Ginger Moxey appointed Bahamas and Caribbean Representative for Sister Cities International

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 2, 2017 – Nassau – Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors approved Ms. Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas, to be the Country Representative for the Bahamas and Regional Representative for the Caribbean during the 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach on July 14th. “In her new role, she serves as an integral part of Sister Cities International’s diplomatic and partnership outreach and will help promote the mission of sister cities: to promote peace through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding—one individual, one community at a time,” stated Chairman Tim Quigley.Country and Regional Representatives are highly distinguished leaders of Sister Cities International who help connect the organization with communities abroad. Ms. Moxey is highly suited to take on the role of Caribbean Representative due to her vast national and international network and previous work developing sister city partnerships in the Bahamas.“The opportunities and benefits of Sister Cities International need to be fully explored throughout the Caribbean. There are many worthwhile initiatives that can be executed to bring about sustained development,” said Ms. Moxey. These initiatives will cover a broad range of topics that fall under four categories: youth and education; arts and culture; business and trade; and community development. Ms. Moxey hopes to establish an annual regional conference in 2018 that will specifically cater to reinvigorating existing sister city relationships between Caribbean and U.S. cities. Sister Cities International looks forward to working with Ms. Moxey in her new role and is confident that her experience and network will be beneficial to all partnerships in the Caribbean.Cities in the Caribbean region interested in developing or renewing a sister city relationship can contact Ms. Moxey atgmoxey@immersebahamas.com.Pictured from Left to Right: Tim Quigley, Chairman, Sister Cities International; Ginger M. Moxey, President & CEO, Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd.; Mary Kane, President & CEO, Sister Cities International; and Ron Nirenberg, Vice Chairman, Sister Cities International at the 61st Annual Sister Cities International Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Release: sistercities.org Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Overnight Fire Destroys Former Anchor Point Seafoods Building

first_imgMutual aid was requested from Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Ninilchik Emergency Services. HVFD responded with a Tanker and Utility vehicle and 4 firefighters and NES with a Tanker and 2 firefighters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS and Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at 34621 North Fork Road on Saturday January 26, at 11:42 pm. Marsh: “Although the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, complete suppression efforts were delayed by nearly 2 hours until crews from HEA arrived to shut down the power to the structure in order to ensure the safety of firefighters working on scene.” Jon Marsh Deputy Chief Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Services: “Eleven firefighters from Anchor Point responded with an Engine, Tanker, Ambulance and multiple utility vehicles. Crews arrived to find an approximately 3000 square foot structure fully involved.”The building, the former location of Anchor Point Seafoods, was reported by neighbors present on scene to be vacant for several years. Crews remained on scene until shortly after 5am on Sunday in order to fully extinguish the fire. The structure is considered to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more

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UBM TechWeb Buys Online Marketing Summit

first_imgWhile the 2011 OMS event generated about $1.1 million in revenues, the value of its gross assets at time of acquisition were about $200,000. UBM says it expects to exceed the cost of capital of the deal in its first full year of ownership.On the surface, the summit is a good fit with TechWeb, given the group’s push into marketing-as-a-service. TechWeb’s audience consists mostly of CIOs and IT executives and managers. InformationWeek and Interop are two core brands, but the group also produces the Black Hat event, among many others, and information and event brands in the telecommunication and gaming markets.But TechWeb’s marketing services group could leverage OMS as a brand for its digital marketing clients who use TechWeb as a provider of integrated marketing services to reach its audience. According to TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff, OMS could provide some integration opportunities with the group’s other events, especially overseas. “Our mission at UBM TechWeb is about all things technology,” says Uphoff. “We see marketing as the next big tech frontier. The acquisition of Online Marketing Summit is the perfect addition to other successful UBM properties, and we’re hoping to integrate with these brands like Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) in India, China and the UK, Internet World in the UK, and E-Commerce Expo in the UK. Finally, Online Marketing Summit perfectly complements our Marketing-as-a-Service business. Online Marketing Summit’s deep education, world class library of online tutorial, and a first time show floor delivers on all principles of Marketing-as-a-Service, fusing quality content, engaged audiences, user experience, and business analytics with the latest digital technologies to cost-effectively deliver sustainable marketing programs.” UBM TechWeb has acquired the Online Marketing Summit. The event, with its next edition taking place early February in San Diego, attracts approximately 1,500 attendees and generates about $1.1 million in revenues.The Online Marketing Summit grew out of the Online Marketing Institute, an organization providing training and certification programs for the various permutations of online marketing-email, social media, SEO, demand generation, and so on. The summit, the OMI’s main event, launched in 2007.OMS co-founder Aaron Kahlow will continue on as conference director and the Online Marketing Institute will remain an independent organization.”With UBM TechWeb, the Online Marketing Summit will grow to serve our audiences with an even more world class content, deep educatioal workshops and a first ever Expo showcasing the hottest new tools and solutions,” Kahlow says in a prepared statement. last_img read more

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The Shocking thing Kylie Jenner did to boyfriend Travis Scott on his

first_imgKylie Jenner.Instagram/Kylie JennerKylie Jenner sure had a surprise for Travis Scott for his 28th birthday. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star reportedly threw a lavish gas station themed birthday party complete with an on-site tattoo parlor for Travis Scott’s 28th birthday.But the real surprise was when the reality star personally tattooed her boyfriend. Supposedly the power couple already have matching butterfly tattoo on their ankles in an apparent reference to her partner’s song Butterfly Effect. The bash went down at an undisclosed location that was decorated to look like a foggy gas station. There was, of course, a Slurpee machine, plastic wrapped junk food and neon lights, as well as gas station, themed decor like paper towels, motor oil, etc at the party. Kylie JennerKylie Jenner Official Instagram (kyliejenner)Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott sure seem to be in love, even after all the cheating rumours surrounding Travis Scott. Kylie Jenner has a daughter with Travis Scott and the young mogul confessed earlier that she would be up for having a second child as well. Speaking to Interview Germany “I always knew I wanted to be a young mother. I remember people used to ask, ‘Are you ready for this?’ And I always knew I was ready but you don’t know what that love and that feeling is like until after you have a child. She really comes before me so that is a lot to take in at a young age but I feel like I was definitely made for this and she has changed my life for the better.”Kylie Jenner has turned into a very successful businesswoman with her cosmetics business and her lip-kit business. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa talk about tough phase Nobody gave us

first_imgWhile Bharti Singh has become a household name, it was through Khatron Ke Khiladi that her husband, Harsh too became an overnight sensation. Not only was their chemistry cute and refreshing but their wit and humour added extra dose of entertainment to the show.Bharti and Harsh were at the Attari-Wagah border to shoot special Independence Day episodes for the TV show, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’. The couple shot with the Border Security Force (BSF). Talking about Amritsar, Bharti recalled her tough days as child. She told IANS, “Honestly, my memories as a little girl, of my mother struggling to feed me and my siblings, are ones I would rather never revisit. I worked hard to get rid of those days. I am happy now. I am married. After the shoot Harsh and I will explore new places to eat. We shot at Kesar da Dhaba and, of course, ate sinfully!””Those two years were a hard time for both of us. Before that, we were doing well in life. I am a successful writer on television and we all know how celebrated Bharti is as a comedian. Our idea was to start something of our own. When we look for a project, we need a writer, actor and an idea or concept. We had all of it, but nobody would give us work for two years. When a steady career is interrupted by a gap of two years, it can be worrying, but Bharti kept saying, “lage rehte hai, bura waqt chala jayega (let’s bet at it, teh bad times will pass).” Finally, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’ happened and we saw light at the end of the tunnel,” Harsh told IANS.Bharti added, “So far, 2019 has been a good year for us. It was our dream to do a special episode with the BSF soldiers and getting permission is usually tough. But we are lucky that our show is popular among their families and they have readily given us permission. Since childhood, I struggled but everything I have achieved made me realise that hard work pays off.”last_img read more

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Sean Combs Delivers Commencement Speech at Howard

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Rapper and music mogul Sean Combs has received an honorary degree at one of the nation’s most prestigious historically Black universities.Combs delivered the commencement address Saturday at Howard University in Washington.He was among five people receiving honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields.The university also honored CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.Combs attended Howard in the late 1980s, although he did not graduate. University President Wayne Frederick says Combs’ entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard, where he studied business.last_img

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Democracy net tax crisis get Hungarians to protest

first_imgIt was by far the largest protest since his center-right government took power in 2010 and pursued moves to redefine many walks of life, drawing accusations of creeping authoritarianism, although it was re-elected by a landslide this year. Orban’s government has imposed special taxes on the banking, retail, energy and telecommunications sectors to keep the budget deficit in check, jeopardizing profits in some parts of the economy and unnerving international investors. The internet data levy idea was first floated in the 2015 tax code submitted to the Central European country’s parliament last week, triggering objections from internet service providers and users who felt it was anti-democratic. The crowd, which was organized by a Facebook-based social network and appeared to draw mostly well-heeled professionals, marched through central Budapest demanding the repeal of the planned tax and the ouster of Orban. Many protesters held up makeshift signs that read ‘ERROR!’ and ‘How many times do you want to skin us?’ Zsolt Varady, an internet entrepreneur and founder of a now-defunct Hungarian social network iwiw.hu, told the crowd that the tax threatened to undermine internet freedoms. ‘Between 2006 and 2006 iwiw motivated many people to get an internet subscription,’ Varady said. ‘People were willing to pay for the service because they knew, saw and felt that their lives were becoming better… The internet tax threatens the further growth of the Internet as well as freedom of information.’ Tax reduced after first protest. The government had planned to tax internet data transfers at a rate of 150 forints per gigabyte. After analysts calculated this would total more than the sector’s annual revenue and an initial protest drew thousands on Sunday, Fidesz submitted a bill that capped the tax at 700 forints per month for individuals and 5,000 forints for companies. That did not placate Tuesday’s protesters. ‘I am a student, my parents are not well off, neither am I, so I work hard,’ said Ildiko Pirk, a 22-year-old studying nursing. ‘I doubt the internet companies won’t build this tax into their prices. And I have a computer, a smartphone, as does my mother and my four siblings… That adds up.’ She said the internet was vital for her to get the books she needs for her studies but also to read unbiased news that is not under the control of Hungary’s ruling political elite. She and other protesters said the government’s other moves also bothered them, such as a perceived mismanagement of the economy and a recent dispute with the United States over alleged corruption of Hungarian public officials. The Orban government denied any anti-democratic agenda, saying it aimed only to get all economic sectors to share the tax burden and was tapping into a trend of telecommunications shifting away from already-taxed telephony and text messages.last_img read more

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Winds of 70mph set to batter North Staffordshire overnight

first_imgWhat is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “A yellow weather warning of strong wind is forecast for Cheshire East for tonight and tomorrow. Drive with care & report trees or debris on our roads.” Due to expected ice and snow, Cheshire East Council have also confirmed they will be gritting high level routes in the east of the county, including the A54 and the A537 Cat and Fiddle, from 7.30pm. The spokesman added: “We’ll continue to monitor the weather for further gritting decisions. Please drive with care as windy conditions are expected tonight.” In North Staffordshire Staffordshire County Council have confirmed their gritters will be out in the Staffordshire Moorlands, where snow is already reported this evening – while Stoke-on-Trent City Council say they are monitoring the situation. A County Council spokesman said: “Some freezing temperatures and snow showers expected on higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands tonight so gritters will be out. Please take care on the roads.” Read MoreWoman left with serious burns after ‘smoking materials’ set bedding on fire North West Motorway Police, who cover the M6 in Cheshire, are asking motorists to take extra care – particularly on bridges and viaducts. A spokesman said: “Severe weather warning issued overnight and into tomorrow morning for the North West region, not only does this relate to snow but gales of 70-80mph. “High sided vehicles need to take extra care crossing Thelwall Viaduct and Barton Bridge.” A Highways England spokesman added: “Severe weather (snow) is forecast tonight and tomorrow morning for the North East and North West regions. Please check conditions before travelling.” Tips for homeowners in cold weatherThe Met Office has put together a list of handy tips for homeowners in the cold weather: 1. GET YOUR FLU JAB 2. TOP UP YOUR VEHICLE ANTI-FREEZE/SCREEN WASH 3. CHECK YOUR TYRES 4. THINK ABOUT A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR CAR 5. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING PLANS FOR SEVERE WEATHER 6. CHECK YOUR HEATING – YOUR HOME SHOULD BE HEATED TO AT LEAST 18 °C 7. CONSIDER HOW YOU WOULD ACCESS VITAL INFORMATION IF A STORM TAKES OUT POWER AND PHONELINES 8. CHECK YOUR PIPES ARE INSULATED 9. KNOW WHERE YOUR STOPTAP IS 10. THINK ABOUT WHAT MAY BE IMPACTED BY STRONG WINDS – GUTTERING, PIPES, ROOF TILES/SLATES, GARDEN ITEMS 11. CHECK WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING 12. FREEZE A LOAF OF BREAD AND PINT OF MILK FOR TIMES OF BAD WEATHER Elsewhere in the UK an Amber Warning for snow and Yellow warnings for snow and ice are in force across much of the North East and Scotland. The Environment Agency has also issued a number of flood alerts, primarily along coastal areas in Lancashire, East Anglia, the North East and the West Country. Read MoreTeenager arrested following serious assault in city centre Highways England have also announced they may close the A628 route across the Pennines between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire if the weather deteriorates. There are currently no flood warnings or alerts in force in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire or Cheshire. We’ll bring you live updates on the latest traffic and weather news as we get them. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailNorth Staffordshire and South Cheshire are set to be battered by strong winds overnight – with power cuts and travel disruption possible, according to the latest forecast from the Met Office. The meteorological agency have updated their Yellow Weather Warning for high winds across the area – with the warning now in force from five minutes past midnight until 9am on Thursday morning. Gusts of up to 70mph are expected as the wind sweeps across Stoke-on-Trent, with the warning saying damage to buildings and flying debris are both a possibility. A Met Office spokesman said: “Strong winds will affect parts of the UK early on Thursday. “The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by mid morning. “Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations. There is also a possibility that some bridges may close. “Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.” Emergency services and bodies responsible for roads are bracing themselves for the wind – with a number of councils announcing plans to grit roads overnight due to the possibility of ice and snow. Read MoreAppeal to trace next-of-kin after death of 66-year-oldlast_img read more

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Say hello to Sequoia a new Rust based OpenPGP library to secure

first_imgGnuPG developers have recently begun working on Sequoia, a new OpenPGP implementation in Rust. OpenPGP is an open, free version of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) standard. It defines standard formats for emails and other message encryption and is based on the original PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software. Sequoia is an OpenPGP library that provides easy-to-use cryptography for applications. It helps you protect the privacy of your users and is easy to incorporate into your application, no matter what language you use. It helps you manage your keys better as its keystore stores keys and updates them so that new keys or revocations are discovered in a timely manner. It is currently in development led by three former GnuPG developers, Neal H. Walfield, Justus Winter, and Kai. The project is funded by the  p≡p foundation, where each of the aforementioned developers has been working since fall 2017. What motivated the developers for this new implementation was their experience with GnuPG, a free software replacement for Symantec’s PGP cryptographic software. PGP or Pretty Good Privacy is a program which is used to encrypt and decrypt texts, emails, files, directories, etc. to increase the security of data communications. According to Neal H. Walfield, GnuPG posed several problems as “it is hard to modify due to lack of unit tests and tight component coupling”. He also mentioned other reasons like how a lot of developers are unsatisfied with GnuPG’s API and that GnuPG can’t be used on iOS due to GPL. The developers also have major social and technical goals in mind for Sequoia. “The social goals are — to create an inclusive environment in our project, it should be free software and — community-centered,” says Neal. Here’s the video of Neal introducing the new OpenPGP library: Sequoia On the technical side, the team is taking a different approach. They are putting the library API first, and a command-line interface tool, second. Neal says that the team “encourages” the users to use the library. They also aim to create an API which is friendly, easy to use and supports all modern platforms such as Android, iOS, Mac, etc. Let’s have a look at how Sequoia is built. Starting at the bottom level, we have the OpenPGP library which provides the low-level interface. There are two services built on top of this library, namely, Sequoia network service ( helps with accessing keyservers) and Sequoia-store which is used for accessing and storing the public keys along with the private keys. Architecture of Sequoia On top of these three, there is a Sequoia library, a high-level API. If it’s a rust application, then it can use this library directly or else it can access the library via FFI ( foreign function interface). Apart from this, the vision for Sequoia is “a nice OpenPGP implementation — with focus on user development, and its community” says Neal. For more information on Sequoia, check out the official Sequoia documentation. Read Next Will Rust Replace C++? Mozilla is building a bridge between Rust and JavaScript Perform Advanced Programming with Rustlast_img read more

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Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe

first_img Friday, December 9, 2016 Tags: Four Seasons, France, Luxury Travel, Ski Resorts Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Set to open in late 2017 just 44 miles from Geneva International Airport is Four Seasons Hotel, Megève, Four Seasons’ third destination in France.Opening in time for the 2018 winter ski season, the 55-room property is Megève’s first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes and is being billed as a preeminent skier’s paradise with over 130 groomed Alpine runs. It will be nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ mountainside, creating a luxurious haven for skiers looking for ski in/ski out directly on the Alpine range.Within the village of Mont d’Arbois, a collection of existing chalets will be renovated prior to reopening as a Four Seasons hotel, offering guests a second destination in the historic ski village. In addition to the chalet and hotel, Four Seasons will also manage the 18-hole Golf du Mont D’Arbois course designed by Sir Henry Cotton, and four dining offerings throughout the two hotels.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFour Seasons Hotel, Megève is a joint venture between Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild. Commenting on the new development, Ariane said, “This partnership will bring new dimensions not only to our hospitality at Mont d’Arbois but also to the town of Megève. The professionalism, international network and longstanding experience of Four Seasons in the hospitality industry are second to none, and I am particularly proud that the Hotel and Chalet in Megève will be Four Seasons first luxury mountain destination in Europe.”Four Seasons Hotel, Megève and the Chalet du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel will mark the third Four Seasons destination in France, joining the legendary Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel in the French Riviera. The Hotel will be the fifth ski destination in the company’s portfolio, joining Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Sharelast_img read more

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Video Cop leads cheer in high school student section

first_imgI would have been absolutely terrified as a high schooler to stand in front of the student section at a football game and lead a cheer. Now, all these years later, I’d probably even more terrified than I was back then.It’s a good thing Jack Taschner isn’t.The security resource officer at Appleton East High School in Appleton, Wisc., Taschner surprised the students by leading the bus driver cheer last week.“It just kind of popped in my head: I’d like to join in on them doing their cheer, and whatever they do, the bus driver thing, so I came in Friday morning, I talked to the principals, I said, ‘Hey, here’s what I thought, I had an idea,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, run with it,’” Taschner told WBAY-TV in Wisconsin. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

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Thomas Bach The International Olympic Committees

first_imgThomas BachThe International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) new digital service has launched online and as an app for Android and iOS devices.The Olympic Channel, which the IOC unveiled details of in July, launches with content from around the world including original shows, news and highlights.“The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic Movement and a result of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.“It is the start of an exciting, new journey for athletes, fans and new generations to connect with sport and the Olympic values every day of the year.”The new platform will offer long and short-form original programming, live sports events, news and highlights in a bid to offer “additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round”.last_img read more

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Imagine your house is gone And yet the TV set is

first_imgImagine your house is gone. And yet the TV set is still standing.That’s one of the scenes that photojournalist Tommy Trenchard documented as he visited parts of Mozambique hit by Cyclone Kenneth on Thursday.Winds reportedly blew up to 174 miles per hour.More than 20 inches of rain fell over a couple of days — and another 20 inches is forecast this week.Houses were obliterated, roads turned into rivers and the death toll now stands at 38.The storm struck some six weeks after Cyclone Idai, touching down in a different part of the country — in the north. Both cyclones are rare events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “there is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season.” And so a country already in the throes of a humanitarian disaster — the World Bank puts a $2 billion price tag on the recovery effort for Idai — is reeling again.Trenchard traveled north from the city of Pemba to Macomia and surrounding villages, “where the destruction is incredibly severe,” he says. “It was overwhelming to see the visual chaos — the mess of fallen trees, belongings, collapsed homes.”Despite the destruction he saw people “calmly getting their lives back in order. Of course there’s shock and despair, but you also see incredible stoicism and resilience. Amid the carnage there are even small glimpses of normal life going on. In Macomia, two days after the storm, some shops had already reopened even though they no longer had a roof or four walls.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Complaints about the personal independence payment

first_imgComplaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by nearly 900 per cent last year – from 142 to 1,391 – apparently corroborating the results of a year-long Disability News Service investigation.The Department for Work and Pensions figures also show that the number of complaints about PIP assessments that were upheld rose by more than 700 per cent in the same year (from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17).The figures provide probably the strongest evidence yet to support the findings of the investigation carried out by Disability News Service (DNS) into claims of widespread dishonesty at the heart of the PIP assessment process.Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said the “huge increase” showed that the healthcare professionals who carry out the assessments must be held to account.She said the figures were also “an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support”.The enormous increases in both complaints lodged and those upheld, between 2015-16 and 2016-17, come despite a rise of just 34 per cent in the number of PIP claims registered in the same period.DNS only decided to begin its PIP investigation in November 2016 because of a steady trickle of emails and phone calls from disabled people raising concerns about the PIP assessment process, and who were insisting that the healthcare professionals who had assessed them had produced dishonest reports for DWP.The new figures appear to suggest that whatever was causing this dishonesty in the assessment system appears to have become a significant problem during 2016-17.DNS has now heard from more than 250 PIP claimants who say their assessment reports were dishonest.They have told DNS that assessors working for DWP contractors Capita and Atos – many of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.The figures on PIP assessment complaints were given last week to the Labour MP Stephen Kinnock by the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in response to a parliamentary question.Mordaunt told Kinnock that the number of complaints received about the PIP assessment process increased from just 142 in 2015-16 to 1,391 in 2016-17 (a rise of 880 per cent).And she said that the number of complaints about the PIP assessment process that were upheld rose from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17 (an increase of 713 per cent).Other DWP statistics and DNS calculations show that, in the same period, the number of PIP claims registered – including new claims and reassessments – only increased from 783,585 to 1,047,976, a far smaller rise of about 34 per cent.Abrahams said: “These profit-making health assessment companies must recognise that their assessments are not fit for purpose, given the increase in complaints received and numbers overturned on tribunal.“However, assessments are conducted by clinical professionals and we must be holding these clinical professionals to account too. “I have personally heard of dozens and dozens of cases of assessment reports not marrying at all with the assessment and medical records that were supplied.“The huge increase in complaints made and upheld about the PIP assessment process are an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support.“Labour is committed to scrapping these harmful assessments and replacing them with a holistic, person-centred approach, under our plans to ensure that, like the NHS, the social security system is there for us all in our time of need.”Kinnock said the figures were “further evidence that the PIP system is not fit for purpose”, despite the assessment system being in place for more than four years.He said: “While the scale of this is truly shocking, it is not in the least bit surprising, because week after week I hear from my constituents about how claimants are treated, how they are humiliated, belittled and denied basic human dignity.“Government has been told by MPs, claimants and by disability experts that the system needs reviewing.  “Instead, they have carried on regardless with their ideological drive to remove the help which people so desperately need, so that they are able to manage the basic daily costs of living with a disability.” A DWP spokesman was unable to offer any explanation for the huge rise in complaints.But he said: “Complaints may be made for a variety of reasons and there is no evidence to suggest that there is dishonesty in the assessment system.“The percentage increases in complaints which you have mentioned do not consider the number of complaints as a proportion of the overall number of PIP cases which we process.“We are now clearing 81,000 claims each month compared with around 80,000 per month this time last year.“Our latest research shows that 76 per cent of PIP claimants are satisfied with their overall experience.“More than 2.4 million PIP decisions have been made, and of these eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned.“In the majority of successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence.”PIP claimants who want to contribute to an inquiry by the Commons work and pensions committee into the effectiveness of the PIP assessment system, as well as the work capability assessment, have until 10 November to submit their evidence. 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Chronology Steve Ballmers tenure as Microsoft CEO

first_imgRetiring Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer Advertisement Retiring Microsoft Corp CEO Steve BallmerMicrosoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced on Friday that he would retire in 2014, 13 years after he took over the dominant personal computer software company and tried to steer it into growing markets like video games, portable music players, smartphones and tablets.The following is a chronology of events during Ballmer’s time as Microsoft chief executive.1998 – Ballmer assumes role of president at Microsoft and takes charge of day-to-day operations. Prior to that, he led numerous divisions, including sales and support and operating-systems development. – Advertisement – 2000 – Ballmer succeeds Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as CEO in January. The two met as students at Harvard University, where Gates lived down the hall from Ballmer. In 1975, 19-year-old Gates dropped out of Harvard and went on to found Microsoft along with Paul Allen.2001 – In November, Microsoft enters the gaming market with the North American release of its Xbox gaming console, competing with game consoles from Nintendo Co Ltd and Sony Corp.2005 – Microsoft launches the next-generation Xbox 360 video game console in November, strengthening its foothold in the video game hardware market. 2006 – Microsoft launches Zune portable music player in November. It is the first Microsoft-designed device to compete in a market dominated by Apple Inc’s iPod. The music player does not gain enough of a market, and Microsoft discontinues selling it by mid-2012.[related-posts]2007 – In January, Microsoft unveils the Windows Vista, which becomes the company’s least popular operating system.2008 – Ballmer makes an unsolicited US$44.6bil (RM133.8bil), US$31 (RM(93)-per-share, cash-and-stock takeover offer to Yahoo Inc’s board. Yahoo rejects the bid as too low. 2009 – Microsoft revamps its search engine to counter Google Inc’s dominance in the Web search and related advertising business. In May, Ballmer reveals the new search engine, dubbed “Bing” that is set for a June release.2009 – In July, Microsoft and Yahoo launch a 10-year Web search deal to challenge market leader Google. Under the deal, the two companies agree that Microsoft’s Bing search engine will power search queries on Yahoo’s sites. They have been in on-again, off-again talks since Yahoo rebuffed Microsoft’s takeover bid.2010 – Microsoft releases its Windows Phone operating system for mobile phones, trying to claw its way into the smartphone market and woo consumers away from Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices.2011 – In February, Nokia and Microsoft strike a deal, in a bid to take on the smartphone market. By 2013, the partnership has yet to produce a product that has taken market share from Google and Apple.2012 – Microsoft, hoping for a hit, launches Surface tablets and its Windows 8 operating system that uses touch commands. The devices do not gain much market share in the tablet market, dominated by Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy mobile devices.2013 – On August 23, Ballmer announces he will step down within 12 months, surprising industry watchers.Credit: TheStarOnlinelast_img read more

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Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means Youll Have More Time to Work on

first_img In the same way the first iPhone changed how we viewed cellphones, Google Duplex, a new digital voice assistant that can make calls and sets up appointments on our behalf, is showing us that voice assistants can do more than just purchase laundry detergent and play music.Duplex reframes our view of voice assistants from a clever user interface meant for consumers only, into a powerful business tool that can get almost anything done, independently of you.  Of course, as the intelligence of assistants grows, so do people’s anxiety. HAL 9000’s red eye hovers over any discussion of AI assistants like a menacing cyclops. And the advance of AI certainly poses serious questions about automation and work. The ethical concern raised over Duplex mimicking a human assistant isn’t needless handwringing. Fortunately, these anxieties are neither new nor unanswerable. Because thankfully, as AI get smarter, we entrepreneurs get smarter right along with them.  Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymThe future of AI looks more like cooperation than competition.The power to increase your mental horsepower comes from harnessing AI assistants to do two distinct tasks:  Carry out brain-taxing, menial tasks for you so you can focus on higher-level workCombine your natural abilities with tasks that machines do better, like analyzing massive datasetsTo imagine how AI can immediately be integrated into daily life, consider a typical office meeting. Now, instead of every important decision made during that meeting evaporating the moment it ends, imagine an AI assistant using natural language processing to transcribe the meeting notes. Instead of everyone leaving with a fuzzy idea about what to do next, imagine an AI assistant using machine learning to process that transcription to pull out and assign the action items for each attendee. The current AI revolution digitizes such mundane tasks and spoken work done in our offices — making us smarter by collecting, storing and analyzing the kinds of information we don’t normally give to computers.  Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedAI assistants will continue, like Duplex, to be narrow in scope, typically serving a single purpose, and be very good at what they do. Rather than using a single voice assistant for everything, a team of these programs likely will share the burden of the 1,000 menial brain tasks we do every day. They will not be human replacements, but they will be tools for driving specific outcomes.  A 2017 survey by PwC found that 31 percent of business and IT leaders name AI assistants as the top innovation they expect to change their business. For comparison, automated data analysis (29 percent) and automated communications (28 percent) came second and third. Around 80 percent of those same executives see huge potential in AI to alleviate repetitive tasks like paperwork, scheduling and timesheets.  In fact, PwC estimates that AI could be worth $15.8 trillion in increased global GDP by 2030.  Incorporating AI assistants into a team requires some work.Teaming up with AI requires knowing how to cooperate with a different type of intelligence. Many people don’t know how to team up with AI assistants because they misunderstand how they work. The mystery surrounding AI leads people to think of it as some magical machine consciousness — often one that many suspect has bad intentions (see the half-joking/half-serious news articles about Alexa’s maniacal laugh for proof).  And it may be this misunderstanding that’s holding some entrepreneurs back from leveraging these powerful new tools. Yet, for entrepreneurs asking themselves, “Where do we even start?” — the answer couldn’t be simpler: just start.  Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientCompanies that begin using AI now will, in the long run, significantly outperform those that do not.  After all, as most entrepreneurs know, first-mover advantage is everything and the best education comes from direct experience. Google proved their commitment to be an AI-first company this year. They even rebranded Google Research as Google AI. But they’re not the only ones driving AI forward. As Google was demoing Duplex, Microsoft presented their own vision of an AI assistant that could turn meeting chatter into notes and actions. Amazon continues to build out Alexa as a platform for voice assistants, and the applications for IBM’s Watson keep growing as well. As these companies turn their AI technology into platforms for other developers to use, the amount of AI-powered tech will explode. Alexa already has more than 10,000 skills added by other companies, and Google just made some of its AI tools available to developers through ML Kit. Whatever the long-term fate of Duplex and other new AI business offerings, they definitely signal the transition of such assistants from convenient novelties to serious tools for amplifying work.   Dave Damer AI can do brain-draining menial tasks flawlessly, so you can focus on the higher-level work no machine can do. Next Article 5 min read Founder & CEO of Testfire Labs Add to Queue Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means You’ll Have More Time to Work on Your Business Technology –shares June 27, 2018 Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Image credit: Busakorn Pongparnit | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

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Fathers age shown to affect health of offspring

first_imgA significant number of these negative birth outcomes were estimated to be prevented if older fathers had elected to have children before the age of 45 years. The risks associated with advancing paternal age should be included in discussions regarding family planning and reproductive counselling.” Sources:Infants of older fathers are more likely to be less healthy at birth.Association of paternal age with perinatal outcomes between 2007 and 2016 in the United States: population based cohort study. BMJ. 31st October 2018. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Nov 2 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new study conducted at Stanford University in California has shown that infants of older fathers are less likely to be healthy at birth, compared with infants of younger fathers. Image Credit: Tatiana Shepeleva / ShutterstockThe authors say the risks of poorer health remain low, but that the study suggests men should be included in preconception care and the health implications of rising paternal age should be investigated further.Traditionally, women have been encouraged not to leave having children until their late thirties and forties because of the increased risk to their offspring and themselves. It is widely believed that aging does not carry the same risks for men. However, the current study suggests that paternal age also has an impact.Few studies have assessed the effect paternal age may have and those that have, have mainly looked at the risk of congenital diseases.As reported in the BMJ, the Stanford researchers examined data available for 40,529,905 births that took place between 2007 and 2016 for the influence of paternal age on various health outcomes of babies and mothers.After adjusting for maternal age, maternal smoking status, the number of prenatal visits, race and education, children with fathers aged 45 years or older were born an average of 0.12 weeks earlier than babies with fathers aged 25 to 34 years and were at a 14% greater risk of being born prematurely (at less than 37 weeks.)The children of fathers aged 45 plus were born an average of 20.2g lighter and were at a 14% greater risk of low birth weight (less than 2500g). Their risk of being admitted to neonatal intensive care was also 14% greater and their risk of having seizures was 18% greater.In addition, the infants of fathers aged 55 years or more tended to have lower scores on a test of newborns’ health called the Apgar test.The study also showed that women carrying the baby of fathers aged 55 plus were at a 34% greater risk of developing gestational diabetes.The researchers emphasise that this is an observational study, meaning no firm conclusions about cause and affect can be drawn. However, they suggest that changes in the sperm of older fathers could explain the results.They also stress that the overall risks of the poorer health outcomes is probably still low, but that rising paternal age is associated with a negative health impact on mothers and babies.last_img read more

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CPIM will mobilise Opposition for EC reforms says Sitaram Yechury

first_imgSHARE 0 June 10, 2019 COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics CPI(M) General-Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party will mobilise the Opposition to ensure that Election Commissioners are appointed by a collegium-led by the President rather than by the government. He said the recent Lok Sabha elections underlined the need for far reaching electoral reforms, adding the Election Commission could not implement its assurance to conduct “free and fair polls”. “When the Right goes strong, the Left has to go strong and that will be the new polarisation in the country. Soft Hindutva is not the answer to hardcore Hindutva and that is why Left is the only option,” Yechury argued. The CPI(M) will mobilise all willing sections of the political spectrum to ensure that election commissioners are appointed by a collegium-led by the President, he said. “We will mobilise the opposition parties and seek to urgently reform the Election Commission so that it can play an impartial role,” he said. The decision was taken in the preliminary review of the Lok Sabha elections in which the Left party identified four reasons of BJP’s victory. “The BJP won this decisive victory on the basis of unprecedented money power and full support of international and domestic corporates. Huge amounts were transferred to the BJP through electoral bonds,” Yechury said. He said to address this challenge, the party will take the lead in rallying maximum sections of people in struggles against such “economic assaults”. The Left leader said consolidation of the Hindutva communal polarisation will lead to greater attacks on rights of religious and linguistic minorities, worsening their security concerns and livelihood. He noted that the penetration of RSS in all constitutional authorities, which happened during the last five years, is bound to further intensify. “This will lead to undermining such constitutional authorities in order to facilitate the transformation of the Constitutional Republic into the ideological project of the RSS — Hindutva Rashtra,” he said. The CPI(M) General-Secretary said focus of the BJP’s victory was based on the need to establish a ‘security’ state in India. “The assaults by private armies under one pretext or the other against Dalits and religious minorities will intensify. The rights of working people and religious, linguistic minorities will come under attack leading up to witch-hunting. “The CPI(M) will take the lead in mobilising the broadest segment of our people who cherish the democratic rights and civil liberties to meet these challenges squarely,” he added. COMMENTS Election Commission of India CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury   –  PTIlast_img read more

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