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Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Wikipedia says The North Face manipulated site to top Google results

first_imgIn a statement, The North Face said: “We believe deeply in @Wikipedia’s mission and apologize for engaging in activity inconsistent with those principles. Effective immediately, we have ended the campaign and moving forward, we’ll commit to ensuring that our teams and vendors are better trained on the site policies.” Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that @thenorthface and @LeoBurnett unethically manipulated Wikipedia. They have risked your trust in our mission for a short-lived consumer stunt. 1/ https://t.co/aIl5XEkS3z— Wikipedia (@Wikipedia) May 29, 2019 Tags Wikipedia slammed The North Face for adding product photos to the platform to boost its search ranking. NurPhoto/Getty Images Wikipedia says The North Face violated its terms by swapping photos on the site with its own in order to appear at the top of Google searches. The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia, said Wednesday that The North Face and ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made “unethically manipulated” Wikipedia after removing photos on the platform and replacing them with ones featuring The North Face’s products. In an ad campaign video boasting about the strategy, the companies said they “hacked the results” so that The North Face appears at the top of Google whenever someone searches for an adventure. They said they paid “absolutely nothing just by collaborating with Wikipedia.” The Wikimedia Foundation denied involvement in the campaign. “What they did was akin to defacing public property,” the Wikimedia Foundation said in a post. “When The North Face exploits the trust you have in Wikipedia to sell you more clothes, you should be angry. Adding content that is solely for commercial promotion goes directly against the policies, purpose and mission of Wikipedia to provide neutral, fact-based knowledge to the world.”Volunteers with the Wikimedia Foundation took down The North Face’s images or cropped out the logos and are ensuring the affected articles “meet Wikipedia’s standards of neutrality and reliable sourcing,” the nonprofit said.Wikipedia tweeted about the incident, saying: “Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that @thenorthface and @LeoBurnett unethically manipulated Wikipedia. They have risked your trust in our mission for a short-lived consumer stunt.” Google 0 Share your voicecenter_img 1:25 Internet Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more

City Council Residents Want Pugh to Resign

first_imgBy Taya Graham and Stephen Janis, Specials to the AFROAt Baltimore’s annual taxpayer’s night Tuesday, where residents have a chance to voice their concerns about how the city is governed, Jacques Thompson was adamant it was time for Mayor Catherine Pugh to go.  “I think it’s very disgraceful to be involved in such a mess. It doesn’t help our image at all, “ he told the AFRO.In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivers an address during her inauguration ceremony inside the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. A spokesman for the embattled mayor of Baltimore says she’ll return from her leave of absence as soon as her health allows. Spokesman James Bentley told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday, April 6, 2019, that Pugh’s health is improving. It’s unclear when she’ll return. Pugh abruptly took her leave last week to recover from pneumonia. Meanwhile, a scandal involving her sale of children’s books to high-profile clients has intensified. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)“I think she should resign.”And he was not alone. Several residents who spoke to the AFRO felt the controversy surrounding Pugh’s plethora of books deals was too much of a distraction for her to remain. But if and when Pugh will step down is a question that remains unanswered. And the uncertainty is causing a politically fraught power struggle at city hall as the calls for Pugh to step down intensifies. Last week all 14 members of the council signed a letter calling for her to resign immediately.  But shortly after the missive was made public the mayor’s spokesman James Bentley released a statement that she fully intended to return from her leave of absence, health permitting.“Mayor Pugh has taken a leave to focus on recovering from pneumonia and regaining her health. She fully intends to resume the duties of her office and continuing her work on behalf of the people and the City of Baltimore.” It’s a statement that leaves the city in limbo. And a reminder that while ex-officio Mayor Jack has a temporary hold on the office, the city has no clear direction amid a series of crises including record levels of violence and a new budget that must be passed by July. For now, Young’s spokesman Lester Davis says the former Council president is focused on bringing stability and assuring residents that the city is moving forward. “His focus is on running the city, and trying to make sure people understand that the city is in good hands,” Davis told the AFRO. But as Pugh’s legal woes have continued to mount, daily revelations about the sale of books have raised more concerns about the propriety of the deals and the integrity of city hall.Along with the roughly 100,000 copies purchased by the University of Maryland Medical System, Kaiser Permanente admitted they paid $114,000 for 20,000 books just before the city entered a lucrative $48 million contract to provide health insurance to municipal employees.The Baltimore Sun also reported that Associated Black Charities paid $80,000 for 10,000 additional books.Separately, the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) donated $7,500 to Healthy Holley LLC. The donation came during Pugh’s tenure as a state senator while she was shepherding legislation for MAIF, a state sponsored fund that offers car insurance for people with poor driving records.Pugh’s lawyers have confirmed the mayor is under criminal investigation by the State Prosecutors Office.The litany of deals has also prompted the council to consider sweeping reforms, especially Baltimore’s nearly all-powerful mayor system which confers complete control over spending to the city’s chief executive. “The structure of Baltimore’s government has gone unchanged for the 35 years that I’ve been alive. During that time my beloved city has failed to live up to its limitless potential,” Councilman Brandon Scott told the AFRO.Currently the council cannot allocate money or appropriate funds through legislation. It also takes a super-majority of council members to override a mayoral veto. The Board of Estimates, the body which approves all city contracts, is also controlled by the mayor.   In 2016 the council had an opportunity to increase its power by voting on a series of charter amendments that would have eliminated the mayor’s hold on the BOE and give the council the power to appropriate funds. But both measures failed when then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed them.“Conducting a deep analysis of our government structure including making significant change to it is a must for Baltimore moving forward. Anyone who thinks we can just plug in great people into a broken structure and expect them to excel is sorely mistaken,” Scott said.Meanwhile the apparent vacuum in leadership has prompted a former candidate for citywide office to announce his candidacy for mayor. Former assistant Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah announced he is running for the city’s top job. The former prosecutor is the first of what is expected to be a wide-open field for the Democratic Mayoral primary which is scheduled for spring of 2019. “What we have endured in Baltimore is heartbreaking and humiliating. From our street corners to City Hall, I am running to put an end to crime and corruption,” said Vignarajah. Vignarajah unsuccessfully ran against City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in 2018, placing third behind defense attorney Ivan Bates. He says he plans to run for the top job as an anti-corruption candidate. “Baltimore is in crisis. There is no plan, no vision, no sense of urgency. We are victims of soaring crime, a shrinking economy, and staggering corruption—we are also victims of low expectations and a deficit of leadership.”last_img read more