The Olympics are all about dreams. Some linger long after they are realised, others are crushed on the biggest stage of them all. Since the Games began on July 27, London has been home to thousands of athletes, whose most cherished hopes are either coming true or being ruthlessly shattered.Gagan,The Olympics are all about dreams. Some linger long after they are realised, others are crushed on the biggest stage of them all. Since the Games began on July 27, London has been home to thousands of athletes, whose most cherished hopes are either coming true or being ruthlessly shattered.Gagan Narang celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle eventDeepika Kumari during the archery team event in London.The world watched as Chinese and American athletes resumed their rivalry for primacy. Indians mattered only to India. There was the affable 29-year-old Gagan Narang, drawn to marksmanship after he shot a few balloons at Chennai’s Marina Beach. He secured India’s first medal, a bronze in the 10m air rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks. In contrast, there was World No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari crashing out in the first round of the women’s recurve event.Yet, it was the unknown Madhura Nagendra who hogged the initial headlines, sauntering alongside Indian flag-bearer Sushil Kumar during the parade at the 60,000-seater Olympic Stadium. The first thought was that India had stumbled, failing to provide one of its athletes her team colours. After all, in Beijing, Sania Mirza had taken part in the parade in a pair of jeans because her kit was not quite up to scratch.But as Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee, said, she was an over-enthusiastic member of the opening ceremony cast who had gate-crashed. The Indian Olympic Association did register a protest, but the response was meek. “After three days, we got a letter from the Organising Committee regretting the incident. They, however, did not see it as a security breach”, acting chef-de-mission Brigadier P.K. Muralidharan Raja told India Today.advertisementUntil Narang’s bronze, the only contribution of the Indian athletes was to complain incessantly about London heat. “Yes, it is a sprawling complex but it’s so hot in our rooms”, said an Indian hockey player, who was among those who went to the local market to buy pedestal fans to beat the heat.The Games venue at Greenwich Park.Then there were queues at breakfast in the Games Village. “When you see 10,000 athletes at breakfast together, it is a crowd”, tweeted tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi. The athletes have also had to fetch their supply of mineral water from the canteen, not what they had expected after the facilities lavished upon them at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi.Perhaps the archers couldn’t adjust. Perhaps it was the viral fever that some contracted in the run-up to the Games, or the shifting winds at Lord’s, but the world beaters missed the target.Expectations were fuelled by the silver the women’s archery team won at the world championship in Turin in 2011, but India lost to Denmark 210-211 in the first round, primarily due to a show of nerves by Chekrovolu Swuro, who shot two poor 6s that undermined her 10s. The male archers also crumbled under pressure, Tarundeep Rai shooting an 8 off his final arrow, letting Japan force shoot-off. The Japanese thrived under pressure, recording two 10s and a 9, while the Indians came up with three 9s.For long, the Indian archers have been asking for the services of a sports psychologist, but the call went unheeded, till Olympic Gold Quest, the foundation started by billiards icon Geet Sethi and badminton legend Prakash Padukone, arranged for Delhi-based sports psychologist Vaibhav Aghase-a former CBI officer-to spend some time with Rai and Rahul Banerjee. Indian archery needs to embrace sports science to empower its stars.Click here to EnlargeThey don’t have to look any further than Narang for evidence. The manner in which he handled pressure in the final of the 10m air rifle event was a clear sign of how he has moved on from his disappointment of missing out on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award two years ago, when he had threatened to quit. It was only after being persuaded by friends, media and officials that he competed in the 2010 Delhi CWG, where he won four golds, and at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, where he won two silvers.Narang’s self-belief on July 30 was evident as he shot inner 10s with each of his first 26 shots. “I have medals from all the top tournaments in my showcase. The one missing was an Olympics medal. That pressure is off my chest now”, he said. “I always knew Gagan had it in him to win an Olympics medal”, said Abhinav Bindra, gold medallist at Beijing. He failed to make it to the final, but showed enormous grace in praising his teammate.advertisementRajyavardhan Rathore’s silver at Athens in 2004, Bindra’s gold in Beijing and Narang’s bronze in London have been a shot in the arm of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). “This is the beginning”, says NRAI President Raninder Singh, while national coach Sunny Thomas points out that there is a system in place. “People complain that we conduct too many trials before each Games, but the fact is that we pick shooters on form”, he says.Click here to EnlargeThe Great Indian Hotshot Dream has been fuelled by the sports ministry as well, spending as it did close to Rs 24 crore from Operation Excellence, on the shooters’ training for the Games. “India has foreign coaches in rifle, pistol and shotgun events. We have good shooting ranges in Tughlakabad, Hyderabad and Pune”, says Moraad Ali Khan, Arjuna Award winner and a government observer. “Unless you spend big bucks, medals will not come.”There have been other good performances as well, not in the least shuttler Parupalli Kashyap’s victory over Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne at the Wembley Arena to become the first Indian man in history to reach the badminton quarter-finals of the Olympic Games. Boxers Vijender Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Devendro Singh and Manoj Kumar showed good form to win their opening bouts. The Indian men’s hockey team were beaten 1-3 by New Zealand, two days after losing to the Netherlands.It might well be that India will manage to improve on its Beijing tally, with one bronze in the bag already. But the Great Indian Question remains: Where will the gold come from? And will it come at all?
Known as ‘Malla- Yuddha’ in India, wrestling is considered as one of the oldest sports in the world. It was primarily considered as a physical exercise to stay fit but it is slowly evolved through the years to get its place in the world sports. This year, Sakshi Malik made the country proud by winning Bronze in wrestling in Rio Olympics in the 58 kg category.Here are some of the best wrestlers of this country you should know about:1. Sakshi Malik Shakshi Malik was born on September 3, 1992 in Mokhra village of Haryana’s Rohtak district. Her father, Sukhbir, was a bus conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation and mother, Sudesh Malik, was a supervisor at local anganwadi. She is the first India’s female wrestler to achieve a medal at the Olympics. This year she won the bronze medal in Rio in the 58 kg category. 2. Sushil Kumar Solanki He was born in Barpola village near Najafgarh in South-West Delhi to father Diwan Singh and mother Kamla Devi. He won the 2010 world title in 66 kg weight division, a silver medal at 2012 London Olympics and bronze at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is the only India to win two individual Olympic medals. 3. Udey Chand Born on June 25, 1935 in Hisar, Haryana, Udey Chand was the first individual world championship medal winner from independent India. The Government of India awarded him with the prestigious Arjuna award in wrestling in 1961. 4. Jatindra Charan Goho Popularly known as Gobar Goho, he was born in Kolkata on March 13, 1892. He was the first Asian to win the World Light Heavyweight Championship in the United States in 1921.advertisement5. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (K D Jadhav) Image source: TOI He was born in Goleshwar, Maharashtra on August 14, 1984 to renowned wrestler Dadasaheb Jadhav. He won a bronze medal in wrestling at 1952 Summer Olympics in Helisinki and was the first athletes from India to win a medal in the Olympics. 6. Yogeshwar Dutt Born on November 2, 1982, Yogeshwar is an Indian freestyle wrestler. He was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2012 and prestigious Padma Shri award in 2013. He won the bronze medal in 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth games at Glasgow. 7. The Great Gama Ghulam Muhammad, popularly called ‘The Great Gama’ or ‘Gama Pehalwan’ was born on May 22, 1878 in Amritsar, Punjab of British India. He was awarded with the World Heavyweight Championship on October 15, 1910. 8. Dara Singh Born on November 19, 1928, Dara Singh was an Indian professional wrestler, politician, actor. He won the Commonwealth Championship in 1959 by defeating George Gordienko at Calcutta. He also achieved the World Wrestling Championship by defeating Lou Thesz on May 29, 1968 in Bombay. 9. Geeta Phogat Geeta was born on December 15, 1988 in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father, Mahavir Singh, was a former wrestler. She won the gold medal in 2010 commonwealth games in 55 kg freestyle category.(Image source: TOI, NDTV) Read: Dipa Karmakar nominated for Khel Ratna: Facts about the biggest sporting award and the nominee Read: PV Sindhu all set for an olympic medal: All you need to know about the ace shuttlerFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Citing constraints placed by the 14th Finance CommissionCiting constraints placed by the 14th Finance Commission in grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Jaitley said an amount equivalent to what that categorisation would have fetched, would be given to the state in form of a Special Assistance Measure for five years.Andhra Pradesh has been demanding a Special Category State (SCS) status from the Centre ever since the states economic powerhouse Hyderabad, which housed several IT and pharmaceutical companies as well as PSUs, went to Telengana in the bifurcation.While the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act does not mention of SCS for the state, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on the floor of Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014 promised to grant the status to the state for five years. PTI DBV DK DV
San Francisco: After the raging success of Netflix’s original interactive choose-your-own-adventure film ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’, Google-owned YouTube is now working on interactive shows and live specials. Following the traditional format of interactive shows, the content YouTube is planning would allow viewers to make their own choices throughout the show and eventually conclude an ending of their choice. The project is under the supervision of Ben Relles, former Head of YouTube’s unscripted programming, SlashGear reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Developers who create this kind of interactive content develop multiple storylines for the same show. To keep the story flow smooth, the different storylines are made to intersect at certain points, resulting in different potential endings for a single show, which once started, cannot be paused, rewinded or forwarded. With Bandersnatch that launched in December last year, Netflix became the first content platform to attempt an interactive entertainment aimed at adults. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Because of its design to keep viewers hooked watching and playing, Bandersnatch did not come with a set run-time. However, according to information available on public domains, it lasted for a peiod of 40-90 minutes roughly before getting to the end credits. While Netflix never revealed how many accounts accessed “Bandersnatch”, the multiple endings were a trending topic on all social networking platforms, including in India. YouTube is likely to announce new programmes next month. However, details about an official announcement of an interactive show or series remain unclear as of now, the report added.
“Each of us must be empowered to learn about this past and to reclaim it, as a necessary step in building new common ground,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a message to mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.“Managing cultural diversity and fighting prejudice and racial discrimination raise high stakes in globalizing world,” she said, adding that the Day was an opportunity to reflect on the tragedy of slave trade, and to pay tribute to those who struggled for its abolition in the light of the universal recognition of human rights.This year’s observance of the Day carries special importance in that it is also the 10th anniversary of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance which was held in Durban, South Africa, where the slave trade was acknowledged as a crime against humanity, Ms. Bokova noted.The year has also been declared the International Year for People of African Descent. “This is a chance to examine the effects of the slave trade, whose ignominious practice has in part shaped the face of modern society, across all regions of the world. This history can also nourish our thinking about our multicultural and multiethnic societies today,” she said.UNESCO has been playing a leading role in fostering understanding and recognition of the slave trade. Since the establishment of the Slave Route project in 1994, the agency has worked to break the silence on the slave trade and slavery.The agency will today launch an international design competition for the permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade that will be constructed at UN Headquarters in New York. The memorial will symbolise universal recognition of the tragedy that befell not only Africans and people of African descent, but humanity as a whole.It is estimated that more than 12.5 million Africans were transported to the Americas and the Caribbean and enslaved.The Day will be marked with various events across the world that range from a workshop on the slave trade for educators in Ghana, exhibitions in Senegal, Argentina and Granada, to a symposium in Trinidad and Tobago whose theme is “The contribution of people of African descent in the development of Caribbean society.”In the United Kingdom, several museums will have commemorative events, including exhibitions and panel discussions.In Canada, the Black Coalition of Quebec has chosen “A History to Discover” as the theme of week-long events in Montreal that began last week. 23 August 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with conserving the world’s cultural heritage today exhorted mankind to learn the history of the dehumanizing transatlantic slave trade to discover their common humanity and intensify the fight against prejudice and racial discrimination.
“The Secretary-General hopes that the agreement will contribute to improving the bilateral relationship between the two countries,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, referring to the accord reached at a bilateral Foreign Ministers meeting held in Seoul.“He appreciates President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for their leadership and vision for the betterment of the relationship between the two countries as reflected in an earlier agreement at the bilateral summit on 2 November.”Mr. Ban also stressed the importance of the countries in north-east Asia building “a future- oriented relationship, based on the recognition of history,” the statement added.In August last year, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced profound regret that Japan had not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.She said in a statement that Japan “has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial and lasting resolution” to address the rights of so-called “comfort women.”The agreement reached by the two sides reportedly involves an official apology from Japan and a promised payment of $8.3 million for the victims.
Tesco is reportedly running low on a range of household brands, including Marmite, after a dispute with Unilever over prices following the dip in the value of the pound. The supermarket giant has taken popular brands like Ben and Jerrys ice cream and Persil cleaning products off their website following a reported disagreement about who should bear the cost of the weakening pound.Sterling has slumped sharply since the UK voted to leave the EU, losing 17% of its value since June. And talk of a so-called hard Brexit has seen investors show less confidence in the UK leaving the global consumer goods company demanding steep price increases of around 10% to offset the increased costs, say reports.Now a number of well-known products are unavailable on the supermarkets website, leading to reports Tesco has rejected the price increase. In some areas of the UK, the items have sold out and Sky News says that the UKs largest supermarket will continue to sell the goods until they run out. Other supermarket chains have also expressed concerns over Unilevers stance.Unilever, which is one of the UKs biggest suppliers of food and branded toiletries, including: Persil, Surf, Dove, Comfort, Ben and Jerrys ice cream, Elmlea, Colmans, Hellmanns, Marmite, Knorr, Bertolli, Flora, Comfort and Pot Noodle.Tescos website shows that Marmite, Ben and Jerrys ice cream and Comfort are all out of stock. Unilever has declined so far to comment on its negotiations with Tesco, and other supermarkets.Tescos chief executive, Dave Lewis, spent much of his career working at Unilever before joining the supermarket chain two years ago. Lewis had signalled last week, according to the Financial Times, that he was preparing for a fight with suppliers on this very issue.The FT reported that Unilever demanded the steep price increases to offset the higher cost of imported commodities, which are priced in euros and dollars. They added that an executive at another British supermarket group said that Unilever had threatened to cut off their entire supply unless it agreed to across-the-board price increases of 10%.Tesco said in a statement: We are currently experiencing availability issues on a number of Unilever products. We always work to ensure customers get the best possible prices and we hope to have this issue resolved soon. Marmitegate: Tesco in dispute with Unilever over price hike Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 …
Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — Sara Nimori, president of the student government at Moody Bible Institute, said students were shocked and saddened last year to hear that the school’s president had resigned.J. Paul Nyquist, its former president, had worked to make the evangelical Christian school a welcoming place for a diverse student body.But his tenure became controversial. In response, the school’s board of trustees decided Nyquist and two other leaders had to go.RELATED: Incoming Moody president hopes to give historic Christian school a ‘restart’A year later, the school formally installed its new president in the same auditorium where students heard that first announcement — a move that felt bittersweet, Nimori said.“So much of this journey has just been mourning mixed with joy,” she told the audience gathered for the occasion.Mark Jobe speaks at his inauguration as the 10th president of Moody Bible Institute on the school’s downtown Chicago campus on April 5, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerMoody students and faculty, several past presidents and other guests gathered Friday (April 5) at Moody’s downtown Chicago campus as Mark Jobe was installed as the 10th president of the historic institution founded 133 years ago by evangelist D.L. Moody.Jobe is the third president to lead Moody in the last dozen years.During his inaugural address, he acknowledged the school has been through “challenging times.”“But I believe that we’ve emerged on the other side of crisis with a more firm determination than ever before to be what God has called us to be,” he said. “We see hope and opportunity in the future in the midst of a rapidly changing world.”Moody’s challenges came to a head on a single day in January 2018 when Moody Bible Institute’s top leaders all stepped down: Nyquist, Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck and Provost Junias Venugopal.The departures came as there were “public accusations made against those leaders,” said T. Randall Fairfax, chair of Moody’s board of trustees. They included concerns about theology, the school’s finances and its embrace of diversity. Fairfax told Religion News Service the board found those accusations to be untrue.But it also found that former leaders failed to communicate “a clear understanding and direction of where the institute was going,” he said.“That ultimately, in the simplest words did not create the most healthy environment on campus,” he said. “So we had to make a decision: How could we get to a healthier environment and a better vision in a very difficult time?”It was “time for a new season of leadership” at Moody Bible Institute, a statement from the board of trustees said at the time.People attend Mark Jobe’s inaugration at the Moody Bible Institute on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Moody Bible InstituteFor students, it was time for a revival of their voices on campus, according to Nimori.“I’ve never seen students show their care so much for their school by asking all of these questions,” the senior told RNS.During the search for a new president, students shared their thoughts and concerns with the search committee, said Nimori. They gathered to pray in the president’s office on campus.Ultimately, they were excited when Jobe was announced last fall as the new president of Moody, Nimori said.In the semester he already has been on campus, the student government president said Jobe has been energetic and engaged with students, the “cool president” with a youth pastor vibe who eschews ties for turtlenecks. He’s also a charismatic speaker whose messages continually encourage students to focus on Jesus, she said.She hopes he also will continue Nyquist’s work on diversity.Former Moody Bible Institute President J. Paul Nyquist places a medallion bearing the school insignia around the neck of Mark Jobe on April 5, 2019, during Jobe’s inauguration as the 10th president of Moody Bible Institute. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller“He was very much a champion of diversity at a place like Moody, where for so long we’ve had a history of being pretty homogenous as a student body,” Nimori said.Since Nyquist departed, the school has opened an office of multicultural students and a diversity committee; celebrated Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month; and prepared to be a place that did not just enroll students who are more ethnically or racially diverse, but also prepared to welcome them, she said.On Friday, Nyquist returned to campus to take part in Jobe’s inauguration.The auditorium roared as faculty members, trustees and officials marched to the stage, led by Jobe and former Moody Presidents Joseph Stowell and Nyquist. Both sat onstage alongside Jobe, and Nyquist later draped a medallion with the school insignia around Jobe’s shoulders as the new president knelt onstage.During the ceremony, students, alumni, faculty and representatives of Chicago-area Christian schools shared words of greeting.Wheaton College President Philip Ryken told Jobe his leadership was vital “because of Moody’s enduring potential for future service to the kingdom of God as a biblically sound, theologically orthodox, ministry minded, beautifully diverse academic community with an ever-growing heart for this city and for the wider world that Jesus came to save.”Then Jobe shared his vision for the Moody Bible Institute.He paced the stage with a handheld mic, occasionally checking his notes on an electronic tablet, as he described his role as “chief dreamer” of the school and his vision for “20 in 30” — reaching 20 million people by 2030.To do that, he said, the school would have to double its enrollment from 3,000 to 6,000 students, double readers of books released by Moody Publishers, double listeners to Moody Radio both on radio stations and online.“At a time when higher education institutions are struggling with dwindling numbers, we’re preparing for the opposite,” he said.Jobe’s vision “to create the leaders that will evangelize and transform the world” at Moody is part of what appealed to the presidential search committee about him, according to Fairfax, who was a member of that committee.The courtyard of Moody Bible Institute’s downtown Chicago campus on April 5, 2019, after the inauguration of Mark Jobe as the 10th president of the historic Christian institution. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThe new president graduated from Moody in 1984 and founded New Life Community Church in 1986. New Life now has 27 locations across the Chicago area and eight around the world.Moody’s board president said he hoped the “larger evangelical world” was celebrating Jobe’s inauguration along with them.“It’s a big team game, and it’s good when you get all the players healthy,” Fairfax said.In his address, Jobe also shared the challenges he saw ahead for the Moody Bible Institute: a rise in the religiously unaffiliated among millennials, changing demographics, globalization, a growing hostility to Christian values, suspicion of church leaders, biblical illiteracy.And he shared the opportunities he saw for the school.“I pastored in the city of Chicago for a long time, and I know how amazing it is that a place like this exists in a city like this,” Jobe said. Share This! 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Muriel Bowser’s office solicited an advisory neighborhood commissioner to state the mayor’s case for her job performance and personnel decisions. (AP File Photo)The AFRO, in its June 24 edition, published an article “Mayor Bowser Gets Mixed Reviews” that has political observers talking. When the AFRO sought to get the mayor’s response to the article’s critical comments on her six-month tenure on July 1, at the formal opening of her office in Anacostia, she wasn’t interested in discussing it.As a response, however, Bowser’s communications team solicited Antawan Holmes, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 7C07, to state the mayor’s case for her job performance and personnel decisions.“I live in Deanwood located in Ward 7 and have seen and interacted with her [Mayor Bowser] in the community in the last six months more than I did with her predecessors during their entire terms,” Holmes said in an exclusive op-ed to the AFRO. “Like every mayor before her, she has brought on a team that she feels best equipped to tackle the challenges of running a dynamic city. The city is rapidly changing and requires both competent veterans and new personnel.”Holmes refutes the notion that Bowser isn’t sensitive to the needs of struggling residents in eastern Washington.“In my observations, Mayor Bowser has launched a serious effort to create a pathway to the middle class by investing heavily in education initiatives that help young men of color, addressing homelessness and affordable housing, and expanding job programs such as the summer youth employment program,” he said.Holmes said that the mayor’s team is “working in all eight wards.”“And the mayor has put special attention into communities like Deanwood,” the commissioner said. “Her office, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Department, has conducted Safety Walks with community leaders to address the security concerns and needs within the neighborhood.”In the July 1 article, residents Jauhar Abraham and Constance Woody expressed reservations about the representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations (MOCRS) in their ward. Holmes disagrees with them on that.“I know a lot of people in our community have had consistent, positive, productive interactions with the MOCRS,” he said. “I have personally worked with [Ward 7 representative] Wendell Felder and he provides 110 percent effort in his work. He works seven days a week with residents to address service issues in our neighborhood.”He said “many residents have called me to praise his efforts in addressing their issues.”Holmes said that MOCRS work with other executive agencies to deal with local issues like vacant properties, lots and streetscape issues.“I enjoy the fact that MOCRS are a single point of contact for all other agencies,” he said. However, he did express a concern. “I would like to see more cross sectional agency teamwork to address various neighborhood issues efficiently,” Holmes said.The commissioner said that Bowser has the city moving in the right direction at this point in her term. “We all know that progress will not occur overnight so let’s give Mayor Bowser time to make progress on the long-term issues that have negatively impacted east of the river,” he said.Jacque Patterson, a commissioner for single-member district 8B07, agrees with Holmes on Bowser’s appointments. “I applaud the mayor for appointing Courtney Snowden as deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity,” Patterson said. “Snowden knows our community and she is going to do a good job.”Patterson said that Bowser’s pick to lead the Department of Employment Services, Deborah A. Carroll, was also a good hire. “I know of Deborah Carroll’s work and she’ll provide employment opportunities for people,” he said. “I think that through her work, the employment rate will be lifted.”District resident Karen Todd concurred with Holmes in calling for patience.“Change doesn’t come quickly,” Todd said. “Anything of substance takes time because things have been messed up for such a long time that it will take a bit of time to get things straight. Still, I have seen great change in such a short period of time.”One example, Todd said, is that children can ride free on the bus with a voucher. “I think that is an amazing idea,” she said. “I wish I had that when I was young. To me, it is the small things that make a difference and Bowser is making a difference.”
“Alex Stamos continues to be the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook. He has held this position for nearly three years and leads our security efforts especially around emerging security risks. He is a valued member of the team and we are grateful for all he does each and every day.”The information security team that Stamos had overseen within the company has since been integrated into Facebook’s product team, with the Times reporting that out of 120 staffers, only 3 are left as part of the original team.Stamos had been known for openly engaging with both users and critics on Facebook and Twitter about issues relating to the Russia probe.The report comes on the heels of revelations that Trump campaign-affiliated Cambridge Analytica had been able to obtain personal data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. Facebook’s stock was down close to 7 percent at the close of markets Monday due to these reports, which also resulted in U.S. senators calling for hearings on the data abuse.Update: 5:40pm: This post was updated with a statement from Facebook. Popular on Variety Facebook’s chief information security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the company over internal disagreements on how to handle the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Monday afternoon citing anonymous sources within the company.Stamos reportedly had been internally pushing for aggressively investigating and disclosing Russia’s actions on its platform, something that other senior executives, including COO Sheryl Sandberg, disagreed on. He made the decision to leave the company back in December, but agreed to stay on until August to help with the transition of his responsibilities, according to the New York Times.Facebook didn’t respond to repeat questions on Stamos’ planned departure Monday, and instead sent out a statement highlighting that he was still working at Facebook — something that the New York Times report hand’t disputed. Here’s the company’s full statement: ×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
At 2:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to take the stand before the joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees. The following day, he’ll testify before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. He plans to wear a suit and take accountability for Facebook’s “big mistake,” and his seven-page testimony has been released by the House. You can watch Zuckerberg’s live testimony below.Ahead of his hearing, we pulled apart Zuckerberg’s testimony document. First, here are recaps of the two significant events that landed Facebook in hot water.Recap: How did Cambridge Analytica get access to so much user data?About 87 million is an oft-cited figure in connection with the number of users whose data was mishandled by Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Donald Trump’s campaign before the 2016 election. But the story behind how the firm got its hands on that information is a little murkier.Zuckerberg’s testimony claims that Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app on the platform in 2013 and that about 300,000 people installed it. At the time, laxer privacy settings across Facebook meant Kogan had access to data from tens of millions more users after their friends had installed the app. Zuckerberg says Facebook wasn’t aware that Kogan had shared data with Cambridge Analytica until 2015 and that the company “ultimately” formally certified that they had deleted “all improperly acquired data.”However, the firm likely used the information to build psychological profiles to categorize individual American voters. Besides a claim, there’s no clear evidence Cambridge Analytica has since deleted that data — but Zuckerberg says they’ve agreed to a forensic audit by a firm Facebook hired.Recap: How did Russian agencies spread misinformation ahead of the 2016 U.S. election?After the election, Facebook found that “bad actors” ran ads and coordinated groups of fake accounts to endorse or denounce certain causes and candidates — or sow widespread distrust in the political institutions themselves. One “disinformation campaign” linked to about 80,000 Facebook posts in two years was run by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), and the company estimates that 146 million people might have been served its content on Facebook and Instagram combined. The IRA also invested about $100,000 in Facebook ads seen by about 11 million people in the U.S., according to Zuckerberg’s testimony.Here are six concrete takeaways from Facebook’s plan to prevent future incidents.1. More secondhand data protectionsThe company is introducing restrictions on tools such as “groups” and “events” to protect the data of other users besides the one signing in, according to Zuckerberg’s testimony. There’s no word yet from Facebook on exactly how those tools will be restricted, and the company didn’t respond to a request for comment by publication time.2. Restricted data permissions for appsFor Facebook users who haven’t used an app in three months or more, Zuckerberg says the app developers will no longer have access to their data. And instead of granting apps access to data such as public profiles and friends lists, users will now only need to provide their names, profile photos and email addresses. Facebook claims it has already begun showing all users a list of the apps they’ve used and clear ways to revoke their data permissions at the top of the News Feed. As of publication time, Entrepreneur staffers were unable to see this tool.3. More oversight for app developersZuckerberg says there will be more regulation on the back end as well, with developers signing contracts with “strict requirements in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.” There’s no word yet from Facebook on what those requirements will be.4. More oversight for advertisersOne key change coming to Facebook ads: Every advertiser behind issue or political ads will need to be authorized based on identity and location. The company plans to extend that verification to users who manage large pages, in the hopes of preventing viral misinformation.5. More political ad transparencyIn the coming months, labels will be introduced for political and issue ads, including who paid for them, and Facebook will launch a “searchable archive” of past political ads. The company is also testing a tool that shows all of the ads any given page is running and plans to launch it worldwide in summer 2018.6. Quicker implementation timelineZuckerberg says all Facebook ad changes should be complete months before the 2018 elections, as well as for upcoming elections over the next year in India, Pakistan, Mexico and Brazil. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 11, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
Earlier this week, Google announced its plans to launch a ‘Cloud Robotics platform’ for developers in 2019. Since the early onset of ‘cloud robotics’ in the year 2010, Google has explored various aspects of the cloud robotics field. Now, with the launch of Cloud Robotics platform, Google will combine the power of AI, robotics and the cloud to deploy cloud-connected collaborative robots. The platform will encourage efficient robotic automation in highly dynamic environments. The core infrastructure of the Platform will be open source and users will pay only for what services they use. Features of Cloud Robotics platform: #1 Critical infrastructure The platform will introduce secure and robust connectivity between robots and the cloud. Kubernetes will be used for the management and distribution of digital assets. Stackdriver will assist with the logging, monitoring, alerting, and dashboarding processes. Developers will gain access to Google’s data management and AI capabilities, ranging from Cloud Bigtable to Cloud AutoML. The standardized data types and open APIs will help developers build reusable automation components. Moreover, open APIs support interoperability, which means integrators can compose end-to-end solutions with collaborative robots from different vendors. #2 Specialized tools The tools provided with this platform will help developers to build, test, and deploy software for robots with ease. Composing and deploying automation solutions in customers’ environments through system integrators can be done easily. Operators can monitor robot fleets and ongoing missions, as well. Plus, users have to only pay for the services they use. That being said, if a user decides to move to another cloud provider, they can take their data with them! #3 Fostering powerful first-party services and third-partyy innovation Google’s initial Cloud Robotics services can be applied to various use cases like robot localization and object tracking. The services will process sensor data from multiple sources and use machine learning to obtain information and insights about the state of the physical world. It will encourage an ecosystem of hardware, and applications, that can be used and re-used for collaborative automation. #4 Industrial Automation made easy Industrial automation requires extensive custom integration. Collaborative robots can help improve flexibility of the overall process. It will help save costs and vendor lock ins. That being said, it is difficult to program robots to understand and react to the unpredictable changes of the physical human world. The Google Cloud platform will solve these issues by providing flexible automation services like Cartographer service, Spatial Intelligence service and Object Intelligence service Watch this video to know more about these services: Alternatively, head over to Google’s Blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next What’s new in Google Cloud Functions serverless platform Cloud Filestore: A new high performance storage option by Google Cloud Platform Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS): How Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and AWS are democratizing Artificial Intelligence
First look at Club Med Cancun Yucatan’s new Aguamarina pool MONTREAL — Club Med is offering a look at its new Aguamarina expansion opening this summer at Club Med Cancun Yucatan.This is the newest expansion of property – which has been undergoing renovations since 2017 – and a big family-focused addition for the resort.The new Aguamarina extension will introduce 60 new additional family rooms including 30 new oceanfront Family Club Rooms and 30 new oceanfront Family Deluxe Rooms. There will also be a brand new pool dedicated to families plus a brand new bar, ‘La Marina’.Club Med Cancun Yucatan renderingTravelweek was on-site in fall 2017 to see earlier renovations at the Cancun Yucatan property earlier this month.Renovations at that time included the Las Velas bar, outdoor theatre and main pool area. The redesigned Tacos Arte beach lounge restaurant offers Mexican culinary specialties in a trendy, open-concept space designed to make guests feel like they’re in a Mexican marketplace. The Jade 5 Trident luxury space was also renovated including its private lobby, pool and bar. All 58 rooms were updated, including 15 suites and three family suites.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe 60 additional Aguamarina family rooms are slated to open in summer 2018, along with a new pool and bar available to all guests at the resort. Posted by Tags: Club Med, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 27, 2018
In order to welcome more Chinese travellers to Europe and making their travel to Europe easier during the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, Europe is taking a number of measures, the European Travel Commission recently said in Shanghai.Measures include Chinese language material at venues such as airports, tourist information centres, hotels and shopping malls, and staff who can speak Mandarin at these spots, said Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission.“We are also facilitating the acceptance of Union Pay payments in Europe,” said Santander. Better visa policies toward China and more direct flights linking Chinese and European cities are also on the agenda, he said.The commission has also teamed up with ‘Welcome Chinese Certification’ to create better experiences for Chinese tourists. Welcome Chinese is the official standard certification released by China’s Tourism Academy, which guarantees Chinese tourists feel comfortable, travel easily and feel welcome at overseas destinations.“A main objective of the commission this year is to improve connectivity between China and Europe,” said Santander. “We invite Chinese to enjoy another kind of Europe, which is less crowded, more peaceful, laid-back, and off the beaten track.”The commission and Welcome Chinese Certification announced that UnionPay International, Ctrip, Tuniu, Tencent, travel review website Qyer.com, Fliggy and Tongcheng had become official partners of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year.China is the world’s top outbound tourism market with 147 million outbound travellers last year, spending USD 220 billion.“The trend is that some emerging destinations in central and east Europe are gaining popularity among Chinese because of the Belt and Road construction, more direct flights and relaxed visa policies,” Jiang Yiyi, head of International Tourism Research of China Tourism Academy said recently.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Often times it seems like the worst place for a football player to be is away from the field.On the field, the worst thing someone can do is commit a bad penalty. Off it, well, the possibilities are limitless. So, as the Arizona Cardinals head into their bye week, head coach Bruce Arians had some help in delivering a message to his team.“We had a great speaker today, a Navy SEAL,” he said Wednesday. “Talked about resting or reloading, then the difference between the two. Top Stories Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Hopefully we reload, come back Monday for a great practice.”Then, Arians added his own message. “Don’t be ‘the guy,’” he said. “Too many times, when a guy gets a day off he gets tased in Miami, in South Beach or something. We don’t want any of that stuff; we don’t need any distractions, that was the message.”Throughout the week, Arians talked about how pleased he was with his team’s mindset heading into the break. At 4-4 the Cardinals are very much in the thick of the NFC playoff race, and the first-year boss wants to make sure his players come back ready for the second half of the season.But part of that is avoiding even thinking about the postseason.“Playoffs, they’re months away, and if you start worrying about them you won’t be in them,” he said. “It’s a day-to-day process. We play the Houston Texans next, and the only way to be ready for the Houston Texans is to have a great Monday, then a great Tuesday, then a great Wednesday. “You control what you do, those 24 hours. Put it to bed and go to the next one, and then you’ll just stack them up pretty good on Sunday.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cornerback Patrick Peterson is taking a similar approach, saying he sometimes peeks at the standings but tries not to focus on them too much.“Obviously, the last couple years we haven’t had an opportunity to do any peeking,” he said. “This year, we’re at .500 and we want to keep getting some wins and hopefully, later down the road, I can start peeking.”How do they get to that point?“We’ve just got to win the games we’re supposed to,” Peterson added. “We’ve got a good stretch of winnable games…looking at the schedule, we believe there’s no team on our schedule that can beat us if we go out and play Cardinal football.”That means, according to Peterson, playing fast, physical and with relentless effort. They also must be mistake-free. That includes this weekend, when they will not even be playing a game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The Sturdy-Stone Centre in Saskatoon in shown in this undated handout image. A Regina ceramic artist with six decades of “innovation and technical mastery in Canadian craft” is among this year’s winners of the $25,000 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Linda Corbett *MANDATORY CREDIT * OTTAWA – A Regina ceramic artist with six decades of “innovation and technical mastery in Canadian craft” is among this year’s winners of the $25,000 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.Jack Sures won Saidye Bronfman Award and will have some of his works acquired by the Canadian Museum of History for its permanent collection.Vancouver curator Glenn Alteen will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award for his “consistent, respectful and ethical inclusion of artists, curators and cultural workers from diverse backgrounds.”Other winners include Toronto visual artist Bruce Eves, London, Ont., media artist Wyn Geleynse, Toronto visual artist Spring Hurlbut, Toronto media artist Midi Onodera, Vancouver photographer Sandra Semchuk, and Siksika Nation visual and performance artist Adrian Stimson.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will host an awards ceremony on March 28 at Rideau Hall.An exhibition of the winners’ works will open at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on March 29 and run through Aug. 5, 2018. The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. Regina ceramic artist among winners of Governor General’s Awards for arts by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2018 6:24 am PDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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