese-owned social video app updates its privacy policy to confirm that staff in countries including Chinaare authorized to access user data to ensure that their experience of the platform is “consistent, enjoyable and safe”.

Other countries where European user data may be viewed by TikTok staff are Brazil, Canada and Israel as well as the United States and Singaporewhere European user data is currently stored.

TikTok Europe’s Chief Privacy Officer, Elaine Fox, said: “Based on a demonstrated need to do their job, subject to a series of robust security checks and approval protocols, and at using methods recognized by the GDPR. [the EU’s general data protection regulation]we allow certain employees of our group of companies located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the United States to remotely access European TikTok user data.

The data could be used to perform checks on certain aspects of the platform, including the performance of its algorithms, which recommend content to users and detect vexatious automated accounts. ICT Tac previously acknowledged that some user data is accessed by employees of parent company, ByteDance, in China.

In a letter to republican senators leaked in July, TikTok chief executive Shou Zi Chew said a “restricted set of non-sensitive U.S. user data” could be accessed by foreign employees if approved by a TikTok-based security team. in the USA. He added that none of the data had been shared with Chinese government officials.

Privacy policy update, which applies to the UK, European Economic Area and Switzerland, and will go live on December 2, comes amid political and regulatory pressure on the use of data generated by the application, which has more than one billion users worldwide.

US President Joe Biden overruled the executive orders of his predecessor, Donald Trump, ordering the sale of TikTok’s US operations, but in their place, he asked the US Department of Commerce to produce recommendations to protect the data of people in the United States from “foreign adversaries”. The U.S. Foreign Investment Committee, which reviews business deals with non-U.S. companies, is also conducting a security review of TikTok.

Ireland’s data watchdog, which has jurisdiction over TikTok across the EU, has also launched an investigation into “TikTok’s transfers of personal data to China”.

Michael Veale, associate professor of digital rights at University College London, said that under a recent EU ruling, data transfers between the bloc and China should be controlled for security reasons. . “It is extremely difficult to regularly send EU user data to China, as contracts between a Chinese company and a European company cannot prevent state access.”

According to a judgment of the European Court of Justice dubbed Schrem IIcertain data transfers outside the EU must take into account the “level of protection”, with particular emphasis on access by state authorities, granted to user data at the other end.

Veale said China’s data laws could raise questions about the security of even limited data transfers. However, he added, “I am not convinced that the Chinese government is currently focused on spying on individuals’ TikTok data. They have other ways to get private information. Developing and deepening an influential platform is a powerful goal in itself.

In a blog post last year TikTok said it was “aligned” with the regulatory direction set by the Schrems II ruling.

In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the country’s data watchdog, is consulting on new guidelines for post-Brexit data transfers. However, the government put a new data reform bill on hold.

In October TikTok refused a report in the economic publication Forbes that it was used to “target” American citizens. Forbes had announced that it planned to track the location of at least two people through the video-sharing app.

In the privacy policy update, Fox said TikTok does not collect “precise location information” from users in Europe, whether based on GPS technology or otherwise. In its current version, the privacy policy states: “With your permission, we may also collect precise location information (such as GPS).”

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How drag queen performances got dragged into politics https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/how-drag-queen-performances-got-dragged-into-politics/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:31:34 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/how-drag-queen-performances-got-dragged-into-politics/ Lately the drag has been dragged through the mud. The art form has been misrepresented in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. Opponents often coordinate protests at drag events that feature or target children, sometimes showing up with guns. Some politicians proposed banning children from […]]]>

Lately the drag has been dragged through the mud.

The art form has been misrepresented in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. Opponents often coordinate protests at drag events that feature or target children, sometimes showing up with guns. Some politicians proposed banning children from drag events and even criminally charging parents who take their children there.

Performers and event organizers, such as story time in which colorfully dressed drag queens read books to children, say protesters are the ones who terrorize and hurt children and turn them into political pawns – just as they have in other campaigns around access toilets and educational material.

Recent headlines about the disruption of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children may obscure the art form and its rich history.

A drag performer named Champagne Monroe reads the children’s book “Rainbow Fish” to a group of children and parents at the Mobile Public Library for Drag Queen Story Hour in Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2018. The The art and entertainment form of pick up has been misinterpreted in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. Recent headlines about the disruption of drag events and their portrayal as sexual and harmful to children may obscure the intent of the art form and its rich history.

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What is drag?

Drag is the art of dressing and acting exaggeratedly like another genre, usually for entertainment such as comedy, singing, dancing, lip-syncing, or all of the above.

Drag can trace its roots to the age of William Shakespeare, when female roles were played by men. The origin of the term is debated, but it is possible that it was coined after someone noticed that the dresses or petticoats that male actors wore on stage were dragging on the floor. Another presents it as an acronym – an unproven notion that notes in scripts use “DRAG” to indicate that the actor should “dress as a girl”.

Drag performances could be seen later on the vaudeville circuit and during the The rebirth of Harlem. They became a mainstay of gay bars throughout the 20th century and remain so.

RuPaul went one step further with his reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which became an award-winning hit and helped drag explode in popularity — and into the mainstream.

Is drag sexual?

Many opponents of drag cite nudity in their objections. Each performer makes different choices, but drag queens often wear more, not less, clothing than what you’d see on a typical 21st-century American woman on a public beach or on network television.

Their costumes tend towards extravagant, sometimes long dresses. Drag queens may use fake breasts, wear see-through costumes, and use makeup or other means to show off cleavage and appear overly feminine.

The difference, interpreters note, is that opponents of flirting see sexual deviance in the aspect of cross-dressing.

Drag usually does not involve nudity or stripping, which are more common in burlesque, a distinct form of entertainment. Explicitly sexual and profane language is common in shows aimed at adult audiences. Such routines can consist of stand-up comedy that can be raunchy – or can pale in comparison to some traditional comedians.

Should children see or dress in drag?

That’s up to parents and guardians to decide, just like they decide whether their children should be exposed to or participate in certain music, TV shows, movies, beauty contests, concerts or other forms of entertainment, parenting experts say. .

Shows at nightclubs and adult-oriented brunches may not be suitable for children, while other events, such as story times, are child-friendly and therefore contain softer language and dress.

Drag performers and the venues that book them typically don’t allow children if a performance has risky content, or require children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian — basically how movies rated R are managed by the theatres.

Story hours, in which interpreters read to children in libraries, bookstores or other venues, have become popular in recent years. The events use an engaging character to grab their child’s attention – any parent whose child can’t take Elsa’s eyes off “Frozen” has the idea. The difference here is that the goal is to get kids interested in reading.

Some children have performed cruising at age-appropriate events. An 11-year-old who dons a princess dress and tiara was recently scheduled to perform at a story and singing event at an Oregon pub – but was downgraded to ‘guest of honour’ after protests outside erupted into fighting.

“Part of keeping our kids safe is allowing them to be kids, to be playful, to take risks, and to be silly, without that necessarily meaning anything deeper or more permanent,” explains Amber Trueblood, a family therapist. “A lot of parents are okay with kids dressing up as assassins, evil villains, or grim reapers, but they rarely take the choice of costume to mean anything other than playful and fun.

Protesters and counter-protesters appeared Sunday, Oct. 23, outside a pub in Eugene, Oregon hosting drag queen storytelling readings.

Protesters and counter-protesters appeared Sunday, Oct. 23, outside a pub in Eugene, Oregon hosting drag queen storytelling readings.

April Ehrlich / OPB

Threats and “grooming”

Opponents of drag story hours and other drag events for children’s audiences often claim that they “groom” children, which involves attempts to sexually abuse them or otherwise influence them. another their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The term “grooming” in the sexual sense describes how child molesters trick and abuse their victims. Its use by opponents of dating, as well as protesters in other areas of LGBTQ opposition, seeks to falsely equate it with pedophilia and other forms of child abuse.

The authors of the false rhetoric may then present themselves as child saviors and try to present anyone who disagrees – a political opponent, for example – as siding with the child molesters.

Objections are often religious in nature, with some opponents citing the devil at work. Threats to drag out events, and story times in particular, have increased along with the rhetoric. In addition to the protest in Oregon that failed to quell such an event, organizers of a recent one in Florida canceled theirs after what they said it was hate group threats.

The threats are likely an attempt to scare parents into not taking their children to such events, causing them to collapse and push the drag back into the closet, observers said. Some organizers, parents and performers have dug their heels in, insisting they won’t back down.

In another tactic to discourage attendance, stragglers have been known to attend shows, take and post a video that lacks context, then troll or “dox” the artist or venue.

One of these video clips showed an act of profane dragging in front of a young child and presented it as abuse – despite the child being with adults and the venue informing participants of the rude content, suggesting parental discretion and required that all children be accompanied by their parents.

Other undermining efforts include a false declaration that an artist flashed children in a Minnesota library and another misrepresentation that the head of the organization Drag Queen Story Hour was arrested for child pornography.

Despite claims by some naysayers, drag cannot “transform” a gay or transgender child, although its playful use of gender can reassure children who are already questioning their identity. In this way, therapist Joe Kort written in a blog post in Psychology Today, gender nonconforming children may have “other role models as they begin to sort out their feelings about who they authentically are.”

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Conservation dream job: Access Fund seeks Van Life Trail builders https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/conservation-dream-job-access-fund-seeks-van-life-trail-builders/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 15:34:11 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/conservation-dream-job-access-fund-seeks-van-life-trail-builders/ House » Escalation » Conservation dream job: Access Fund seeks Van Life Trail builders Do you want to travel and work outdoors to promote access to rock climbing across the United States? Apply to this position. The Access Fund posted a job posting that’s starting to make me wonder if I should type this or […]]]>

Do you want to travel and work outdoors to promote access to rock climbing across the United States? Apply to this position.

The Access Fund posted a job posting that’s starting to make me wonder if I should type this or polish my resume. The rock climbing conservation group announced yesterday whom he hires for the special projects division of his curatorial team.

Hired candidates will build trails and climbing infrastructureDirectly manage operations and volunteers, work to support the nonprofit’s social media and blog content – and live the vida van life in a bundled platform that looks pretty cool.

All this while taking advantage of “generous” leaves, including paid holidays, holidays and sick leave.

Interested? Yes, we thought so.

Qualifications, Expectations and Benefits

Work exists in the space somewhere between “salting it for a season” and a career in conservation. In addition to trail and climbing work, the Access Fund lists qualifications for the position, such as project planning, design, and implementation skills. You’ll also want to lead with “an ability to manage field resources in varying environments and locations” across the United States.

The Access Fund will consider “pre-matched” individuals or teams for the job. It’s unclear how many candidates the nonprofit will hire.

In addition to the qualifications listed, he says he will base his hires on their ability to “promote the mission and values ​​of Access Fund” while facilitating “critical improvements” to escalation resources.

The 2023 Conservation Team program runs from February 13, 2023 to December 8, 2023. The position pays $15.25 per hour and you will receive medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as participation in the retirement 403(b). It’s unclear if you and the Access Fund will part ways in December.

The application window is tight – it closes on November 4, 2022.

Send your resume, references and cover letter to employer@accessfund.org. The Access Fund asks applicants to write “Conservation Team 2023” in the subject line of the email. Good luck to all of the candidates!

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Arkansas Storm Team Weather Blog: Two Chances for Severe Storms https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/arkansas-storm-team-weather-blog-two-chances-for-severe-storms/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 21:22:12 +0000 https://ascensionriskmanagement.com/arkansas-storm-team-weather-blog-two-chances-for-severe-storms/ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Rain returns to the forecast on Monday, as does the risk of heavy to severe storms. The risk of severe weather is expected to arrive around dinner time Monday and through the first half of the day Tuesday. RISKS: For Monday, much of western Arkansas is under a marginal (1/5) risk […]]]>

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Rain returns to the forecast on Monday, as does the risk of heavy to severe storms. The risk of severe weather is expected to arrive around dinner time Monday and through the first half of the day Tuesday.

RISKS: For Monday, much of western Arkansas is under a marginal (1/5) risk of severe weather. Extreme southwestern Arkansas is under slight risk (2/5). For storms developing Monday evening, the main threat will be damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail. The risk of a tornado for Monday evening is very low. The best chance for tornadoes will be to our west in Oklahoma and Texas.

For Tuesday, the risks remain very similar. The marginal risk zone (1/5) is moving eastward, with the slight risk zone (2/5) covering far eastern Arkansas to Mississippi. Devastating gusts of wind and quarter-sized hail remain the main threats. Tornado risk will be very low, with the best chance of a spin-up in Mississippi. The heaviest rains will occur in far western Arkansas, so a few areas may experience localized flooding.

Potential risks

HOURLY: The first chance of severe weather will arrive around sunset for central Arkansas. The storms will roll along a cold front moving across the state. The storms are expected to continue well into the morning hours Tuesday, in the second half of the day the storms will move across the state line into Mississippi.

Forecast tracking

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