15 Dec

Jimmy Wales To Silicon Valley: Grow Up And Get Over Your Age Bias

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ageism#Cloudera#entrepreneurship#Jimmy Wales#Kauffman Foundation#MIke Olson#Silicon Valley The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos All of us in Silicon Valley—business people, investors, reporters, but especially impatient young entrepreneurs—fetishize start-ups today. We obsess about technology and products. We tell the Steve Jobs story, the Mark Zuckerberg story, the Bill Gates story, over and over again. We forget about Tim Cook and Sheryl Sandberg and Paul Allen. We look at success and see only the short half of the picture. Matt Asay We forget how important it is to grow up.Not that age is not without its problems, as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings points out: “[I] started Netflix DVD rental when I was 37… and first streaming when I was 47… so maybe not too bad after 35 except that all-nighters are definitely harder.” The premise of the question is wrong.  A better question might be: How can we in the tech community make sure that unusual success at a very early age is not mistakenly thought to be the norm?“Unusual”? “Mistakenly”? Well, yes. According to data compiled by Wadhwa, the average age of a successful entrepreneur in high-growth industries such as computers, health care, and aerospace is 40. Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as under 25. A whopping 75% have more than six years of industry experience and 50% have more than 10 years when they create their startup. And according to data from the Kauffman Foundation, the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America has shifted to the 55–64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34. Indeed, Kauffman highlights that the 20-34 age bracket has the lowest rate of entrepreneurial activity. Hardly a youthquake. Life Begins At 40Indeed, one of the benefits of age is that you actually have lived long enough to appreciate serious problems, and have an idea of how to fix them. Some of what Silicon Valley’s youthful entrepreneurs create tends to be somewhat silly, solving problems that only a 20-something person with no kids or other encumbrances could have. (“How DO I get that beer bong delivered in minutes, not days???”).For every Zuckerberg at Facebook, there are dozens of old codgers starting other companies. Like Mark Pincus, 41 when he started Zynga. Or Reid Hoffman, who was 36 when he founded LinkedIn. Or… the list goes on: Marc Benioff (35), Salesforce; Robert Noyce (41), Intel; Robin Chase (42), Zipcar; Irwin Jacobs (52) and Andrew Viterbi (50), Qualcomm; Craig Newmark (42), Craigslist; etc.Or even Michael Arrington, who famously argued that entrepreneurs peak at 25, didn’t start Techcrunch until he was 35.So youth can be good, and it can be bad. But it’s not a prerequisite. More often than not, age offers the best foundation for success.Which is why Mike Olson, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cloudera, argues that the young should wait to get old:You play for high stakes when you decide to start your own business. Whenever you can, you should cheat to turn the game your way… Grow up more slowly. Stay in school, show up at class, take the full book of final exams. Hang out late at night in the lab with the rest of the crew. Then, go get a job for a regular company. Watch and learn…. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Forty is generally the age at which people are jokingly derided as “over the hill.” In youthful Silicon Valley, however, irrelevance comes much sooner. Citing youthful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, tech entrepreneurs tend to think of themselves as past their prime if they aren’t worth a billion dollars by the age of 35, or even 25. But according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and other successful tech entrepreneurs, this thinking is as wrong as it is dangerous.And Jimmy Wales should know.Silicon Valley’s Age BiasAccording to data from Payscale reported by Quentin Hardy, the median age of tech workers is young indeed. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show an overall median age of 42.3 for American workers, tech workers skew much, much younger. Only six of the tech companies reviewed by Payscale had a median age (equal number of people above and below a number) above 35.And only one—HP—came in above 40. The youngest companies in the Payscale data—Epic Games (26); Facebook (28); Zynga (28); Google (29); and AOL, Blizzard Entertainment, InfoSys, and Monster.com (all 30)—are also some of the industry’s most successful. As Hardy points out, only shoe stores and restaurants have workers with a median age less than 30. I suspect most people would prefer the upside of Facebook to Foot Locker.This bias toward youth often translates into an ageism that is often understood but not overtly spoken. Except by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who noted at a Y Combinator event: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30?”Smarter. Willing to work for pizza and the promise of untold riches. That’s the myth of the youth movement in Silicon Valley.If only it were true. Entrepreneurship’s Dirty Secret: It’s An Old Person’s GameOne of the blessings and curses of youth is that you have no clue what’s actually reasonable. Youth can therefore deliver real innovation because a young entrepreneur may not appreciate just how difficult it is to develop a new technology or start a new company. And so she plows ahead, succeeds and hires more people like her.Sometimes it works that way. But as Duke professor and Stanford fellow Vivek Wadhwa opines, “It is the role of the old to implement [ideas that a young entrepreneur may hatch]. After all, great ideas by themselves don’t lead to breakthrough technologies or successful companies. Ideas are a dime a dozen.” Lest we think this is just one old codger justifying his old age from a university desk, it’s useful to hear what successful tech entrepreneurs think.Like Jimmy Wales.Asked what people in Silicon Valley should do once they’re 35 and officially “over the hill,” Wales responded:I turned 35 the year I founded Wikipedia.  38 the year I founded Wikia (now ranked #30, quantcast).last_img read more

26 Nov


first_img(REOPENS DEL 18) (REOPENS DEL 18) Indias total domination was despite the country fielding second string teams in major and multiple medal offering disciplines like athletics, wrestling and weightlifting. There were, however, near full strength teams in top disciplines of shooting, badminton, boxing and archery. The 12th SAG, co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong, were largely successful in the field of play with several Games records broken though hit by organisational issues, especially with respect to media facilities. The 12th edition of the Games, the biggest sporting spectacle in this Northeastern part of India, were the biggest ever with more than 2500 athletes competing in 23 sports. The blue-riband event of athletics gave the maximum number of gold medals to the Indias overall medals kitty by contributing a whopping 28 yellow metals while shooting, swimming, wrestling and weightlifting gave 26, 18, 14 and 13 gold medals respectively. Indians got a clean sweep in boxing, badminton, tennis, archery and table tennis by bagging all the gold medals on offer respectively. In athletics, the icing on the cake was veteran long distance runner Kavita Raut clinching gold in womens marathon and qualifying for Olympics in the process. Raut is the only athlete to have booked a Rio Games berth from the Games. Indias track and field athletes put up an overwhelmingly dominating show despite the absence of several Olympics bound athletes. Manpreet Kaur (womens shot put), Nitender Singh Rawat and Kheta Ram (both mens marathon) were the Rio Games qualified athletes from India while another Olympics-bound shot putter Inderjeet Singh pulled out at the last minute due to injury. As expected Manpreet won the gold and missed her own national record of 17.96m by just two centimetres. Rawat also won a gold while Kheta Ram settled for a silver in mens marathon. But, it was Raut who stole the limelight by coming out of near oblivion to book a Rio Olympics berth by winning the gold in womens marathon. Shooting was one discipline in which India sent a strong team with as many as six Rio Olympics bound athletes and the host country simply annihilated opposition by claiming all but one gold medal to fetch a haul of 26 yellow metals. 26-year-old Rio Olympics bound Chain Singh emerged as the star marksmen of the Games as he picked up three individual gold. He won in mens 50m rifles 3 positions, 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle. In fact, he won six gold given that he was also a part of the three team events he took part in. MORE PTI PDS/TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

26 Nov

1st T20I: Morris powers South Africa to win in last-ball thriller

first_imgChris Morris again proved the scourge of England’s bowlers after smashing 14 off the final over to power South Africa to a thrilling three-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 at Newlands on Friday.The visitors, though, had a chance to tie the scores and send the match to a ‘super over’ when paceman Reece Topley fluffed a straightforward opportunity to run out Kyle Abbott off the last delivery.Having earlier compiled a modest total of 134 for eight, England strangled the run-rate on a wicket that both sides found difficult to score on and looked set to win after leaving South Africa needing 15 runs from Topley’s last over.Number eight batsman Morris, however, clubbed a six and a four to lead the home team over the line. The allrounder also hit a swashbuckling half-century in the fourth game of the one-day series last Friday to help his side scramble a one-wicket triumph.England were put in to bat in the opening match of a series of two Twenty20s and blazed their way to 50 in six overs for the loss of opener Jason Roy (15).The in-form Alex Hales (27) was then caught by JP Duminy at deep square-leg, despite a sickening collision with a charging Kagiso Rabada that thankfully left both fielders unhurt, and his dismissal sparked a slump to 81 for six.Legspinner Imran Tahir was the chief destroyer for South Africa as he equalled career-best figures of 4 for 21.Jos Buttler top-scored with an unbeaten 32 from 30 balls.Captain Faf du Plessis (25) led South Africa’s reply from the front but excellent bowling spells from Chris Jordan (3 for 23) and Moeen Ali (2 for 22) appeared to swing the contest England’s way until Morris produced his late cameo.advertisementThe second game in the series, which is serving as a warm-up for the World Twenty20 in India next month, is in Johannesburg on Sunday.last_img read more

16 Nov

India rise to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings after historic series win vs New Zealand

first_imgThe Indian cricket team Monday rose a rung to second in the ICC ODI rankings in which captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the respective charts for batsmen and bowlers.India have accumulated 122 points on the back of series wins over Australia and New Zealand and are placed behind England (126) in the fresh list, the ICC said in a statement.Mahendra Singh Dhoni also moved up owing to a strong showing against Australia last month, which fetched him the player of the series award. Dhoni has moved up three places to 17th position in the batting list for a run, which included three consecutive half-centuries against Australia.New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult surged to third in the rankings for bowlers after finishing with 12 wickets in the series against India, which culminated in Wellington on Sunday with a 4-1 victory for the visiting side.The 29-year-old left-armer, who swung the ball prodigiously to claim five for 21 and helped New Zealand to a win in the fourth match, has moved up seven places, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.Boult topped the rankings in January 2016, and is again on his way up, with only Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of him.India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (up one place to fifth) and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up six places to 17th) are among others to move up in the latest rankings.The latest update also takes into account India’s preceding three-match series against Australia, the five-match series between South Africa and Pakistan, and the three matches between the United Arab Emirates and Nepal.advertisementKedar Jadhav (up eight places to 35th) is another one to advance for India in the list led by Kohli.For South Africa, Quinton de Kock (up one place to eighth), Hashim Amla (up three places to 13th) and Reeza Hendricks (up 36 places to 94th) have moved up among batsmen while Andile Phehlukwayo’s eight wickets have seen him gain 13 places and reach 19th position and Dwaine Pretorious has moved up from 53rd to 44th slot.In team rankings, New Zealand have slipped behind South Africa to fourth place. Nepal now have a full ranking after crossing the threshold of eight matches and are now tied with the UAE at 15 points with their 2-1 win but marginally behind on decimals.Also Read | Martin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injuryAlso Read | How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New ZealandAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s form with bat and ball a good sign for Team India: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

26 Oct

Last Chance U Coach Under Fire For What He Allegedly Texted Player

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A coach from the Netflix series “Last Chance U” had serious allegations levied against him from a player. The head coach at Independence Community College is in hot water for what he texted a player.According to a report from KOAM News Now, head football coach Jason Brown sent derogatory text messages to a student from Germany. The text messages were provided from the student, Alexandros Alexiou who is a German native.Brown allegedly called himself the student’s “new Hitler.” The full text exchange shows a pattern of abusive language directed toward the player from the coach.“4:10 p.m. on field u German [expletive] have 17 points towards your 25 points see Stadler for explanation and u got an extra point for not hanging the lion poster as instructed I’m your new Hitler figure out your life,” Brown allegedly texted Alexiou.Brown later told the player he was kicked off the team and threatened to pull his scholarship.You can see the full text exchange here. Neither Brown nor Independence C.C. have commented on the alleged text messages.Brown and his team were featured on the latest season of the famed football documentary series “Last Chance U.”Stay tuned for a statement from the program.last_img read more

24 Oct

BCJ Wraps Up Western Jamaica School Tour

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) wrapped up its sensitisation and awareness meetings in western Jamaica on Wednesday, March 20, with a successful session at Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland.More than 150 students took a break from the annual sports day activities to participate in the interactive one-hour session, where they were addressed by Executive Director of the BCJ, Cordel Green.Some of the topics discussed were: ‘Digital Switchover’; ‘Children’s Code for Programming’; ‘Managing Your Digital Self’; and ‘Traditional and New Media’.Speaking to JIS News after the meeting, Mr. Green said the three-school tour, held as part of the Commission’s media literacy programme, was an “overwhelming success”.He said the media literary programme is ongoing and the Commission will be seeking to reach more schools in western Jamaica under other phases. He said that discussions have already commenced for early follow-up sessions at Godfrey Stewart High.“They want us to go beyond their students and to engage with the parents as well. This will never stop because media literacy is an on-going exercise which is transformational,” Mr. Green said.Mr. Green in his presentation to the students, said the Commission is placing focus on the regulation of the electronic media, in light of the changing broadcasting landscape.“We are talking about the revamping of that legislative framework and revisiting the meaning of broadcasting, which is now taking in other platforms. We are not thinking about whether to regulate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), rather the issue is whether the same regulatory approach to free-to-air television and cable would be extended to IPTV,” he stated.He said the large electronic billboards, which are “large programmable television screens” are also up for examination in the new electronic media policy, “which is on its way to the Cabinet, with a view to effecting changes sooner rather than later.”Grade seven teacher, Jody-Gaye Cummings, told JIS News that she was “very happy” for the Commission’s intervention.“The students needed it, because it will allow them to become more conscious of the social media, of the television, of the airwaves and the work that goes into protecting them as students so that they are not exposed to certain things that may damage their character and their psyche,” she stated. “They are now also more cognisant of the pros and cons of social media, which will influence their actions and better allow them to use these tools to their benefit rather than to their detriment,” Ms. Cummings told JIS News.The other schools visited were the St. James High School on March 6; and Barracks Road Primary in Montego Bay on March 7.The BCJ’s media literacy programme seeks to educate students about the pending change from analogue to digital broadcasting, called the “digital switchover” and challenges in the new media landscape.More than 20 educational institutions and 3,400 students have been engaged over the past two years.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

18 Oct

Sports minister gives 182 cr to medallists of parabadminton world cships policy

first_imgNew Delhi: Amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday handed over Rs 1.82 crore to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship. As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships “which are organised by International Paralympic Committee as well as in events that are not organised by IPC, but organised by respective International Sports Federation and recognised by International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt has also been decided that medal winners will be given their cash awards the day they return to the country after an international event, and will “not have to wait for a once-a-year ceremony”, as was the norm earlier. The first set of athletes who received their cash awards under the changed guidelines are para-badminton players, who have just won 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. IPC does not organise para-badminton events, and under the previous guidelines these players would not be eligible for cash awards from the government. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe medal winners met the sports minister over lunch at the Sports Authority of India and were handed over the cheques. While the gold medal winners took home Rs 20 lakh, the silver medallists were given 14 lakh and bronze winners Rs 8 lakh each. Winners in the doubles events won Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs 10.5 lakh each for silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze. “We want to ensure that all athletes are provided the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country, they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work,” Rijiju said.last_img read more

14 Oct

Cause of deadly air ambulance helicopter crash remains a mystery

first_img(Dustin Dagenais was one of the paramedics killed in helicopter crash. Facebook photo)APTN National NewsAn air ambulance helicopter heading to Attawapiskat in northern Ontario to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off just past midnight Friday, killing all four people aboard.The Sikorsky S76 helicopter built in 1980, crashed at about 12:11 a.m. after leaving the Ornge base in Moosonee, Ont., said Rob Giguere, chief operating officer for the air and land ambulance firm that operates throughout Ontario.The crashed killed pilots, Capt. Don Filliter, of Skead, Ont., and Jacques Dupuy, from Otterburn Park, Que., along with paramedics Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory, Ont., and Chris Snowball, from Burlington, Ont.The helicopter wreckage was found about a kilometre away from the Ornge base.The federal Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the site.Giguere said it remains unclear what caused the accident. He said there was “good visibility” at the time with overcast skies.Dagenais had been posted in the region for about five years, according to a colleague who requested anonymity.“He was a person that would go out there for anybody,” said the colleague. “I know talking to him, he always said he was one of those guys that would stick up for the person that was not so popular or the guy getting picked on. That is how he lived his life, he was very giving. He was probably one of the nicest guys I ever knew.”At Dagenais’ home a friend said people were concerned about his wife and his family.At the paramedics station in Attawapiskat the scene was also somber.“Everyone is pretty upset,” said one of the paramedics posted there. “The phone has been ringing off the hook.”last_img read more

11 Oct

UN calls for 750 million to treat 35 million women with obstetric

11 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for at least $750 million to treat some 3.5 million cases of obstetric fistula by 2015 in an effort to cure the debilitati ng injury caused by obstruction in giving birth. “Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of neglect during childbirth and a stark example of health inequity in the world,” he says in a report to the General Assembly released today, in which he calls for intensified investment in cost-effective interventions, including surgery, to address the problem that afflicts women with the leakage of bodily wastes.“Although the condition has been eliminated in the developed world, obstetric fistula continues to afflict the most impoverished women and girls, most of whom live in rural and remote areas of the developing world.”Reconstructive surgery can repair fistula injury and most women can be treated and, with appropriate psychosocial care, reintegrated into their communities, but few health-care facilities are able to provide high-quality fistula treatment owing to the limited number of health-care professionals with the appropriate skills.Apart from surgery, Mr. Ban stresses prevention, noting that the condition is almost entirely preventable when there is universal and equitable access to quality maternal and reproductive health services. The same interventions that prevent maternal mortality can also prevent maternal morbidity. He notes that three interventions have the most important and immediate impact on maternal death and disability: family planning; attendance during childbirth by skilled health personnel, such as a midwife; and emergency obstetric care, in particular Caesarean sections. Early marriage is also an issue with adolescent girls particularly at risk for obstetric fistula at a much higher rate than women in their twenties.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year some 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a figure that Mr. Ban says may be an underestimate, as it is based on facility data, and a significant number of impoverished women from rural and remote areas in developing countries who experience complicated labour are likely never to reach a hospital.UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid welcomed the report. “Every year millions of women suffer from pregnancy and birth-related complications, as well as injuries,” she said in a statement. “Through working together we can ensure that fistula is something of the past.” UNFPA leads the global Campaign to End Fistula with a wide range of partners. Since 2003 the agency provided support to 47 countries, resulting in fistula treatment and care for some 16,000 women and the training of thousands of health-care personnel in prevention and management. “The funds required to provide quality fistula repair reflect the magnitude of the problem,” Campaign coordinator Gillian Slinger said. “If we consider the backlog of fistula cases and the treatment costs of approximately $300 per repair, we can conclude that the figures mentioned by the report are a conservative estimate.” read more

2 Oct

JaguarsTitans Preview Capsule

JACKSONVILLE (4-8) at TENNESSEE (6-6)THURSDAY, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFLN, Prime VideoOPENING LINE — Titans by 4 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Jacksonville 4-6-2, Tennessee 6-6SERIES RECORD — Titans lead 28-20LAST MEETING — Titans beat Jaguars 9-6, Sept. 16LAST WEEK — Jaguars beat Colts 6-0; Titans beat Jets 26-22AP PRO32 RANKING — Jets No. 26, Titans No. t-16JAGUARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (24)JAGUARS Defence — OVERALL (3), RUSH (16), PASS (10)TITANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (17), PASS (29)TITANS Defence — OVERALL (9), RUSH (t-19), PASS (5)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Titans have won 14 of last 17 at home. … Titans have won three straight vs. Jaguars and five of last six. … Jaguars coming off seventh shutout in franchise history and fourth overall in NFL this season. … Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue has seven sacks in last nine games. … Jacksonville is 1-4 on road this season. … Jaguars QB Cody Kessler completed 75 per cent of passes with 90.6 passer rating and ran for 28 yards last week. Kessler threw for career-high 336 yards and two TDs in only career start vs. Titans on Oct. 16, 2016, with Browns. … Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette ran for 95 yards and two TDs in last game before one-game suspension. Fournette averaging 98.5 yards from scrimmage in two games vs. Titans. … Jaguars LB Telvin Smith had 12 tackles, tackle for loss and forced fumble last week. … CB D.J. Hayden seventh player on Jaguars’ defence with interception this season after pick last week. … Titans allowing 20.4 points per game, sixth fewest in NFL. … Titans QB Marcus Mariota had 12th winning drive last week and eighth since start of 2017 season. … Mariota threw for 282 yards with two TDs and one interception last week. He also had team-high 43 yards rushing. … Titans WR Taywan Taylor had career-high 104 yards receiving vs. Jets. … Titans LB Jayon Brown one of two NFL players with 70 or more tackles and at least six sacks this season. … Fantasy tip: Mariota came off bench to beat Jaguars with his legs in Week 2. Now healthy, he also has speedy Taylor available to attack through air.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

25 Sep

Unemployed nonBVI nationals urged to leave hurricaneravaged country

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM nationals leaving hurricane battered BVISeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”Irma aftermath: Some Guyanese want to return home, while others will remain- CDCSeptember 19, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Irma claims Guyanese lifeSeptember 10, 2017In “Local News” VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) — A senior British Virgin Islands (BVI) government official is encouraging non-nationals, who can’t find work after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, to leave the British Overseas Territory.The roofless building where CARICOM nationals have found shelter following the passage of Hurricane Irma (Photo: CMC)Vincent Wheatley, the Sister Islands Programme Coordinator in Deputy Governor’s Office, made the call even as several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals, including those from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guyana, were among other non-BVI nationals being housed in a community centre that had been stripped of its roofing shingles.The building is at risk of being flooded if it rains, as only the woodwork on the roof, which was damaged in some areas, is protecting the occupants of the shelters from the elements.Wheatley told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that about 100 people remain in shelters on the island, which has a population of 3,500, a large number of who are expatriates.A Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA) team deployed to do rapid needs assessment on Virgin Gorda on Tuesday found that between 70 and 80 per cent of the housing stock was destroyed or damaged so badly that they are uninhabitable.Wheatley said that so far, there have been daily evacuations mainly to America and European countries, through helicopter service and a boat service to Puerto Rico.“We’ve had none to the Eastern Caribbean countries because LIAT hasn’t been able to fly but we have been told that by Thursday or Friday of this week, LIAT plans to start the service to like Antigua and St Vincent and the rest of the Caribbean,” he said.“We are going to encourage all nationals who can’t survive here, who can’t find work to please go back to your respective countries and come back at a later date. Those who are willing to stick it out with us, we encourage those able bodied persons to please stay and help us rebuild,” Wheatley said.Wheatley, who has general governmental responsibilities on the islands outside of Tortola — mainly Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Enegada — told CMC that Virgin Gorda has been totally “demolished” by Hurricane Irma.“It’s the worst thing we have seen in a very long time. One word describes Virgin Gorda right now: catastrophic.”Irma has been blamed for the loss of five lives in the BVI, but Wheatley said there were no deaths in Virgin Gorda and no major injuries.The clinic on the island is functioning even as the authorities acknowledge there has been extensive damage to buildings all over the island“A lot of folks are without homes, a lot of folks have lost all their possessions, including myself,” he said, noting however there is still a lot of food and water, thanks to their partners, who are donating.Two shelters are operating, one at the Methodist Church in North Sound and the Catholic Community Centre in The Valley.“But since the hurricane, we have had to build some new, makeshift shelters,” Wheatley told CMC, adding “it’s been a very difficult and challenge sing week, because, from Tuesday last week, the day before the hurricane, we had no telecommunication.“We’ve had absolutely no communication with any other entity in the BVI. So we have had absolutely no governmental support. Being totally cut off, we organised ourselves into a group, a community group.”Wheatley chairs the group and there are 12 subcommittees, looking at things like electricity restoration, shelters, food distribution, and acquiring food from outside the jurisdiction. read more

22 Sep

Alen Blazevic to Pick Szeged

Alen BlazevicPick Szeged ← Previous Story SG Flensburg is German vice-champion – Ljubomir Vranjes stays until 2017! Next Story → THW Kiel and Milutin Dragicevic – The End! One of the biggest Croatian talents, Alen Blazevic (26) signs contract with Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged. That is an unofficial information from Hungary which means that left back, who spent season in Spanish Guadalajara will back closer to home after only one season in ASOBAL. Before Spain, Blazevic has played for Nexe Nasice, but most of the time he was in Slovenia – Cimos Koper and Gorenje Velenje. read more

21 Sep

Phantom vibration feedback system will make being shot or stabbed feel almost

first_imgVibration in game controllers has become the norm for the major consoles. The vibration units contained in the PS3 DualShock controller or the Xbox 360 controller can give a range of feedback from low rumbles to short, sharp violent movement. One thing they can’t do is simulate an object passing through your body, something the University of Electro-Communications in Japan hopes to change.The Kajimoto research group at the university is experimenting with a new form of hand mounted vibration unit. The aim is to develop a system where by it is possible to simulate the sensation of an object passing through your hand or other part of your body.They are referring to the device as a “phantom sensation device” and it works on the principle that if you stimulate two areas of skin at the same time, it can give the sensation of something passing between them. In the initial experiments, when you do this on the palm and back of a person’s hand, it can easily be made to feel like something passes through it.The sensation device is still in development, but currently relies on a Wii Remote to track the movement of your hand in 3D space. A vibration unit is then placed on the front and back of the hand that can vary the amount and timing of the vibration being applied on either side. Introducing software to that equation allows the user to experience an object on screen passing through their own hand.The test setup currently uses a ball that drops from the top of the screen to the bottom repeatedly. If the user wearing the phantom sensation device positions their hand correctly, they can both see and feel the ball passing through their hand.The aim of these experiments is to create a device that can be used to give better feedback in games. One example is being stabbed in a game and feeding that back physically to the player. There’s also no suggestion that this will be limited to the hand, meaning one day, being shot in a game may actually allow you to feel the sensation of the bullets passing through your body if you are wearing the right equipment.Read more at Akihabaranewslast_img read more

21 Sep

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img Tue 7:50 AM By Daragh Brophy 11,225 Views Image: Shutterstock/Mcimage Image: Shutterstock/Mcimage Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 8:36 AM Short URL No Comments Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4802660 EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #PROROGUED There were angry scenes in the House of Commons overnight as the UK government pressed ahead with its plan to suspend parliament until mid-October. MPs had earlier rejected Boris Johnson’s second bid to call an early general election. 2. #HOGAN Ireland’s Phil Hogan is set to be confirmed as the new EU trade commissioner later today, RTÉ is reporting. Hogan has been a strong critic of Brexiteers recently, and last month accused Boris Johnson of “gambling” with the peace process. 3. #DERRY Police in Derry came under attack from petrol bombs last night during a search operation at a housing estate in the Creggan area. Officers say over 40 petrol bombs were thrown.4. #FATAL ATTACK Three people have been killed in an apparent family shooting at a home in the southern Dutch city of Dordrecht. Local media reported that the attacker was a policeman who also shot himself 5. #ONLINE SAFETY More than one in ten children aged 8 to 13 are spending more than four hours a day online, according to figures released in a new report from Cybersafe Ireland. 6. #SANDWICH BOARD WARS Dublin City Council has seized almost 60 sandwich boards from businesses since controversial new regulations came into effect at the start of the month. Four new inspectors were employed as part of the council crackdown.7. #SPY GAME It’s emerged the US successfully extracted one of its highest-level covert sources from inside the Russian government in 2017, partly due to concerns they could be compromised, according to a report by CNN. 8. #WATER The Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted its concerns over the rise in Cryptosporidium detection in Ireland’s drinking water in the past three years. However the quality of our water supply, in general, remains high. 9. #THE OUTLOOK It will be dry today with spells of sunshine and fog patches, Met Éireann is reporting. Cloud building later and some rain around this afternoon and evening. On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below.last_img read more

1 Sep

LGBTQ Creators Sue YouTube Over Alleged Discrimination

first_img Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data A group of LGBTQ+ creators has sued YouTube and its parent company Google, alleging that the video platform was regularly restricting their abilities to make money with their videos based on their sexual orientation. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California Tuesday and first reported by the Washington Post Wednesday morning, seeks class-action status.“YouTube is engaged in discriminatory, anticompetitive, and unlawful conduct that harms a protected class of persons under California law,” the lawsuit alleges. A YouTube spokesperson responded to the lawsuit with the following statement:“We’re proud that so many LGBTQ creators have chosen YouTube as a place to share their stories and build community. All content on our site is subject to the same policies. Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like “gay” or “transgender.” In addition, we have strong policies prohibiting hate speech, and we quickly remove content that violates our policies and terminate accounts that do so repeatedly.” The lawsuit also cites recent reports by the New York Times that suggested that the video platform was in part to blame for the election of Brazil’s far-right and homophobic president Jair Bolsonaro, and reference recent appearances of Google and YouTube executives in congressional hearings.In addition to monetary compensation, the lawsuit is also asking the court to order an injunction that would stop YouTube from “censoring, restricting, restraining, or regulating speech based on the discretionary use or application of discriminatory, animus-based, arbitrary, capricious, vague, unspecified, or subjective criteria, rules, guidelines, and/or practices.”Update: 12:53pm: This post was updated with the statement of a YouTube spokesperson. YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch Popular on Variety center_img The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the creators of GNews!, Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers (BriaAndChrissy), Chase Ross (uppercaseCHASE1), Lindsay Amer (Queer Kid Stuff) and Amp Somers (Watts The Safeword).In their lawsuit, these creators allege that YouTube regularly labels their videos as offensive or sexually explicit simply because of their sexual orientation. They also allege that their videos are regularly being demonetized, that YouTube changes their thumbnail videos, and excludes them from content recommendations, resulting in suppressed view counts.This all happens while YouTube doesn’t enforce its content policies against users harassing LGBTQ creators, the lawsuit alleges:“Defendants’ control and regulation of speech on YouTube has resulted in a chaotic cesspool where popular, compliant, top quality, and protected LGBTQ+ content is restricted, stigmatized, and demonetized as “shocking,” “inappropriate,” “offensive,” and “sexually explicit,” while homophobic and racist hatemongers run wild and are free to post vile and obscene content on the pages and channels of the LGBTQ+ Plaintiffs and other LGBTQ+ content creators.”To further make their case, the plaintiffs published a video on YouTube Wednesday morning:The lawsuit comes just a few months after YouTube faced a backlash over the way it handled homophobic speech on its platform. At the time, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized for its handling of a particularly high-profile case, which involved the far-right YouTube commentator Steven Crowder mocking gay Vox journalist Carlos Maza.“I know the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBT community and that was not our intention at all,” she said during an interview at Recode’s Code Conference.The lawsuit alleges that this was just a PR exercise: “Instead of taking LGBTQ+ reports of viewpoint discrimination and selective restrictions on LGBTQ+ content seriously, Ms. Wojcicki spent some of her “personal vacation” time doing carefully scripted PR or “selfie” interviews with selected YouTubers.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

28 Aug

Fuel price What is in store for motorists in SeptemberFuel price What

first_imgMotorists, brace yourselves for another fuel price increase in September.The Central Energy Fund (CEF) published its latest data and it looks like fuel prices will increase by 15 cents for 93 petrol and 17 cents for both 0.05% and 0.005% sulphur diesel.95 petrol is set to increase by 18 cents mid-month and illuminating paraffin should decrease by six cents per litre.Read also: 3 fuel stops closed to motorists Also read: What can you expect from the petrol price next month? This according to the current rand / dollar exchange; the rand is trading at R14.32 against the dollar.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

27 Aug

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first_img News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more Related Content read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | June 09, 2008 MEDSEEK Leverages Microsoft HealthVault to Empower Consumer Health Decision-Making News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more June 10, 2008 – MEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise portal management solutions, said today it is supporting Microsoft HealthVault, a Web-based technology platform that enables consumers to search, store and share their personal health information with trusted parties at no cost to them. HealthVault, a personal electronic health record, is designed simplify consumers’ management of their health and wellness, improving their interaction with the healthcare system.“Microsoft has developed a powerful, secure ecosystem upon which to build,” said Curt Thornton, vice president of business development, MEDSEEK. “We have leveraged this ecosystem to create a robust patient-centric application that empowers patients to assume greater control of their medical information – allowing them to store data in their personal HealthVault account while also sharing it with authorized family members, physicians, and other care providers through our clients’ patient portals.”For more information: www.medseek.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read morelast_img read more

18 Aug

Little certainty 1 year after airliner shot down in Ukraine

first_imgA draft version of the final report was circulated this month to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands for their comments and suggested revisions. Oleg Storchevoi, a deputy chief of the Russian aviation agency, said the agency has complaints regarding both the technical data and the arguments in the report. He did not give details.But a U.S. official told The Associated Press that the draft says the plane was destroyed by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile fired from the village of Snizhne, which was under rebel control. The official, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.The probe is being led by The Netherlands because 196 of the victims were Dutch, and Ukraine agreed to give Holland formal responsibility for the investigation.CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONA probe by the Dutch national prosecutor’s office aims to establishing who was responsible. This investigation includes authorities from Ukraine, Malaysia and other countries whose nationals were among the victims, but Russia is not a participant.It is unclear whom the investigators are questioning, or the extent of the evidence they’ve collected. The prosecutor’s office released a video calling on witnesses to come forward and indicated the probe is focusing on rebel or Russian involvement. The video asks for information about a Buk-11 missile system that was spotted moving through the rebel territory before and after the crash, then possibly heading for the Russian border. The investigative organization Bellingcat also has devoted attention to this missile-launcher, claiming it can be traced to one that was stored in the rebels’ main stronghold of Donetsk. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A fog of vehement allegations, macabre claims and self-serving rhetoric shrouds the tragedy.Within hours of the July 17, 2014 crash, a crucial fact appeared clear — the wreckage was strewn over such a wide area that the plane must have broken into bits long before it fell. Most evidence points to the plane, which departed from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, being taken down by a missile over an area controlled by pro-Russia rebels.But whether the missile was fired from a warplane or from the ground remains unclear. As is the question of who fired: the Ukrainian army, the separatist rebels or Russian forces allegedly backing them with troops and arms. An international investigation may be able to answer the first question, but not until at least October. Another probe addressing the second is likely to take until at least next year.A look at where the investigations and theories stand:CRASH CAUSEThe investigation led by the Dutch Safety Board aims only to determine the crash cause, not to ascribe blame. That’s likely to produce a report loaded with esoteric technical detail. A preliminary report from the board in September was able to say only that the plane was destroyed by “high-energy objects” that pierced it from outside. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home ___Lowy reported from Washington, D.C. Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FOR STORY UKRAINE MH17 WHERE THINGS STAND – FILE – In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 file photo emergency workers carry the body of a victim at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. A year since a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people, there has been little definitive progress in determining what brought down Flight MH17. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, file) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Comments   Share   Despite missile-maker’s statement, Russia’s top investigative body says it regards the warplane as its top theory and claims to be protecting a Ukrainian witness who has identified the plane’s pilot.In any case, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, Ukraine is morally responsible for the crash because it occurred in a war that Russia claims was launched by Ukraine.LOOSE ENDSOne of the enduring mysteries of the tragedy is whether the rebels actually publicly admitted to downing the plane. Just minutes after the crash, a posting appeared on the social media account of then-rebel commander Igor Girkin, saying that the rebels had shot down a Ukrainian An-26 transport plane and it crashed in the same area as MH17. The rebels had shot down several Ukrainian planes in the early months of the war, but apparently with shoulder-fired missiles that could not reach the altitude at which MH17 was flying. The posting was later scrubbed from the account, with the explanation that the post was not by Girkin himself but by someone else with access to the account.Girkin also was notorious for claiming that many of the people on MH17 were dead before the plane took off, which he said was based on witness accounts that the bodies were putrefying immediately after the crash. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Rebel officials at the time denied having any such missile systems, although Russian news agencies had reported rebel claims of seizing some from Ukrainian forces a few weeks earlier.Russia is opposing a proposed UN Security Council resolution to establish an international criminal tribunal for the crash; Moscow has veto power in the security council.RUSSIA’S THEORIESA few days after the crash, the Russian Defense Ministry showed photos it said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area before the crash. Russian officials also said they had evidence that a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet.The latter theory was revisited a few months later when state television released a satellite photograph that it claimed showed that a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down MH17. The photo purportedly came from a little-known person who identified himself as an aviation expert. Bloggers following the case quickly claimed the photo was a forgery.In June, the Russian manufacturer of Buk systems said it had concluded the airliner was indeed brought down by a Buk, but an older model no longer in service in Russia. It said such systems were still used by the Ukrainian army, but it was not clear if the Buks reportedly seized by rebels a year earlier would have included that model. Top holiday drink recipes Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories MOSCOW (AP) — A year since a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine — killing 298 people — there has been little official word of progress in determining what brought down Flight MH17. One of the probes under way reportedly points toward a ground-to-air missile fired from a village held by Russia-backed separatist rebels, but the report isn’t to be public for months. Another investigation trudges forward with painful slowness, and contradictory theories emerge from Moscow.last_img read more