LinkedIn Expands Scope of Its Follow Company Feature

first_imgOn Monday the LinkedIn announced a new Follow Company button that lets individuals follow a brand or company page. The feature is essentially an expansion of functionality that was already in place, but from within the network itself. Now companies can allow individuals to follow them from outside the LinkedIn ecosystem by clicking on a button embedded in their websites.According to the blog post by LinkedIn product manager Mike Grishaver announcing the new feature, AT&T, Starbucks, Sony and American Express, among others, are already using the button on their sites. There are four ways to follow a company, including the embeddable website button. On LinkedIn itself, you can click a follow button on the company’s page, directly from a search results page, or by hovering over the company name in contact’s page and clicking on the follow link in the pop-up window. LinkedIn says it has more than 2 million companies and, as of early February, about 150 million members. The 2 million companies is up from almost 1 million since the spring of 2010 when LinkedIn launched its original Follow Company feature. At that point, there was no way to receive status updates from companies, a function that didn’t appear until later in 2011.last_img read more

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss Report Shows

first_imgTwo cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking.The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures.Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible.”“The annual census data has fluctuations due to assessment variables, but there is no question that Columbus, Georgia has grown since the 2010 census. Any reduction in population due to the drawdown of the war in the Middle East is not expected to offset the increase of population resulting from BRAC,” Tomlinson told WTVM.Manhattan, Kan., home of Fort Riley, experienced a one-year population loss of 0.8 percent, placing it 11th on the list of shrinking cities.Neither Columbus nor Manhattan suffered from a loss of manufacturing jobs, the trend that explained why most of the cities on the list experienced a drop in population. Manhattan’s drop could be attributed to the migration of young adults from rural areas, along with the increasing modernization of farm work, according to Laszlo Kulcsar, director of the Kansas Population Center and an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

India drafts policy to claim stake in Global Internet of Things by

first_imgIndia is drafting a policy to have 5-6% of the $300-billion global Internet of Things (IoT) business by 2020, a top official said on Monday.”A policy framework is in consultation stage for getting a five-six percent share of the global IoT industry, which is estimated to be $300 billion by 2020,” department of electronics and IT secretary JS Deepak said at a summit here.The policy will also enable the sun rise electronics industry to generate $15 billion domestic market over the next five years.”Under IoT, various devices can be connected with internet for sharing data among a specified community,” Deepak said at a national meet on IoT, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the apex body of India Inc.The government has also drawn a roadmap to develop machine-to-machine (M2M) for the IoT industry.”IoT will be central to Digital India structure, with M2M communications around it,” Deepak added.Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Babulal Supriyo told the delegates that a lot of power could be saved by switching off street lights automatically through connected devices.”IoT is the most happening trend, with the potential to transform all industries and help develop 100 smart cities across the country through contribution from each stakeholder in the country,” Supriyo added.The summit highlighted the proof of concepts and solutions in four sectors — energy, healthcare, transport and manufacturing and the solutions that are replicable in the Indian context.last_img read more

Telugu blockbuster Ninnu Kori to get a Tamil remake here are the

first_imgNinnu KoriNinnu Kori is a classic, worth a watch, Telugu film. The Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadi Pinisetty starrer marks the directorial debut of Shiva Nirvana. The film is a blockbuster and is a game-changer for both Nani and Nivetha.This romantic entertainer is now all set to get a remake in Tamil. Speculations have been rife that the makers have been in talks for a while. It has finally been confirmed that film is on cards.The film is reportedly going to have Atharva Murali and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead roles. Cosmo Kiran has bought the remake rights of this film. This is their first collaboration of the actors together.  TwitterAadi Pinisetty plays the second male lead in the original version. For the remake actor Vaibhav, son of producer Kodandarami Reddy, is reportedly in talks. Although, nothing has been finalised yet. However, because Aadi Pinisetty has his own market in Tamil cinema, it would be nice if he plays the same role once again.Tamil makkale! Back on Twitter to announce some nice news. Started shooting a Tamil movie today after a long break from the industry. Makes me feel happy to be back!! NINNU KORI Tamil remake with Atharvaa & Anupama ???? reprising the same role I did in Telugu.— Vidyu Raman (@VidyuRaman) August 5, 2019 TwitterActress Vidyulekha Raman took to Twitter to share the news that she is a part of the remake and will be playing the same role which she has played in the Telugu version. The remake of this film is definitely good news to all the Ninnu Kori fans and makers are pretty sure that it will attract the audience.The film is yet to get an official launch and is expected to go on floors pretty soon.last_img read more

Is global economy slipping into a recession Key indicators paint glum picture

first_imgBeijing has released a white paper on trade consultations with Washington and accused called the US an unreliable negotiation partner. Investment banker Morgan Stanley says the world could slip into a recession as early as this year if the US-China trade war continues and cautions investors to modify their investment strategy for a prolonged slowdown.Xinhua/twitterThe global economy is probably in recession; with most cyclical indicators showing business, activity is flat or falling. Recessions become obvious only once they are well established given the lagging nature of most economic data.And end-of-cycle recessions are usually impossible to distinguish from mid-cycle slowdowns until well after the slowdown has started.The arrival of a recession is always controversial at the time and usually missed by most forecasters, as the leading business-cycle economist Victor Zarnowitz noted.Policymakers are reluctant to announce a recession for fear of harming consumer and business confidence and worsening the downturn (“Business cycles: theory, history, indicators and forecasting”, Zarnowitz, 1992).But almost all the main economic and industrial indicators that provide a reliable guide to the business cycle confirm the economy has already slowed severely.Global manufacturing surveys, industrial output, new orders, business investment, construction activity, motor vehicle production, and freight volumes are flat or down compared with a year earlier.The most comprehensive numbers show manufacturing production and trade flows were essentially flat in May compared with a year before.More recent data from purchasing surveys and industrial production indicates the slowdown worsened in June and July.By most measures, the global economy is in the midst of the deepest slowdown since 2015, and in many cases since 2009.MARKET INDICATORSFinancial markets and commodity prices show a high probability the economy is in a recession or will be soon.The U.S. Treasury yield curve has been inverted for more than two months and signals the highest probability of recession since April 2007.Major equity indices are flat or down compared with a year ago, despite the sharp reduction in government bond yields and risk-free interest rates since then.Cyclical bellwethers such as Germany’s giant chemicals company BASF and U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar have seen their shares fall sharply over the last year.Oil prices have sunk more than 22% since the end of April, and are down 20% compared with August 2018, despite severe U.S. sanctions on oil exports from Iran and Venezuela.Brent’s six-month calendar spread has collapsed, despite the extension of production restraint by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the OPEC+ group and signs of a slowdown in new well drilling in the United States.Non-oil commodity prices have also been falling or flat since the middle of 2018, as consumption growth has decelerated.POLICY MISTAKESFormer Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has quipped that expansions do not die of old age, they are murdered – most often because of policy mistakes.In recent decades, most recessions have been brought on by mistakes in some combination of fiscal policy, monetary policy, and financial supervision.In this case, however, the problem has stemmed from trade policy, which has turned sharply protectionist and attempted to remake global supply chains.The resulting economic warfare between the United States and China has heightened business uncertainty and disrupted investment plans in both countries, with spillover effects across Europe and Asia.Policymakers around the world have taken growth for granted, piling on a plethora of tariffs, anti-dumping duties, sanctions and investment restrictions that have finally put the expansion in jeopardy.If a global recession is confirmed, it will be because policymakers were more concerned about other objectives and forgot the need to provide a stable and predictable climate for business.Recession would be a painful reminder and force them to turn their attention back to the economy.(John Kemp is a Reuters columnist)last_img read more

Good governance essential for democracy

first_imgDanish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter speaking at Prothom Alo office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloGood governance and freedom of expression is a prerequisite to the development interests of any country. Bangladesh is no exception. These issues are essential in Bangladesh’s quest to attain mid-income status.The remarks were made by the Danish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter during a discussion at the Prothom Alo office on Sunday.The two ambassadors met with senior journalists of Prothom Alo at the newspaper’s office yesterday afternoon. Prothom Alo editor apprised them about the overall state of the media in the country as well as of Prothom Alo in particular.A video presentation was made of Prothom Alo’s various activities. A short film on social initiative against child marriage was also screened.Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter said that her country attached high importance to freedom of expression. She mentioned the training in investigative journalism provided to various media organisations in Bangladesh with the support of the Swedish Fojo Institute.last_img read more

Garment worker raped on moving bus

first_imgProthom Alo ilustrationA garment factory worker has allegedly been raped on a moving bus in Dhamrai area of Dhaka.Police said the incident took place some time between 9:00pm and 11:00pm on Sunday night.According to police, five people have been detained in connection with the incident.The detained persons are driver of the bus Babu Mallik, 24, mechanic of the bus Abdul Aziz, 30, supervisor of the bus Bolram, 20, and their associates – Sohel, 22, Moqbul Hossain, 38.Police said the woman was returning home from work by a city bus, Jatrisheba, on Sunday night. When all passengers alighted from the vehicle at the bus stop, leaving her alone inside, the bus driver and mechanic raped her. The others helped them and Sohel was driving the bus.Hearing her screams, the highway police in the area asked the driver to stop the bus. The bus kept moving defying the police. The police chased the bus for 7 kilometres and finally detained the rapists.The police also rescued the woman from the bus.Officer-in-charge of Dhamrai police station Rizaul Haque said the victim has filed a case over the rape.The rapists were sent to jail after they confessed to the rape incident, the OC added.last_img read more

Quota reform protester Ashiqur shot by BCL men

first_imgPolice in action on Dhaka University campus to disperse quota reform protesters on 8 April. File Photo: Prothom AloA quota reform protester and Dhaka University student, Ashiqur Rahman, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital after being shot allegedly by activists of ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).A fourth-year student of the public administration department of DU, Ashiqur sustained bullet injuries in front of Gurdwara Nanak Shahi on campus early 9 April when a group of BCL activists chased the quota protesters, said his friends.They categorically alleged that BCL activists opened fire on Ashiqur.A classmate of Ashiqur who was present with him that day told Prothom Alo that around 2:00am a group of BCL activists chased the protesters from TSC (Teacher-Student Centre) to the DU vice chancellor’s residence, repeatedly opening fire.Ashiqur was shot, he added.Asked about the shooting, BCL general secretary SM Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo, ”This allegation is baseless. No activists of BCL opened fire during the chase and counter-chase.”Then who shot Ashiqur as there were no police deployed there? Zakir Hossain said that the Dhaka University authorities can investigate the matter and find this out.Ashiqur has been under treatment of DMCH casualty department’s physician Faruq Hossain.Talking about Ashiqur’s condition, he said, ”The bullet is lodged inside his body. He also has injuries in his liver and lungs, but is now out of danger.”Besides Ashiqur, two more quota reform protesters have been undergoing treatment at DMCH.One of them, Mohammed Shahriar Hossain, a third-year student of DU’s chemistry department, sustained a total of eight rubber bullet wounds in his back. The other, Mohammed Tanvir Hassan, a fourth-year student of DU’s theatre and performance studies department, was baton charged by police.Shahriar Hossain told Prothom Alo that he was hit in the back when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas early 9 April.Tanvir, also a central committee member of BCL, was beaten by police as he was trying to save the protesters from rubber bullets and tear gas fired by police.”I’m first a student and then a leader of BCL. I took part in the protest as I support it ideologically.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.Read more:’BCL opened fire on protesters’last_img read more

Thai princess Sirindhorn arrives in Dhaka

first_imgThai princess Sirindhorn. Photo: CollectedThailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit at the invitation of foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father, late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation, reports UNB.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam received the Thai princess at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival in the afternoon. Bangladesh Ambassador in Bangkok Saida Muna Tasneem was present.Shahriar who attended funeral of Sirindhorn’s father had a brief discussion with the Thai princess at the airport, an official told UNB.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the Museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during 1971 Liberation War.The Thai princes also attended dinner hosted by Thai Ambassador in Dhaka.During her four-day visit to Bangladesh, the princess is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.The princess is also scheduled to visit various on-going royal projects in Bangladesh, under the Royal Chaipattana Foundation including public health and sanitation projects for school children, sustainable agriculture projects for farmers in Bangladesh and the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centre at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation — all under the ‘Sufficiency Economic Philosophy’ pioneered by her late father King Bhumibol.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forest ministry of Bangladesh, titled “Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on 30 May at Tiger Pass in Chattogram City.The Thai princess is also scheduled to visit the Ethnological Origins Museum in Chattogram and meet autistic and special children at the Proyash Institute of Special Education in Dhaka Cantonment, meet children and farmers at the Azampur Government Primary School, Uttara, Mariali Government Primary School, Gazipur and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation in Dhaka.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Ali in her honour.last_img read more

Suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria mosque

first_imgMap locating attack in Mubi, Nigeria. AFPAt least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital Yola.It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the town of Madagali.Security analysts said Tuesday’s bombing again underlined the threat posed by Boko Haram, despite an overall decline in deaths from attacks by the group last year.Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP that at least 50 were killed in the Mubi attack.”It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.”It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.”Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”- Roof blown off -The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.They gave lower death tolls but both said the number killed was likely to rise.Another emergency services official described the blast as “devastating” and said there were “high casualties”.Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he was present during the rescue operation and that 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.”The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.”This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.”Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist at the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the bombing fitted a pattern of previous attacks.”It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organisation’s current ‘hot streak’, which started approximately four weeks ago,” he said.The latest Global Terrorism Index, published last week, said that deaths attributed to Boko Haram in 2016 fell by 80 percent.But St-Pierre said despite this “Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and dangerous organisation” which was far from being “on the back foot”, as the military has claimed.- ‘Operational presence’ -In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.In June 2014, at least 40 football supporters, including women and children, died in a bomb attack after a match in the Kabang area of the town.Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.The town’s name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or “City of Islam” in Arabic, during the Boko Haram occupation.But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University.Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno.Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, which forms the border of Adamawa and Nigeria with neighbouring Cameroon, where there has also been more attacks.Ryan Cummings, from security analysts Signal Risk, said the attack suggests Boko Haram “has an active operational presence in Adamawa” and retained the capacity to hit hard.”It appears that despite open calls for Boko Haram to desist in such acts of mass violence against Muslim civilian interests, that these have not been heeded,” he added.last_img read more

Commission Begins Discussing Texas School Finance Overhaul

first_img Share ILLUSTRATION BY TODD WISEMAN / TEXAS TRIBUNEA special commission has begun discussing how to remake Texas’ school finance system, 18-plus months after the state Supreme Court declared it deeply flawed but still barely constitutional.That ruling spared the Legislature from having to overhaul how Texas pays for educating around 5.3 million students. Instead, many top Republicans backed unsuccessful voucher plans offering public money to children attending private schools.Gov. Greg Abbott then convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers and education leaders which met Tuesday to weigh new ideas before the Legislature next convenes in 2019.Top conservatives chiefly want a system that will cut local property taxes, which have skyrocketed because they pay for the bulk of public school costs.Other members argue that property taxes won’t fall without Texas dramatically increasing state spending on classrooms.last_img read more

Florence Now A Hurricane Is One Of Many Threats To The Atlantic

first_imgUpdated at 12:45 a.m. ET on MondayA slew of dangerous storms – hurricanes, tropical storms and a typhoon — are on the move and threatening life and property in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac. The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Olivia, which is moving quickly westward toward Hawaii.According to The Weather Channel, a typhoon named Mangkhut is also intensifying in the western Pacific and is on track to hit Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian on Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a warning saying Mangkhut will bring tropical storm force winds between 65 and 100 knots.This many concurrent tropical cyclones is notable, according to NHC scientist Eric Blake. He tweeted on Friday: “Globally, this is a remarkable day. I can’t find another example of a hurricane/typhoon nearing Guam, Hawaii & the eastern United States at almost exactly the same time (days ~ 4,5,6 respectively).”As of the NHC’s advisory issued at 11 p.m. EST Sunday, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane of Category 3 or above by Monday night and is forecast to move over the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is expected to approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday. According to aircraft data, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph.North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Friday. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox told NPR that North Carolina residents needed to prepare: “When we put those orders out, when we tell people ‘this is a flood-prone area,’ that you need to find somewhere else to go, don’t roll the dice.”Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday, “… so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now.”South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division urged South Carolina residents to begin preparing their property for Florence’s effects.In a news conference Sunday, McMaster said he had submitted a request to President Trump that a federal emergency declaration be made. “We are asking for authorization in advance to … get reimbursed for expenses, for people, machinery and assets we may need to clean up and fix whatever damage results from what is now a hurricane.”And while he assured South Carolinians that official preparations were well underway, the governor emphasized what he called the “unofficial” part of preparations: citizen preparedness. “Make your plans now,” he said. “Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina.”Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane expert at The Weather Channel, tells NPR that it’s important not to focus exclusively on the coast when it comes to Florence’s potential impact. “Equally, if not more disastrous potential exists with the slow movement that we expect to see Florence have after reaching the coast,” Knabb says.That’s because Florence will reach areas that have already experienced a lot of rain in recent weeks — and it won’t take much for flash floods to start in these regions.“Urge people to pay attention inland and promise themselves now that they’re not going to drive their car across any water-covered roads or drive their car around any barricaded roads that are closed,” Knabb says. “The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles.”Helene, currently classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s advisory issued at 11 p.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of near 80 mph and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. “Some gradual weakening is possible on Tuesday,” the advisory says, “but Olivia will likely remain a threat to the Hawaiian Islands next week.”This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii. As NPR’s Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a U.S. storm.Knabb tells NPR that this year has been particularly intense in the eastern and central Pacific. “We’ve already had multiple very intense hurricanes out in the central pacific by Hawaii,” he says. “We’re well into the alphabet. The ‘p’ storm has already formed in the eastern Pacific, and we have a couple months left in the season.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Blasey Ford And Kavanaugh Testify Diversion Program for Young LowLevel Offenders And

first_imgThursday, September 27, 2018Top afternoon stories:Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via APChristine Blasey Ford.Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testify before SenateDr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.Blasey Ford says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a historic hearing in which Kavanaugh, who started testifying around 2:15 p.m. (Central Time), hopes to salvage his Supreme Court nomination by fending off allegations by Blasey Ford that he’d molested her when both were in high school.Kavanaugh and Ford are the only witnesses invited to testify before the panel of 11 Republicans — all men — and 10 Democrats.City of HoustonAn event was held on Sept. 25 to launch the LEAD initiative.Diversion program for young low-level offendersThe City of Houston and Harris County have launched a pilot program to divert young low-level offenders from prison to treatment and wraparound services.My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative of the City’s Health Department, and the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis launched this week the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in an event held at Attucks Middle School, which is located in the Sunnyside area.The program aims to help youth who commit offenses at school and on school property. Typically, those types of offenses lead to arrests, court expenses and short stays in supervised detention and confinement facilities.As opposed to pre-trial interventions, the LEAD program stops the legal process before it beings, diverting would-be arrestees before they are handcuffed and charges are filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.Courtesy of Antonio ArellanoThe ‘Trump Tweet Truck’.“Trump Tweet Truck” heads to HoustonThe “Trump Tweet Truck” is on its way to Houston and was already spotted in the Dallas area last week during the first debate between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke. A tweet of then presidential candidate Donald Trump criticizing Cruz during the 2016 campaign is prominently plastered on both sides of the truck.The project’s organizer, Antonio Arellano, says he wanted to remind both Democrats and Republicans of Trump’s former political foe.“You know, Texans — we like to take people at their word, and we like to believe people when they show us who they are the first time,” Arellano says. “President Trump made it very clear where he stood when he first talked about our senator and we want to remind all Texans of that and to allow themselves to not be fooled by this new ‘romance,’ if you will, between the senator and the President.”Arrellano says the ‘Trump Tweet Truck’ will be on Texas roads through Election Day, November 6.News 88-7 reached out to the Cruz campaign for comment, but they didn’t respond. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Ceasefire Far From a Failure

first_imgOne of the goals of the Baltimore Ceasefire, which concluded this past weekend was for no murders to happen during the 72 hour span from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6. We fell short of that goal because there were two homicides on Aug. 5.However, Erricka Bridgeford, one of the movement’s main organizers gave the violence that occurred during the Ceasefire perspective in a Facebook post. “41 hours of peace from Friday-Saturday+26 hours of peace Saturday-Sunday=67 of 72 hours without murder,” she wrote. Further, one of the other main organizers of the Ceasefire, Ellen Gee calculated that Baltimore has averaged a murder about every 19.5 hours in 2017, a staggering number.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Yet, there have been news outlets (‘Nobody Kill Anybody’ weekend ceasefire collapses as two are shot dead,” was the headline in the London based Daily Mail), and individuals who have suggested the Ceasefire was a “failure.” In fact, there were trolls on social media who hoped people would be killed in the days leading up to the Ceasefire.What shall we then say to these people?’ to paraphrase Romans 8:31.We should mourn the tragedy of two more young, Black men, Lamontrey Tynes, 24, and Donte Johnson, 37, who were gunned down on Aug. 5 They were the 210th and 211th victims of homicide in 2017, within the 72 hour window of the Ceasefire (the Ceasefire movement is actually raising money for the families of the victims to help pay for funeral arrangements).However, the argument that the Baltimore Ceasefire movement was a failure because two people were killed in 72 hours, is flat out stupid and petty.“The goal was 72 hours, no murder and the goal also was to raise the vibration of the energy in Baltimore City, to spread love…to plug people into the resources they need, to create space for people to have conversations about things that they thought about people that weren’t necessarily true,” said Gee. “So, doing outreach in Baltimore City helped to bridge a lot of communication gaps. It helped to show people that people in Baltimore City, they’re not just thugs…they’re human beings,” she added.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), the Baltimore based Black, grass roots think tank engaged people directly on the streets of East and West Baltimore during the Ceasefire.“Friday night we were on the Eastside at Belair and Erdman and we stayed out all night, and we had food available for people…and we had lawyers, human and social service workers and the goal was to make sure that people could get their records expunged and…we were trying to show communities there are Black people here in Baltimore that are working on your behalf, that can assist you with changing your condition,” said Adam Jackson, CEO of LBS.“Saturday, we were at Frederick and Collins on the Westside. In the course of the time that we were there, because we spent from 6 p.m to 6 a.m., so, 12 hours each day…through the early morning…I think about 170 people total were able to get their records expunged,” Jackson explained.“It was about embracing anti-violence and also uplifting the spirit….and changing the vibration and lifting the vibrations of Baltimore. And I know for me personally…if you were at Belair and Erdman at midnight, that Friday it was electric,” Jackson added.“Because everyone was just like, we were talking about anti-violence and how in 24 hours there were no murders and everyone was just so hyped off of that. And embracing the idea that that’s not normal, murder is not normal and we should feel okay to express that we want to stop it…it’s not normal to embrace violence.”“You had people coming from East Baltimore to Edmondson and Wildwood (in West Baltimore) Friday night for the Stop the Violence rally, and how often does that happen in Baltimore?” said Gee. “And it was all love…at the height of the rally there were probably about 45 people with Ceasefire signs…and created like a party on the corner of Edmondson and Wildwood in the name of stopping the violence,” she added.“And for people to try to downplay that, or to minimize it and make it seem like, `that’s not a big deal,’ I don’t want to say I feel sorry for them, but I wish that they had the ability to see the vision and see the glory of it the way that we do. Because it is a beautiful thing to witness.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img

Baltimores MLK Day Parade Returns

first_imgOn Jan. 15, Baltimore will celebrate the life of an iconic civil rights leader with the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.MLK Parade Image-Dunbar High School Marching Band (Courtesy Photo)More than 70 groups will participate in the annual celebration including high school and community bands, color and honor guards, equestrian groups, fraternities and sororities, dance troupes and civic organizations, such as the Baltimore Ethical Society, Baltimore Green Party, and Healthcare is a Human Right. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is “The Voice” finalist and Baltimore native Davon Fleming. The parade will be emceed by a personality from Radio One. The parade was initially cancelled after Mayor Catherine Pugh initiated her inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. After receiving backlash from the community, she reversed her decision on Dec. 13, 2017, tweeting, “I’ve heard from residents who would like to continue the tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & those who’d like to participate in a Day of Service. Why choose – we can do both!” According to the press release sent by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service welcomes city residents to emulate Dr. King’s leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. “We thought about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to do on this particular day and that he was a man of service, he was a man of God, he wanted to share with other people,” Mayor Pugh said. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St. and ends around 2 p.m. at MLK Blvd. and Baltimore St. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Franklin St.last_img read more

Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe

first_imgIn interviewing many of the people that live in Gua, the researchers found that when asked questions about the past or the future, their responses were almost always relative to their position along the river. The past was downriver, the future was upriver, regardless of which direction the river happened to be flowing.Interestingly, the perspective of time changed for the villagers when inside their homes. There the past was represented by the doorway, and the future away from the door, which might seem counterintuitive until noting that for those that live in Gua, the doorway is always seen as downhill which is likely to promote drainage after rains; both water and time, flowing away when viewed from the vantage point of those sitting safely inside their homes. The Yupno people live in a village called Gua. There are no roads leading in or out and the only other people the villagers see are the occasional missionaries, researchers or governmental health workers. Thus, their way of life hasn’t changed much, as most of the rest of the world marched into what we now perceive as a very modern society. And because of that, the Yupno people have retained their own interpretation of time, and for them, it’s all about the river. And because of that, time for them can be construed as running straight, as it does for us westerners, but only where the river runs straight. Where it kinks, so too does time. Future is uphill; past is downhill. Image (c) [i]Cognition[/i], DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.007 © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Cognition This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Contours of time: Topographic construals of past, present, and future in the Yupno valley of Papua New Guinea, Cognition,, an everyday yet fundamentally abstract domain, is conceptualized in terms of space throughout the world’s cultures. Linguists and psychologists have presented evidence of a widespread pattern in which deictic time—past, present, and future—is construed along the front/back axis, a construal that is linear and ego-based. To investigate the universality of this pattern, we studied the construal of deictic time among the Yupno, an indigenous group from the mountains of Papua New Guinea, whose language makes extensive use of allocentric topographic (uphill/downhill) terms for describing spatial relations. We measured the pointing direction of Yupno speakers’ gestures—produced naturally and without prompting—as they explained common expressions related to the past, present, and future. Results show that the Yupno spontaneously construe deictic time spatially in terms of allocentric topography: the past is construed as downhill, the present as co-located with the speaker, and the future as uphill. Moreover, the Yupno construal is not linear, but exhibits a particular geometry that appears to reflect the local terrain. The findings shed light on how, our universal human embodiment notwithstanding, linguistic, cultural, and environmental pressures come to shape abstract concepts. Citation: Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe (2012, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — For most of western history, people have assumed that what is true of “us” in most cases, must be true for “them,” i.e. other groups about which we may actually know little. One example is the concept of time. In virtually all western societies, people envision time in the same abstract way; as a line moving from the past, through us, and on into the future. We speak of back in the past, or moving forward into the future. And because our way of thinking about time is so ingrained in us it’s difficult to imagine that others might really see time in radically different ways. And yet, some do, as evidenced by a remote tribe of people currently living in Papua New Guinea. The Yupno, a team of researchers has found, relate time to the river that dominates their life. The past is water that has already flowed by, while the future is represented by its source, which for them, lies uphill. Rafael Núñeza, Kensy Cooperridera, D Doana and Jürg Wassmannb studied the Yupno and found, as they report in their paper published in Cognition, that some people living in circumstances far different than that seen in the western world, really do see time in a completely different way. Explore further Learned, not innate human intuition: Study finds twist to the story of the number linelast_img read more

Curiosity finds rocks that might point to a continental crust on Mars

first_img Explore further Geologic study suggests Earth’s tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago Igneous clast named Harrison embedded in a conglomerate rock in Gale crater, Mars, shows elongated light-toned feldspar crystals. The mosaic merges an image from Mastcam with higher-resolution images from ChemCam’s Remote Micro-Imager. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/IRAP/U. Nantes/IAS/MSSS. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The findings do not confirm magmatic activity on the planet or the existence of tectonic plates, the researchers acknowledge, they simply suggest it might have been a possibility. The rock samples could have come to be the way they are, for example, by the partial melting of basalts as they sank back into the crust. As always, more research will be needed to truly understand the history of the rocks. Diversity of rock textures. Credit: Nature Geoscience (2015) doi:10.1038/ngeo2474 More information: In situ evidence for continental crust on early Mars, Nature Geoscience (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2474AbstractUnderstanding of the geologic evolution of Mars has been greatly improved by recent orbital, in situ and meteorite data, but insights into the earliest period of Martian magmatism (4.1 to 3.7 billion years ago) remain scarce9. The landing site of NASA’s Curiosity rover, Gale crater, which formed 3.61 billion years ago within older terrain, provides a window into this earliest igneous history. Along its traverse, Curiosity has discovered light-toned rocks that contrast with basaltic samples found in younger regions. Here we present geochemical data and images of 22 specimens analysed by Curiosity that demonstrate that these light-toned materials are feldspar-rich magmatic rocks. The rocks belong to two distinct geochemical types: alkaline compositions containing up to 67 wt% SiO2 and 14 wt% total alkalis (Na2O + K2O) with fine-grained to porphyritic textures on the one hand, and coarser-grained textures consistent with quartz diorite and granodiorite on the other hand. Our analysis reveals unexpected magmatic diversity and the widespread presence of silica- and feldspar-rich materials in the vicinity of the landing site at Gale crater. Combined with the identification of feldspar-rich rocks elsewhere and the low average density of the crust in the Martian southern hemisphere, we conclude that silica-rich magmatic rocks may constitute a significant fraction of ancient Martian crust and may be analogous to the earliest continental crust on Earth.Press releasecenter_img (—A team of researchers from the U.S., France and the U.K. is reporting that data sent back by the Mars rover Curiosity suggests that the Red Planet may have once had a continental crust similar to that found back here on planet Earth. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes their analysis of data describing 20 rocks that had been probed by the rover, and why their findings suggest a different history for the planet than has been thought. With all the excitement and news coming from the New Horizons probe as it conducts a flyby of Pluto, it is easy to forget that the Mars rover Curiosity is still active and still sending back valuable information. In this latest bit of news, researchers studying data sent back from the probe believe they have found evidence that suggests that rather than a lack of magmatic planetary activity, which should have been evident in rock samples showing mostly basalt, rock samples are full of silica and have a rich composition.The light-colored rock samples are from an area inside the Gale Crater (in the southern hemisphere near Mount Sharp) and have been dated back to approximately 3.6 billion years ago. The researchers describe the rocks as looking like mineral composition samples taken from Earth, a huge departure from the dark basalt that was expected. The similarity suggests the planet may once have experienced plate tectonics similar to that on Earth. Up until now, the assumption has been that Mars did not have magmatic activity, which it is believed would have been necessary for the development of plates. That would have left the surface covered with basalt, similar to the situation at the bottom of our own world’s oceans. The researchers note that for some of the rocks the ingredients are actually very similar to some of the oldest continental materials on Earth. © 2015 Citation: Curiosity finds rocks that might point to a continental crust on Mars (2015, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Geosciencelast_img read more

Facebook files a lawsuit against South Korean data analytics firm Rankwave for

first_imgOn Friday, Facebook revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against a South Korean data analytics firm, Rankwave claiming that it is unlawfully using its app data for personal marketing and advertising while not adhering to Facebook’s data policies. Facebook further stated that Rankwave failed to cooperate with the compliance audit, which Facebook says it requires from all developers using their platform. The lawsuit was filed in a California superior court in San Mateo County claims that Rankwave operated minimum 30 apps through Facebook’s platform and used “Facebook data in order to market and sell its own services, specifically tools used by various customers and businesses to track Facebook interactions such as likes and comments on their pages”. Rankwave also apparently misused data taken in by its own consumer app, called “Rankwave App”, for checking one’s social media ‘influencer score’. The app “could pull data about your Facebook activity such as location check-ins, determine that you’ve checked into a baseball stadium, and then Rankwave could help its clients target you with ads for baseball tickets”, TechCrunch reports. The lawsuit also mentions that the RankWave App stopped operating on the Facebook Platform around about March 30, 2018. On January 17, 2019, Facebook sent a written request for information (“RFI”) to Rankwave that requested proof that Rankwave was in compliance with its contractual obligations under Facebook’s Policies and TOS. Moreover, they also wanted to determine the Facebook data Rankwave were used to sell advertising and marketing, including whether any user data had been impacted. Rankwave did not respond to Facebook’s RFI, nor to an email, which reminded them that their response to the RFI was due on January 31, 2019. On February 13, 2019, Facebook sent Rankwave a Cease and desist letter (C&D Letter) which informed Rankwave that it had violated and continued to violate the platform policies, including Policy 7.9, by failing to provide proof of compliance with Facebook’s Platform Policies and TOS. Facebook Platform Policy, Section 7.9 states: “[Facebook] or an independent auditor acting on our behalf may audit your app, systems, and records to ensure your use of Platform and data you receive from us is safe and complies with our Terms, and that you’ve complied with our requests and requests from people who use Facebook to delete user data obtained through our Platform. If requested, you must provide proof that your app complies with our terms.” According to the lawsuit, in an email response on February 19, 2019, Rankwave ignored the demands in the C&D letter, including the audit request. It also claimed that it had not had access to any of its Facebook apps since 2018. Jessica Romero, Facebook’s Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation, writes, “By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation.” According to TechCrunch, “Rankwave came into Facebook’s crosshairs in June 2018 after it was sold to a Korean entertainment company in May 2017. Facebook assesses that the value of its data at the time of the buyout was $9.8 million. Worryingly, Facebook didn’t reach out to Rankwave until January 2019 for information proving it complied with the social network’s policies.” “Now Facebook is seeking money to cover the $9.8 million value of the data, additional monetary damages, and legal fees, plus injunctive relief restraining Rankwave from accessing the Facebook Platform, requiring it to comply with Facebook’s audit, requiring that it delete all Facebook data”, TechCrunch further added. Many are speculating this incident to the Cambridge Analytics scandal that abused private Facebook data in order to inform political campaigning efforts, leading the social media firm into a huge crisis. On Friday, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss potential regulation of social networks. “We need new rules for the internet that will spell out the responsibilities of companies and those of governments,” Mr. Zuckerberg told French TV channel France 2 after the meeting. One of the users on HackerNews writes, “My prediction after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke is that it would lead to an explosion in wealthy people who want to play at noopolitics. I suspect they have dozens of CA’s on their hands currently. At the very least, if not hundreds. The key takeaway that some people will have had from Cambridge Analytica, is not ‘they got caught, don’t do this’, but rather ‘they were largely successful and incredibly cheap’.” “The upshot from having lots of players in this space, however, is not one of greater control by insidious power addicts, but rather a loss of control as the players compete for attention and influence. So, chaos in the news and the elimination of any kind of consistent narrative from on high. I think we have been experiencing this for a while now. In some ways, it is almost an improvement”, the user further added. Facebook responds to Chris Hughes’ “It’s time to break up Facebook” Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes recently wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times that said, the company should be broken up. “Hughes stated that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” and that he should be held accountable for his company’s mistakes” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s Vice President for global affairs and communications, in his response to Hughes’ thoughts states, “what matters is not size but rather the rights and interests of consumers, and our accountability to the governments and legislators who oversee commerce and communications.” Clegg, in his article, highlights on various achievements by Facebook, the key areas that FB is planning to concentrate on, and the misunderstanding associated with the company. He mentions, “The first misunderstanding is about Facebook itself and the competitive dynamics in which we operate.” The other one he mentions is that of antitrust laws. “Over the past two years we’ve focused heavily on blocking foreign adversaries from trying to influence democratic elections by using our platforms. We’ve done the same to protect against terrorism and hate speech and to better safeguard people’s data”, Clegg writes. Zuckerberg, also responded to Hughes in a TV interview with France Info while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, ”When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues.” He further added, “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference.” A user on HackerNews writes, “Mr. Clegg starts his opinion piece with a nirvana fallacy: breaking up Facebook won’t solve all the world’s problem, so why bother? More appeals are made throughout to Facebook’s large user-base, as justification for continued market dominance. Yet Mr. Clegg claims anti-trust laws do not apply to Facebook those laws are to ensure “low-cost, high-quality products” – and since Facebook is free, they’re immune from such rules. He proudly denigrates and defies the laws simply because they were “developed in the 1800s” which is an outright disgrace. I find his arguments wholly unedifying and severely lacking in substance and creativity. That pro-Facebook propaganda by their PR head is even deemed worthy of publishing (in NYTimes of all places!) is frankly a disappointment.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to Nick Clegg’s post on The New York Times. Read Next Facebook bans six toxic extremist accounts and a conspiracy theory organization Facebook open-sources F14 algorithm for faster and memory-efficient hash tables New York AG opens investigation against Facebook as Canada decides to take Facebook to Federal Court for repeated user privacy violationslast_img read more