CALGARY – Calgary police have launched a voyeurism investigation after dozens of women were filmed without their knowledge and posted onto a Twitter account called “Canada Creep.”In some cases, the person behind the camera shot up the skirts of unsuspecting women.People behind another popular Twitter account called “Crackmacs” urged their followers to report the account and by Tuesday morning the “Canada Creep” account had been suspended.Police say it had been up and running for about a year and they are alarmed they hadn’t received any complaints until this week.The account had about 17,000 followers.Several women working in downtown Calgary told CTV Calgary they found the footage creepy, inappropriate and “scary.”“How do you stop this thought?” asked Melissa Souto. “When you see someone taking a picture in this situation it’s kind of hard.”One criminologist says there is a grey area with these types of accounts.“It can be argued that because it is a public space there is no notion of privacy so limited in terms of that recourse in the legal system,” says Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer, a criminologist at Mount Royal University.But police say filming up women’s skirts is over the line into criminal action.“We have started an active investigation,” says Staff Sgt. Cory Dayley. “We are looking at all the reports coming in as well as proactively looking for the people that are victims of the crimes we are seeing online.“Anything that is underneath a layer of clothes there is an expectation of privacy in our mind and under the (Criminal Code).”(CTV Calgary)
5 January 2011The United Nations and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will hold a meeting next week to discuss ways of better protecting five sites from the vast African nation that are inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The United Nations and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will hold a meeting next week to discuss ways of better protecting five sites from the vast African nation that are inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The five sites in danger are Virunga, Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, and Salonga National Parks, and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, which are home to a unique range of flora and fauna including the Mountain Gorilla and the Okapi – a forest giraffe only found in DRC.The sites have suffered from political instability in the Great Lakes region over the past two decades, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “The continued insecurity due to the presence of armed groups and the proliferation of arms as well as a general break down of law and order have lead to massive poaching,” states the Paris-based agency. Among other things, the Northern White Rhino, which had its home in the Garamba National Park, is feared to have been hunted into extinction, while the numbers of the Okapi and elephant populations are seriously declining. The 14 January high-level meeting will take place in the capital, Kinshasa, and be chaired by the Prime Minister of DRC, Adolphe Muzito, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Participants, which will include representatives of government, non-governmental organizations and donors, will examine the state of the sites, reinforce the commitment to their restoration and safeguarding by Congolese authorities, redefine support provided by the international community and adopt a plan of action to strengthen protection.
“July could see the transfer of AFISMA to a UN stabilisation mission,” Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, told journalists in the Malian capital city of Bamako, referring to the African-led International Support Mission in Mali by its French acronym – AFISMA.In December 2012, at the request of the Malian Government, the Security Council authorized AFISMA’s deployment to support national efforts to recover the north, which had been occupied by radical Islamists. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.Mr. Mulet was in Mali assessing possible options for a UN presence. Speaking to media today, he stressed that any UN force would be limited and focus on supporting the Malian authorities and protecting civilians. “The sovereignty of Mali is the main objective of this international support,” Mr. Mulet said. “It is not to create a buffer between the north and the south. The members of the Security Council and the member states are very clear on the need for Mali to extend its authority over all its territory,” he added.The 15-member UN Security Council would be required to vote on any UN presence in the country. That authorization is likely to be up for debate following a report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon due on 27 March. Following Security Council approval, it would take approximately another two month to deploy a force to Mali.
Source: PikerAds/YouTube16. Special KEating Special K actually makes you LOSE weight, at least that’s what they want you to believe.A pleasant enough malty taste, and strangely moreish. Source: benjaflynn15. Country StoreBy Country Store we really mean all muesli, but this particular brand gets a special mention owing to its exceptionally pleasing packaging. We’re a fickle bunch. Source: Wikipedia14. PorridgeYou either love it or you hate it. You might take it with milk, or balk at the idea, preferring the more austere water method. Adding fruit is an option, or maybe honey. Perhaps brown sugar is your bag. Listen, what you do in the privacy of your own kitchen is up to you.13. ShreddiesCommonly known in Ireland as a “blow in” cereal with slight notions, Shreddies are nonetheless a reasonable choice. A fine variety of flavours, and a grand big box. Source: Thegreatbritishdiet12. Sugar PuffsThere’s only so much sugar one can take, and Sugar Puffs step over the line.It’s really nostalgia that helps them onto this list. Who didn’t want the Honey Monster to turn up at the breakfast table/football match/birthday party? We love you Honey Monster. Source: Tumblr11. WeetabixThere’s no messing with Weetabix. What you see is what you get. We’re hot milk people here at DailyEdge.ie Towers, but if cold milk floats your boat, that’s okay too. Source: Sean MacEntee10. FrostiesEssentially just cornflakes with the sugar already added. However, there is something about the shiny glaze that elevates Frosties. And anything with a mascot as enduring as Tony the Tiger has to be on to a good thing. Source: BlogSpot9. CheeriosYou could pour yourself a bowl of Cheerios as big as a house, and still it would never be enough. Such a pleasant texture, with just enough give once the milk has been added.The original variety can be a little bland, leaving them at number nine. Source: yaybiscuits1238. Bran FlakesAn underrated classic, but perceived to be “too good for you” to rank any higher.A word of warning: there are people in this world who put sugar on Bran Flakes. These people want to watch the world burn. Source: Lancastrian7. Corn popsAh the elusive Corn Pop. A disgusting concept (originally marketed as tasting like popcorn, and who wants to eat milky popcorn) marvellously executed.Unfortunately these are no longer available in Ireland so make friends with someone who’s going to America soon.There are claims that Kelloggs Honey Pops are a suitable replacement. We are not convinced. Source: Imgur6. WeetosThese crispy chocolate hoops will assault the roof of your mouth, but they are worth it. Man alive are they worth it. Source: Theswca5. Rice KrispiesIn at number five is the humble puffed rice. Not only are Rice Krispies the basis for the world’s best party food (shout out to Rice Krispie buns), they also have an elegant simplicity. Source: Dspencer44. Crunchy Nut CornflakesDespite smelling ever so faintly of wet dog, there’s a reason the ads for Crunchy Nut Cornflakes depict people frantically scrambling for more.Their sheer addictiveness garners them the number four slot. Source: Ipcdigital3. CornflakesYou don’t mess with a classic, and it doesn’t get much more classic than cornflakes. Welcome to number three cornflakes. Source: Bess Georgette2. StartIrish people love Start. We feel a kinship to it. We don’t know if it’s because it makes us feel athletic, or because you can only get about three bowls out of the box so it must be special.Either way, it’s delicious, and deserves its number two slot. Source: Angryjogger1. Coco PopsAh the humble Coco Pop. The daddy of all horrifyingly sweet and chocolatey cereals.Coco Pops give so much, and expect nothing in return. Even a small box yields plenty of bowls. Every spoonful is delicious and at the end you have the reward of a chocolatey milky lake.Even their difficult Choco Kirspies phase was top notch.Congrats Coco Pops, you cheeky monkey. Source: Shannon Stockley :)Now, have at it in the comments section…Chocolate bar: A definitive ranking, from worst to best>A Definitive Ranking Of Your Bank-Related Rage> HERE AT DailyEdge.ie we know what matters.So we’ve painstakingly ranked all the varieties of Irish breakfast cereals*, from worst to best.This ranking is final and definitive.*By ‘Irish breakfast cereals’, we mean the ones available in Ireland, past and present. By ‘all’, we mean some of the main ones.20. All BranDusty matchsticks. That’s what All Bran is. Source: trekkyandy19. Original Shredded WheatTastes like steel wool. And you shouldn’t need a knife and fork to eat your breakfast cereal. Source: Homeflavour18. Lucky CharmsYou can now buy these for approximately €427 in selected food emporiums in Ireland. Don’t bother.Unless you have this kind of patience: Source: Imgur17. Fruit and FibreA satisfactory alternative to muesli, and thanks to Ross Kemp we’ll always remember that it contains:Apples, hazelnuts, bananas, raisins, coconut, sultanas…
Greek exports to Australia rose 27 per cent in the first half of 2014, compared with the corresponding period last year, totalling 100 million Australian dollars, from 80 million in 2013.According to figures released by the Australian statistics office, around 50 per cent of Greek exports were food and beverage products, while 85 per cent of exported products to Australia were made by family-owned businesses.Australia is ranked 39th on Greece’s principal export destination, with Turkey, Italy and Germany taking the top three spots.Alternatively, Australian products aren’t as popular in Greece, with the country ranking only 96th in Greece’s primary export countries. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee held its inaugural meeting Thursday to resume talks on replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge.Legislative leaders from Washington also met for another reason: To show Oregon they’re serious about replacing the aging and frequently congested bridge that is a key component of the corridor through Portland and Vancouver.Lawmakers said they’re hopeful the meeting draws Oregon to the table. So far, the state has appointed no delegates to a committee created in Olympia last session by SB 5806, a bill that called on both states to appoint members to work again on replacing the bridge.“I believe Oregon, in the past, has been very clear with us in that they need to see a firm commitment from this side of the river (for a) renewed effort to replace the I-5 Bridge,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, a Vancouver Democrat who sits on the committee.The same bill that created the joint committee also required the Washington State Department of Transportation to complete a report detailing past work done on the Columbia River Crossing.Lawmakers spent Thursday night’s meeting reviewing that lengthy report.Both Cleveland and state Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, said they hope completing that milestone also shows Oregon they’re committed to working together again.
Posted: October 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Pedestrian hospitalized with gunshot wound after fight with motorist in Del Cerro October 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 57-year-old man suffered a gunshot to his right forearm while fighting a motorist who almost struck him Sunday morning in the Del Cerro community of San Diego, a police sergeant said.The victim told police he was walking southbound across the street in the 5200 block of Adobe Falls Road when he was almost struck about 1 a.m. by a white, four-door sedan, said San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey.“He exchanged words with the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and a Pacific Islander male exited the driver’s seat,” Tansey said. “The two became involved in a fight, and the victim was knocked unconscious.”The 57-year-old man regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital by an unknown citizen.He realized that he had been shot in the forearm while at an area hospital and was transferred to the hospital’s trauma unit, where he was treated for his injuries, he said.The suspect in connection with the shooting was described as a 6-foot, 2-inch tall Pacific Islander weighing 220 pounds with long hair. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
What: Clark County Fair.Hours today: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Where: 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.Admission: Adults, $10; seniors 62 and older, $8; kids 7-12, $7; kids 6 and younger, free; parking, $6; C-Tran shuttle, $2 per person round-trip from area park-and-ride lots; children 6 and younger ride free. $1 discount on admission with a bus fare stub.Carnival: Opens at noon; unlimited rides today, $25.Barns: Close early today.99.5 The Wolf Grandstands: Mutton Bustin’, 2 p.m.; NW Bull Riding Championship, 7 p.m.Other highlights: Talent Show Contest, 11 a.m.; Washington Old Time Fiddlers, noon.Pets: Not permitted, except for personal service animals or those on exhibition or in competition.More information: Clark County Fair or call 360-397-6180.Online: Download the mobile app for the Clark County Fair.The 16-year-old ferociously beating the electric drums at the Clark County Fair — his hands a blur, his eyes closed in concentration — must not have gotten the memo that “rock is dead.”That clichéd concept has persevered for many years. But it’s becoming an even-more common refrain as album sales continue to decline and the diverse genre ages into its seventh decade — making rock music old enough to get a discount at Denny’s. Bill Haley & His Comets loved to put their “glad rags” on and “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954, but 17 years later Led Zeppelin was already reminding us how long it had been since they “rock and rolled.” These days, it’s apparently up to Fall Out Boy to “Save Rock and Roll,” the title of the band’s modest-selling, pop-tinged 2013 album.Yet, it’s a celebration of all things rock — not a funeral — inside the fair’s “Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The touring exhibit, created in 2011 by Sacramento, Calif.’s Stage Nine Exhibit Design, features interactive displays, classic concert photos and a wealth of nostalgic nuggets tracing the music style from its blues-derived roots to the myriad subgenres that have since stretched the definition of “rock.”Drummer Brenden Banta’s love of hard rock music was instilled in him as a young kid through the listening habits of his dad, a Metallica fan. Brenden Banta, 16, of Kalama plays a fast pattern on an electric drum set Sunday inside the Clark County Fair’s “Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘n’ Roll” exhibit.
When the Port of Kalama decided to build new administrative offices, it saw an opportunity to tell the story of how the small Cowlitz County town, tucked in a tight spot between the Columbia River and rugged hills, came to be.Now, after years of discussion and planning, the port has authorized construction of a $4.5 million waterfront building that will include the Transportation Interpretive Center, where the story of how transportation shaped Kalama will be told.The three-member Port of Kalama commission this week awarded a construction contract to Olympia-based Berschauer Group for the 13,500-square-foot building, to be completed by next fall.The building, which will be on port-owned land near the Columbia River, will resemble a traditional waterfront warehouse of the 1800s. The interpretive center will focus on the area’s history as a regional commercial and transportation hub and will house cultural artifacts, memorabilia and replicas of the past.The city exists because its constrained geography made it a hub for rail, road, and of course river transportation, noted Liz Newman, the Port of Kalama’s marketing and communication manager. One of Kalama’s most important moments took place in the spring of 1871, when Gen. John W. Sprague drove the first spike of the transcontinental Northern Pacific Railroad. The city was incorporated later that same year.
A worker controls a tapping of a blast furnace at Europe’s largest steel factory of Germany’s industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG in the western German city of Duisburg in this file photo. REUTERS/Ina FassbenderThyssenkrupp workers have opposed the idea of the German industrial group becoming the junior partner in a possible steel joint venture with Tata Steel, group works council chief Wilhelm Segerath told Reuters from Dusseldorf, Germany, on Monday.Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel have been in discussions since last year to combine their European operations in a joint venture to remove overcapacity from the market and cut costs, and had so far said to be planning a 50-50 venture, the Reuters report said.Reuters quoted German business daily Handelsblatt reporting on Sunday that Thyssenkrupp aimed to hold less than half of the potential venture so it can deconsolidate the business from its balance sheet.”I don’t believe in a minority stake. We reject that idea,” Segerath told Reuters, adding that such a move would make the steel business entirely dependent on a foreign investor whose intentions for jobs and sites were uncertain.Labour bosses at Thyssenkrupp have long opposed a possible merger of the European steel businesses of the two companies, fearing that such a deal would destroy jobs without making the business more sustainable.Thyssenkrupp’s steel works council chief Guenter Back said last month that finance chief Guido Kerkhoff had said the company would decide by the end of 2016-17, which runs through September, whether to proceed with a merger.
This combination of pictures created on 17 March shows a 13 March file photo of US president Donald Trump (L) at the White House in Washington, DC; and a 13 December 2017 file photo of US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo AFPUS president Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his authority Friday after US media reported that his deputy attorney general had discussed ways to force him from office on grounds of incompetence, just months into his presidency.In the latest bombshell to rock the troubled administration, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 had suggested secretly recording Trump for evidence of White House dysfunction—and using that to formally remove him from power.Coming on the heels of an explosive book by respected White House chronicler Bob Woodward, the reports added to mounting evidence indicating that numerous people in Trump’s own government have serious doubts about his fitness for office—and have actively worked to undermine him.As the number two Justice Department official, Rosenstein oversees the probe into whether Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians in defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.The Time and Post reports were both based on secret memos by a former FBI director—which some speculated may have been leaked in order to undermine Rosenstein, and in turn the Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller.Rosenstein branded the reports “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”“I never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false,” he added.And the Justice Department released a statement by a former senior official—who would not be identified—saying that he was “in the room” at the time and that Rosenstein was only joking.“The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president,” said the former official.Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr held up the reports as evidence of disloyalty among the president’s entourage.“Who are we kidding at this point?” he tweeted, above a link to the Times article. “No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump.”Trump’s Republican ally Mike Huckabee meanwhile urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Rosenstein—or for Trump to fire them both if he refuses.Washington was convulsed this month by the release of Woodward’s book on the inner workings of the White House—which he described as mired in a perpetual “nervous breakdown” with staff battling to control an unstable president.Compounding Woodward’s account, The New York Times went on to publish an op-ed by an anonymous senior official—whose identity remains a mystery—claiming that select administration staff members are so alarmed by the president’s “erratic” and “amoral” behavior that they actively sabotage his most extreme policy efforts.“We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the writer said.Mueller probe threatened?The latest reports were based on private memos written by then-interim FBI director Andrew McCabe, summarizing discussions with Rosenstein.Because Rosenstein oversees the Russia probe, there was immediate speculation that the memos may have been leaked in order to damage Rosenstein, and by extension Mueller—more than to hurt Trump.Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the special counsel for the Russia investigation.After securing convictions of seven people associated with Trump, Mueller’s probe increasingly threatens the White House and the president himself.Trump has repeatedly pressured Rosenstein and Sessions to shut down what he calls an illegal “witch hunt.”The president did not respond specifically to the shock news reports, but at a political rally in Missouri late Friday he referred to “what’s being exposed at the Department of Justice and the FBI.”“You have some real bad ones. You see what’s happening at the FBI – they’re all gone, they’re all gone,” he said.“There’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too,” Trump finished.Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, immediately sought to pre-empt any attempt to fire Rosenstein.“This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order (to) install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation,” Schumer said.The Times said Rosenstein made the comments in a particularly chaotic period, in the weeks right after he was appointed deputy attorney general.Rosenstein’s alleged allusion to the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for removing a president if they are judged unfit for office, came just after Trump fired FBI director James Comey—invoking a memo written by Rosenstein.According to the Times, Rosenstein was unhappy about being “used” by Trump in the firing of Comey, as well as concerned about other turmoil in the White House under the new president.
A state representative has become the third Fort Bend County Republican to announce plans to step down in as many weeks. The county’s political and demographic shifts may help explain why.State Rep. John Zerwas said Wednesday he’ll resign at the end of September. Earlier in July, both Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and Congressman Pete Olson announced they would not seek reelection in 2020.Bob Stein, a professor of political science at Rice University, says President Trump’s immigration policies hurt the GOP in the county in 2018 and could do so again in the contest to replace Zerwas.“It’s not just that there has been an emergence of Democratic voters, but it’s where those voters have appeared,” Stein said. “There, Asian Americans have been the big force behind the Democrats becoming a majority. Right now, between Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanics, the majority of the registered voters in Fort Bend County are non-white.”Last year, Democrats took control of the county commissioners court and district attorney’s office, as well as giving Congressman Olson his closest reelection contest ever.“I think [Fort Bend County] Republicans feel at this point their chances of not just losing in 2020 are great, but if 2022 produces a Democratic majority in the state house, then the redistricting will make it a permanent condition,” Stein said.Under state law, Governor Greg Abbott must call a special election to fill Zerwas’ seat.MORE: What GOP Congressmen Retiring Means For Texas (Houston Matters) X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: SlackerDelphiState Representative John Zerwas in June 2017 00:00 /08:11 Listen 00:00 /00:40 X Listen
A federal appeals court upheld a previous ruling that President Donald Trump engaged in unconstitutional discrimination by blocking dissenters on Twitter.Manhattan’s 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week agreed that as long as Trump is a public official, he cannot prevent people from reading or responding to his feed simply because he disagrees with them.In July 2017, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University—on behalf of seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing his policies—sued the president.AdChoices广告The suit claimed that Trump’s Twitter account (@realDonaldTrump) is a public forum and official voice of the administration, and that excluding people from accessing it is a First Amendment violation.Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and White House Director of Social Media Daniel Scavino were also named in the lawsuit.Almost a year later, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the president’s Twitter account constitutes a “public forum,” and therefore cannot bar speakers on the basis of viewpoint.Some 75 users have since been unblocked, though another 30 or so remain stonewalled—including model Chrissy Teigen and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, the Associated Press reported.“Public officials’ social media accounts are now among the most significant forums for discussion of government policy,” Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, said in a statement.“This decision will ensure that people aren’t excluded from these forums simply because of their viewpoints,” the attorney continued. “And that public officials aren’t insulated from their constituents’ criticism.”Evidence of the official nature of Trump’s Twitter account—first created in 2009, now operating in tandem with the @POTUS feed—is “overwhelming.”“Once the president has chosen a platform and opened up its interactive space to millions of users and participants, he may not selectively exclude those whose views he disagrees with,” according to the unanimous judgement.The Department of Justice is understandably disappointed by the ruling. After all, it has now lost for a second time in a row.“[We] are exploring possible next steps, spokesperson Kelly Laco said in a statement emailed to Geek. “As we argued, President Trump’s decision to block users from his personal twitter account does not violate the First Amendment.”There is no word on whether the government will appeal again—by asking the panel to reconsider, or seeking a reversal from the full 2nd Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court.“The irony in all of this is that we write at a time in the history of this nation when the conduct of our government and its officials is subject to wide-open, robust debate,” Circuit Judge Barrington Parker wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.“This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing,” he continued. “In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less.”Twitter last month introduced a new “notice” feature that hides abusive posts by verified government officials with more than 100,000 followers.(Trump’s personal and professional accounts both qualify.)Employees will determine what content is a matter of public interest based on certain considerations, including the immediacy and severity of potential harm, as well as whether the tweet provides unique context or perspective necessary to broader discussion.Concealed posts will not be featured as top tweets on a user’s timeline, or in “safe search” results, “recommended tweet” push notifications, or the “Explore” page.More on Geek.com:Twitter On the Hunt for ‘Tweeter in Chief’Twitter Bug ‘Accidentally’ Exposed iOS Users’ Location Data to Third PartyTwitter Now Lets You Add GIFs, Photos, Videos to RetweetsEditor’s note: This article was updated at 10:35 a.m. ET with comment from the Department of Justice. Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature
Register Now » I never truly experienced the great Portland-Seattle tech migration first hand. Oh, sure, I always heard about it in the background. People couldn’t afford the Bay Area, so periodically various acquaintances might disappear to the rainy north.Skilled American tech workers are leaving the Bay Area faster than they are arriving, so I haven’t been all that surprised. It didn’t really hit home, though, until recent months when a long-time, close coworker and friend, Janine Kahn, who I worked with at Village Voice Media in days gone by, decided to get out of Dodge (or San Francisco in my case). She’d always been one of my best San Francisco media friends, and we shared countless lunches and cupcakes. Time marches on though, and she eventually got an even better position running the digital editorial side of Lumina Media. Even more importantly, she found a good man, who became her husband. This good man found a fancy job in Oregon.“My husband, who also works in tech, got a job as a senior engineer at a dev. agency in Portland, and I work remote, so we decided to give it a shot,” she says. “It doesn’t hurt that we’re renting an entire house for less than our SF one-bedroom now.”Yes, that type of story forms much the core of why there’s a Pacific Northwest tech migration.Google gets in the act.Of course, Google is a part of this major tech trend as well. They recently decided to open offices in Portland too. The move makes Portland one of the latest locations across the globe for the company, including Austin, Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico and Egypt. A local presence gives Google and other companies the ability to better serve customers in each area.This is just a harbinger of things to come. As Portland grows, even more businesses will join Google there. The area has already had a tech worker influx rivaled only by the country’s biggest tech hubs. Here are a few reasons Portland, like Austin, Seattle and others, is capturing the attention of the Silicon Valley worker.Thriving tech industry.Between 2010 and 2013, Portland’s tech talent pool increased by 28 percent, which was a faster rate than Silicon Valley, where the talent pool grew only 20.8 percent. Even Austin, which has long been home to Apple, Google and othe huge tech companies, had slower growth than Portland at 26.5 percent. With so many talented professionals now, Portland has become a popular location for tech giants and startups alike.Hewlett Packard, eBay, Salesforce, New Relic and Airbnb are just a few of the tech companies with offices in Portland. But the city has plenty of its own tech companies, giving it the nickname “Silicon Forest.” The city is the hometown of Tripwire, Digital Trends and Cloudability, as well as numerous other startups and corporations in a variety of industries. This has created a culture of innovation in Northwest Oregon that makes new companies want to locate there.Low cost of living.This is the preeminent reason why workers are looking to leave Silicon Valley. A tech worker can live much more comfortably in Portland than San Francisco or Palo Alto, with much lower housing costs. While tech workers can easily earn six figures in Silicon Valley, tech-sector salaries in Portland are on the rise, up 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. From 2008 to 2014, Portland’s tech salaries increased 18 percent.Like Silicon Valley, the closer you get to Portland’s tech hub, the more expensive the housing is. However, many of the area’s technology workers choose to live in one of the more affordable suburbs of Portland, which also gives families access to great schools. Depending on a worker’s willingness to commute, there are several suburbs that are good places to live. It adds up to something much more attractive than the nasty commute along the various highways throughout the Bay Area.Work-life balance.Work-life balance is often mentioned as a benefit to living in the Portland area. Part of this could be the growing popularity of telecommuting in the city. One study revealed that 7 percent of the city’s workers now work from home and that number is growing. Nationally, 2.6 percent of the workforce telecommutes on a daily basis, making Portland a preferred city for those who want a commute that involves merely walking a few steps to a home office. Studies have shown that working from home allows for a better work-life balance, which is a priority for some of the top up-and-coming technology professionals.Tech workers increasingly seek work-life balance, especially those whose work requires long hours and years of dedication. Portland offers a wide variety of options for tech workers with hobbies, from its big music scene to its museums and art galleries. Many other cities have this, as well, but a shorter work commute and the ability to work from home could help tech workers relieve the pressure they feel in other tech hubs as they try to find a work-life balance that often seems to elude them.Portland is one of many areas seeing rapid growth due to technology companies. With so many professionals choosing the area, it will only continue to attract more organizations looking to capitalize on talent there. The tantalizing lifestyle of the city gives workers a combination of affordability and fun that can’t be found at the center of the tech world. This is good though. A healthy U.S. tech economy can’t be located in one region. It needs to be a part of mutliple regions, so it can drive greater benefit for the national economy as a whole. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 12, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
So let us know who your favourite teacher was/is? DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite To all teachers enjoying a “day off” today (October 5), you deserve it!Today specifically is Teacher’s Day, so “Happy Teacher’s Day”!This school holiday couldn’t have fallen at a better time.For those of you marking papers, take the rest of the day off. Sit back and relax, because you are an “every day hero” who has a major impact on so many people’s lives.You are the reason most of us achieve greatness… Your lessons sunk in and helped us on the way to success as adults!Today is an occasion to celebrate yourself and your profession.Enjoy the rest of Teacher’s Day!
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