56 Year old latest killed in TCI botched robbery

first_img Related Items:26 year old being questioned in connection with killing in Kew Town, 56 year old man killed in robbery attempt, dominican community rocked again by another killing, Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 12, 2016 – Police reveal the identity of the man shot and killed and that they have a 26 year old in custody for the shooting whichhappened on Walter Cox Drive, in Kew Town, Providenciales around 8pm Sunday.Feliciano Antonio Garcia Quin of the Dominican Republic was found lifeless on the floor of a house after a scuffle broke out and a single shot went off, that lone bullet struck Feliciano Quin in the head.Investigators explain that while they are interrogating the 26 year old man, there is still much more evidence to be had and witnesses, you can help. center_img If you saw anything in the area in question that you believe can assist the case, please call Crime Stoppers or call the Police directly. Police give some vitals too; they are looking for a 5’5” to 5’8” inch man, dressed in dark clothing, at the time he had a mask over his face when he approached Quin, and two others. He forced the trio into the house to rob them but a scuffle broke out. The armed assailant had gloves on and demanded cash and ran away after he shot Quin; police found Feliciano on the floor and Dr. Adolphus pronounced him dead.The Dominican Community is already reeling from the savage murders of two of their women this year, now this… and the Government and Police continue to grapple with the proliferation of guns on the streets of the TCI.last_img read more

Budget Caps Have a Role in Taming Defense Spending Experts Say

first_imgDespite almost-universal opposition to the statutory spending caps from defense advocates since the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted, defense budget experts on Monday said the limits should remain in place to keep DOD spending in check.“I would keep the Budget Control Act, or at least budget caps, because I think the process needs discipline, but I would raise them for defense and probably non-defense also,” former Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution.Ideally, Congress would reach a multi-year budget deal that addresses entitlements, revenue and the deficit, said Hale, currently a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, reported Defense News.Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, echoed Hale. “I think the disciplining notion of a cap is useful. I think it should be paralleled on the revenue side,” MacGuineas said.She also agreed that in the absence of a long-term deal, it makes sense to raise the budget caps to allow more discretionary spending for defense and non-defense programs.Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, criticized the Budget Control Act for focusing on discretionary spending while ignoring entitlement programs and changes to the tax code. “I wouldn’t revise the BCA, I would repeal it and replace it with a broader budget process that forces the Congress to think ahead, and several decades ahead,” said Rivlin, a senior fellow at Brookings. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Senior Center Discuss Its New Memory Cafe

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of ‘Let’s Be Candid About Elder Issues,’ Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello sits down with her Case Manager Laura Pickett to discuss the Senior Center’s new Memory Cafe.A Memory Café is a special gathering place for those dealing with memory loss and their Caregivers. The “Café” gives the person with memory loss and their caregiver an opportunity to socialize, participate in an activity and make new friends in a welcoming environment.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/1/b/1/6/4/8/1b1648e0-475d-4024-a030-80ebb4f5972d1541609459.471%2B46392158.515%40castus4-wilmington%2B15416113741541610487732383.vod.720p.181106_Lets_Be_Candid_Memory_Cafe.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/1/b/1/6/4/8/1b1648e0-475d-4024-a030-80ebb4f5972d1541609459.471%2B46392158.515%40castus4-wilmington%2B15416113741541610487732383.vod.720p.181106_Lets_Be_Candid_Memory_Cafe.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Senior Center Holds Alzheimer’s Association FundraiserIn “Videos”last_img read more

Optional headlights deliver IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus to 2019 BMW X5

first_imgBMW now has four vehicles that have captured an award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2019.The 2019 BMW X5 has earned the IIHS’ best award, Top Safety Pick Plus, the safety organization announced Thursday. In order to achieve this award, a vehicle has to beat a battery of crash tests with flying colors, in addition to scoring well on evaluations of its headlight and crash-avoidance systems. There’s a lot of moving parts to the equation, and the IIHS occasionally adds new tests to keep automakers in a state of constant improvement.This year’s new test is the passenger-side small-overlap crash test, and BMW took to it like a fish to water, earning the top rating of Good. It also achieved the same rating in every other crash test, whether it was roof strength, side collisions or the small-overlap test on the driver side. More about 2019 BMW X5 0 Preview • 2019 BMW X5: The Trojan horse of tech Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine SUVs Luxury cars Car Industry 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive On the evaluation front, the 2019 X5 did well, but it wasn’t perfect. It achieved a top rating of Superior for its crash-prevention tech, which is standard on all trims, and more advanced options earned the same rating. Things were a bit different for the headlight evaluation, though. While the optional Laser Light LED headlights earned a Good rating, the standard LED headlights lacked sufficient high-beam illumination to the side, and the low beams created too much glare, resulting in a Poor rating, the lowest the IIHS gives out.But thanks to its Laser Light headlights, the all-new X5 earned itself a Top Safety Pick Plus commendation. It’s the third TSP Plus for BMW this year, following the 5 Series and X3. The smaller X2 did well, but not as well, picking up the second-best Top Safety Pick award. 2019 BMW X5 looks good without looking too differentcenter_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 55 Photos BMW Post a comment BMW Tags Review • 2019 BMW X5 review: The O.G. dog gets new tricks More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Temper 6 Days Box Office Collection Junior NTR Starrer Mints ₹40 Crore

first_imgJunior NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in “Temper”https://www.facebook.com/TemperMovieJr NTR’s much celebrated movie “Temper” is now set to clear all the existing record for Telugu cinema behind it. The movie has minted ₹40 crore since its release on 13 February.”The film is turning out to be a blockbuster. In its first week, it has grossed Rs. 40 crore approximately worldwide,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.Meanwhile, the box office report from the US alone suggest that the movie is going ahead to be the biggest success for Jr NTR in the country.The movie has reportedly grossed $934,467 (approximately ₹5.82 crore) in US and the box office collection for each day is as follows:First weekend Total – $868,223Monday – $47,700Tuesday – $18,544Total – $934,467, approximately ₹5.82 Crore”#Temper [Telugu] – USA: Wknd $ 868,223, Mon $ 47,700, Tue $ 18,544. Total: $ 934,467 [₹ 5.82 cr]. Some screens yet to report,” tweeted industry analyst Taran AdarshMeanwhile, the movie had a decent and a steady run on its sixth day at domestic box office. According to Andhra box office, the film’s run was a little lower than usual in Andhra but is continuing a good run in Nizam and Ceeded.The movie also lost on a few screens at Suresh group theatre after the death of legendary producer Duggabati Ramanaidu. The industry experts feel the film will not collect much on Thursday as the industry will be completely shut down as they pay last respects to the late producer.The movie reportedly has collected around ₹1.7 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam together on Day 6.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and Jr NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of the movie.last_img read more

Myanmar seeks time and space to solve Rohingya crisis

first_imgUN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (centre R-in blue jacket), being escorted during a visit to the Rakhine ethnic Sein Pan Myaing village, near the town of Maungdaw in strife-torn Rakhine State near the Bangladesh border on 20 January. AFP file photoMyanmar’s deputy defence chief on Monday urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation.Rear Admiral Myint Nwe told a security forum in Singapore his government is “fully aware of the growing concern about the widespread reports on (the) situation in Rakhine state” where the Rohingya live, and was committed to address the issue and punish wrongdoers.Since October Myanmar’s army has carried out “clearance operations” in the north of the western state to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.At least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, alleging rape, murder and torture at the hands of security forces.Myanmar has long faced international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya. Most people in the majority Buddhist community consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.“The government does not condone rights abuses against innocent civilians. Legal action will be taken in response to any substantiated claim,” Myint Nwe said.The admiral was responding to a keynote address by Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at th Fullerton Forum organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.Hishammuddin warned that the situation in Rakhine-if not addressed properly-could be exploited by the Islamic State group as it seeks a base in Southeast Asia.“This horrific possibility has the potential to cause death and destruction well beyond the borders of ASEAN,” he added, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Answering a delegate’s question, Hishammuddin said the Rohingya issue “is going to test ASEAN solidarity… It needs to be resolved, we cannot sweep it under the carpet, it affects a lot of Muslims and it’s very emotional”.Myint Nwe said both Yangon and the international community should focus on finding a “lasting solution” to the problem.“Allowing time and space is essential for the government’s efforts to bear fruit in finding a sustainable solution of this complex issue.”Hishammuddin said ASEAN-the regional bloc to which both Malaysia and Myanmar belong-should play a key role in working out a solution with Myanmar’s leaders.last_img read more

Hundreds missing after dam collapse in Laos

first_imgMap of Laos locating a dam collapse. Photo: AFPHundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reported Tuesday.Communist Laos is traversed by a vast network of rivers and there are several dams being built or are planned in the impoverished and landlocked country, which exports most of its hydropower energy to neighbouring countries like Thailand.Laos News Agency said the accident happened at a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district late Monday, releasing five billion cubic metres of water-more than two million Olympic swimming pools.The report added that the there were “several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing”.Several houses in the southern part of the district were also swept away, the report said, and officials in the province put out a call for relief aid for flood victims.The $1.2 billion dam is part of a project by Vientiane-based Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company, or PNPC, a joint venture formed in 2012.Among the companies involved in the project according to the Laos News Agency are Thailand’s Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, South Korea’s Korea Western Power and the state-run Lao Holding State Enterprise.The 410 megawatt capacity dam was supposed to start commercial operations by 2019, according to the venture’s website.The project consists of a series of dams over the Houay Makchanh, the Xe-Namnoy and the Xe-Pian rivers in neighbouring Champasack Province.It planned to export 90 percent of its electricity to energy hungry Thailand and the remaining amount was to be offered up on the local grid.Under the terms of construction, PNPC said it would operate and manage the power project for 27-years after commercial operations began.When contacted by phone in Laos’ capital Vientiane an official told AFP: “We do not have any official reports about it yet. We are gathering information.”Dam projects, mainly providing power to neighbouring countries, have long been controversial as they often displace large numbers of local people.The hydroelectric project at Xayaburi, led by Thai group CH Karnchang, with a 1,285 megawatt dam-which will cost $3.5 billion according to state media-is at the heart of Laos’ plan to become “the battery of Southeast Asia”.But it has sharply divided several Mekong nations who worry it will disrupt vital ecosystems and their own river systems.Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos in July last year.last_img read more

Ershads second namazejanaza held

first_imgHM Ershad.AFP file photoThe second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday morning, according to UNB.The janaza took place around 10:55am.His body will be taken to the party’s central office at Kakrail to allow Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes. After Asr prayers, the third janaza will be held at the Baitu lMukarram National Mosque.President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office and the party’s Kakrail central office till 18 July between 11:00am and 4:00pm, said party chairman’s press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.His body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds. He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.Ershad’s Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque.last_img read more

Trump Defends Pences NFL Protest Amid Claims It Was A Publicity Stunt

first_imgWe were proud to stand – with all our @Colts – for our soldiers, our flag, and our National Anthem ?? pic.twitter.com/mkZiKMkPDD— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017 Updated Monday 8:20 a.m. ETPresident Trump on Monday defended Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to walk out of Sunday’s NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers in Indianapolis.Trump tweeted, “The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!”The president’s response comes amid suggestions by some media outlets and on social media that Pence’s protest was a publicity stunt engineered by Trump.The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2017 The original story continues belowVice President Pence was so offended by kneeling professional football players that he left a game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence, a former governor of Indiana, said in a statement.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” the statement opposing the protest continued. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”But first, the moment was commemorated with a photo of himself and second lady Karen Pence while they stood, hand over hearts, for the anthem.It appears the choice to leave did not belong to Pence or his wife alone. According to Trump, it was his idea.“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,” Trump tweeted, adding that he was proud of the couple.Standing for Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about sat. I relayed what had been reported about him standing in the future…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 8, 2017Only members of the 49ers knelt for the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — a symbol of protest not against the flag or the song but against institutional social injustice and the violence perpetrated by police against black men. Colts players stood, linked arm in arm.The controversial practice of kneeling during the anthem was started by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has yet to be signed to a new team after his contract with the 49ers expired last year.In an on-camera report on Sunday, CBS reporter Jason La Canfora said Kaepernick would stand for the anthem if he was signed to an NFL team.1) Just got a message from @Kaepernick7, who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an NFL team.— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) October 8, 2017“He’s not planning on kneeling … and he’s planning on standing for the anthem,” La Canfora said.But after the story began making headlines, La Canfora backtracked tweeting, “Standing for Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about.” He was merely relaying what had already been reported about Kaepernick in other outlets, La Canfora wrote, adding, “what he would do during the Anthem I do not know.”Kaepernick has not denied La Canfora’s claim outright, but he has been retweeting others who have responded to the CBS sports reporter. Among them is the quarterback’s own girlfriend, Nessa Diab, who wrote, “The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone.”Howard Bryant, an ESPN Magazine columnist, also weighed in on Twitter with what he said was confirmation from Kaepernick.“Just got a message from @Kaepernick7 who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an NFL team,” Bryant wrote.The president has been railing against the NFL over the league’s tolerance of the sustained demonstration. Trump has repeatedly called on team owners to fire all players who kneel during the national anthem.At a campaign rally in Alabama last month, Trump shouted, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now’?” he said to roaring applause.The statement by the president, and the subsequent Twitter storm he unleashed, renewed a national debate over players’ First Amendment rights and also pitted NFL owners and players against the president, inspiring many of them to kneel or link arms in the game that followed.By walking out over the kneeling, Pence hasn’t just stirred the stoked the flames of the controversy, it has also kicked up a new dust storm: criticism over the cost of the vice president’s protest of the protest.Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz was the first to raise the issue.“Wait,” Schatz wrote on Twitter. “This was orchestrated to make a point? That’s not an inexpensive thing to do.”center_img Sharelast_img read more

HMC ensures errorfree data collection to check vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has taken a major step to ensure error free collection of data for a survey report that needs to be prepared to check vector-borne diseases.For the first time, the top brass of the civic body, starting from Mayor to ward councillors, will visit different areas to supervise the data collection process of the health workers.There are around 2,500 health workers under the HMC. They visit door to door to collect data and based on the same, a report is prepared. It is the survey report on which the senior officials of the civic body rely while chalking out a plan of action to check vector-borne diseases. As per the plan of action, all tasks are carried out to ensure the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe need of supervising the data collection process was realised during a meeting held on Monday and the work in this regard has started in full swing from Tuesday onwards.When contacted, Bhaskar Bhattacharjee, Member Mayor-in-Council (Health), said: “The step has been taken to ensure that the health workers collect the data properly as there are various technical aspects into the collection of data.”On Thursday, Bhattacharjee himself visited ward number 63 to verify the data that is being collected by the health workers and councilors are also assisting the health workers in carrying out the survey. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt is helping the health workers to be more informed about the process of data collection.Once the data collection is done, it will be compiled into a single report by the concerned officers of the civic body’s health department and there will be a detailed discussion on the report to prepare the plan of action to take vector control measures. It may be mentioned that the HMC has already formed a high power monitoring committee for better execution of work to check-vector borne diseases and the committee is headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty.Bijin Krishna, commissioner, is the convenor, and Bhattacharjee and other senior officials are members of the committee. The committee members will hold a meeting every week to take proactive steps so that people do not face any problem due to vector-borne diseases in any of the 66 wards of the civic body.last_img read more

Private publishing houses to be under govt scanner post Milkha Singh goofup

first_imgKolkata: The state government will now keep an eye on the private book publishing houses and will take action, particularly in case of misinformation or wrong portrayal of famous personalities in books.The decision was taken in a meeting with a number of publishers in the city, that was chaired by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. The meeting was held in the wake of actor Farhan Akhtar pointing out a blooper in a Bengali book that had depicted him as legendary athlete Milkha Singh. The actor had tweeted on Sunday, urging state Education minister Partha Chatterjee to request the publisher to recall and replace the book.It may be mentioned that the state Education department has already identified the publisher as Anomy Publication, situated at 57/1A, College Street. The owner of the publishing house has claimed that it was a big mistake on their part and said that they have already started withdrawing the copies of the books that have been circulated.last_img read more

Eclipse announces support for Java 12

first_imgLast month, the team at Eclipse announced that Eclipse now supports Java 12. What are the latest changes in support with Java 12 Updated project compliance and JRE Eclipse comes with project compliance and JRE updated to 12 that changes the current project to be compatible with Java 12. Preview features Users can enable preview features in Java 12 by selecting Preferences > Java > Compiler > Enable preview features option. Users can further configure the problem severity of these preview features. Set enable preview features The issue with the Enable preview features option in preferences has been resolved. Configure problem severity of preview features Configure problem severity is now provided to update the problem severity of preview features in Java 12. Default case has been added Add ‘default’ option is now available to add a default case to the enhanced switch statement in Java 12. Missing case statements An option to add missing case statements has been provided for the enhanced switch statement in Java 12. Java Editor In the Java > Editor > Code Mining preference, users can now enable the Show parameter names option which will show the parameter name in method or constructor calls. Java views and dialogs An option to control the comment generation while creating module-info.java or package-info.java is now available. To know more about this news, check out the post by Eclipse. Read Next Eclipse 4.10.0 released with major improvements to colors, fonts preference page and more Eclipse IDE’s Photon release will support Rust What can Blockchain developers learn from Eclipse Attacks in a Bitcoin network – Koshik Rajlast_img read more

July 15 2015photo by Colleen ConneryArcosantis a

first_imgJuly 15, 2015photo by Colleen ConneryArcosanti’s annual summer food and music event, Italian Night was kicked off with the dinner in the spacious Vaults. Nearly 200 people dined in this popular outdoor venue. The menu included appetizers, traditional wheelbarrel pasta, Entrée and Salad, followed by Gelato Italiano, served by a Scottsdale icecream vender who has catered this event’s dessert course for last several years.[Text by ttmr / photos by cc and ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraAfter dinner, the audience strolled into the amphitheater and was entertained by the virtuosity of accordionist/composer Nick Ariondo who played a variety of music with his two differently-tuned accordions and piano on stage. Nick also demonstrated how the mechanism of his instrument works and its history.last_img read more

House approves Nobles plan allowing tax credits for donations to charities

first_img Categories: News,Noble News 13Dec House approves Noble’s plan allowing tax credits for donations to charities The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, allowing tax credits for donations to certain charitable organizations.Under the measure, House Bill 6433, for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2019, Michiganders may credit against their charitable contributions made during the tax year to organizations that provide overnight accommodation, food or meals to the poor and homeless. Noble’s plan brings back a credit that was eliminated by changes to the Income Tax Act in 2011.“Hard-working Michigan taxpayers should be given credit for their charitable donations,” Noble said. “Our communities’ charitable organizations and causes benefit when more Michiganders financially contribute. Any government decree impeding on the act of being charitable is simply wrong.”House Bill 6433 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.#####last_img read more

A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

Twitter updates rules to clarify on abusive behavior and hateful conduct

first_imgTwitter are updating their Twitter Rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. Image Credit: Guim Advertisement Twitter believes that protection from abuse and harassment is a vital part of empowering people to freely express themselves on their platform.Today, as part of Twitter continued efforts to combat abuse, they are updating their Twitter Rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. The updated language emphasizes that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, threaten, or use fear to silence another user’s voice. As always, twitter embraces and encourages various opinions and beliefs but they will also continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse.“Over the past year, we’ve taken several steps to fight abuse in order to protect freedom of expression: We’ve empowered users with tools for blocking, muting, and reporting abusive behaviour, and evolved our policy to capture more types of abusive behaviour”, Twitter said in a statement on their official blog. – Advertisement – They have also increased in their investments in policy enforcement so as they can handle more reports with greater efficiency, and bolstered educational resources through a new Twitter Safety Centre.[related-posts]One of the areas Twitter has found to be more effective in this multi-layered strategy of fighting abuse is creating mandatory actions for suspected abusive behaviours, such as email and phone verification, and user deletion of Tweets for violations. These measures curb abusive behaviour by helping the community understand what is acceptable on the Twitter platform.In conclusion, Twitter said, “Keeping users safe requires a comprehensive and balanced approach where everyone plays a role. We will continue to build on these initiatives to empower our users and ensure that Twitter remains a platform for people to express themselves.”last_img read more

Flat boron by the numbers

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/2Dboron_angew_chem.jpgTwo-dimensional sheets of boron that can be lifted off a substrate are possible to make via several theoretical methods suggested in a new paper by Rice University scientists. The material could be a useful complement to graphene and other 2-D materials for electronics, they said. (Credit: Evgeni Penev/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/0204_BORON-2-web.jpgRice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, right, and lab members Yuanyue Liu, left, and research scientist Evgeni Penev have calculated the energies that would be involved in creating two-dimensional sheets of boron, which would be similar to – but have better electrical qualities than – carbon-based graphene. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005center_img ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFlat boron by the numbersRice University researchers calculate what it would take to make new two-dimensional materialHOUSTON – (Jan. 31, 2013) – It would be a terrible thing if laboratories striving to grow graphene from carbon atoms kept winding up with big pesky diamonds.“That would be trouble, cleaning out the diamonds so you could do some real work,” said Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, chuckling at the absurd image.Yet something like that keeps happening to experimentalists working to grow two-dimensional boron. Boron atoms have a strong preference to clump into three-dimensional shapes rather than assemble into pristine single-atom sheets, like carbon does when it becomes graphene. And boron clumps aren’t nearly as sparkly.Yakobson and his Rice colleagues have made progress toward 2-D boron through theoretical work that suggests the most practical ways to make the material and put it to work. Earlier calculations by the group indicated 2-D born would conduct electricity better than graphene.Through first-principle calculations of the interaction of boron atoms with various substrates, the team came up with several possible paths experimentalists may take toward 2-D boron. Yakobson feels the work may point the way toward other useful two-dimensional materials.The Rice team’s results appear this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Rice graduate student Yuanyue Liu and research scientist Evgeni Penev are co-authors of the paper.Yakobson’s lab first reported in a Nano Letters paper last year that unlike graphene, 2-D boron rolled into a nanotube would always be metallic. Also unlike graphene, the atomic arrangement can change without changing the nature of the material. Instead of the steady rank-and-file of hexagons in a perfect graphene sheet, 2-D boron consists of triangles. But boron could have vacancies – missing atoms – without affecting its properties.That’s the theory. The problem that remains is how to make the stuff.“We are, perhaps, so close,” Penev said. “Here we have conceived a material that resembles graphene, but is always conductive no matter what form it takes. What we’re doing now is exploring different possibilities to connect our theories with reality.”The best method, they calculated, might be to feed boron into a furnace with silver or gold substrates in a process called chemical vapor deposition, commonly used to make graphene. The substrate is important, Penev said, because the atoms have to spill onto the surface and stick, but not too strongly.“You have to have a substrate that doesn’t want to dissolve boron,” he said. “On the other hand, you want a substrate that doesn’t bind too strongly. You should be able to detach the boron layer.”Then, like graphene, these atom-thick boron sheets could be applied to other surfaces for testing and, ultimately, for use in applications.The study also calculated methods for creating sheets via saturation of boron atoms on the surface of boride substrates, and the evaporation of metal atoms from metal borides that leaves just the target atoms in a sheet.“There are a lot of reasons boron could be interesting,” said Liu, the paper’s first author. “Boron is carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, with one less electron, which might bring in lots of new physics and chemistry, especially on the nanoscale. For example, 2-D boron is more conductive than graphene because of its unique electronic structure and atomic arrangement.“In fact, comparing (boron) with graphene is very helpful,” he said. “The state-of-art synthesis methods for graphene provide us good templates to explore 2-D boron synthesis.”Yakobson is thinking a step beyond the current work. “There are many groups, at Rice and elsewhere, working on 2-D boron,” he said. “To appreciate this work, you have to stand back and contrast it with graphene; in some sense, the synthesis of graphene is trivial.“Why? Because graphene is a God-given material,” he said. “It forms at the global minimum (energy) for carbon atoms – they go there willingly. But boron is a different story. It does not have a planar form as a global minimum, which makes it a really subtle problem. The novelty in this work is that we’re trying to trick it into building a two-dimensional motif instead of three.”The search for 2-D materials with varying qualities is hot right now; another new paper from Rice on a hybrid graphene-hexagonal boron nitride shows the need for a 2-D semiconductor to complement the material’s conducting and insulating elements.Yakobson hopes his study serves as a guideline for practical routes to other novel materials. “Now that there is a growing interest in a variety of 2-D materials, this may be a template,” he said.Yakobson is Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry.The Department of Energy (DOE) supported the research. Computations were performed on the National Science Foundation-funded Data Analysis and Visualization Cyberinfrastructure at Rice, along with resources at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and the DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201207972This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/01/31/flat-boron-by-the-numbers/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.edu/archives/category/group-newsImages for download:last_img read more

Zenefits CEO Resigns Amid Compliance Issues

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Zenefits CEO Resigns Amid Compliance Issues Image credit: Zenefits Add to Queue Reuters Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Zenefits Zenefits, a software startup valued at $4.5 billion, said on Monday it had replaced founder and Chief Executive Parker Conrad and appointed a new leader for the troubled tech company.David Sacks, a former executive at Yammer and PayPal who joined Zenefits a year ago as chief operating officer, has taken over as CEO.”The fact is that many of our internal processes, controls, and actions around compliance have been inadequate, and some decisions have just been plain wrong,” Sacks said in a letter to employees. “As a result, Parker has resigned.”Zenefits provides software for businesses to automate aspects of their human resources services, including healthcare benefits, stock options, maternity leave and vacation time.Once considered by venture capitalists as the fastest-growing software startup, Zenefits has come under fire for allegedly flouting insurance laws and failing to deliver on promises to customers. It is the latest example of a unicorn — a venture-backed tech firm worth $1 billion or more — whose business appears far less sound than investors believed it to be.Recently, Zenefits came under investigation in Washington state for allegations it let unlicensed brokers sell health coverage. Media site BuzzFeed reported, following an investigation of the company, that it allowed salespeople without licenses to act as insurance brokers in at least seven states.San Francisco-based Zenefits said on Monday it appointed its first chief compliance officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the company complies with regulations and broker licensing requirements.”Our culture and tone have been inappropriate for a highly regulated company,” Sacks said.In a statement released by Zenefits, Conrad said he was proud of the company “but recognize that our company’s management infrastructure and policies haven’t kept pace with our meteoric growth.”Reuters could not immediately reach Conrad for comment.The company also said Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a high-profile Silicon Valley investor, would join the board.Zenefits launched as a high-tech health insurance broker, working as the middleman between businesses and healthcare providers such as Anthem Blue Cross, making money off the commission or broker fee. That sparked a turf war with traditional brokers across the country.It also waged battles with insurance regulators who argued that Zenefits could not give its free software to businesses while also serving as their insurance broker.Conrad, a survivor of testicular cancer and advocate for healthcare reform, founded the company in 2013. He raised more than $500 million from investors, including two rounds of financing from venture firm Andreessen Horowitz within four months.At one point, the company was growing 30 percent month-over-month, and it hired thousands of employees and opened offices in Arizona in 2014 and 2015.(Reporting by Heather Somerville; Editing by Peter Cooney) February 9, 2016 –shares 3 min readlast_img read more