LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip “Flip” Saunders’ passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Update: Phil Jackson is in the building. In attendance tonight – One of the greatest coaches of all time…alongside Phil Jackson #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QfvIDzSYea— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) February 26, 2015New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is at the Schottenstein Center to watch the Buckeyes and D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/CnhSXGTvhr— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 26, 2015Earlier: The New York Knicks have the worst record (10-46) in the NBA and are one of several franchises in tank mode as they attempt to secure the best possible odds for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. If the Knicks do end up with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, the common opinion is that they will select Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, but there are other possible candidates. One prospect who might be worthy of the top pick is Ohio State playmaking freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 Russell is having a monster season in Columbus, and Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly going to watch him play tonight against Nebraska. Word from the Schott that some dude named Phil Jackson will be in the house…Gee…wonder who he’s scouting?— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) February 26, 2015 Jackson has to cover all of his bases. The Knicks need a lot of help, and can’t afford to bungle their lottery selection, no matter where they will pick. Either Russell or Okafor would be a win for a franchise in dire need of them.
Bhubaneswar: Noted journalist and columnist Ranjit Guru passed away at a private hospital here following a brief illness, family sources said on Sunday. He was 61 and is survived by wife and a daughter. Guru, who was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago, breathed his last in the early hours at around 12.30 am, they said. A host of dignitaries including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have condoled the demise of Guru. Guru had carved a special identity for himself by highlighting important issues through his writings and columns, Patnaik said on Twitter while expressing grief over the passing away of the senior journalist.
During the weekend, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Cassie Scerbo, AnnaLynne McCord, Renee Olstead, Chloe Flower, Hill Harper and more jumped 18,000 ft. from a plane to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation through an annual campaign called #18for18.Leyla Mcauley, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Chloe Flower, Hill HarperCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyThese stars faced their fear and together have been able to raise over $70,000 for the cause in less than 10 days. That’s $20,000 over the original goal. 18,000 ft. is the highest skydive in North America, in fact when you are in the plane you have to wear oxygen masks.Shay Mitchell, Renee Olstead, Claudia Lee, Serinda Swan, Chloe FlowerCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyImmediately following, everyone headed over to the All Saints/Not For Sale event at a private ranch in Santa Barbara to watch Chloe Flower and Renee Olstead perform.To understand what this campaign has accomplished so far, just take a look at the stats – Over 150,000 tweets generated in less than 10 days. Over $70,000 raised for the cause, our original goal was $50,000. Over 10,000 RT’s within 10 days. Over 300,000 online impressions so far.
OTTAWA – The federal government’s financial adviser has raised the possibility of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board becoming involved in the Trans Mountain pipeline project but there’s been no political pressure applied, CPPIB chief executive Mark Machin told a parliamentary committee Monday.The Toronto-based fund manager and its peers will likely take a look at the stalled Trans Mountain project because there are a limited number of investment opportunities of its magnitude, but CPPIB has yet to begin a formal analysis or receive any confidential information, Machin told Commons finance committee.His testimony came less than two weeks after the government announced it would buy the project for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan, to ensure the pipeline will be completed, with the intent of selling it at a profit in time.Machin insisted, in answer to a question by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, that there had been no contact between CPPIB and Finance Minister Bill Morneau or any other member of the Liberal government.But Machin said that CPPIB has been approached by Greenhill & Co., a small investment bank that has been hired to advise the government on selling the Trans Mountain project.“I believe they’ve approached every — a lot of — funds domestically and internationally,” Machin said.“At this stage, we haven’t done any analysis. We’re still evaluating the situation. Obviously, we have an obligation to investigate and to assess any major investment opportunity that comes along. And to fully understand all of the risks, all of the potential returns and understand the fit for our portfolio as well.”The issue of political pressure is relevant because the CPPIB was set up in the late 1990s to be an independent manager of funds on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, an employer and employee-funded retirement system.As of March 31, when CPPIB’s financial year ended, it managed a fund with $356.1 billion in net assets, up from $316.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2017 and $278.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2016.Morneau has predicted the Trudeau government will have no difficulty selling the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project after uncertainty about its future is resolved.The federal government’s hand was forced by B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is waging a court battle over the federally regulated pipeline, which would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to a sea port near Vancouver.Machin told the finance committee that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has a mixed track record with pipelines and will use its usual approach when deciding whether to put money into Trans Mountain.In general, he said, a major factor to consider is regulatory risks — pointing out that CPPIB and its co-investors in a European pipeline were caught by surprise when the Norwegian government made a significant change in the tariff regime — or pricing structure — shortly after the deal closed.“We’ve been in legal proceedings for a number of years now,” Machin said.“That is part of the regulatory risk. It’s a really critical part of due diligence to understand regulatory risk for any infrastructure investment.”The federal government decided to buy Trans Mountain after Houston-based Kinder Morgan threatened to walk away from the pipeline expansion due to political uncertainty, particularly because Horgan’s New Democrat government said it will do everything in its legal power to stop the pipeline because of unresolved environmental concerns.Machin told the committee that the CPPIB hasn’t made a formal evaluation of Trans Mountain “purely because it’s at an early stage and we haven’t got any confidential information, or any information, to assess the situation yet.”The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan — another of Canada’s independent retirement fund managers — indicated last week that it had a financial obligation to take a look at the potential of Trans Mountain.— by David Paddon in Toronto
BERLIN — Thousands are marching in Berlin to demand that Germany make a quick exit from using coal-fired energy, a day before a U.N. climate summit opens in neighbouring Poland.Saturday’s march through Berlin’s government district and a simultaneous event in the western city of Cologne were organized by environmental groups. Many demonstrators carried flags with slogans like “Stop Coal!” and “The future is coal-free.”The summit opening Sunday in the Polish city of Katowice seeks to build on the landmark 2015 Paris accord, when countries agreed to try to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by the century’s end.German officials had hoped to present a blueprint for phasing out Germany’s use of coal over the coming decades. But an expert committee postponed its report on that until after the U.N. conference.The Associated Press
Mumbai: The release of “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on the prime minister, has been pushed indefinitely, its producer Sandip Singh said on Thursday, a day before the film was scheduled to be screened in theatres across the country.Sources in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said the film is yet to get a clearance. The film was initially set to release on April 12, but producers had advanced it by a week, claiming “public demand”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”This is to confirm, our film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon,” Singh posted on Twitter on Thursday. Though he did not clarify further, censor board sources said the process of getting CBFC certification is still underway. “The film has not been granted certification. It is still under process,” a source from the censor board said. The film, fronted by Vivek Oberoi and directed by “Mary Kom” maker Omung Kumar, was in the news with various political parties saying that releasing it less than a week before the general elections begin is a violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Congress made a formal complaint to the Election Commission over the release of the film. Sources in the poll panel said on Wednesday that it is unlikely to prevent the release of the film and may leave it to the CBFC to take a call on the issue. Opposition parties, including the Congress, said the film would give undue advantage to the BJP in electioneering, and its release should be deferred till the elections are over. The project is also facing legal hurdles with a Congress leader filing a PIL in the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on its release. The court will hear the plea on Monday. The biopic ran into trouble over credits as well. Lyricists Javed Akhtar and Sameer said they were credited without contributing to the project. The producer, however, countered their claims, saying their old songs were reworked, so they gave credit where due.
Apparently it’s the season of athletes making statistically unsupported comparisons to their peers. Back in May, Patrick Peterson claimed superiority over Richard Sherman in the NFL (something that, according to the numbers — is dubious), and now Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Dan Patrick Tuesday that he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James:A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question … Me. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.With all due respect to Curry, a true offensive force in his own right, this is another case where the majority of statistical evidence doesn’t do the challenger any favors.According to the advanced box-score metrics, James spent the 2013-14 season outclassing Curry in usage rate, scoring efficiency, offensive rebounding, avoiding turnovers and drawing fouls. The only offensive areas in which Curry beat James were jump-shooting — Curry made 42 percent of his 3-point shots and 49 percent of his midrange jumpers; James knocked down those shots at rates of 38 and 39 percent, respectively — and passing (whether measured by assist percentage or SportVU’s optically tracked passing metrics).But James is no slouch in terms of distributing the ball, either; he ranked 19th among qualified NBA players in assist percentage a year ago. Distance shooting is really the only offensive category in which Curry claims a substantial edge over James — and it’s an advantage mitigated by the fact that James’s shot distribution skews so heavily toward easier shots at the rim. So Curry is a better long-range shooter than James, but James doesn’t take that many long-range shots.Zooming out, James’s personal offensive rating was higher than Curry’s even though James used a higher proportion of his team’s possessions (so subscribers to skill curve theory would have a hard time siding with Curry in this debate).Case closed? Not yet. There have been instances when such box-score-based metrics fail to tell the whole story, and players with gaudy combinations of usage and efficiency don’t always have the impact we’d predict from their individual stats. These are the kinds of incongruities that ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM) is supposed to detect. RPM estimates a player’s effect on his team’s efficiency after accounting for the quality of his teammates, opponents and a host of other variables.By RPM, James was easily the offensive player who had the most impact in the NBA last season. Curry was second, slightly outpacing reigning MVP Kevin Durant.The comparison gets a little more interesting, though, when you look at these adjusted Four Factors ratings, which apply the same technique — estimating a player’s on-court impact via regression — to the four essential barometers of a team’s offensive performance: effective field goal percentage (which adjusts ordinary shooting percentage for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 1.5 times as much as 2s), turnover percentage, offensive rebounding rate and free-throw rate.In two of the four factors, James and Curry exert similar degrees of influence: Both boost team shooting percentages and reduce team turnover rates at levels greater than 95 percent of all NBA players. And despite his inferior individual offensive rebounding numbers, Curry is also associated with a much better rate of team effectiveness on the offensive glass than James is. This is probably due in part to the increased likelihood that 3-pointers result in “long rebounds” which can be rebounded more readily by the offense (of course, Miami’s incredibly low offensive rebounding percentage — at least some of which was part of a conscious strategy — bears mentioning).Through this lens, the biggest disparity between the two players is in free-throw rate: James was in the 99th percentile in that category, while Curry ranked in the 54th percentile. But free-throw rate is the least important of the Four Factors. Crafting an overall average based on the suggested weights for each category, Curry would actually place slightly ahead of James on offense (even if the overall adjusted plus/minus ratings generated by the same data set have James at No. 1).That would be an anomalous ranking, however, as the vast majority of advanced statistics side with James in this debate. The more interesting tidbit from such analysis might just be that Curry is within striking distance in most of the numbers, and that, statistically, there’s a good case to be made that Curry is superior on offense to Durant. James’s statistics are too overwhelming to be surpassed, but Curry is as close as anyone in the game.
Any Buckeye will tell you there’s not much that tops the feeling of defeating “that team up north.” The Ohio State wrestling team is no exception. “It’s Ohio State — Michigan. We don’t like each other,” senior captain Colt Sponseller said. “That’s evident when we wrestle each other.” The misconception that the rivalry is limited to football is something the team looks to dispel. “A lot of people think it’s just football, but it’s all sports,” Sponseller said. “It’s a real big deal.” The Buckeyes have beaten Michigan the past three years, and look to extend that to four when they host the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday. “We’ve won the last three; we want to continue to win against Michigan,” coach Tom Ryan said. “Our group understands the importance of the rivalry.” The competition brings a different approach to the week preceding it. Ryan said he showed his team a video of the football rivalry, and the wrestlers know it is not just an ordinary dual. “The whole Ohio State atmosphere with Michigan — we want to beat them; they want to beat us,” sophomore captain Ian Paddock said. “So, that always adds to the competition.” Members of the winning team will receive gold singlets, like the gold pants trinkets given to victorious football players. Though their records are near opposites — Michigan is 7-2 and the Buckeyes are 2-6 — Ryan said he believes a win is within the Buckeyes’ sights. “We’re looking for a win,” he said. “Despite the struggles we have had, I think the matchups are favorable for us.” A Buckeye victory against the Wolverines rests on the outcome of one key matchup. “It’ll come down to the 197 pounds,” Ryan said. “It’ll be the key match of the night for both programs.” Sponseller said his team is ready for the dual and eager to take on its rival. “Everybody gets geared up,” he said. “It always feels like there’s a rivalry.” Ryan said his captains need to step up for the dual and lead the team to victory. Sponseller said he isn’t taking the challenge lightly. “Not trying to be an enforcer,” he said, “but trying to be a motivator.” The fans will play a key role in Friday’s dual, Sponseller said. “The crowd means a lot,” he said. “It feels like you have an 11th man out there.” Sponseller said he has one plan. “I just plan on going out there,” he said, “and beating Michigan.”
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAaron Craft’s play is getting recognized on and off the court.Ohio State men’s basketball’s all-time leader in steals and assists has been named one of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard.“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful points guards in college basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John L. Doleva said according to a press release. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”So far this season, Craft has started all 26 games and led OSU to a 20-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season. He also leads the team in assists (4.6), steals (2.5) and minutes (34.5) per game and is third on the team with an average 9.5 points per game.The senior point guard is also a two-time Academic All-American and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Craft and backcourt partner senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. became the fastest players to reach 100 wins in their OSU careers after the Buckeyes defeated North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29.“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” Chair of the Bob Cousy Award, Ken Kaufman said according to the release. “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve to be competing or this well-respected award.”If Craft wins the award, he would be the first Buckeye to win it and third Big Ten player to raise the trophy, with Illinois’ Dee Brown claiming the honor in 2006 and Michigan’s Trey Burke winning it in 2013.Craft looks to add to his résumé in OSU’s next game, scheduled for Wednesday against Northwestern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the team’s defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both played with injuries against Arsenal.Mourinho lamented the pair were tired towards the end of the encounter. The former Chelsea boss was asked whether he felt under attack as Arsenal mounted pressure but rejected that theory.“No. Not under siege, not at all,” Mourinho said, according to Manchester Evening News.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I feel that is a moment where, for example, we played against the team that is at the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them, I think that’s clearly a team in a high against a team that has so many problems, and the top of these problems, during football matches we shoot outselves.”“Today we had a very, very good start, I think everybody was expecting a good start, 1-0 for us. We score [David de Gea’s error for Shkodran Mustafi’s opener], 1-0 for them. In the second-half, in the best moment of our team, where Arsenal was clearly trying to stop the game, get one injury here, get one injury there, they were trying to control the game and to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then is again 2-1. So difficult.”“But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose, bad results, yes, apart from Young Boys, the three draws were three bad results. But we did not lose. And before that we lost against Manchester City, everybody loses, not just us. And then before that we had a period where we were playing in our limits which is sometimes people don’t understand, where we play in our limits.”
The Barcelona left-back is hoping to sign a new contract, as his current contract will end in June 2020 and he has no intention of leaving the club.Spanish footballer Jordi Alba has been playing professionally since 2007 when he started playing with Valencia B.He was loaned for a year in 2008 with Gimnastic, before completely moving in 2009 to Valencia.In there, he enjoyed his best football at the time and he was under Barcelona’s radar for a while, until the Blaugrana bought him in 2012.The left-back has a current deal with the team until June 2020, but he hopes he can sign a renewal soon as he doesn’t want to leave.“I’m optimistic about the renewal,” he told Marca.“It is clear that my dream is to stay at Barcelona.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It would be difficult to have come so far to then leave. I have my family here, their support, as well as the fans and my teammates,” he added.“I don’t think I could be happier than [I am] here.”“In football, you never know, but I have repeated that my intention is to stay here,” he continued.“No, I’ve never seen myself away from Barcelona since being at Barcelona is my dream.”“Over the years, I have improved a lot and [now] I notice the affection of the supporters a lot more. I have always seen myself at Barcelona and my dream is to retire at Barcelona,” he explained.“He has given me great confidence since the first minute,” said Alba about coach Ernesto Valverde.“I hope that he renews. Hopefully, we will both renew!”
(Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, a female teacher in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, was arrested on Wednesday for sexually abusing her students. The arrest was made after her husband provided evidence to the District Collector.Nithya, 30, was already reprimanded and was fired from her previous place of employment for her abusive behaviour. However, many called out the school since they didn’t report the incident but just let her go, reports The News Minute.”Instead of taking corrective measures, they transferred her. After receiving her husband’s complaint, we enquired with the headmaster, who concealed the information and gave a report of her good conduct. Only when the social welfare department got involved were we able to unearth these details,” a district official was quoted as saying by TNM.Nithya first joined a school in Arni town of Tiruvannamalai in 2014 as an English teacher. However, she was let go due to her behaviour towards students and has been transferring to different schools since then.Due to problems in their marriage, Nithya and her husband separated in 2016. Since then, the husband visited many police stations accusing Nithya of adultery but the police did not act upon it. In December 2018, the husband came across compromising photos of Nithya on her mobile phone and showed them to the District Collector. According to TNM, she kept the photos to share them online.The Collector ordered an investigation in January and a complaint was filed by District Child Protection Unit (DCPU).Nithya was immediately removed from her post in the school and an investigation was launched. She was at last arrested on March 20, Wednesday. She has been sentenced by Justice Devanathan of Fast Track Mahila Court, Thiruvannamalai, to stay at the Velur Central Women’s Jail till April 4.Nithya has been charged under sections 10 and 14 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act). Section 10 addresses aggravated sexual assault while 14 is punishment for using a child for pornographic purposes.In a similar incident, a male math teacher in Mumbai was convicted of molesting three girl students in a story which came to light in October 2018. When the school principal stood up for the victims, she was removed from her position but was reinstated.However, the convicted teacher was allowed to join the same school in his previous teaching post two months after the court order. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:24Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Girl raped by school principal, teachers and students for seven months
Mahbub TalukdarElection commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday raised objection to the move to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using in the December general polls, according to EC officials.Amid criticism and controversy, the election commission on Thursday organised a meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban to finalise a proposal for amending the People Representative Order (RPO) for giving legal coverage to use of EVMs in the parliamentary elections.Mahbub left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them.Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.Last year, the EC held dialogues with 39 political parties. Some 23 parties gave their opinion on the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. A total of 12 parties including the BNP opposed the use of EVMs.Seven parties including Awami League were in favour of EVMs while three parties suggested using it on trial basis and a party favoured EVMs on certain conditions.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.
National Education AssociationUPDATE (July 5, 2019): Watch a livestream of the event, here.This Friday, Houston will hold its second Democratic presidential candidates’ forum in just over two months. The latest event will focus on candidates’ education policies.The National Education Association will host the #StrongPublicSchools Presidential Forum, as the centerpiece of its annual assembly. Confirmed participants include former Vice President Joe Biden, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Jay Inslee, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Thousands of potential questions have already been submitted online. NEA president Lily Eskelsen García says there are definite trends.“A whole lot of folks are asking questions about [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos and whether or not the new president would go in a different direction than Betsy DeVos has gone, which has been to really cut funding for things like special education [and] English language learners, who has not been at all a champion for protecting the rights of our public school students,” Eskelsen García said.The NEA will take questions for the candidates straight up through the event, which takes place July 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. More details are available, here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:48 Share X Listen
WASHINGTON (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.
Popular on Variety Tom Punch, Vice Media’s global chief creative and commercial officer, has left the media company after six years to join ad agency Spring Studios.Punch has been named global president and chief creative officer for Spring Studios across its offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Milan. In the new role, Punch reports to Spring Studios CEO Richard Yaffa.His departure from Vice comes after a series of senior-executive changes at the company — including the naming of former A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc as CEO this spring, replacing Shane Smith in the role, a move coming after allegations of misconduct at the Brooklyn-based company.Vice recently instituted a hiring freeze under Dubuc, and the company is looking to shrink its headcount through attrition. A Wall Street Journal report last week, citing anonymous sources, said Vice’s revenue for 2018 is projected to be flat with last year. Meanwhile, Disney took a $157 million write-down on its investment in Vice for the September quarter. Punch’s last day at Vice was Nov. 2. At the company he oversaw commercial content and operations, including for the Viceland cable channel. He led the company’s internal agency, called Virtue, which worked with brands including Netflix, Lululemon, L’Oréal, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Unilever, Samsung, YouTube and Google. He also started the company’s branded-content studio Vice+ Productions.“Tom’s global experience and achievements will continue to expand Spring’s role as aspirational storytellers, carving out a strategic space where culture and commerce collide,” Yaffa said in a statement.Prior to joining Vice in 2012, Punch had worked at ad agencies including Mother and GroupM’s MediaCom.Spring Studios describes itself as combining high-end agency, production and content capabilities. “Spring has architected a beautiful platform to build upon,” Punch said in a statement provided by the agency. “Its merging of culture with commerce, community with content, and digital with physical has attracted a talented community of hybrid creative, business people that I can’t wait to get to work with.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Popular on Variety Disney Earnings Miss the Mark, Stock Slides Disney to Offer Streaming Bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99 “I’ve been really impressed with the quality and the variety and the volume” of original production for Disney Plus, Iger said.Iger also emphasized Disney’s flexibility with the content it creates. The FX team may produce an original series for Hulu that will have a second window down the road on FX.Iger acknowledged that the company faces a “balancing act” in the near term as it weighs how much to invest in its new direct-to-consumer businesses and how much it needs to maintain its traditional linear TV operations including ABC, Freeform and FX.“It is important for us to continue to fuel those channels with enough quality and original programming to support these businesses as they exist today,” Iger said. At the same time, “the pivot to direct to consumer businesses is designed not only to address the opportunity that exists in that space but also address the challenges that exist on the traditional side.”Iger added that Disney is in the midst of “setting ourselves up in a way to be more resilient than any of our competitors should the traditional side erode so significantly that it is not as viable as it was.” Iger said consumer marketing for Disney Plus will start to emerge later this month. On the tech side, the Disney Plus team is devoting considerable energy to making it easy for prospective subscribers to sign up. “We know how important it is to create a friction-less experience,” he said.Disney’s investment in its budding streaming services is only growing. Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy told analysts that the company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International divisions are projecting an operating loss of $900 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, up from $553 million loss in Q3 and up from a loss of about $370 million in fiscal Q4 2018.The Hulu venture is now entirely on Disney’s books, which contributed to Disney’s widening loss in Direct to Consumer and International. Iger said Hulu’s subscriber base stands at 28 million. The Hulu Live digital MVPD service grew faster than any of its digital rivals in the quarter, McCarthy said.In discussing the Q3 results, Iger emphasized the complexity of the 21st Century Fox integration and the need to invest as Disney makes significant shifts in its business priorities as it bets on streaming as the future of content distribution. Despite disappointing numbers from 21st Century Fox legacy units, including the Star TV satellite platform in India, Iger stressed that the company remains bullish on the $71.3 billion Fox deal.“Our appreciation of the long-term value that we can create has increased,” Iger said.Disney Plus will launch with more than 300 movie titles on day one, growing to 400 by the end of its first year. The tall includes eight “Star Wars” pics, four from Marvel plus eight more by the end of year one, 18 Pixar-produced features, 70 from the Disney animation vault and some 7,500 episodes of television. Iger said the Disney Plus originals are coming in strong. He’s watched the first season of “The Mandalorian,” the “Star Wars”-themed live-action series. Disney disclosed Tuesday that it will offer a streaming bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and the advertising-supported version of Hulu for $12.99 a month.The bundle of Disney direct-to-consumer properties will be available for purchase on Nov. 12, the day that the ambitious Disney Plus service is set to bow in the U.S.Disney chief Bob Iger revealed the plan for the bundle during Disney’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Disney’s fiscal second quarter numbers came in below expectations, a shortfall Disney chalked up to lower than expected performances by key divisions of 21st Century Fox, which Disney formally acquired in March.“Nothing is more important to us than getting this right,” Iger said of Disney’s aggressive move into direct-to-consumer streaming.Iger also disclosed that Disney is in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google to distribute Disney Plus and presumably the newly disclosed bundle on their platforms. “We think it’s important to achieve scale relatively quickly and they’ll be an important part of that.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Recently, NASA released colorful, dreamy illustrations depicting an imagined future in which human beings have made it to other worlds. A curly-haired astronaut floats inside a lunar space station, with the crater-pocked moon behind her. A lunar explorer steadies a camera on a tripod to photograph Earth in the distance. And an astronaut stands on the dunes of Mars with her hands in the pockets of her spacesuit, a dog at her side. But dogs have been to space. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union strapped dogs into capsules and launched them into the sky. The canines were not trusty space sidekicks, but research subjects, strays collected from city streets to test launch systems before humans themselves did. (The United States conducted similar tests, with several species of monkeys.) Read the whole story: The Atlantic Wait, a dog? To be clear, NASA’s ambitious plans for missions to the moon and Mars do not include dogs. (At least, none that the public knows about. If you’re a member of a top-secret program to groom doggonauts, please contact me.) The agency does want to send humans there, sometime in the 2030s.
Established in April 1953, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), the first management institute in India, still stands out to be one of the most reputed and acknowledged management institutions of the country. Enlightened Indians like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal and Prof DK Sanyal set up the institution keeping a unique dimension in mind. With social welfare programmes and management courses under the same roof, this institute has earned numerous accolades to its name. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver the decades, IISWBM has successfully kept its intellectual tradition alive by recruiting imminent faculty members, preserving the learning environment, nurturing intellectual minds, and maintaining infrastructure facilities. With sixty four years into management, its journey has been studded with glorious achievements. Being one of the highest ranking B-schools since its inception, the institute might soon get upgraded to a University and with the new campus coming up in the satellite city of Kolkata (Newtown), the institute has plans to start some academic programmes there by 2019. Involved in research and consultancy work, several faculty members have won many prestigious awards and the Institute itself boasts of alumni in various prestigious organisations both in India and abroad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProf (Dr) Amitava Sarkar, the Director of IISWBM, who has long been associated with the institute, opens up about their success story, uniqueness and big plans ahead.What separates IISWBM from other management institutes?This is the first management and social welfare institute that started in India. We have our heritage. When we started, the concept of bringing social welfare programs and business management courses together was one of a kind; a concept alien to many. After all, social welfare programs in order to survive, need to be managed well and similarly, if management studies are devoid of any ties to social welfare, it will fail. I don’t think there are institutions where these two fields are together under the same roof and even if there are such institutions, they definitely did not start back at the time we did. From early 1950s onward, we have always tried to remain relevant, keeping in tune with upcoming demands. What should be done so that more people get access to education?I believe we have quite a number of good institutions offering programmes in various fields. And the lack of access that we have faced a couple of decades back has gone down to a great extent. We have not been able to match up with the demands in certain fields with openings in higher education institutions. I don’t want to blame the planners or the government but this happens because it is a fast changing world. We don’t know which particular field is going to occupy the centre stage two years down the line or what particular demands are going to come up and we are always a couple of steps behind in supplying the required academic programmes and institutions. That’s where the mismatch happens. This is mainly due to fast changes and our inability to forecast. Which are some of the offbeat courses that are offered in your institution?Apart from the flagship programs like Master of Business Administration, Master of Human Resource Management, the Institute also conducts full-time programmes in affiliation with the University of Calcutta in Sports Management, Media Management, and Retail Management among others. We offer programmes in fire safety management as well. We have also condensed our three years MBA evening program into 2 years and the response has been amazing. We are the first institution to start with a two -year full time MBA evening program. In addition, the Institute introduced an M Phil programme since 2014, and plans to commence a PhD programme, affiliated to University of Calcutta to match demands for higher/research studies in management, social welfare and public systems.Our faculty is very actively involved in research and projects. We offer our expertise in number of projects for various government and non-government institutions. We also work very closely with NTPC, Adani and Reliance among others. We are also collaborating with the Reserve Bank of India as they want us to conduct a training program on induction, and mentor their senior as well as junior officers.Is there any new collaboration with a foreign university on its way?I have a different view with regard to collaboration. If we look into collaboration itself carefully, we will see that many foreign institutions are coming here for students and they try to use institutions as agents. But essentially what they do is that Indians and foreign institutions train the students for two terms each and give them a joint certificate. However, there are only a few who can afford it. In my opinion, I would like to collaborate in terms of research, in terms of faculty and students exchange and not in terms of just offering a joint programme. As a matter of fact, the collaboration that I’m talking about in terms of research has always been there. We share ideas, articles and invite each other, which is much more effective. Otherwise collaborations do not serve any real purpose. Probably, there is some flamboyance in collaboration, but if looked into carefully, it doesn’t serve much purpose. What, in your opinion, distinguishes the Indian system of education, from those abroad?I believe that the distinction which we used to face three or four decades back, is not there that much. There’s a usual kind of complaint that comes from the industry that our syllabus/ curriculum is often outdated; the curriculums do not match the industry requirements, particularly in India. But I don’t think that’s totally true. I agree that it used to be like that a few decades ago but not any longer. I ask industry people whether they have actually taken a look at the curriculum and in most cases the answer is ‘no’. 90 per cent of those who criticise blindly our education systems, saying that it is not up to the mark or lagging behind from what are offered abroad, particularly in the West, don’t see them carefully. I know for a fact that there’s no significant difference in the programmes. The question should be about deliverance. They may have better teachers there or better systems of deliverance, or better students who can accept what is taught but we are no less. Yes, there are problems of delivery. Although I agree that it is acute in India, western countries also face this at some level or the other. Look at how eagerly they look for Indian software developers. Given the recent happenings, if all the Indian software developers have to come back, then I don’t know what they will do. So this problem is not unique to India or the developing countries. Lack of funding also leads to several problems. Many colleges can’t afford proper equipment at labs or other means of technology needed for better learning. But it is not that we do not know about these problems. I really hope people start looking beyond the surface level. Tell us about the new campus…We have our new campus coming up in Rajarhat (Newtown). It’s been a year that work has started and the entire foundation piling has already been completed. Situated in the so called academic hub, it will have a 12 storey academic building, separate girls’ and boys’ hostels, and staff quarters. In fact, last week we had a meeting with HIDCO and it was decided that by 2019 it would be at least partially complete so that we start teaching some of the courses there. We would like to do it a bit sequentially. Of course the entire establishment is not going to shift at one go as it is neither desirable nor possible. Our USP is this location.
Last week, Paul Fazzone, GM Cloud Native Applications, announced the launch of VMware Essential PKS “as a modular approach to cloud-native operation”. VMware Essential PKS includes upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to help design decisions, and expert support to guide users through upgrades, maintenance and reactively troubleshoot when needed. Paul notes that more than 80% of containers run on virtual machines (VMs), with the percentage growing every year. This launch keeps up with the main objective of establishing VMware as the leading enabler of Kubernetes and cloud-native operation. Features of Essential PKS #1 Modular Approach Customers who have specific technological requirements for networking, monitoring, storage, etc. can build a more modular architecture on upstream Kubernetes. VMware Essential PKS will help these customers access upstream Kubernetes with proactive support. The only condition being that these organizations should either have the in-house expertise to work with those components, the intention to grow that capability or the willingness to use an expert team. #2 Application portability Customers will be able to use the latest version of upstream Kubernetes, ensuring that they are never locked into a vendor-specific distribution. #3 Flexibility This service allows customers to implement a multi-cloud strategy that lets them choose tools and clouds as per their preference to build a flexible platform on upstream Kubernetes for their workloads. #4 Open-source community support VMware contributes to multiple SIGs and open-source projects that strengthen key technologies and fill up the gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem. #5 Cloud native ecosystem support and guidance Customers will be able to access 24×7, SLA-driven support for Kubernetes and key open-source tooling. VMware experts will partner with customers to help them with architecture design reviews and help them evaluate networking, monitoring, backup, and other solutions to build a production-grade open source Kubernetes platform. The Kubernetes community has received this news with enthusiasm. In November, VMware announced it was buying Heptio at VMworld. Heptio products work with upstream Kubernetes and help enterprises realize the impact of Kubernetes on their business. According to FierceTelecom, “PKS Essentials takes the Heptio approach of building a more modular, customized architecture for deploying software containers on upstream Kubernetes but with VMware support.” Read Next Rancher Labs announces ‘K3s’: A lightweight distribution of Kubernetes to manage clusters in edge computing environmentsCNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructureTumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integration