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Khandu seeks Centres help to fast track road rail projects reform agri

first_imgItanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has emphasised the need to fast track communication programmes in the state, while seeking support from the Centre for structural reformation of the state’s agriculture sector, an official release said. Addressing the fifth governing council meet of NITI Aayog, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the chief minister presented the status of rail, road and air projects in the state. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana He also underlined the roadmap for Arunachal’s development, with special mention of rainwater harvesting and water management plans, the release said. Speaking on the ‘aspirational districts programme’, Khandu briefed Niti Aayog on the achievements and challenges faced by the state in implementing it. He also shed light on the enormous potential of the state in the fields of agriculture and allied sectors, tourism and hydro power, which, he insisted, if systematically harnessed would take the state to new heights. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The chief minister also sought the Centre’s support in modernising the police force in the state, while participating in a discussion on security matters. Stressing the need for a permanent bureaucracy, Khandu requested the policy think-tank to consider creating a separate IAS cadre for the state. The pace of development gets affected as the state still functions under Union territory cadre, the CM said. “Owing to Arunachal’s vastness and diversities, the officers posted here need at least two to three years to understand the pulse of the state. By the time they know, they are transferred, hampering development,” he reasoned. Claiming that the state has been ignored when it came to distribution of foreign funds, Khandu requested Niti Aayog to device a mechanism to overcome this hurdle and compensate Arunachal Pradesh accordingly. The CM also urged the Centre to relax the guidelines of its flagship programmes for Arunachal Pradesh. “The tough and the inaccessible terrain in the state makes it difficult for agencies to implement the programmes as per guidelines,” he said.last_img read more

Zomato lays off 541 staffers says blame it on automation

first_imgNew Delhi: Food delivery platform Zomato on Saturday said that it has laid off 541 people — 10 per cent of the company’s strength — across customer, merchant and delivery partner support teams.The reason behind the move is an improved Zomato platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven bots and automation in resolving customer queries that has led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While this has been a painful decision, to make the transition smoother, we have extended between two-month months severance pay (based on tenure), family health insurance cover (till the end of January 2020) and career fair opportunities with companies,” said Zomato. The company, which is at the loggerheads with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) over deep discounts in its fine-dining Gold programme, claimed it has improved the speed of service resolution and now only 7.5 per cent of its orders need support (down from 15 per cent in March).last_img read more

Johann encounters high altitude and heavy snowfall on Everest

In the latest news from the snow-clad Himalayas, Johann left Sri Lanka on 4th April for Kathmandu, where he spent a couple of days meeting up with and preparing with his team for the climb. After ensuring the necessary equipment was in place, the heavier equipment was sent by air onto Lukla where it will be transported by yaks to Everest Base Camp.Initially he flew from Kathmandu into Lukla, 2,860m, one of the most challenging airports in the world. On 7th April, Johann commenced the arduous climb. The first stop for the night was Phakding before commencing a steep climb the next day to Namche Bazaar at 3,440m. There has been an overwhelming response to the ‘Climb Everest with Johann’ campaign, which invites Sri Lankans to sponsor each step that Johann takes on the mountain for Rs.100 to participate in this exhilarating climb to the summit. Eager to make his country proud, the brave son of Sri Lanka, Johann Peries has commenced his second attempt to scale Mount Everest.In the latest update on his exciting journey as he is cheered on by fellow Sri Lankans, he is making steady progress, surmounting challenges of high altitude and extreme cold. An Everest expedition requires a large financial commitment and every step sponsored goes towards financing the expedition. Johann has dedicated this expedition to all Sri Lankans. The legendary mountain lures climbers of various nationalities to explore it and affords some of the most testing physical challenges on this earth. After Pheriche, Johann proceeded to Lobuche to climb the famous Lobuche Peak. This is a particularly difficult acclimatization climb, up to an altitude of 6,119m.  He is presently on that climb, a three-day climb during which communication is cut off. Climbing Mount Everest is an accomplishment that bestows a rare distinction – not only on the climber but also on the country he hails from. The ascent to Namche Bazaar was followed by a two-day stop consisting of a tough acclimatization climb, a rest and a recovery day. Acclimatization climbs are performed by climbing up to a higher altitude, staying there briefly, and then returning to a lower altitude to sleep. With altitude, the air becomes thinner – the saturation of oxygen declines and the body has to produce more red blood cells to manage the thinner air. This will be true for the rest of the climb.Thereafter, Johann proceeded to Tengboche, 3,860m, where he visited the famous Tengboche monastery and temple. Here, he received a formal blessing for the remainder of the journey. Onwards to Pengboche, 3,895m, for another night, he encountered significant snowfall and extreme cold.From Pengboche, he pressed on to Pheriche, at 4,371m. Here, they had another rest and acclimatization day to recover. After 4,000m, the effects of altitude are more significant, with climbers often experiencing various signs of altitude sickness including headaches and nausea. Having been in training since December 2016, Johann is technically equipped to undertake this expedition. He is no stranger to this act of courage. Johann Peries and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala were the first Sri Lankans to attempt to summit the peak of 8,848m above sea level in April 2016. Although Jayanthi became the first Sri Lankan to scale the summit of Mt Everest, Johann managed to reach a height of 8,400m, a mere 448m short of reaching the summit, before technical difficulties forced him to descend. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNESCO deplores journalists killing in Sierra Leone as blow to reconstruction

Speaking out yet again in defence of freedom of the press, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the killing of a journalist in Sierra Leone as a potential blow to the reconstruction of the country after years of civil war and anarchy. Harry Yansaneh, editor of For Di People newspaper, died on July 28, apparently following an assault on May by a group of people who are reported to have wanted to evict For Di People from its rented premises and to have been opposed to the newspaper because of its editorial line. He died of kidney problems. The paper has also suffered acts of vandalism. “For Di People has been subject to repeated attacks, the latest of which cost Mr. Yansaneh his life,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “I trust that the authorities in Sierra Leone will spare no effort in bringing to trial those responsible for the editor’s death, for the sake of justice, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. “These values, cornerstones of democracy and rule of law, are essential to the reconstruction and development of Sierra Leone, which has suffered from so much violence during the years of civil war,” he added. Mr. Matsuura’s statement was the latest in a long series of condemnations he has issued recently over attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Oilsands better for foreigners than Canadians environmentalists say

An environmental group that has come under fire for its anti-oilsands work and connection to foreign funding says too many of the benefits from Canada’s energy industry flow outside the country.ForestEthics Advocacy, which recently gave up its charitable status after allegations it was using U.S. money to finance political activities in Canada, says in a report released Thursday that nearly three-quarters of oilsands production is foreign owned.The report, based on data from Bloomberg and Statistics Canada, finds more than 40 per cent of the profits from oil and natural gas in Canada go to foreign-owned companies. That’s more than twice the average for all Canadian industry.“We need to ask the question, ‘What legacy are we going to leave?’ ” said ForestEthics spokeswoman Tzeporah Berman.But Andrew Leach, a University of Alberta energy economist, said it’s not surprising that multinationals dominate the oilsands, with its huge demands for capital and long lead times.“The only companies which have, historically, had a sufficiently diversified portfolio to take the oilsands risk and finance the upfront capital have been multinationals,” he said.Berman said the group isn’t suggesting foreign investment is bad, only that its major beneficiaries should be Canadians. She pointed to Norway, where the government has amassed one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world using energy royalties.Berman said Canada needs to do something similar to ensure that a fair share of benefits from the energy industry remain in Canada to help make the economy less dependent on fossil fuels.“Today, we’re doing none of those things,” she said.The ForestEthics report goes on to point out little of the oil from the oilsands remains in the country to add to national energy security — although industry has made some recent moves to ship more of its product to eastern Canada.As well, it quotes Statistics Canada data to suggest the importance of the oilsands to the overall job market is exaggerated. It says only .8 per cent of Canadian jobs are directly in the energy sector.“We’re being asked to bear enormous risks, we’re being asked to bear enormous costs, and we’re being told that we should basically shut up and agree,” said Berman.“The point that we’re trying to make here is that we need to take a closer look at what Canada’s interests are.” by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2012 6:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oilsands better for foreigners than Canadians, environmentalists say read more

Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman ends relationship with company he founded

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ashley Madison has made public relations mistakes but forgiveness may be out of reach for the adultery website as it hopes to salvage relationships with its members following the departure of CEO Noel Biderman.The Toronto-based website announced Friday that Biderman had stepped down from the company he founded 14 years ago after a cyberattack left the personal details of its customers exposed to hackers.His exit marks what could be the first step for the company on a long road of challenges.“This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees,” Ashley Madison said in a statement on its website Friday.“We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.”Ashley Madison and Biderman mutually agreed he should step down, the statement said. The company did not return messages for comment.What remains to be seen is whether Ashley Madison can mend a damaged reputation that was built primarily on secrecy and trust.“Basically, I think the brand is dead,” said Bill Walker, president of crisis consultancy film MidtownPR in Toronto.“It has gone from a place you go to cheat anonymously to the place where everybody gossips about it. No matter what you think of it in terms of its morality, they made a brand promise to people and failed to fulfil it.”The website, which facilitates extramarital affairs for a membership fee, was the victim last month of hackers who stole a list of names purported to be users of Ashley Madison, claiming the company refused to bow to their demands to shutdown the business.The hackers also claimed to have exposed data on millions of spouses who signed up.Only a few months ago, Ashley Madison was riding high on its reputation as a portal for married people to connect discreetly online. Biderman was talking up his plans to take the company public on the London Stock Exchange, an effort he said would help it grow into new markets.When news that hackers infiltrated the company’s computer systems spread online, details began to emerge about some of its questionable business practices, such as charging its customers extra money to completely delete their accounts, even though they were still being saved in a database.Cleaning up the mess of such consumer deceptions could prove to be difficult. What happens from here is hardly a textbook case of crisis management, partly because Ashley Madison already operated on the fringes of common morality.“It’s sort of a Wild West frontier,” said Walker. “A lot of the tried and true methods might not apply.”Such a massive leak would bury many technology companies, but Ashley Madison has the advantage of marketing its business on temptation, which could ultimately work to its advantage.“This is a torpedo to the bow, but it isn’t necessarily fatal,” said Bruce Philp, an independent branding consultant in Toronto.“The sheer numbers of desperate, largely men, who subscribe to that service proves there’s an enormous market here. The fact of the matter is any market that big and keen is going to be serviced.”A lack of many reputable competitors could also give Ashley Madison more time in its rescue effort.The company, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” purports to have nearly 40 million members around the world, though it has been nearly impossible to confirm how many of those accounts are legitimate.Many of the profiles leaked earlier this month were tied to fake or borrowed email addresses, which users did not necessarily have to validate.Ashley Madison said it continues to co-operate with police to apprehend those responsible for the hack and has offered a $500,000 reward for anyone with information that results in the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.In the meantime, the company’s existing senior management team will lead the operations until a replacement CEO is found, it said.They face potential class-action lawsuits from its customers and further questions about the security around its website.“Fundamentally, at the core of every brand is the need for trust, and I think the Ashley Madison brand has had its trust compromised,” said Matt Kelly, co-founder of Level5 management consultancy group.“They clearly are in a tough spot.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates AshleyMadison.com., poses during a photo session in Tokyo on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman is leaving Avid Life Media Inc. as part of a “mutual agreement” with the company. The website, which facilitates extramarital affairs for a membership fee, was the victim of a cyberattack a month ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman ends relationship with company he founded read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State releases contracts of Ryan Pedon Mike Schrage and

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State on Friday released the contracts of its three recently hired men’s basketball assistant coaches – Ryan Pedon, Mike Schrage and Terry Johnson.Though coach Chris Holtmann received an eight-year deal, each assistant’s contract will expire after two seasons – on June 30, 2019.Pedon will make $395,000, Schrage will be paid $325,000 and Johnson will earn $300,000 in base salary, from June 14 to Aug. 31, 2018. Each assistant will be eligible to receive raises on Sept. 1, 2018 if approved by the Board of Trustees.Pedon, Schrage and Johnson will be eligible to earn additional compensation if the team performs well in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.If the Buckeyes are Big Ten champions, each assistant will earn an 8.5 percent increase to their base salary. They’ll also receive an 8.5 percent raise if the team advances to the Final Four. If Ohio State wins the national championship, each assistant will earn a 15 percent raise to their base salaries.Each assistant will also be provided eight men’s basketball season tickets and four football season tickets. The trio will individually receive a $600 per month stipend to use to cover automobile costs.Unlike Holtmann, the assistant coaches are not eligible to receive additional compensation based on the academic performance of the student-athletes. read more

5 reasons why Hawkeye will be good for the GAA

first_imgHow Hawkeye might work in Croke Park today.Image: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan / Photoshop: Steven O’RourkeHAWKEYE GOAL-LINE technology will be used for the first time in the GAA today when Kildare take on Offaly in their Leinster Football Championship clash in Croke Park.While not everyone is in favour of its deployment, especially as it will not be used for goals, we delved into the GAA archives to find five instances when the technology would have proven beneficial during previous football championships.1. Laois v Carlow, June 18, 1995Image: INPHO/Andrew PatonMick Turley’s shot for Laois with 42 seconds remaining of their Leinster football quarter final with Carlow went wide. Well wide.However, Noel Cooney awarded Laois the point which turned out to be the winning one.Such was the outrage, Laois gave Carlow a replay and were rewarded for their honesty with a 1-16 to 16 win.2. Westmeath v Offaly, May 23, 2004Image: INPHO/Patrick BolgerWestmeath weren’t as generous in 2004, even after television replays proved Brian Morley’s 22nd minute point was actually wide.Offaly were outraged, especially after Páidí Ó Sé’s charges went on to win their first senior provincial title that summer.3. Kildare v Down, August 29, 2010Image: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanIt was as if the Kildare squad had kicked a black cat while walking under a ladder on their way to Croke Park for their All-Ireland semi final clash with Down in 2010.Alan Smith’s fifth minute point was signalled wide by the umpires despite everyone else in the stadium seeing it go over the bar.To compound matters, Kildare lost by two points after Benny Coulter’s square ball goal was allowed to stand.4. Limerick v Wexford, July 23, 2011Image: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanSo incensed was Wexford goalkeeper Anthony Masterson about the umpire’s decision to award a point to Ian Ryan after his shot appeared  to go wide that he was forced to write a letter of apology to the GAA for his actions.The controversy was sparked when referee Derek Fahy allowed Ryan’s injury-time free kick to stand, despite his umpire signalling it wide.The disputed score was all that stood between the two at the final whistle and it was the Shannonsiders who booked their place in the All Ireland quarter final.5. Mayo v Sligo, July 15, 2012Image: INPHO/James CrombieUnlike most on this list, Colm Boyle’s strike did not prove decisive with Mayo running out two point winners at the end of their Connacht final clash with Sligo.However, it proved the need for Hawkeye as the score was simultaneously deemed to be a point and a wide by people, depending on where they were seated in Dr. Hyde Park.With their new technology, the GAA hope to remove this element of guess work from the decision making.Tipp boss admits Corbett unlikely to start against Limerick5 U21 players to start in Kildare senior side against Offalylast_img read more

Finally Facebook now lets you save articles to read later

first_imgFACEBOOK HAVE LAUNCHED a new read-back function that allows users to store links from their News Feeds.The new app, called Save, will be rolled out to iOS, Android and desktop users over the coming days. Source: facebookThe feature gives users a way to stockpile links to be accessed later, allowing them to scroll their News Feeds without interruption.Users will be able to use a ‘save’ button, located to the bottom right of stories in the News Feed. Saved items can be viewed on the desktop versions homepage’s left sidebar list of bookmarks and on the More apps list on mobile. Source: facebookThe news will be welcome to Facebook’s more than one billion users whose News Feeds have previously presented a torrent of distractions.At this time, Facebook have stated that analytics that could assist with content and promotions strategies will not be available to external websites and page admins. Source: Facebook/VimeoThe items that are saved will not be cached, meaning web connectivity is required to view items that have been saved.A version of Save was tested in 2012 but was ultimately delayed until this year.READ: Dislike: The more time you spend on Facebook, the worse you will feelREAD: Facebook is testing a way to let you purchase items directly from your news feedlast_img read more

Flippy the BurgerFlipping bot Raised Another 10 Million Will Steal Your Job

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower center_img Flippy a robot that can flip a burger, is simply among the first in a new wave of bots hell-bent on taking what little menial work is left in the twisted techno-futurist dystopia we’ve made for ourselves. Make no mistake, the robot apocalypse won’t be the type of knock-down drag-out fight we’ve seen in Terminator or Futurama. It’ll be far more mundane and far more steady, and it starts here.Miso Robotics, the company behind the lil boi, have now secured an additional $10 million in capital to help bring their bot to more restaurants — stealing countless jobs in the process.Of course, Miso its project is just great. And how could it not? Flippy is a very impressive machine, a testament to the brilliance of human engineers, and the unlimited potential of the minds we all have.And yet… this is exactly the kind of scenario that many of Earth’s greatest minds have and are continuing to warn us about. It should come as no shock to anyone that the economy doesn’t really work quite like it once did. The global push for profits naturally leads to a race-to-the-bottom for all industries, cutting out as much unnecessary labor as possible. Even turbo-capitalists and neo-robber barons like Elon Musk openly acknowledge this.With bots that don’t show up late, don’t call in sick, and don’t require all that stupid food crap us dumb humans are always whining about, though, there’s not much incentive for businesses to keep us around.That’s what lies at the heart of this talk of Flippy. It’s not just a burger-bot, but one that is simple and reliable and has the capital to start spreading outside of the relatively limited chain, CaliBurger, that currently employs the fellas.Currently, Flippy only has a few different iterations, but it’s already pretty flexible in terms of job type it can perform, filling in the role as a generalized “kitchen assistant.” It can work the frier, plate, or help with other “dull, dirty, or dangerous” tasks. Flippy can be “installed” and operational in minutes, too. Miso Robotics says that it won’t be replacing anyone (of course they say that), adding that the company is sure those employees will find other work in the food industry. It’s just not sure what those jobs would look like.“Tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef,” Miso Robotics CEO David Zito told TechCrunch. “And restaurants are gathering places where we go to interact with each other. Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food. We just don’t know what the new roles will be yet in the industry.”It seriously shouldn’t take someone with an economics degree to figure out that the only reasons companies are interested in bots is to lower costs. That savings comes in part, yes, from the greater efficiency of bots. But then again, there’s no reason to employ people if you’ve got a capable robot to handle it. Oh sure, we’ll share jobs for a while. Humans and bots might work alongside one another for a decade or two, but we’ll be training our replacements. Helping them learn how to do our jobs better than us. Then it’s all over.In thirty years, it isn’t even really clear how the economy will work at all. Maybe tax the robots and use universal basic income as a stop-gap? Hard to say. But! If we can survive the impending nightmare, there’s a small chance we’ll end up in a Star Trek-style future where (most) things are bright and cheery and money doesn’t exist but instead we have to worry about the Borg. That’s way less stressful.last_img read more

Sarri hints at squad rotation

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hinted at rotating his squad ahead of a busy run of matched both in the league and in Europe.The former Napoli manager, who has used the second least number of players this season, has revealed that he will possibly call on some of the club’s fringe players with the match roster about to get packed.“We have used 26 players in official matches [in all competitions] this season so the rotation at the moment is this, but I don’t know in the future,” said Sarri, according to LiveSoccer.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“If you look only in the Premier League the situation is that, you are right [only used 19 players] but I have to look at all competitions: 90 minutes are 90 minutes. You have to look at the League Cup, Europa League, and the national team.“I have to look also to the minutes in the national teams. So I think the rotation is good. Every moment was done only between the Europa League, League Cup, and Premier League but, in the future, it will be different.“If you look at December and January, you need to change also in the Premier League because we will play every three days in the Premier League. So we need to change in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Queens Baton coming soon to TCI arrives July 11 for country wide

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, July 3rd 2011: It’s almost here. The Queen’s Baton will arrive on July 11th in the Turks and Caicos at the Providenciales International Airport, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Games, set for April in Australia.The local organising committee reveals plans, which include a star-studded welcome for the Queen’s Baton arrival by His Excellency Governor, Dr. John Freeman; Premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson together with a contingent of accomplished Turks and Caicos athletes for the official hand over.Similar to the glorious trek given in 2014 to the Queen’s Baton in the Turks and Caicos Islands, it is expected local athletes and other contributors to sports development in the TCI will take the relay to every major island for an unprecedented tour.Turks and Caicos culture will be on display every step of the way, as the Baton will visit South Caicos on July 12th and skip over to Salt Cay the same day.   A huge celebration is planned for Carnival Cruise Line’s, Grand Turk Cruise Center after the Baton makes its way from Salt Cay by way of the ferry to the nation’s capital island.Later in the evening, a formal celebration with Government Officials and Commonwealth Games Executive Members will follow at Parade Grounds.The Queen’s Baton Relay will continue on July 13th from Grand Turk to lush North Caicos, through to majestic Middle Caicos and climaxing at the world renowned, Grace Bay in Providenciales for the finale at the famous Island Fish Fry.The stop of the Queen’s Baton in the TCI comes ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Games which will take place in Nassau, Bahamas July 16th – 24th, where some 31 TCI athletes will participate in seven sporting disciplines.It will be the first time the Queen’s Baton visits the Commonwealth Youth Games. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#TCItoWelcomeQueensBatonJuly11th2017#GoldCoastCommonwealthGames2018#YouthGamesNassau2017 Related Items:last_img read more

Enroll maximum members in TRS MLA tells activists

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand directed the TRS party activists to enrol members in the party to the maxim extent and complete the membership drive. He was addressing a gathering at the ongoing membership drive in Mominpet, Marpalli, and Bantwaram on Sunday.State civil supplies corporation chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy, DCMS former chairman Narasimhulu Gupta, ZP vice- chairman Vijaya Kumar were also present on the occasion.last_img

The Kinkaid School Says Its Investigating Sexual Misconduct Spanning Decades

first_imgiStock.comThe Kinkaid School is asking alumni who may have experience or observed abuse to contact the school’s investigators.Multiple local news outlets reported The Kinkaid School is investigating sexual misconduct allegations that took place between the late 1960’s to the early 1990’s.In a reported letter, the Houston-area prep school told parents and students an ongoing investigation includes four former faculty members. Kinkaid is asking alumni, who may have experienced or observed abuse, to contact investigators.Houston Public Media obtained a copy of the full letter, which was sent Wednesday afternoon: To Our Kinkaid Community: Our highest priority is to protect all Kinkaid students — past, present and future. In honor of this commitment, we write to you today about our efforts to address a serious issue that occurred in Kinkaid’s past. Over the course of the last several months, we were made aware of a concern regarding sexual misconduct by a teacher toward students that took place several decades ago. Once the School became aware of this issue, the School began reviewing the factual background of these reports and how the School had handled allegations of teacher-student sexual misconduct in the past. Recognizing the need for the utmost integrity, confidentiality and adherence to leading standards, the Board of Trustees created a special committee — composed of Linda Andrews, Ed Frank ’68, Greg Looser, Bill Montgomery and Mary Eliza Shaper ‘88 — to oversee this matter. The special committee engaged the law firm Ropes & Gray, which has deep experience on these issues, to advise on the process. So that these issues are treated with an appropriate level of thoroughness, sensitivity and independence, the special committee also retained T&M Protection Resources, a third-party investigator with extensive experience assisting independent schools in similarly sensitive matters, to listen to and examine student or alumni concerns. We are confident the environment at the School is a safe one, and we remain vigilant in our protection of children. Our current policies concerning appropriate relationships with students and the reporting of improper behavior have been reviewed by T&M Protection Resources. With their assistance, we are ensuring that our policies continue to reflect best practices in this area. However, Kinkaid has responsibilities not just to its current students, but to Kinkaid alumni as well. These responsibilities include addressing any improper sexual conduct that may have occurred and reaffirming our moral, ethical and legal obligations. The ongoing investigative process began with a report about one former faculty member and is now focused on three other former faculty members as well. We understand that these three former faculty members were dismissed by the School when they were discovered to have engaged in sexual misconduct. The fourth was dismissed for unrelated reasons; however, we are now aware of consistent and we believe credible allegations of sexual misconduct by this individual during his time at the School. Together, the employment of these four former faculty members covered the period from the late 1960’s to the early 1990’s. Lastly, one part-time faculty member resigned after being accused of a 2005 incident of sexual misconduct with a minor who was unaffiliated with Kinkaid.Words are not adequate to express how deeply sorry we are that alumni have experienced this abuse, and we are committed to facing these past misdeeds honestly and openly. Regardless of how long ago these abuses may have occurred, we must act in a way that protects and honors our students, present and past. We are continuing our efforts to learn as much as we can about what occurred. Also, rest assured that the appropriate law enforcement authorities have been made aware of what we have learned thus far and will continue to receive our cooperation.We encourage any member of the Kinkaid community who experienced or observed sexual misconduct during their time at Kinkaid to contact the School’s investigators. The investigators, Laura Kirschstein and Julie Freudenheim at T&M Protection Resources, may be contacted directly at KinkaidSchool@tmprotection.com or (646) 445-7544, and they will hear any individual’s concerns with the utmost respect and discretion.Although we cannot change the past, we can offer our commitment of assistance to anyone who has been the victim of sexual misconduct during their time at Kinkaid. We can assure you that we will always keep Kinkaid’s mission and core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness at the forefront of this examination. This letter does not reflect the end of this process; at the conclusion of this investigation, we will update you on its outcome in a manner that respects the privacy interests of those involved.We will continue to move forward with our commitment to students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility and a safe and respectful learning environment. Sincerely,Linda B. Andrews, M.D.Chair, Board of Trustees W. Gregory Looser, J.D. Chair, Special Committee of the Board of Trustees Andrew D. Martire, Ed.D. HeadmasterAccording to its website, Kinkaid has over 6,200 living alumni, and it is “a premier college preparatory school that stresses academic accomplishment alongside social development, athletic participation, enjoyment of the arts and ethical behavior.” Sharelast_img read more

Impact of Development on Inner Cities Discussed at Smithsonian

first_imgBy Delonte Harrod, Special to the AFROThe nation’s capital is among several American cities where rapid re-development has borne ills such as the destabilization of long-standing communities of color, and increased poverty.Scholars, activists, non-profit leaders and local journalists came together on Nov. 2 to discuss the phenomenon, and especially its impact on Washington, D.C.“‘Chocolate City,’ D.C., since about 2011, is no longer home to a majority African-American population,” said Samir Meghelli, senior curator at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. “In that context we wanted to explore more deeply how our neighborhoods have changed and transformed.”“A Right To The City: The Past And Future of Urban Equity Symposium” was held at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast Washington, east of the Anacostia River. The event had three panel discussions, which included nine professors from various universities, and four representatives from non-profits, and a keynote conversation between Scott Kurashige, professor at the University of Washington Bothell, and Meghelli about Detroit and Black resistance.Scholars from institutions, such as the University of Maryland College Park, New York University, University of District of Columbia, Rutger University and Georgetown University discussed many topics about the impact of gentrification on communities of color and what activists have done to resist displacement.Rosemary Nbubuizu, assistant professor of African-American studies at Georgetown University, spoke passionately about the history of Black women activists, who advocated for tenant and rental rights.Howard Gillette, professor of history emeritus at Rutgers University, spoke about local policy and the role of the federal government in the District and also about the history redevelopment in Southwest, D.C.“Southwest, Washington, D.C., was originally seen as a blot on the landscape. Just beneath the Capitol dome you could see the black alleys that had been home to so many low-income people. Many times, various people in government wanted to get rid of those alleys,” explained Gillette.Nancy Mirabal, associate professor of American studies and director of U.S. Latina/o studies at the University of Maryland, talked about Latino displacement in San Francisco, and challenged the audience and other scholars to rethink the use of the word gentrification.“We really need to begin to think about gentrification in different ways,” said Mirabal. “I think gentrification, when it gets coined in 1964 by Ruth Glass, the British sociologist, is really focusing on class. And so if we use that as a theoretical model we are not really understanding how that impacts communities of color.”The event was held in conjunction with the museum’s “A Right to the City” exhibition, which details the rapid change and displacement of communities and commemorates the closing of the museum’s 50th anniversary. It will be active until 2020.Lisa Sasaki, acting director at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, said they are looking forward to having 50 more years of conversations around equity.“We are committed to help to build a path forward,” said Sasaki.last_img read more

VIDEO 67 370 pound 8th grade offensive lineman is already getting big

first_img6’7”, 370 pound offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin has the size that big time football programs drool over in a prospect. He’s also an eighth grader.The 14-year old from Louisville, Kentucky has already received scholarship offers from Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and Western Kentucky, and has taken visits to Ohio State and Michigan. He’s the odds on favorite to be the top prospect in the class of 2022, and currently holds his own in practice drills with DI players who all say he’s the real deal. He isn’t some kid who is being forced into playing because of his size. His coaches say he loves the game and has a passion to be great. That’s scary. He always keeps a copy of his birth certificate handy that confirms he was born on Nov. 14, 2003.For scale purposes, Goodwin posed for a picture with 6’6” Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, and already dwarfs the all-time great. Doctors project that he could break 7-feet when he eventually stops growing, whenever that might be. He already wears a size 18 shoe. There aren’t many clips of him in action, but he was profiled by a local news station last year, when he was a meager 6’6”, 345 pound 13-year-old. He’s also interested in robotics and engineering because he doesn’t want to put all his eggs in one gigantic basket.Watch Goodwin in action. You hate to say anyone is can’t miss, but it’s hard to see this kid not being dominant. Read an in-depth profile of Goodwin from Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer if you want to to learn more about the next next.center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

DeepL Translator now with document translation functionality

first_imgDeepL Translator now with document translation functionality by Martin Brinkmann on July 18, 2018 in Internet – 9 commentsWe reviewed the online translation service DeepL when it first appeared online in 2017 and concluded back then that it did offer high-quality translations that often beat those of comparable services such as Google Translate or Bing Translate.Users had to paste or type text on the DeepL site to use the service to translate it to one of the supported languages.  Language support was somewhat limited back then and that is unfortunately still the case with just seven languages supported at the time of writing.DeepL supports English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Polish translations currently; this leaves out widely spoken languages such as Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and limits DeepL’s reach because Google’s and Microsoft’s offerings support pretty much any language out there.DeepL document translationsThe company behind DeepL rolled out a new feature recently that gives users options to use the service to translate documents they upload to it automatically.Usage is pretty straightforward as the new functionality has been baked into the interface. A click on the translate document on the Translator page on the DeepL website displays supported formats and lists the languages that the document may be translated to.DeepL’s support for formats is limited to the Office formats .docx and pptx right now; it does not support doc or ppt, or other formats such as plain text txt or open formats.The document is uploaded to the service once you have made the selection. It is then translated on the fly and downloaded automatically to the local system again. You can click on the “download again” button to restart the download if something blocked it.DeepL won’t touch the formatting of the document in any way. The company states that the service translates all elements of the document including body text but also titles, captions, or footnotes, and that the original formatting is retained.It is possible to edit the document locally after translation and download; DeepL Pro customers benefit from faster translation speeds and options to edit the translated file. I was able to edit the downloaded file in Word, however without Pro account.DeepL promises that it will add support for additional formats in the coming months; the company did not reveal the formats in the announcement, however.Closing WordsSupport for document translations is an important feature that should increase the reach of DeepL. I threw a couple of documents at DeepL to find out how well the translation of documents worked.While translations are understandable, they are far from perfect. I just checked the English to German translation capabilities; any document that I uploaded to DeepL needed work after the translation as sentences sounded robotic and not human-like for the most part.Now You: Which translation service do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameDeepL Translator now with document translation functionalityDescriptionThe company behind DeepL rolled out a new feature recently that gives users options to use the service to translate documents they upload to it automatically.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Hong Kong Tourism Board launches DiscoverHongKong Stories campaign

first_imgSource = Hong Kong Tourism Board Hong Kong Tourism Board launches #DiscoverHongKong Stories campaignHong Kong Tourism Board launches DiscoverHongKong Stories campaignLeading online influencers @BeautifulDestinations, @The Fung Bros, @Rima Zeidan, and @EvanTubeHD call for their 11.8 million worldwide fans and visitors to share their unique Hong Kong experiences.You can check out all of the ‘I Never Knew’ Hong Kong stories from the influencers and visitors including exploration of the city’s street art, gastronomic scene, trendiest spots and family adventures at MyStories.DiscoverHongKong.comThere are daily prizes including online shopping and Apple products, plus weekly VIP Hong Kong travel packages to be won for sharing the best Hong Kong stories.To enter, visitors can post photos or videos which reveal Hong Kong’s hidden attractions and experiences on selected social media platforms, with the hashtag #DiscoverHongKong and a one-line caption that starts with “I never knew”.Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said, “Being the first Asian tourism board pioneering a partnership with world’s top influencers to promote destination, HKTB is at the cutting edge of social media by embracing the concept of “Social First” to inspire travellers with powerful and unconventional content and perspectives. In this way, we can effectively reach a wider audience in more meaningful and impactful ways.”Entries close 24 April 2016, so snap away and share your Hong Kong stories with the world! Discover Hong Konglast_img read more

HUD Carson Delivers Oath of Office to Four New Leaders

first_img HOUSING HUD mortgage 2018-01-15 Nicole Casperson January 15, 2018 751 Views HUD: Carson Delivers Oath of Office to Four New Leaders Sharecenter_img Assistant Secretary Len Wolfson; General Counsel J. Paul Compton, Jr.; HUD Secretary Ben Carson; Assistant Secretary of Administration Suzanne Israel Tufts; and Chief Financial Officer Irv DennisThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has four new top leaders who are taking on key roles in the agency at the start of 2018 and during a critical recovery period following last year’s devastating hurricanes.HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to the following individuals recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate: J. Paul Compton, Jr. to become HUD’s General Counsel; Suzanne Israel Tufts to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Administration; Leonard Wolfson as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations; and Irving Dennis to serve as Chief Financial Officer.“Today, our bench got a lot deeper,” said Secretary Carson. “These four outstanding individuals bring substantial experience to HUD at a moment when our Department is being called upon to excel as we support millions of our fellow citizens recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.”J. Paul Compton, Jr. will lead HUD’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) which provides advice and services to all HUD programs and activities. OGC represents the department in litigation and enforcement actions; provides legal services in the development, preparation and presentation of the Department’s legislative initiatives; has primary responsibility for the development of HUD program regulations; represents the department in multifamily finance transactions; and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies.Assistant Secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts will lead HUD’s Office of Administration tasked with delivering administrative support and customer service to HUD employees nationwide. As HUD’s Chief Administrative Officer, Tufts will oversee the Department’s human resources, contract procurement and training needs.As HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Len Wolfson will serve as the principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and senior staff on legislative affairs, Congressional relations, and policy matters affecting Federal, state and local governments, as well as public and private stakeholders.Irv Dennis is HUD’s Chief Financial Officer responsible for employing sound financial management practices across all of the agency’s program areas. Dennis will oversee the accounting, budget and financial management for the agency’s budget and appropriations including processing millions of transactions each year to support HUD’s mission. in Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more