Sandbox & Co. acquires edutainment company Fingerprint

first_imgJeffrey RousseauStaff WriterWednesday 31st March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSandbox & Co. has acquired children’s entertainment company Fingerprint, the company announced this week.The acquisition combines Fingerprint’s content and subscription services along with Sandbox’s portfolio of global brands.This has led to the formation of Sandbox Kids, which Fingerprint CEO Nancy MacIntyre will lead. The division will include existing properties from both Fingerprint and Sandbox, and aims to provide child-safe and age-appropriate digital content for children ages 1 to 12.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “Sandbox Kids makes perfect sense for our business, partners and customers,” MacIntyre said.”By consolidating our brands and combining commercial synergies we aim to scale the company by building our global partnerships with mobile carriers, pay TV companies, OEMs and offering a broader suite of products and an expanded library with our original and acquired content.”Sandbox’s acquisition of Fingerprint isn’t the only acquisition that it’s made recently.In the last six months, Sandbox has also acquired online teaching resource library Teachit, as well as Code Kingdoms, a subscription service for teaching children how to code through Minecraft and Roblox.last_img read more

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KATHIE’S KORNER — “I will sustain you and I will rescue you”

first_img My husband Mike and I decided not to put all our joy and peace in each other, as we sometimes let each other down, but to put God first and that joy and peace from Him will overflow on our relationship and all those around us.This does not mean that I don’t enjoy the fun, poetic, Godly, free personality in Mike and God’s peace that radiates from him as I keep rubbing my arm on him that it would hopefully rub off.Whenever I am confronted with either a “surprise upset” or day-to-day areas I have neglected to organize for my allotted time and energy, I go to the Word and pray.Such relief and peace grows in me, and I get right back on track, thanks to my Heavenly Father and His scriptures for me, and a VERY PATIENT husband. I will preface this column with an assurance for those of us with gray hair and older age that Isaiah referred to, in the beginning of this major scripture, as a compliment and also referenced to a scripture that says, gray hair is a crown:“Even to your old age and gray hairs/I am He, I am He Who will sustain you./I have made you and I will carry you;/I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” — Isaiah 46:4 NIVI have been living in this scripture, in my mind and heart during this time in our world, filled with challenges, elections and various interruptions and changes, transitions and mega opportunities to let go of the joy and peace God.Only God has given us in His Word, filled with promises He always keeps and will not take back from us. So, if you are younger, know that if you are a child of God, you can look forward to, “The silver-hair is a crown of splendor and glory; it is found in the way of righteousness.” — Proverbs 16:31 NIVAlso, the scripture in Isaiah 46:4 is worth reading, daily and powerful for us all.Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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Debut for Europe’s first LNG railcar

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Visokio – Data Manipulation On The Web

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Services#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… So I promised to startprofiling more innovative, boundary-pushing Web tools on R/WW. The problem with thisstrategy is that a lot of innovative tools are hard to grok – which means more work forme. What have I gotten myself into? 🙂 Recently Thomas Bate of British datavisualisation company Visokio contacted me, to tellme about his company’s product Omniscope.It’s essentially a data filtering and manipulation tool for the desktop (Java-based), buthas some excellent Web integration too. They also have a product called FeatureFinder, used for creating data-drivenFlash files to embed in websites.So why is OmniScope special? For one thing it has advanced structured datacapabilities, which may have implications in Structured Blogging and may even be analternative to RDF (yikes, don’t tell Tim Berners-Lee that!). Thomasexplained that Omniscope takes the most commonly-used structured data functionality of MSOffice (Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and “adds data visualisation and an Adobe Acrobatportable file dimension.” In other words, instead of manipulating your data in an Excelspreadsheet – which a lot of us do – you can use Omniscope to manipulate your data. The benefit is that it can also be integrated into web services and websites.To see Omniscope in action, I downloaded the Omniscope 2.0 app and then went to the Demo page. I clicked on ‘MobilePhones’ and was able to easily play around with the data there. Indeed it would be a great wayto sort and filter mobile phone data on a phone retailer’s website.Manipulating mobile phone data with OmniscopeA good example of Visokio’s technology in current use is on the LondonStock Exchange website, which uses Omniscope to publish company and member data.London Stock Exchange data on OmniscopeThomas Bate also told me about the structured blogging and ‘datacasting’ implicationsof Omniscope, which I will have to leave for another post – as it gets complicated! Buthere is Thomas’ final word about why Omniscope is potentially highly innovative in theWeb world:“We really believe that a scaleable desktop viewer/container for portable structureddata that anyone can use (with no SQL or coding) will be the unsung hero and key enablerof the accelerating on-demand or Read/Write Web trend.”I can attest that Omniscope is easy to use and its visual and colorful interface formanipulating data is very compelling. I can see a great many uses for this on anydata-driven website. In fact I’d love to see it in action on one of the big e-commercesites like Amazon or eBay!With so much data on the Web these days, we need tools toeasily filter and sort that data – and personalize it. Omniscope seems like a big stepforward in making that kind of data manipulation available on the Web. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Loss Prevention Investigative Skills are Key to Sexual Misconduct Cases

first_imgConducting workplace investigations is one of the most challenging duties loss prevention teams take on. I continue to find it remarkable how those of us tasked with handling sensitive investigations understand what is appropriate and what is not.We know about the elements that make an alleged retail crime an actual crime. We further understand both the law and internal policies well enough to accommodate factual findings, credible determinations and conclusions.[text_ad use_post=’139873′]- Sponsor – As practiced professionals, we can seamlessly move through the selective interview process, into an interrogation, through a verbal and nonverbal accusation and back again. A skilled investigator assessing truthfulness often gains a passive admission without the target even knowing they have made a concession.Our society is currently experiencing an unprecedented conversation about sexual misconduct in the workplace. Industries like entertainment, news and government have seen leaders—virtually all of them men—fall from grace. According to recent articles in LP periodicals, the retail workspace—even the loss prevention industry itself—is no exception.As experts on investigations within their companies, LP staff have a real “value-added” opportunity—and perhaps an obligation—to gain a seat at the table regarding how sexual misconduct investigations are managed.It is an easy transfer of skill to gain an understanding of the infractions at hand when it comes to harassment investigations. LP staff already have the intangible reputation, reliability and integrity for the job. Most likely, they have a willing partner in the human resources department with an equally strong interest in stopping workplace harassment. HR staff, however, might not have the same seasoned investigative experience as those in LP. It’s time for LP to get into the game.When it comes to sexual misconduct investigations, there are generally three types of categories that are unacceptable in any workplace: harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault.Harassment is employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act. According to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, it is based on unwelcome conduct related to age, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability and so forth. Conduct includes offensive jokes, slurs, intimidation, threats and bullying that interfere with work performance.Sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances occur when a person rejects or submits to unwanted conduct that is then used as the basis for the employee’s performance evaluation. The creation of a hostile work environment is created when the unwelcome advances become a condition of employment or a quid pro quo that forces the victim to endure or participate in unwanted sexual conduct.The third type of misconduct, sexual assault, is one that will often rise to a criminal violation. For this type of activity, it is best practice to engage with local law enforcement for potential criminal investigation and prosecution. The biggest mistake made at this level is when internal investigators fail to recognize that this is a criminal act and not just an internal harassment matter.When conducting any level of harassment investigation, it is vital to be fair and—like all investigations— allow the deductive investigation process to lead actions even more so than other inquiries. Individuals’ livelihoods and reputations are at stake and it can often be a “he said, she said” situation. Be sure to seek out detailed statements that will help unearth information that can corroborate each party’s account.As in all things loss prevention, repetitive employee awareness training along with clear policies and procedures are critical. LP teams along with their human resources counterparts can help gain a fresh perspective on this growing concern regarding the proper way for retail organizations to handle revelations of misconduct in the workplace.It’s time to act with transparency, embracing authenticity and committing to changes in organizational culture to combat this issue. Loss prevention professionals’ investigative skills can lead the way.Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in STORES magazine. It is reprinted here with permission. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell

first_imgShane McMahon (top of the cell) looks at Kevin Owens before making his jaw-dropping leap in their Hell in a Cell match. Photo by WWE.comFriends forever?Sami Zayn made the shocking save on longtime friend and bitter rival Kevin Owens, pulling him out of danger and helping him top Shane McMahon in the brutal falls count anywhere Hell in a Cell match Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Baron Corbin stole the United States Championship in their triple threat match to grab his first title in the company.The Lone Wolf squirmed to the ring and kicked AJ Styles out of the squared circle after the defending champion nailed Tye Dillinger with the Phenomenal Forearm.Natalya also used a steel chair on Charlotte to force a disqualification finish and keep her SmackDown Women’s Championship after the Queen connected with a ringside moonsault to the Queen of Harts.Randy Orton topped Rusev once again as he hit an RKO after wiggling out of the Accolade.Bobby Roode was successful in his main roster pay-per-view debut, beating Dolph Ziggler after the Glorious One one-upped the Showoff with a rollup while holding the latter’s tights.After the match, Ziggler nailed Roode with a Zig-Zag as he left the ring frustrated with the result.In the kickoff show, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated the Hype Bros after Gable pinned Zack Ryder with Mojo Rawley looking on from ringside.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims In the night’s other matches, Jinder Mahal once again retained his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, but not without shenanigans from his cohorts The Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was moments away from winning the title after connecting with the Kinshasa, but the Singhs distracted the referee, delaying the count for the pinfall.Mahal tried to escape the match, but the challenger was in hot pursuit and brought him back to the ring. However, Nakamura would miss on his second Kinshasa attempt, opening the chance for the Modern Day Maharaja to nail the Khallas.The Usos also became five-time tag team title holders after defeating The New Day in their brutal Hell in a Cell encounter to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.Jimmy and Jey Uso subjected the duo of Big E and Xavier Woods to a hellacious beatdown, finishing the match with a double splash with a steel chair on top of Woods for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games With the Prizefighter and the SmackDown commissioner beating each other to a pulp inside, outside, and on top of the cell for close to 30 minutes, it was Zayn who turned heads the most and baffled everyone on why he rescued Owens in the match’s conclusion.McMahon seemed poised to win the war after sending Owens crashing to the Spanish announce table halfway down the cell, but he wanted to go for the home run and head-butted the brash Canadian to another announce table, putting him in position for the jaw-dropping elbow drop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut just like the case in WrestleMania 32, McMahon crashed and burned as he fell on top of the cage and missed on his target, largely thanks to Zayn pulling Owens at the last moment.Zayn then pulled Owens on top of McMahon and motioned the referee to do the three-count as he left everyone in the arena confused on what just transpired. Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more

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Senator Suggests Setting Up of Permanent Law Reform Commission

first_img He said the country should consider one similar to the Law Commission of England and Wales. Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, is suggesting that a permanent Law Reform Commission be set up in Jamaica. He pointed out that the Commission of England and Wales was established to review laws and to make law reform recommendations. Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, is suggesting that a permanent Law Reform Commission be set up in Jamaica, which would seek to ensure that, among other things, the laws are simpler, fairer, and modern.He said the country should consider one similar to the Law Commission of England and Wales, which is an independent body set up by Parliament by the Law Commission Act of 1965.Making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on October 25, Mr. Williams argued that the time has come for a comprehensive debate on the matter.He pointed out that the Commission of England and Wales was established to review laws and to make law reform recommendations and proposes changes to the law that will make it simpler, more accessible, fairer, modern, and more cost effective.The Senator contended that Jamaica could benefit from the establishment of such a body as the law is constantly in need of considerable review and updating.Importantly, Mr. Williams further noted that another plus is that the proposed commission would be an independent body.“It is non-political and is staffed by those with considerable legal expertise.  So the advice given is focused on improving the law and not for any other political motive,” he said.Another benefit, he added, is that even if all the recommendations are not implemented, they still have important alternative uses, such as guidelines or vehicles for discussion.“In addition, legislation is not the only way in which some recommendations can take effect. Some can be implemented by the courts. Law reform commissions’ reports also have a significant effect in changing views and in providing guidance to the courts on particular subjects. This can lead to a gradual change in the law by developments through the courts,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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JAMAICA Public warned about misuse of antibiotics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 13, 2017 – Kingston – The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive or misuse of antibiotics.   Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the result of the abuse of antibiotics.   AMR occurs when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.AMR is caused by a number of factors, including the overprescription of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, overuse of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation.  As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.  The condition also increases the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.This poses a great threat to public health, as persons of any age are vulnerable to untreatable infections from surgical site infections, minor injuries or even colds, which can cause life-threatening complications from ‘superbugs’ such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.In response to this public health threat, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners, has come up with a National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle AMR.   Under the NAP, the Ministry of Health will be establishing a surveillance system of antibiotic-resistant infections and strengthening infection prevention and control measures.   Additionally, the Ministry, in collaboration with the UWI, will be undertaking a public education campaign on the impact of antibiotic resistance.Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. Persons are also advised to always take the full prescription, even if health improves.   Persons should never share leftover antibiotics with others, and should prevent infections by regularly washing hands and keeping vaccinations up to date.A major component of the action plan is stricter regulation and promotion of the appropriate use of quality medicines among healthcare professionals.  Health workers are also being urged to participate in the initiative by ensuring that hands, instruments and the environment are clean; to only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, in accordance with current guidelines; report drug-resistant infections to surveillance teams; and talk to patients about how to take antibiotics correctly.These workers are also charged with educating patients about the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse.   Medical professionals are also urged to talk to patients about methods of preventing infections through vaccination, hand washing, safe-sex practices and covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.   The food production industry is also integral to arresting AMR by promoting and adopting good practices at all steps of the production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Stakeholders within the agricultural sector can also adopt sustainable systems with improved hygiene and biosecurity, proper handling of livestock, and ensuring that antibiotics given to animals are only used to control or treat infectious diseases.   Animals should be vaccinated to reduce the need for antibiotics, and the development of alternatives to the use of antibiotics in plants is also encouraged.Food producers are also encouraged to implement international standards and guidelines for the responsible use of antibiotics.   These standards are established by the World Health Organization (WHO), Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Noting that 20 to 50 per cent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett-Templer, is calling on health workers to dispense these drugs judiciously.“It is a fact that antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplants, chemotherapy and surgeries, such as caeserian sections, become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections where antibiotic resistance becomes a problem,” she notes.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant, Dr. Kam Mung, has commended the Government and local health officials for the effort in establishing a multisectoral national action plan to combat this threat.“We at PAHO congratulate Jamaica because of the formation of the anti microbial resistance technical working group,” he says.Noting that almost half a million people have developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Dr. Mung said the action plan will assist in the national effort to stem the devastating health impact associated with the condition.Meanwhile, Medical Microbiologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Alison Nicholson, tells JIS News that the UWI has been conducting research into the condition, to better prepare the health sector to manage the effects of AMR.“At the UHWI, we monitor the organisms and look for resistance.  We monitor our resistance patterns and take it further by doing research.  We try to figure out what is the mechanism of this resistance.  We look at the organisms and track them, so we know what organism causes which diseases,” Dr. Nicholson explains.The NAP is being executed through a multisectoral technical working group comprised of the Ministries of Health and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI).By: Rochelle Williams (JIS)last_img read more

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Mourinho I wont go crazy if Man United beat Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho intends to be respectful towards the Chelsea crowd heading into Manchester United’s game at Stamford Bridge on SaturdayThe Portuguese coach previously managed Chelsea in two separate spells and led them to three Premier League titles.Since taking charge of United in 2016 though, Mourinho has lost all three of his visits to Chelsea.However, in light of a disappointing start to the season, three points against Chelsea would be a welcome sight for the under-fire Mourinho.Although the 55-year-old plans to not rub in the Chelsea fans’ faces if his side does win the game.“For me is another game,” Mourinho told reporters on the club website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Would I celebrate like crazy if my team score a goal at Stamford Bridge or my team wins at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.“I think I would try to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters and stadium for many years, to do that should be something if I completely lost my emotional control, which is not easy.“So I would think which stadium I am in, which public is in the stands but apart from that it is another match for me.“I want to do well for my team, my players, my support. I am 100 per cent Manchester United [on Saturday], no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”United are eighth in the Premier League table with just 13 points from eight games.last_img read more

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