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Cayman Mckeeva Bush Ran Up 33k Debt – Trial Begins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cayman islands, mckeeva bush Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(Cayman News Service):As the former premier’s slot machine gambling appeared to intensify in the early months of 2010, the crown said McKeeva Bush ran up a debt of over $33,000 withdrawing cash on his Cayman Islands Government credit card to play in casinos in the US and the Bahamas. During a week’s trip to Vegas in February, Bush was gambling hard and withdrew over $12,000 cash on the card and just a few weeks later on a short official trip to the Bahamas and Miami he touched the card for more than $17,000, the court heard Tuesday as Bush’s trial continued. These amounts were on top of an existing and mounting cash debt already on the card. At that time, the crown said, Bush hadn’t made any payments back to government since December 2009 leaving the public purse to carry the debt burden.During the second day of the leader of the opposition’s trial for corruption and misconduct offences the jury heard that Bush’s efforts to get cash intensified, in 2010 as did his hours at the slots as well as his lossesCounsel representing the crown, Duncan Penny QC, told the jury that while Bush paid back some of the $33,000 several weeks after his gambling trips there was a sum of more than $10,000 outstanding which remained that way for more than two and a half years. It was not until the premier learned that his credit card statements were being investigated by police that he paid back the remaining debt, Penny told the court, as he began to wrap up his opening statement describing the crown’s case relating to the abuse of Bush’s government corporate credit card.Penny detailed the major withdrawals during two trips in 2010 where Bush’s use of his government card across the casinos grew as he accessed much larger amounts including his single largest cash withdrawal on the corporate card in Florida in March when he cashed $4000 on the casino floor.Having lost over $57,000 in Vegas, during a week-long personal trip which he had combined with a brief official appearance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he also gambled, Bush lost a further $45,000 in Florida a month later. He also was said to have lost an unknown amount in the Bahamas, where he was drawing money from various casinos. All of this was adding to his own personal credit card debts as well as the mounting personal bill on his CIG card.Describing the acceleration in the credit card debt, as he completed the summary of the crown’s case, Penny explained that Bush had begun to use the cashier system on the casino floors and sign for the credit card cash advances rather than use the ATMs. The lawyer said this was because Bush was able to access more cash that way than via the teller machines which limited his daily cash amounts.“The defendant became wise to the fact that the credit card was limited at the ATM to just $1000 per day,” he said, explaining that Bush began using the cashier services where he could sign for cash. Having started the previous July taking $500 here and $100 there on the government card Bush was now making withdrawals in the $1000s.The lawyers said that the money Bush was “so keen to get his hands on was going back into the hungry machines” as he added to his loses.Following the loss of more than a quarter of a million dollars since July 09 of his own money as well as that he had borrowed from the public purse, the court heard that Bush appeared to be in no hurry to pay back what he owed when he returned from the March trip.On his return from the Bahamas and Florida, having taken well over $17,000 in cash on the casino floors or from ATMs during the four day trip, which was for tourism related business, he made no immediate payments when he was sent the reconciliation memo as usual in the immediate wake of the official travel. Despite knowing, the crown’s attorney claimed, that the money he had taken on that card was not for any legitimate business purpose, Bush made no effort to make prompt payment to return the public money.However, some six weeks later he made the first of three random payments.The first was for CI$9,000 on 1 April then three weeks later a second cheque was written for US$13,000 and shortly after one for a CI$1000. A further trip after that in which he drew just $1000 in cash from a Florida Casino while playing the slots, according to the loyalty card, left an estimated debt of just over CI$10,000 which remained that way for about two and a half years.Despite efforts being made by some civil servants to press Bush to reconcile his credit card either with receipts or a written explanation or to pay back outstanding personal sums there was no money forthcoming from the premier until the matter was under investigation by the police.In early November 2012, the police issued a production order to the deputy governor for the premier’s credit card statements which were handed over to the investigating officers. Bush appears to have heard about the investigation into his cards and called Franz Manderson, the deputy governor, to ask him if his statements had been given to the police, which the top civil servant confirmed was correct. It was then that Bush said he had not known about the outstanding balance and made another payment of some $9000 to the government coffers.As he summarized the crown’s case against him Penny told the jury that Bush had breached his duty as a premier when he abused the card and allowed the public purse to carry a growing debt burden which was down to the then premier’s risky and addictive gambling habit. He said Bush began treating the government card like his own personal card as soon as it was given to him and his using the card for gambling was an affront to his high office.He said Bush had shown a disregard for the public trust when he used that card in casinos to get cash for gambling and then made no effort to pay it back before government began to carry the debt. “He allowed government to carry the burden to the tune of $10,000 for two and a half years and only paid it back when he was aware of the investigation,” the lawyer said.Penny closed his opening statement to the jury at around 11-30am on Tuesday morning.Bush has persistently denied the allegations against him, which include 11 counts of breach of trust and misconduct in public office, all of which relate to cash withdrawals at casinos made on a government credit card during his first year in office after he was re-elected in 2009 as the country’s leader. Bush has described the charges as a political witch-hunt to discredit him and the Cayman Islands by the FCO.The case continues in Grand Court One on Wednesday at 10am with the crown’s first witness, the financial secretary Kenneth Jefferson. Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miamilast_img read more

Bahamas Children Choir to perform in Grand Turk tomorrow

first_img Stileet, DMAC & many more to perform for GB Independence Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The 70 member Bahamas National Children’s Choir will perform in Grand Turk tomorrow as a part of their summer trek through the Caribbean by cruise liner. The group, in celebrating 42 years of Bahamian independence and their own 25th anniversary as a group will give a show at the Grand Turk Cruise Center at 10am and Salem Baptist Church, also in the capital at noon. Among the other stops for the choir is Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Related Items:bahamas independence, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, grand turk, performlast_img read more

Arrival in Nassau of the Queens of Baton for the Commonwealth Youth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Arrival in Nassau at Lynden Pindling International Airport of the Queen’s Baton on July 18, 2017 for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 scheduled to officially open later that evening.   From left are: Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee; Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin; and Commonwealth Games Federation Honourary Legal Advisor Sharon Osborne, QC.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Morata is eager to celebrate a goal with Atleti

first_imgThe new Atletico Madrid striker is yet to score after he already played three games with his boyhood club.Alvaro Morata grew up in the Atletico Madrid youth system.And now he’s been loaned for six months from English Premier League side Chelsea to the Spanish La Liga club.After three matches played for the Spanish team, he is yet to score, something he hopes will change tomorrow when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.“I would celebrate my first goal here with these supporters… for all the Atletico fans,” Morata was quoted by Marca.“There are the same people [here] as when I left [as a child].”“Here I am again; only in my head have I played with this shirt,” he added.“It is a dream.”Morata suffered to gain the support of Los Colchoneros’ fans at first because he played with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014.But he hopes a goal against Juventus will change their mind.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have to make the Wanda a fortress,” he added.“What is ours is ours and we cannot let anyone take anything away [from here].”“The key? Cristiano [Ronado] is key. And [Antoine] Griezmann for us,” he explained.“We’re going to do everything to stop [Ronaldo], we are going to neutralize him.”“It could be a final,” he continued.“Last year he made a save [when I was] with Chelsea,” said Morata about goalkeeper Jan Oblak.“I asked him [how he did it] and he said that it’s instinct. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”Muy feliz por la victoria de ayer!!! Y ahora… llega la Champions!!! #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/gKsa1T7bgL— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Threatening graffiti messages prompt increased police presence at Rancho Bernardo High School

first_img Dan Plante February 26, 2018 Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — About 20 threatening graffiti messages claiming there would be a school shooting Monday were found spray-painted around Rancho Bernardo High School’s campus Monday morning, prompting a large-scale police presence and an investigation, an officer said.In photographs posted on social media, the graffiti made an apparent reference to the deadly shooting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and threatened a shooting would happen at noon Monday on the campus at 13010 Paseo Lucido in Rancho Bernardo.A photograph posted to Facebook showed one spray-painted message that read: “2/26 12:00 school shooting `Florida was NOTHING!!”’Other messages also made references to Florida and threatened the shooting would happen at noon Monday. One was accompanied by a Swastika, others by profanity.“Murder blood chaos,” read one of the messages. “The innocent will die,” read another of the scrawls.All of the messages appeared to be written in black spray paint on walls across the campus, including some messages painted over a large mural of a nature scene.Police were notified of the messages around 6:30 a.m. Monday and officers were still on campus more than two hours later investigating the threats, San Diego police Officer Billy Hernandez said. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was a credible threat to the school.The graffiti was just the latest in a series of threats or perceived threats at San Diego-area schools since the shooting in Florida that killed 17 people, though the previous threats appeared to be unfounded. Those incidents included apparent threats at San Marcos High School last Tuesday, and on Wednesday, at Vista High School, Madison High School, Innovation Middle School, and Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School.Later in the week, there was a perceived gun scare at Ramona High School and unsubstantiated threats at San Diego High School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and STEAM Academy at La Presa, a middle school in the Spring Valley area.All of the threats involved social media postings or messages scrawled on campus, and all appeared to be hoaxes or in at least one case, a misunderstanding. On Thursday, however, San Diego police arrested a Torrey Pines High School freshman for allegedly claiming — verbally and in writing — that he planned to commit acts of violence at the Del Mar Heights Road campus.Officers searched the boy’s home, seizing electronic devices but finding no weapons, SDPD public-affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said. The suspect’s name was withheld because he is a minor, and details on the nature of his alleged threatening statements were not made public. Posted: February 26, 2018center_img Threatening graffiti messages prompt increased police presence at Rancho Bernardo High School Updated: 10:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Nicki Minaj Reveals Queen Album Cover Artwork

first_img Facebook Email The cover photo is a portrait of Minaj taken by fashion photographers Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott, showing the GRAMMY-nominated rapper adorned in Egyptian jewels posing on a tree branch in front of a fiery red background. The album’s title glistens in the upper left-hand corner in elegant, gold-carved letters.Due out Aug. 10, Queen will be Minaj’s first full-length album since 2014’s The Pinkprink. Minaj released two new singles from Queen simultaneously back in April, dropping videos for both “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” together in May. “Chun-Li” peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 10.Minaj’s Twitter account is filled with various countdown clock images created by fans, further proof Queen is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. While Minaj has teased a worldwide tour in support of the new album, she has yet to announce dates. But she is slated to headline the 2018 Made In America festival in Philadelphia Sept. 1–2.According to the tweet revealing the Queen cover artwork, pre-order of the album will begin next week.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Nicki Minaj Reveals ‘Queen’ Album Cover Artwork Twitter Nicki Minaj Reveals ‘Queen’ Album Cover nicki-minaj-reveals-queen-album-cover-artwork Two months ahead of the release of her fourth studio album, the GRAMMY-nominated rapper gives fans a look at the album’s coverNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 8, 2018 – 7:20 am Nicki Minaj shared the cover artwork for her upcoming fourth studio album, Queen, via social media on June 7, promising in the post’s caption this is her, “greatest work to date.” News https://twitter.com/NICKIMINAJ/status/1004837425380593665last_img read more

Black phones are boring but sell Yet for brands color still matters

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Over in China, Huawei said also leaned into color to attract the attention of women and youth. “We need to make sure our color range [is] more approachable to the female consumer and also a more younger demographic,” he said, adding that Huawei wants to appeal to buyers who embrace fashion, something a black phone can’t do.Aren’t you just going to put a case on it anyway?Any time I gush over a phone color or design, someone (usually CNET editor David Carnoy) quickly retorts, “Who cares? You’re just going to put a case on it anyway.” He isn’t wrong, and you really should use a case and glass screen protector to shield your phone, even if just to preserve its resale or trade-in value. But in the decision-making process, that logic might matter less.1783oppo-find-x-edited Angela Lang/CNET “People want to protect their precious phones,” said Huawei’s Kim, a former Samsung product designer before moving to Huawei. “But when they make their purchase decision, we really need to put out … an attractive product,” Kim said, adding that changing out cases is another way to express your style. Maybe phone colors are like fancy lingerie: Who cares if nobody else sees it? You know it’s there.Black is boring, but it sellsWhile colorful phones are exciting to look at, the reality is that they’ll never outsell black, white and gray. Huawei’s Kim knows this, acknowledging that the P20 Pro’s Twilight color, a blue-pink-purple gradient, can’t surpass black. “[The] Twilight color has been very popular,” he said. “But … really, really the final sale, the neutral color really sells more.Google knows this, too, which is why its Not-Pink Pixel 3 veers more toward beige than bubble gum or rose. Now playing: Watch this: Owning a brightly colored phone says something about you, the buyer. “It makes your phone much more unique, and personalizes the phone,” Kahn said. It can also prove to others that you’re riding the latest trend. “That makes a different reason to purchase.”Standing out from the crowdhuawei-mate-20-pro-0041The Mate 20 Pro has a striking look. Josh Miller/CNET Dazzling you for the sake of self expression is one thing, but don’t forget the competitive edge. Huawei’s P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20 are bullish about eye-popping gradients and patterns in part to separate the brand from its rivals.”We had a lot of disadvantage because we’re not a well-known brand to consumers [compared to] our other competition, which is bigger and better recognized in the industry,” said Joonsuh Kim, the chief design officer of Huawei’s consumer business, which includes phones.He’s referring to Samsung here, the world’s largest smartphone maker. But make no mistake, Huawei is no seedling startup. Last year it ousted Apple to become the planet’s second biggest phone brand, and it plans to take Samsung’s crown by 2020. While Samsung admitted to slower sales in 2018 (Apple did, too), Huawei announced that its shares were rising: 200 million units sold by the end of 2019. Its investment in flashy phones seems to have paid off.Samsung, for its part, has sold phones in every color of the rainbow, the most recent being a deep blue Galaxy Note 9 with a sunny yellow stylus to go with it. It popped. See All 28 Photos Yep, the Galaxy S10 leaked again reading • Black phones are boring, but sell. Yet for brands, color still matters • 6 “We wanted to make sure we have something classic and conservative, something light and fresh, and Not Pink [is] a little bit of a statement while also being neutral,” Olsson said, adding that Google’s design team worked on the color for 2 and a half years, holding back because it deemed it world-unready until now.”What’s great about Not-Pink is that it has that specific appeal, but isn’t gender-specific,” Olsson said.A sign of slowing tech?There’s one other reason why smartphone brands might gravitate toward colorful cases rather than neutral tones. Phones aren’t wearing out as fast as manufacturers want them to, and customers are holding on to them longer. Technology has slowed, giving buyers less of a reason to upgrade.At this point, the classic marketing move for any industry is to change up the color palette each year to entice you with a fashion statement you just have to have or else you’ll die.iphone-xs-iphone-xr-iphone-xr-max-7A little color goes a long way. Angela Lang/CNET “If you’re not going to improve on the tech significantly, you frequently see a move to design and aesthetics,” said Kahn, pointing out that the same thing happened with wired telephones in the 1980s, luring in kids with princess-themed, neon and translucent phones. The tech didn’t change much, but the packaging did.Things in 2019 are different. Samsung is set to announce its first foldable phone on Wednesday, poised to be followed by a rush of folding phone designs from competitors like Huawei, LG and Xiaomi. Phones with 5G connectivity will also start to crop up this month at MWC, the world’s largest phone show. And phones with three or more rears cameras are also about to take aim, shaking up a flat landscape with tantalizing possibility, whether it all pans out or not.Will color continue to play a leading role for mainstream devices? Will daring foldable phones like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy X/Galaxy F/Galaxy Fold come in only black? Whatever happens, it’s a sure bet that phone makers won’t give up the need to find a competitive edge any way they can.”We always want to be the pioneers in the industry. We need to move on to the new thing,” Kim said of Huawei. “We’re not going to stay where we’re at right now.”First published Feb. 16, 4 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.: Updates article throughout.March 2 at 10:54 a.m. PT: Corrects spelling of Barbara Kahn. Pixel 3 in Not Pink is pretty accurate. Shot with things that are actually pretty pink, and things that are actually pretty white #madebygoogle #Pixel3 @CNET pic.twitter.com/9o7lcI7kTs— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) October 9, 2018center_img 3:49 Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Galaxy S10 in Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink. The foldable Galaxy Fold in Martian Green. OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. The list goes on. Every sales figure and expert tells us that people buy phones for their camera, battery and screen. But any product designer or marketer will tell you that color and finish matter, too.Just think. If color were inconsequential, why bother coming up with fancy names like Jet Black, Phantom Blue and Prism White, rather than simply black, blue and white? Why even have white at all?”Color has always been a very important visual element,” said Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing at The Wharton School. “It’s something people notice right away.”The OnePlus 6T in Thunder Purple. Angela Lang/CNET Shelf appeal is important when selling any product. It’s what gets a thing noticed. But a colorful phone can be personal and meaningful as well.”Color gives us joy in our lives,” said Isabelle Olsson, who helped lead the team that designed the Pixel 3 in Not-Pink. I hear echoes of Marie Kondo’s treatise on sparking joy. “We’re craving something new,” she added, not just “black, glossy boxes.”Apple is a good example of this philosophy. For years, the most “special” iPhone colors have been white, gold, rose gold and jet black, all fairly neutral tones. Only with the cheaper iPhone XR and iPhone 5C did it let its hair down with bold blue, yellow and coral choices to offset the polished stoicism of the higher-end iPhones. The one exception: the special-edition red iPhone, born of a partnership with the nonprofit Product RED charity. Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Comments Phones Tags Google Huawei LG Samsung Applelast_img read more

Scientists propose dumping 7400 gigatons of artificial snow on Antarctica

first_img Sci-Tech Tags 19 Comments NASA scopes out Antarctica’s ice (photos)center_img 15 Photos Share your voice Antarctica’s ice sheets are in trouble. Mlenny/Getty What can we do to stop Antarctica’s ice sheets from disintegrating and causing a huge rise in global sea levels? A trio of scientists have simulated a radical geoengineering project to dump 7.4 trillion tons of snow on Antarctica, suggesting it could stop runaway instability in the glaciers.Recent studies have shown warmer ocean water is being pushed toward the colossal West Antarctic ice sheet, destabilizing it and speeding up the decline of its huge glaciers. The threat of these huge ice deposits falling into the ocean is immense and the overall effect of their decline has been calculated to eventually raise sea levels by approximately 10 feet (3 meters) or more, endangering cities like New York.”The real concern is that many of these glaciers have a reverse bed slope, meaning that as they retreat it exposes deeper and thicker ice to the ocean,” explains Sue Cook, a glaciologist at the University of Tasmania. “That is a very unstable position, and causes a positive feedback effect which accelerates the retreat (and hence contribution to sea level rise).”The new study, published in the journal Science Advances on July 17, proposes a drastic, decades-long geoengineering project that would pump huge amounts of ocean water to the ice sheet, adding 7,400 gigatons (7.4 trillion tons) of “artificial snowfall” and reversing the decline. Simulating the current effects on Antarctica’s ice sheets and the changes they experience with increasing snowfall, the researchers were able to map out a process that could potentially halt the ice loss.The problem? Their suggestion would be an incredibly expensive undertaking and include immense technical challenges. The authors say it would present an “unprecedented effort for humankind.”Mostly, the problem lies in pumping the water out of the ocean, which requires an enormous amount of energy. The study suggests constructing a series of 12,000 wind turbines to enable this process to take place and then pumping artificial snow into two glaciers on the West Antarctic coast. The team suggest that activity would result in a 2 to 5 centimeter drop in sea level but the added weight of artificial snow falling on the surface would shore up the glaciers, improving their stability.And the larger effects of such a scheme are yet to be ironed out. What are the lasting effects on the Antarctic ecosystem and what kind of knock-on effects would we see in ocean currents across the world? We just don’t have answers to those questions right now.What we do know is the Earth’s current default state: Burning fossil fuels and pumping tons of carbon into the atmosphere, warming the planet and causing sweeping changes like threatening a million species with extinction or, you know, the ice sheets melting. Considering the possibility of salvation in artificial Antarctic snow might be jumping a little far ahead.”Even if a geoengineering project such as this were possible, it certainly shouldn’t detract from the other urgent action which is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Cook notes.last_img read more

Voting affected as EVM malfunctions reported in Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu slams

first_imgIn picture: An electronic voting machine.Twitter/Doordarshan News [Representational Image]As India enters the voting session for the first phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, trouble has erupted in many polling stations as electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctions have been reported in many places. EVM glitches have been reported from Andhra Pradesh where the voters have queued in huge numbers to cast their votes from 7 am.Voting for 175 assembly seats and 25 parliamentary seats in AP is being held currently in a single-phase election. There are a total of 3,93,45,717 registered voters in the state, including 1,94,62,339 male, 1,98,79,421 female and 3,957 transgenders. Of the total, 10.15 lakh are first-time voters in the age group 18-19, reports PTI.Chief Minister of AP and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu has slammed the Election Commission (EC) for the malfunction of EVM’s. He wrote to the EC claiming that nearly 30 per cent of the EVM’s are not working properly till 10 am.In Anantapur, Guntur, Kadapa and Kurnool regions the voting did not start till 9 am as the voting machines had some troubles. Similar reports of EVM malfunctioning has been reported from different parts of the state.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Andhra Pradesh Gopala Krishna Dwivedi was not able to cast his vote due to such malfunctions. He came to the Christianpeta Municipal High School in Tadepalli town of Guntur district to vote.Dwivedi said that about 50 polling stations across the state have reported EVM glitches. He also pulled up the election officials in the polling station for not taking enough precautions. He said that technical teams were on the job to replace the faulty EVM’s and enable polling.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil season 3 Here are the complete profiles and photos

first_imgHere are the 15 contestants from Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil 5 has started with a bang from Sunday, 23 June. It went on air with a grand event and a couple of celebrities added colour to it with their performanceson the Vijay TV’s reality show.Vijay TV has handpicked contestants predominantly from film, television and music industry. Surprisingly, there are no commoners this season although the Kamal Haasan-hosted show has budding talents.The notable part of the story is that there are participants from foreign countries too. However, it was widely rumoured that a prominent name from the LGBTQ community would be taking part in the show, but those speculations have now turned out to be false. Here, we are bringing you the complete profiles of the 15 inmates who entered the show on the first day of Kamal Haasan-hosted Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Fathima Babu is the first contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutFathima Babu: Contestant No. 1 Fathima Babu is a Tamil and Malayalam actress who was introduced to films by K Balachander in Kalki. Her notable films were : Ninaivirukkum Varai, Devathayai Kanden, Swarnamukhi and Azhagiya Pandipuram. At Andheri, Gramam and a few others in Mollywood.She had come to limelight in 80s as a new reader on Doordarshan. She was also seen in TV serials and Yaaradi Nee Mohini on Zee Tamil remains one of her popular shows. Losliya Mariyanesan is the second contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutLosliya Mariyanesan: Contestant No. 2 Losliya Mariyanesan is a surpise name from the lot. She is a model and TV anchor from Sri Lanka. Not much is known about her at this stage.  Sakshi Agarwal is the third contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSakshi Agarwal: Contestant No. 3 Born to a Rajasthani father and a Tamil mother in Uttarakhand, she was good at academics and never thought of becoming an actress someday. After completing education and finding a good job in Bengaluru, she entered modelling based on a suggestion given by her a well-wisher.Soon she made her debut in a Kannada movie and entered Kollywood with Yoogan. Her notable movies are Rajinikanth’s Kaala and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam. Currently, she is working in Cinderella. She has over 100 commercials to her credit. Jangiri Madhumitha is the fourth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutJangiri Madhumitha: Contestant No. 4 Jangiri Madhumitha is a popular comedy actress, who has worked in over 50 movies in a short span of time. She entered Kollywood with Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. The prexix ‘Jangiri’ she got after from her first movie. The 41-year old has worked in the movies of Tamil stars like Vijay, Raghava Lawrence, Karthi and Vikram. Kavin is the fifth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutKavin: Contestant No. 5 Kavin is a born to a middleclass family in Trichy. He started his career in Vijay TV as an actor with the third part of Kana Kaanum Kaalangal. Then, he was part of popular TV serial Saravanan Meenatchi. He turned host with the second season of Kings of Dance. He made his entry to films with Sathiryan in a supporting role. He first movie in a lead role in Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma. Abhirami Venkatachalam is the sixth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutAbhirami Venkatachalam: Contestant No. 6  Abhirami Venkatachalam is TV and film actress. She begun her career with music video ‘Love Me Lovely Lady’. She made her acting debut with Kalavu. Currently, she is working in Ajith Kumar’s upcoming film, Nerkonda Paarvai. Saravanan is the seventh contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSaravanan: Contestant No. 7 Saravanan used to play lead roles in Tamil movies in 90s. He turned director with Thaayumaanavan after his acting career did not see any growth at some point of time. When everything was going downhill, he reinvented himself in supporting role in Karthi’s Paruthiveeran for which he won several awards. Vanitha Vijayakumar is the eighth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutVanitha Vijayakumar: Contestant No. 8 She is known as a controversial queen in Kollywood. Actress and daughter of veteran Tamil actor Vijaya Kumar. She made her acting debut with Chandralekha opposite Thalapathy Vijay. She acted in a couple of movies, before bidding goodbye to films. However, in the last couple of years, she has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, especially her feud with her father and family members. Cheran is the ninth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutCheran: Contestant No. 9 Cheran is a four-time National Award winner who made his directorial debut with Bharathi Kannama. He has directed over 10 movies and acted in over 15 movies. His Autography earned him a lot of fame. Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu were some of his memorable films. Sherin Shringar is the 10th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSherin Shringar: Contestant No. 10 Sherin Shringar was born and brought up in Bengaluru. She had the liking towards modelling at very young age and followed her dreams before getting offers to act in the film. The actress begun her career as a child artiste in a film called Police Dog and turned lead actress in Darshan’s Dhruva. Dhanush’s Thulluvadho Ilamai was her first Tamil flick. She worked in a lot of Tamil and Telugu movies between 2000 and 2010. Mohan Vaidya is the 11th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutMohan Vaidya: Contestant No. 11 Mohan Vaidya is a multifaceted talent who is a singer, violinist, dance choreographer, television presenter, and vocalist. He is the elder sibling of veena maestro, Rajhesh Vaidhya. Tharshan Thiyagarajah is the 12th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutTharshan Thiyagarajah: Contestant No. 12 Tharshan Thiyagarajah is a Sri Lankan model and budding actor, who left his high-paying IT job to pursue his passion. Four years of his struggle seems to be finally paying off as two of his movies are releasing this year. Dance choreographer Sandy is the 13th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutDance master Sandy: Contestant No. 13 Sandy is a protegee of well-known choreographer Kala Master. His talent came to light after participating in Manada Mayilada. He has choreographed for the movies like Kaala, Saagasam, Kakakapo, Jambulingam 3D, Jithan 2, Gethu. He also judged the second season of Kings of Dance. Mugen Rao is the 14th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutMugen Rao: Contestant No. 14 He is a multi-talented creative arts practitioner from Malaysia. Besides acting, he is into hosting, singing and lyrics writing. Reshma Pasupuleti is the 15th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutReshma Pasupuleti: No. 15 Reshma Pasupuleti is the 15th contestant. She was an air hostess and anchor. She turned actress with by acting in TV serials like Vaani Rani, Vamsam, Sundhara Kandam and En Eniya Tholiya. She also acted in movies like Ko 2, Masala Padam, etc. Her father Prasad Pasupuleti is a Telugu producer.last_img read more

ATM cash withdrawals set to become expensive Report

first_imgThe central government is currently considering a proposal to capping free cash withdrawals in ATM to just three, from the previous 8-10. This includes withdrawals from banks, where one already has a bank account. The latest move comes to support cashless economy. The proposal was put forth by bankers and was discussed with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in pre-budget consultations. “A proposal to bring down free ATM transactions to three per month has been discussed with the finance ministry, and this is one of the measures being considered to disincentives use of cash,” a senior banker was quoted as saying by the Economic Times. Also read: RBI removes restrictions on withdrawalsAnother banker quoted by the publication said that the decision (of waiving off transaction charges) was taken when things were different (post demonetisation), but things have changed now and we need to change with that. “If only three free transactions are allowed, then people will be inclined to shift to digital transactions,” he added. According to the report, banks presently permit customers five free ATM transactions every month, after which, they charge Rs 20 per transaction. It includes service tax. However, for non-customers, lender banks offer up to three free transactions in six metro cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad). The rules were established in November 2014.Banks had earlier said that since November, ATM transactions reduced by 10-20 percent. “If the number of transactions on ATMs comes down, then we will have to figure out a strategy to discourage cash. One can look at increasing transaction charges at ATMs to improve the economics of doing business, but the government wants to reduce transaction cost for customers, so that may not happen,” the person quoted above added.last_img read more

Denying health insurance for genetic disorders violates rights of policyholder says Delhi

first_imgMedical insurance for people with genetic disordersCreative Commons.In a landmark move that will benefit insurance claimants with genetic diseases, the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that insurance companies cannot discriminate against people with such ailments. The court also observed that such practices violate people’s rights. Excluding people with genetic disorders from obtaining health insurance or denying their claims is ”discriminatory” and contrary to public policy, Justice Pratibha M Singh observed while delivering a verdict in favor of one Jai Prakash Tayal against United India Assurance Company, reported the Times of India. United India Assurance Company had refused the insurance claim of Tayal, who was suffering from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. The company denied the claim by saying his condition was genetic, and as per his health insurance policy, no sum is payable for genetic diseases.The high court noticed observed that the exclusionary clause of “genetic disorders” in the insurance policy was violative of Article 14 (equality before the law) of the Constitution of India. Ruling in favor of Tayal, the court observed that the right to avail the health insurance is an integral part of the Right to Healthcare and Right to Health, as recognized in Article 21 of the Constitution. It also observed that discrimination in health insurance based on a genetic disorder is unconstitutional, reported Bar and Bench.The court felt that there was a need for a framework that would prevent genetic discrimination and would dictate how genetic data is collected and preserved, and also how it is kept confidential.”Insurance companies are free to structure their contracts based on reasonable and intelligible factors which should not be arbitrary and in any case cannot be exclusionary,” the court observed. The court also asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to scrutinize the exclusionary clauses in insurance policies. This would be to make sure that insurance firms do not reject claims on the basis of genetic disorders, the Bar and Bench report said.last_img read more

Im alive to finish unfinished jobs of my father Hasina

first_imgAwami League president and the eldest daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman speaks at a blood donation programme on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital on Wednesday. Photo: Focus BanglaReiterating that she never cares about death, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said she is alive to finish the unfinished jobs of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.”I faced several blows in the past. Maybe there’ll be more but I don’t care… I never care about death. I’m alive to finish the unfinished jobs of my father, bring smile to the faces of country’s people, change their fate and give the country a dignified position in the world arena,” said Hasina.Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said this while inaugurating a blood donation programme organised by Bangladesh Krishak League on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi Road No 32.Hasina said the debt of Bangabandhu’s blood could be paid through building the country as ‘Golden Bangladesh’ as he had dreamt. “We’ve to pay his blood debt…we’ll be able to pay his debt of blood by building the country as Golden Bangladesh. InshaAllah, we’ll be able to do that; I have that belief,” she said.She said the country has already made a good progress in its journey towards its goal of being ‘Golden Bangladesh’. “We’ll advance the country further.”Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, sought cooperation of people in maintaining the pace of development that the country attained in the last nine and a half years.”We want you to pray for us… the pace of development we’ve attained must not be stopped. We can fulfill Father of the Nation’s dream of ‘Golden Bangladesh’ through maintaining the pace of progress,” she said.The prime minister firmly said she can say that Bangladesh now got a dignified position in the world and the country is now a developing one. “Surely, the souls of my father, mother and millions of martyrs will get peace,” she added.Recalling the horrible memories of 15 August 1975, she said the defeated force of 1971 and freedom fighters by chance who never contain the spirit of the Liberation War were the mastermind of this massacre. “The defeated force took their revenge through killing the Father of the Nation,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the killers thought that the existence of Bangladesh would be vanished with the killing the father of the nation.She said the government has been able to put the killers of Bangabandhu under trial and implement the court verdict. “Still, there’re some killers hiding in various countries. We’re trying to bring them home,” she said.Hasina alleged that the self-claimed and convicted killers mentioned that they had communication with Ziaur Rahman and they had informed him about the killing. “Zia told them to go ahead, and said if they become successful he is with them,” she said.She said Ziaur Rahman awarded the killers by appointing them in different missions. “Why did he give them award? He was fully involved in the killing. That’s why he gave them award,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said the consequence of Ziaur Rahman was inevitable for him. “My sorrow is that I couldn’t put him under trial. He passed away before that,” she added.last_img read more

Modis oneman show triumphs again in state polls

first_imgIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters file photoSensing his party’s drive for votes in India’s most politically prized state had stalled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his schedule and thrust himself into the heart of the battle.“Our election campaign has hit a roadblock,” Modi told campaign managers and two federal ministers in Delhi last month, a week before the sixth of seven phases of voting was to begin in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.“I don’t want to feel that I could have pushed myself a little more,” Modi was quoted as saying by a close aide who attended the meeting.For three full days the leader of the world’s largest democracy camped out in the holy city of Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, walking the ancient streets and stopping at Hindu temples to seek blessings, despite warnings from aides about his security and the risk to his reputation had his party come up short.On Saturday the gamble paid off: Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scored a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh, home to one in six Indians, winning the biggest majority in the state for any party since 1977.The triumph vindicates Modi’s decision to turn the campaign into a referendum on his own performance after his shock decision last November to abolish high-denomination banknotes, a move he framed as a fight for the poor against the corrupt rich.“We were always nervous that overexposing the prime minister in the final stages of the election could make us look desperate,” said Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP’s state leader in Uttar Pradesh.As it turned out, Modi’s victory confounded even the most bullish voter surveys. The BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in the state assembly and, with 39.7 percent of the vote, almost matched its showing in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general election, when it claimed the biggest parliamentary majority in three decades.“Modi’s magic has destroyed the opposition and silenced sceptics in the party,” Maurya told Reuters on Saturday, as the scale of the victory became clear.TWO-TERM MODIThe win clears a path to victory for Modi at a 2019 general election, and gives him a free hand to consolidate his grip over a state that sends the highest number of federal lawmakers to parliament.That has raised hopes among investors that the BJP will embark on a round of new reforms to boost growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, and try to tackle the corruption and red tape that has long undermined India’s potential.Economists now expect Modi to launch initiatives aimed at flushing out ill-gotten gains from real estate, gold and campaign finance.But they caution that his biggest task remains transforming India’s economy into one that creates enough jobs for an emerging generation that is desperate to give up life on the farm for a more prosperous future.“Jobs is the biggest risk,” said Rajiv Kumar, an economist at the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research. “That’s where he has to focus very hard and it could mean reforms as radical as demonetisation.”Modi’s BJP now heads the government in states where more than half of Indians live, while the Congress party, which has ruled India for most of the 70 years since independence, leads in regions covering less than 8 percent of the population.Success will increase the pressure on Modi to provide for an increasingly aspirational nation of 1.3 billion people, half of whom are aged 25 or under.“He has to do a very delicate tightrope walk between being reformist and populist,” said Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a journalist and biographer of Modi. “The problem in India is that people think reforms are pro-rich.”COMMUNAL TONEModi relied on his own charisma to clinch crucial votes in poor and agrarian Uttar Pradesh, but his campaign manager Amit Shah also takes credit for fielding the right candidates in a region where many people vote along caste and religious lines.Critics accuse Shah and Modi of “social engineering” and of switching to a more communally divisive tone to fire up their Hindu base as voting, staggered over the course of a month, progressed.Shah vowed to construct a Hindu temple on a razed mosque site and ban the slaughter of cows, worshipped by millions of Hindus.On the campaign trail, too, Modi played up religious divisions by asking why the state government ensured there were no power cuts in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan but not during the Hindu festival of Diwali.Still, the BJP likely collected minority votes, including Muslim women whom he courted by questioning an Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives with three simple words.“The results prove that Muslims and backward caste groups voted for the BJP,” said R.K. Mishra, a political analyst in Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

Aussie cops raid public broadcaster ABC amid media crackdown

first_imgn this file photo taken on 27 September 2018 the logo for Australia`s public broadcaster ABC is seen at its head office building in Sydney. Photo: AFPAustralian police raided the headquarters of public broadcaster ABC on Wednesday, the second high-profile raid on journalists in 24 hours in a sharp crackdown on sensitive leaks.Six police descended on the corporation’s offices in Sydney armed with a warrant targeting three senior journalists and executives involved in a two-year-old investigative report.In 2017, ABC obtained documents that showed Australian special forces had killed innocent men and children in Afghanistan.The Australian Federal Police said the search was “in relation to allegations of publishing classified material, contrary to provisions of the Crimes Act 1914.”ABC executive editor John Lyons said the search warrant demanded access to reporters’ handwritten notes, emails, story drafts, footage and passwords, among other things — going through a total of 9,214 documents.”This is a really serious escalation of the attack on the free media, and that hits the public,” he said as the raid continued. “I’ve never seen an assault on the media as savage as this.””It’s not just about the media. It’s about any person out there who wants to tell the media about a bad hospital or a school that’s not working. Or a corrupt local council.”A day earlier police raided a journalist’s home in Canberra over a report that detailed the authorities’ bid to gain powers to spy on Australian citizens communications at home.Police said there was “no link” between the two raids which relate to “separate allegations of publishing classified material”.Both stories involved sensitive and potentially classified materials and were embarrassing to the Australian government and the security services in particular.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to distance himself from the raids, which come just days after the re-election of his conservative government, insisting they were police, not government, matters.”Australia believes strongly in the freedom of the press and we have clear rules and protections for the freedom of the press,” he said during a visit to London.”There are also clear rules protecting Australia’s national security and everybody should operate in accordance with all of those laws passed by our parliament.”- ‘Attempt to intimidate’ -Police said that controversial Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was not notified about the raids beforehand, and that the issues had been referred by two unnamed agency heads.Shadow home affairs minister, the Labor party’s Kristina Keneally, demanded an explanation for why the raids occurred.Although the press in Australia can report largely free of political interference, strict defamation laws, court gag orders and state security statutes affect what can be said in print and broadcast.Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance union branded the raids a “disturbing attempt to intimidate legitimate news journalism that is in the public interest.””Police raiding journalists is becoming normalised and it has to stop… it seems that when the truth embarrasses the government, the result is the Federal Police will come knocking at your door.”last_img

At Kashmere High Principals Plan To Save Struggling School Starts With Consistency

first_imgLaura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTeachers and administrators at Kashmere High are focused on turning the school around this year and getting off of the state’s list of struggling schools.At Kashmere High, Principal Reginald Bush starts his day with the kind of discipline usually seen in the military. He wakes up at 4:15 a.m. Just after 5 a.m., he’s hopped on a conference call with one of his lead administrators. By mid-morning, he checks on students as he strides through the main hallway, which is bright and clean with fresh paint.It’s his first year as principal of Kashmere High and Bush has a big task: Save the historically black school from the threat of being closed by the state. Bush is laser-focused on that goal with a kind of steely optimism.“Consistency, consistency is the big piece,” Bush said in an interview. “I think if we remain consistent, with the momentum that we have, there’s no doubt in our mind that Kashmere will receive distinctions this year.”That would mean Kashmere High wouldn’t just pass the state’s accountability system, which is largely based on state test scores. It would pass with high marks. If successful, that would mark a major turnaround. For nine years straight, Kashmere High School in Northeast Houston has been on the state’s list of failing schools. That’s the longest for any school in Texas.So, the big question this year is: Will they break the streak and win state approval? The answer matters a lot. If they don’t, the Texas Education Commissioner could close the school — or even replace Houston’s entire school board. Kashmere High is one of four struggling schools in the Houston Independent School District that could trigger a state takeover of the largest district in Texas, under the law known as HB 1842.READ: Here’s what you need to know about a potential state takeover of Houston schoolsLaura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThis is Reginald Bush’s first year as principal at Kashmere High. He previously led Kashmere Gardens Elementary, which beat the odds and got off the state’s watch-list.Consistency is just one part of Bush’s strategy. And he’s optimistic because his students are scoring better on practice tests in English, science and social studies.“Everything is pretty much still moving, the needle is still moving,” he said. “We’re watching the growth of kids.”Bush doesn’t want his team or students to get distracted by naysayers.“If you’re not in the work, you’re in the way,” he said. “And so, we encourage people —  if they really want to make this happen — they will come in and jump in the work, because the more and more we say negative things, those things do get in the way.” Listen 00:00 /04:00 Here are other strategies Bush and his team are laser-focused on to make the state’s grade:Student engagement: Bush said that he wants more students to be involved in some club or activity on campus. When he started, less than 20 percent were involved. Now more than half of the school’s 700 students have some activity. They’ve started new clubs to foster that — additional dance teams, a nutrition group and cooking club. Student involvement may not be directly counted by the state’s accountability system, but Bush maintains that it’s vital. He explained that it boosts attendance, giving students a reason to come to school and giving teachers a greater chance to reach them. “Because when students are engaged on a daily basis, they begin to take ownership. They begin to take ownership of their lessons. They begin to take ownership of their destiny,” he said.Focus on English-language learners: While Kashmere High is a historically black school, over 10 percent of students are learning English as a second language. Bush said that they’ve brought in tutors to work with these students. If they improve, that will help Kashmere High close the gap. “Making sure students grow, that’s the goal,” he said.Looking beyond high school: Bush is trying to emphasize what happens after high school. That means more college-prep courses, like Advanced Placement, in the master schedule; more students working towards industry jobs certifications; or enlisting in the military. That helps Kashmere High build points in the state’s accountability system.Revamped reading team: Bush said that he didn’t want to replace a lot of Kashmere’s teaching staff. Instead, he wanted to give them more support — with specialists and professional development. The English Language Arts department highlights that, which now has a 10-member team of expert coaches and interventionists. Shundra Harris-Mosley leads the team. In the morning, she and her team members check in on English classes, to see how things are going. Then, they confer in her office, where most of the walls are covered with posters with hand-written notes. Some display the dates for the upcoming state exams underneath a picture of a school for freed slaves. Behind her desk, there’s a poster of Martin Luther King, Jr. After they confer, they walk through classes again in the afternoon. It’s constant monitoring to make sure everyone is on track. “That is one of our biggest pieces, getting the right help, getting the right people,” Harris-Mosley said.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaShundra Harris-Mosley works with teacher coaches on what they’ve observed in English classrooms during the morning.Kashmere alum and parent, Christopher Ray, said that he’s seen a shift since his daughter enrolled as a freshman at the school. She’s now a junior, active in multiple groups from dance to Junior ROTC and planning on college at Prairie View A&M University or Texas Southern. She’s about the 25th member of their extended family to be a Fighting Ram. And Ray doesn’t want her to be the last.“I have hopes and dreams that they will (pass),” Ray said. “The way it’s projected and was told to me, it seems like they will but you know it remains to be seen.”He said that a lot of things make the school great, starting with an alumni base that’s passionate to see the historically black school thrive. Then there are dedicated teachers, he said, some of whom were on campus when he was a student in the early 1990s. Ray said that he knows they have his back, now that his daughter is there. Still, Ray said that he sees other ways Kashmere High can improve. One is to bring back vocational programs, such as cosmetology and auto shop. Another is stable leadership. Kashmere High has had four principals in eight years, according to Houston school records.“We have to have stability — right now,” Ray said. “Whatever the state is going to decide what they’re going to decide. But, ultimately, it has to be a decision that’s going to enhance — not to tear down, not to hinder.”For some, passing the state’s accountability standard is just the first hurdle. Jasmine Jenkins, who leads the advocacy group Houstonians for Great Public Schools, said that she’ll be surprised if they don’t meet that bar. Her group has been canvassing parents and students in the dismissal line on campus. They’ve heard positive reaction about an increase in enrollment and drop in fights — but also an interest in more challenging classes.“We can’t claim success for any of our schools until the district reaches a much better rate of students who are not just prepared for college and career, but who are pursuing credentials after high school,” Jenkins said.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Family University Must Disarm Officers After Fatality

first_imgBy The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a Black man who was fatally shot by Portland State University campus police on Friday demanded that the university immediately disarm its campus officers.Jason Erik Washington was shot on June 29 while trying to break up a fight outside a bar near the university’s downtown campus.Jason Erik Washington (Courtesy Photo/Facebook)In the family’s first public statements on the shooting, Washington’s brother compared the incident to other high-profile shootings of Black men, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported .Family members attended a news conference and stood side-by-side wearing T-shirts bearing Washington’s image as Andre Washington spoke.“What this community experienced on the morning of June 29, 2018 is not uncommon in this city and around the country,” said Andre Washington said. “Black men being gunned down by White police officers is an affliction in America.”The family also demanded that the two officers involved, identified by the university as Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey, be fired.McKenzie and Dewey were placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.Authorities have not said how many bullets were fired or whose shots hit Washington.The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the shooting.Cellphone video shot by a witness shows Washington repeatedly trying to restrain a friend as a group of other men follow them down a sidewalk. It seems as if Washington is about to succeed in getting his friend inside and away from a fight when the friend breaks away and swings at someone and is knocked to the ground.Washington enters the fray and is knocked the ground. As he falls, a black object can be seen in his hip pocket.The camera jerks away from the action shortly after the fall and doesn’t show the shooting, but someone can be heard shouting, “Gun!”Witness Keyaira Smith told several news outlets that the object was a gun. Washington was shot as he was trying to retrieve it from the sidewalk, she has said.Washington, a Navy veteran, a father of three, a grandfather and an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon in Multnomah County, where Portland is located.“Jason Washington supported the Second Amendment. Jason Washington supported social issues. And perhaps the most ironic of all, Jason Washington supported the police,” his brother said. “Think about that.”The university issued a statement after the rally, saying that PSU offers its “deepest condolences to Jason Washington’s family.”“We fully recognize the severity of what has occurred,” the statement said. “We understand there are a lot of unanswered questions right now, and it’s very important to answer them. That’s why it’s important to have multiple comprehensive investigations.”PSU students staged an earlier protest over the university’s decision to arm its campus police.The university’s board of trustees voted in 2015 to arm its police force over objections from students.A vigil was planned for later Friday at the location where Washington was shot.___Information from: KOPB-FM, http://news.opb.orglast_img read more

Hartlage Completes First Round of the Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship

first_imgThe two-time All-ACC selection currently leads the Cardinals with a 72.3 stroke average for the 2018-19 season. Hartlage tallied top 10 showings in three of five tournaments and closed out the fall with a runner-up finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. She opened the spring season with a win in the Moon Golf Invitational. Hartlage will begin second round play on Thursday morning on the 10th tee at 10:00 a.m. Print Friendly Version Story Links AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of Louisville junior Lauren Hartlage is tied for 40th after first round play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon. The Elizabethtown, Ky. native was able to settle down after the first five holes and par 10 out of the 11 remaining holes.  She eagled the par-4 seventh hole.  She finished just one over on the back nine to move up in the rankings throughout the day.  On the day, Hartlage shot a 76 to finish four over.    The first two rounds, April 3-4 are played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round April 5. The final 18 holes will take place at Augusta National on April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2019. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 5 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6 and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7.last_img read more

Graphene Takes the Heat

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Graphene Takes the Heat (2008, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-graphene.html A schematic of a graphene sheet placed over a trench in a substrate. Explore further Left out to dry: A more efficient way to harvest algae biomass Researchers from the University of California – Riverside (UCR) discovered that a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern, known as graphene, exhibits far better thermal conductivity than carbon nanotubes. Their results open a new window to graphene applications in electronics, where materials that can manage heat are vital.The group’s results are described in a paper appearing in the February 20, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.“With the continuously decreasing size of electronic devices, materials that can conduct heat efficiently are rapidly growing in importance,” said the paper’s lead author, UCR electrical engineering professor Alexander Balandin, to PhysOrg.com. “Our work increases the range of graphene applications as the thermal management material in optoelectronics, photonics, and bioengineering.” A material’s thermal conductivity is measured in the units W/m•K, read as “watts per meter per degree Kelvin.” A watt is a unit of power equal to a joule per second and a degree Kelvin is a unit of temperature. The meter is, of course, a unit of distance, since thermal conductivity is normalized to the material’s thickness. Thermal conductivity defines how well a given material conducts heat. For example, the value of thermal conductivity of silicon, the most important electronic material, is around 145 W/m•K if measured at room temperature.Carbon nanotubes have a typical thermal conductivity range of 3000 to 3500 W/m•K. Diamond, another form of carbon, comes in between 1000 and 2200 W/m•K. The single-layer graphene studied by the UCR researchers displayed a thermal conductivity as high as 5300 W/m•K near room temperature. “Graphene is particularly promising as a thermal management material because its superior thermal conductivity is supplemented by plane geometry and good integration with silicon,” added Balandin. The interdisciplinary UCR team, which included research groups of electrical engineering professor Balandin and physics assistant professor Chun Ning Lau, measured the graphene’s thermal conductivity in an unconventional way. The usual contact-based methods for measuring thermal conduction are not appropriate for graphene because it is only a single atom thick. Instead, the group used a noncontact approach: They placed a sheet of graphene onto a substrate with a trench carved out of it, such that part of the graphene sheet was suspended over the trench. They then scattered laser light off the suspended portion and measured the graphene’s vibrational response with a technique called Raman spectroscopy (one of several light-based methods used to learn about material properties).By carefully analyzing the graphene’s Raman spectra – its unique response to the light – and the spectra’s dependence on the laser power, the group was able to extract thermal conductivity data. The entire experimental setup is tiny, with the trench just three micrometers (millionths of a meter) in width.Citation: Nano Lett. ASAP Article, 10.1021/nl0731872Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Carbon nanotubes are being touted by many scientists and engineers as the material of the future, with the potential to revolutionize electronic technologies. But a new study shows that nanotubes may not be the only form of carbon with the promise of great things to come.last_img read more

Why Tech Is HRs Friend Not Its Enemy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read April 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why is it that human resources is the one department people love to hate? From the outside, the job looks simple. So, why can’t HR professionals just process requests faster, be better organized and manage talent more efficiently? people ask.Related: How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource PaperworkWell, those same people need to exercise a little more brain power here, because the notion that every HR department is old-fashioned, full of red tape and works in a bubble is a misguided stereotype.Nonetheless, because of the surplus of innovative HR tech available, some thought-leaders in the industry are questioning if we even need HR at all. Can’t apps and platforms do what whole departments used to do? they ask. Can’t they do it better?The reality is crystal clear: People are the most important asset to any business, and employers will always need experts to manage them. While tech can automate administrative work and take the productivity of many important HR tasks to the next level, HR professionals are — and will continue to be — a vital part of every business.In the age of automation, HR isn’t going anywhere. Here’s why:HR knows which new tech will benefit employees most.Tech will never fully replace the power of people. HR analytics are great, but people are the ones who make the important human decisions regarding employees.New HR tech can help give employees all the tools they need: self-service employee profiles, affordable employee benefits, a social news feed to keep everyone connected and more. But it’s HR professionals who guide and grow a company culture, encourage career development and analyze the important “people” data coming out of the tech a company uses.Businesses don’t need just anyone to drive the use of tech forward — they need HR. In 2016, HR departments are more focused on innovation and adopting new technologies to improve employee experience, suggests Deloitte’s 2016 Human Capital Report. And that’s what’s key — they’re focused on the employee experience.In a 2015 report sponsored by Visier and released by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 44 percent of the 323 CEOs surveyed said their workforce planning was driven by finance and didn’t take talent availability into consideration.So, while those in the C-suite remain focused on speeding up processes, improving productivity, boosting profits and reducing costs, HR sets its sights on people. HR tech and processes bring a unique view to the table by analyzing which tools and resources will make work easier for employees. And employers need that point of view.Related: 17 Great HR Resources for EntrepreneursIn fact, a July 2015 CareerBuilder survey of 88 leaders at companies with revenue of at least $50 million found that 65 percent of CEOs thought that HR opinions at their organizations carried increasingly more weight with senior management.Employers need HR’s unique input, then, to make sense of new tech and analytics and to make the best decisions for employees, the culture and the business as a whole.Employees need guidance, even with new tech.Tech can handle a lot of the time-consuming duties that used to occupy HR. It can automate payroll and benefits enrollment, provide paperless onboarding and maintain all employee data in one place for easy reporting. But these processes represent only half the picture.Specifically, there will always be a “human” side to human resources. Automation doesn’t put HR professionals out of a job — it helps them to do their jobs better, enabling them to spend even more time on the human and strategic aspects of their work.People are the resource best suited to provide opportunities for career development and standardize processes around promoting from within. People are the best resource for handling delicate workplace issues — and then making a company culture the best it can be.Apps can help deliver benefits communications and information, but they can’t answer individual questions or explain confusing plans step by step.Apps and tools can’t really listen to employees. HR tech is a game-changer for communication. Social news feeds allow the whole company to communicate in real time. Mobile apps mean people can find and contact coworkers instantly. Surveys and reviews collect feedback whenever it’s needed.But employees want a living, breathing human they can share their concerns with. And employers need someone to take that feedback and turn it into action. That person is an HR professional.No matter what technology is implemented to improve communications, HR is the sounding board and voice of employees — a role in which even managers may even fall short. A 2015 SHRM survey of employees found that only 37 percent of respondents described themselves as “very satisfied” with the consideration their ideas received. And just 23 percent were “very satisfied” with communications with senior management.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketEmails and social platforms may make communication easier, but HR makes that communication count. HR professionals mediate problems between peers and managers, make improvements based on suggestions and take employee concerns seriously. Tech can’t do that.HR’s power to make communication effective is uniquely its own. Register Now »last_img read more