Lone Star assembly

first_imgThe Harvard Club of Dallas and the Harvard Club of San Antonio marked their centennials at a Texas-sized Your Harvard celebration last Friday with a gala dinner, bluegrass and piano performances, and remarks from Harvard President Drew Faust.“A few years before the Dallas and San Antonio clubs were founded, one option, some would say an unthinkable option, existed: the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia Alumni Association of Texas,” Faust told the crowd in Dallas. “But even then, in the words of one alumnus, ‘the Harvard spirit showed to excellent advantage.’ ”Speaking to an audience of more than 500 alumni in a grand ballroom lit with a 60-foot screen as a backdrop and Crimson lighting throughout, Faust recounted the ways in which many extraordinary people at Harvard embody a greatness that is typical of the University.“Harvard leaves an indelible mark,” she said. “It has educated and shaped leaders in countries around the world. It has nurtured novelists and scientific pioneers, jurists and composers, architects and actors, business leaders and spiritual leaders, physicians and public servants, scholars and teachers in fields too numerous to mention. All around us, we see examples of how Harvard helps build our society and better our world.”Harvard, she noted, is where W. E. B. Du Bois explored ideas that would change our understanding of race in America, Mark Zuckerberg honed the algorithms that spurred the rise of social media, and Henry David Thoreau took his first course in philosophy.“What we have inherited from the age that is past, we must deliver to the age that is waiting before,” she said.Alison Brown and Friends. Brown ’84 is a Grammy-winning banjoist. Group members include vocalist and fiddler Kate Lee; singer-songwriter and mandolinist Forrest O’Connor ’10; singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Shirey ’11; and Brown’s husband, bassist Garry West.The event was the latest in the Your Harvard series, a global array of events organized by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) that will take place throughout The Harvard Campaign. Alumni have already convened in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City to hear about the future of the University and discuss cross-disciplinary perspectives with faculty on the challenges facing society.Dan Cooper, former president of the Harvard Club of San Antonio, offered a humorous and self-deprecating toast to his group’s historic rival, the Harvard Club of Dallas, on its centennial, eliciting both applause and laughter from listeners.“One hundred years ago, the Guns of August had just fired, starting World War I,” he said. “And Harvard … had just received its first Nobel Prize, and Teddy Roosevelt was just retiring as the president of the Harvard Alumni Association.”Noting that San Antonio was at that time Texas’ largest metropolis, Cooper — somewhat begrudgingly, but with good grace — celebrated the fact that Dallas had since surpassed his hometown in size and influence. “Dallas went on to become, of course, the amazing, exciting world-renowned city that it is today.”Thanking Faust for her address, Cooper noted the fact that she was the first Harvard president who hailed from the American South since before the Civil War.Betsy Urschel, a director emeritus of the Dallas Club, reciprocated the thanks to her fellow alumni from San Antonio and welcomed all to Big D.Harvard’s engagement with, and in, Texas dates back more than a century, when students had to travel for days to get to the Cambridge campus. In the 1930s students scoured the northwest part of the state in search of fossils; an eight-foot Dimetrodon unearthed during one of these digs is now at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.But as Faust noted, digital learning is shrinking the distance between Texas and Cambridge. Since the launch of HarvardX two years ago, more than 20,000 Texans have participated in the dozens of online courses created by faculty from across the University.Harvard’s commitment to the arts was also on display, with musical entertainment provided by Steinway pianist Evelyn Chen ’90, a Houston native. Later in the evening, Alison Brown and Friends performed, featuring Grammy Award–winning banjoist Brown ’84; vocalist and fiddler Kate Lee; singer-songwriter and mandolinist Forrest O’Connor ’10; singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Shirey ’11; and Brown’s husband, bassist Garry West.Guitarist Shirey was celebrating three events: the two club’s centennials, his 27th birthday, and his performance one year ago at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences campaign launch. He and O’Connor recounted composing one of the songs they played during the evening in Kirkland and Quincy Houses. Other songs included bluegrass renditions of “Fair Harvard” and “10,000 Men of Harvard.”Highlighting the importance of Harvard in her successful pursuit of her passion for bluegrass, Brown recounted her career transition from investment banking to professional banjo player.“I kind of feel like living proof that you can do anything with a Harvard degree,” she remarked. “After I left Harvard, I went and earned an M.B.A. and got a job as an investment banker. I spent several years refunding tax-exempt bond issues. I found myself coming into the office sneaking in my copy of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine in my briefcase. And I’d hide it inside the Bond Buyer so it looked like I was reading about interest rates.”But she was really reading about bluegrass music and dreaming of playing it in the South, a dream that came true when she “got up the courage” to move to Nashville to play banjo.A Harvard connection also was key to the foundation 20 years ago of her record label.“One of the things I have used my College degree for, and my M.B.A. for, was the creation of Compass Records, which is an independent music label specializing in folk music and bluegrass music and Celtic music,” Brown said. “And I started that company … on the heels of a very fortuitous meeting at the Harvard Club of Nashville, where I sat next to somebody who had been a graduate of HBS [Harvard Business School] who said, ‘If you ever want to start a music–related business venture, give me a call.’ ”The Texas celebration continued Saturday, with a series of interactive faculty sessions on subjects including energy, the arts, urban planning, and online learning, featuring faculty members such as Daniel G. Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, and Diane Paulus, the Tony Award–winning artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and professor of the practice of theatre.last_img read more

FAO: H5N1 levels in Indonesia raise pandemic risk

first_imgMar 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that H5N1 avian influenza levels in Indonesia’s poultry are so high that conditions may be ripe for the type of viral mutation that could spark an influenza pandemic.”I am deeply concerned that the high level of virus circulation in birds in the country could create conditions for the virus to mutate and to finally cause a human influenza pandemic,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in a press release today.Also, new H5N1 virus strains have recently emerged in Indonesia that might limit the effectiveness of the poultry vaccines used there, Domenech said.He said that Indonesia has the world’s highest H5N1 mortality rate and that human cases will keep rising unless the country and its international partners do more to stamp out the virus in birds.The FAO said the disease has hit 31 of 33 provinces in Indonesia and is endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and southern Sulawesi islands. About 20% of the country’s 1.4 billion chickens are spread among 30 million backyard flocks, putting them in close contact with people.Despite “major control efforts,” Indonesia has failed to contain the spread of the virus in poultry, Domenech said. “Indonesia is facing an uphill battle against a virus that is difficult to contain,” he said. “Major human and financial resources, stronger political commitment and strengthened coordination between central, province, and district authorities are required to improve surveillance and control measures.”Problems controlling the virus in Indonesia stem from a highly decentralized administration, poorly resourced national veterinary services, little collaboration with commercial poultry producers, and insufficient national and international financial and human resources, the FAO said. International donors have contributed $25 million to the effort so far, the agency reported.The emergence of the new H5N1 virus strains and the possible lapse in vaccine protection are under investigation by Indonesia’s agriculture ministry, with technical assistance from the FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and financial assistance from the United States and Australia, the FAO said.”Also required are more investigations and the development of better poultry vaccines,” Domenech said.The FAO said it has helped train 1,350 “participatory disease surveillance and response teams” that are working to control avian flu in 193 of Indonesia’s 448 districts. By June, more than 2,000 response teams will be working in over 300 districts, the agency said.In other developments, agriculture officials in China recently informed Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau that the H5N1 virus struck birds in a poultry market in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. Hong Kong officials said the outbreak is China’s fifth of the year, the report said.The outbreak at the Guangzhou market killed 114 birds, and 518 others were culled to control the disease, the AP reported.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam announced on Mar 16 an outbreak in ducks in yet another province, Quang Nam in the central part of the country, according to a Mar 17 report by Thanh Nien News, a Vietnamese news service. The H5N1 virus struck 300 birds, and the remaining ducks, along with poultry on nearby farms, were culled.See also:Mar 18 FAO statementlast_img read more

Struggling Espanyol sack coach, their third time this season

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Struggling Espanyol said on Saturday they have sacked coach Abelardo Fernandez, the third manager they have dispensed with this season, as they fight to extend their 26-year stay in La Liga.Fernandez was appointed in December after David Gallego and Pablo Machin were each dismissed. But in spite of a positive start since play resumed following a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday’s 1-0 defeat at Real Betis proved the last straw.“Espanyol announce that Abelardo Fernandez has been relieved of his duties as first team coach,” the Barcelona club said in a statement.“This decision has been taken due to the team’s recent performances and with the clear aim of keeping the club in the top flight.”The club added in a later statement that sporting director Francisco Rufete would take charge of the team for the remainder of the season.His first game is a daunting home fixture on Sunday against La Liga leaders Real Madrid. In 13 matches in charge, Fernandez earned three victories and five draws as well as five defeats.He leaves Espanyol bottom of the table on 24 points, eight points from escaping the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.Reuters/NAN.Tags: David GallegoEspanyolLa Ligalast_img read more

Not a bear but a marshmallow

first_imgHis deep raspy voice and gruff exterior belied the warm disposition of Jack Thompson, known to many of his Lake View Terrace neighbors as “Papa Jack.” Thompson died of occupational emphysema at his home, the J-Bar Ranch, on May 2 — his 73rd birthday. “Your first impression was that he was a big, old bear,” said his wife, Barbara Thompson. “But he was just a great big, huge marshmallow. “Some people told me that they were scared to death of him when they first met. I took one look at him and I was pixilated, like Bambi. We were ‘second-time-arounders,’ but we learned from our past and we were meant for each other.” Barbara Hartman met Thompson when he bought Wilshire Awning, where she worked as a bookkeeper. They were married on April 24, 1976. Thompson had planned to retire when he closed the business in 1977, but found himself in demand as an awning consultant for the Hilton Hotels chain, Los Angeles International Airport and other businesses. Born on a ranch in Liberal, Kan., Jack Gilbert Thompson “tried everything and worked everywhere when people could do that,” his wife said. Thompson worked in the oil fields and as a lumberjack, drove a big-rig truck and picked pears and, thanks to a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, was a reporter for a Houston newspaper. He also studied to become an Episcopal priest. “Horses and our horse ranch was what he loved most,” Barbara Thompson said. “Lake View Terrace is the home of the cowboys and he loved the big, open spaces. He took one look at the big, empty ground and said, ‘That’s it.’ We started the ranch in 1976.” The J-Bar is a boarding and breeding horse ranch. He also owned Rawhide Ranch Facilities, which specialized in corrals and other ranch equipment. “He was the toughest guy you’d ever meet. He was the stereotype of the cowboy,” said stepson Ron Bozarth Jr. “He was a tremendous role model for me through his actions, the basic Golden Rule. He told me to always stay tough. He was a big-hearted guy.” Thompson was at one time an active member of the homeowners, horse owners and improvement associations in Lake View Terrace. He was a founding member of the East Valley Optimist Club. “He was loving, giving and serious. He was definitely understanding as a parent,” said stepdaughter Vickie Josefsberg. “Whenever someone needed something he got to it and got things done. But he never wanted the recognition for doing something. He was quiet, supportive and he had a soft heart.” In addition to his wife and stepchildren, Thompson is survived by six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, David. A memorial service was held Saturday. Donations in his memory may be sent to The St. Francis Academy (Father Bob’s Home for Boys), P.O. Box 1340, Salina, Kan. 67402-1340. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition

first_imgScoil Baile An Caislean, St Johnston has won €2,500 for sports equipment in the Aldi Play Rugby primary school sticker competition.Principal Liesel Toner and pupils were recently presented with the cheque by Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana.School principal Liesel Toner receiving the cheque from Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana alongside Rachel Wilson and Conor White, pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean. ©INPHO/Bryan KeaneThe much-welcomed cash prize was won through a great show of teamwork by the school as they collected stickers from their local Aldi to fill an Irish Rugby poster. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster.Pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean with the chequeDue to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.In the same competition, Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover.Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Scoil Baile An CaisleanSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Flight Centre loses airline price-fixing appeal

first_imgGlobal travel group Flight Centre faces stiff  fines after Australia’s competition regulator won a High Court appeal over allegations of price fixing involving three international airlines.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took action against Flight Centre in 2012, alleging that it attempted to induce  Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Emirates to enter price fixing arrangments on six occasions between 2005 and 2009.The airlines had been offering cheaper fares than Flight Centre’s, which had a “Price Beat Guarantee’’ that forced it to beat fares by $1 and offer a $20 voucher.According to the High Court judgment, Flight Centre sent a series of emails to the three airlines between 2005 and 2009 in an attempt to get each airline to stop offering international airline tickets directly to customers at prices lower than those published to travel agents.It went as far as threatening to stop selling the tickets of each airline if that airline did not agree,The Federal Court fined the travel group $A11m in 2013 after finding it had attempted to induce “anti-competitive arrangements or understandings” with the airlines to prevent them from offering international online fares on their websites which undercut the fares on the Flight centre website.However, flight centre appealed the decision and it was overturned by the Full Federal Court which found there was no separate market for booking and distributing airline services and that Flight Centre did not compete with the carriers.The ACCC took the case to the High Court and a judgment delivered Wednesday allowed the appeal. The majority opinion was that Flight Centre was in competition with each airline, despite the fact it was also acting as their agents, and its actions contravened the Trade Practices Act.Each side will bear their own costs because not all of the ACCCs arguments were accepted by the court but the case will return to the federal Court to decide penalties.”The ACCC pursued this matter because we were concerned that Flight Centre’s conduct in this case affected the competitive process,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement. “At the core of the matter is the question of whether Flight Centre and the airlines are legally considered competitors.“The ACCC has always maintained that they are in competition with one another to sell flights to consumers.”Sims said the decision would provide important guidance for the future application of Australian competition laws where competing offers were made directly to consumers by both agents and their principal.Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said the company was pleased the  long-running saga had been resolved and respected the Court’s decision. However, he was disappointed it had reached this point.”Flight Centre has sought to deliver cheaper airfares to the travelling public for more than 30 years and is not in the business of attempting to make airfares more expensive,” he said.”As an agent that provides considerable advice and help to the travelling public and extensive marketing for airlines, FLT asks for appropriate commissions from suppliers and also reasonable access to all deals that they release to the market.”This is a logical and natural business request for an agent to make to ensure the customers it serves on behalf of airlines are not disadvantaged.”last_img read more

Tshepo10K: inspiring South African youth with skills

first_img11 November 2015The City of Tshwane, along with a number of stakeholders and partners including Absa, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the University of Pretoria, wants to continue to train, up skill and inspire more of the city’s young people to be willing and able enough to start up their own businesses in order to combat a sluggish local economy.The city’s Tshepo10K, launched in 2013 and aimed at providing skills training and employment opportunities to 10 000 of the city’s youth, has begun to bear fruit.Sam Makhura, @CityTshwane Supply Chain Performance Specialist shares his experiences working with #Tshepo10k pic.twitter.com/gymv9EggyI— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015At a presentation on 6 November 2015, the first top performing Tshepo10K beneficiaries and their stories were highlighted to media, invited guests and the public.In his keynote address, Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa thanked the stakeholders involved in the project and congratulated the young people on their achievements. He assured them the city would support them as they went forward.Thanks to the following stakeholders for supporting #Tshepo10K initiative; @Tukkies, @Absa, @NYDARSA and GEP— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Today @MayorOfTshwane acknowledges, recognizes & pays special tribute #Tshepo10k, an initiative he launched in 2013 pic.twitter.com/KukKhG0XrG— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015Tembeka Mhlekwa, Tshwane’s head of economic development, who also spoke at the event, said she was happy with the progress of the project so far, and hoped that it would be a prime example for other municipalities on how to tackle youth unemployment.Head of Economic Development #TembekaMhlekwa thanks @lolomokgobi for supporting #Tshepo10k and developing its logo pic.twitter.com/ShlUs3XPjr— Subesh Pillay (@SubeshPillay) November 6, 2015The multimillion-rand project includes a collaboration with the University of Pretoria to train unemployed young people with a number of rigorous and intensive business management courses.These offer them the chance to learn practical and necessary skills and expertise to start businesses that grow and succeed. The training includes learning how to use that business to successfully tender for government procurement contracts.After training, the candidates then form business co-operatives and are placed in internships in the city’s various utility departments, such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, roads and transport, housing and human settlements, and environmental management. More than 190 co-operatives have already been established through the project. These businesses operate across the Tshwane municipality and bring much-needed services to residents.Jointed five Co-operative from Hammanskraal at #Tshepo10K Top Achievers Event pic.twitter.com/c2GkT2ZW4d— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Lesedi T Ten K Co-operativeLebogang Maanga, one of the first through the programme, is the chairperson of the Lesedi T Ten K Co-operative, owned together with four partners.Maanga received a grant to set up the co-operative from the NYDA and used it to fund the office equipment for the business. “We named our co-operative Lesedi because we saw light at the end of the tunnel. The project has provided us with administrative skills such as how to quote for our services,” she said.The key milestones for their co-operative, Maanga explained at the event, included sending out letters of demand on behalf of the city, providing cleaning services at Rosslyn electricity depot, repairing street lights in Soshanguve, and erecting soccer pitches around the city.The journey wasn’t easy but each step was worth it – Tembeka Mhlekwa #Tshepo10K top 100 achievers ceremony pic.twitter.com/gBVEkArl37— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015“(The co-operative has) created 64 jobs,” said Maanga, but she acknowledged that the journey had not been easy. “At times we faced financial challenges but through hard work, determination, sleepless nights and continuous support from the city, we were able to get here.”The Lesedi team is now able to live fruitful and productive lives, while using their business acumen to improve the lives of others in their community.Speaking about Lesedi’s future and the success of Tshepo10K, Maanga said they were “determined to work harder, and not only focus on quantity but also ensure that the service and goods we provide is of high quality”. They plan to grow the business and involve more unemployed youth.Eco Factory Co-operativeEco Factory, in the Ga-Rankuwa industrial park, produces low-cost school desks, helping the Department of Basic Education to address the needs of schools and supply quality school desks to poor schools across the country.The desks are made in South Africa from the wood of invasive alien trees cleared by previously unemployed workers. Eco Factory’s David Makobe said Tshepo10K had helped him understand business and procurement processes, a skill he never had before.Hlabollo Primary Co-operativeAnother beneficiary, Lucky Malatji of Hlabollo Primary Co-operative, works in the housing sector. He said that thanks to skills learned with Tshepo10K, the co- operative was awarded a project for ready-mix concrete valued at R200 000 as well as a storm water maintenance project valued at R400 000. The group employed 30 previously unemployed youths.Funding, though, is one of main challenges to the survival of the co-operatives, and Tshepo10K urges more interaction with the private sector to help make these small initiatives work better.“There has been resistance from buyers to utilise Tshepo co-operatives. But recently they have started warming up to us,” said one co-operative member.MMC @SubeshPillay explains how Tshwane’s #Tshepo10k work. pic.twitter.com/ZMAbP8c3wk— Tendai Joe (@Tendaijoe) November 6, 2015Youth were a key element in Tshwane Vision 2055, said the member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for economic development, Subesh Pillay. “The city believes its young residents will be the flag bearers and reap the benefits of the city in the future.”Proceedings ended with a song for the Tshepo10K project, written and performed by one of its beneficiaries who hoped to inspire the next group of young people to take hold of their future.#Tshepo10k theme song. Beautiful pic.twitter.com/zlT1JvOd1D— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015Source: South African Government News Websitelast_img read more

This parking lot is weird. — Cadillac Ranch Cars (GC4K7Y3) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More The Cadillacs look even cooler in infra-red. Photo by geocacher hzoiGeocache Name:Cadillac Ranch Cars (GC4K7Y3)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:When you set out on a geocaching adventure, you never know what you’re going to find. Of course we always hope it’s the geocache, but you could end up finding a place you never knew existed, another geocacher, a wild animal, or even—in this case—a few Cadillacs sticking up out of the ground. This art installation near Amarillo, Texas was created in 1974 and has been a must-see stop along Route 66 ever since. If you’re ever in the area, finding this geocache is a must. One thing to keep in mind: this piece of art is in danger of being removed due to visitors leaving their empty spray-paint cans behind. Do your part as a geocacher and CITO around the area. We all appreciate it!What the geocache owner, Scubafrogger, has to say:“I was inspired to place this Geocache from many visits on the way from Denton, TX to Sipapu New Mexico to compete in the State Double Disc Golf Tournament. We have been visiting this site since 2002 and nearly every year since. The first time we drove by on the way to New Mexico I spotted something odd in a farmers field. The drive down I-40 can get pretty boring so we made a quick U turn and had a great picture festival! We pulled up and had the place all to ourselves. I wondered who put this hear and why all covered in graffiti? VERY COOL though!”“I get tons of great pics and stories from the many distant travelers making the trek to world famous Cadillac Ranch! I love reading every one and pics are a huge bonus for me. Keep em coming!”What geocachers are saying:“Continuing our Route 66 journey through Texas – thank you so much for making our trip so enjoyable and for helping to make such lovely memories.” – The Platonas Two“Took a break from our travels west to look for this one. We had logged the virtual cache that was here a couple of years ago and we’re happy for a reason to stop again. Took a few minutes, but Mr CGof4 made the find. Thanks for the cache!” – crazygangof4“Really good location for a cache. Not many muggles out today so we was able to look some. This one was tricky. Took some looking. Sun was getting in eyes made it hard. Glad this cache was in a dry area and not the muddy part like some of the cars. Thanks for placing this cool cache.” – wastedspacePhotos:The Platonas Two hanging out with the cars.Geocacher Lookin’Good doing her part to CITO and keep the area clean. Good job!This valet is definitely not getting a tip. Photo by geocacher nukeworker What’s your favorite piece of art you’ve seen while geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.center_img SharePrint RelatedMother of Father’s Day: Investigating The 3 Parts of Every GeocacheJune 21, 2015In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Filter Geeks Try to Solve Info Overload at the Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Real-Time Web#web jolie odell How do you create filters for the real-time web? From spam filtration to relevant discovery, the “filter geeks” at the Real-Time Web Summit today are all about creating simple, rich user experiences.Hashtags for Twitter are a great start, but how are the startups moving and shaking the real-time web planning on giving users filters to control their streams in ways that make the ever-increasing volumes of information more usable? From Thing Labs and Twingly to PostRank and SocialText, read on for the problems these companies and their users have encountered and how they plan to solve information overload through clever curation and cooperation.The session was led by Twingly CEO Martin Kallstrom, who opened with a discussion about hashtags. But one of the best things about both the unconference format and the intellectual cachet of Silicon Valley is illustrated by what happened next.Thing Labs‘ CEO, Jason Shellen, interrupted to insist that we broaden the discussion to include the entire real-time web and all possible examples of filtration systems, not just Twitter and not just hashtags. From there, the conversation exploded into an executive-level goulash of how to make the real-time web useful.The overall poverty of the user experience was generally deplored. “We hear from our users about what they want,” said Shellen. “People say, ‘Just show me the important stuff.’” The current state of real-time UXes allows for a lot of opportunity – the opportunity to make this iteration of the Internet simple for new users as well as appropriately complex for powerusers, unlike what we’ve all seen with RSS, which remains an underused geekcore feature.The spectrum of data and metadata was brought up several times, as well. Keywords (e.g., hashtags) are a good start, but richer metadata would allow for filtration by sentiment or location. For example, a user might want to see blog posts about Obama’s winning the Nobel Peace prize from right-leaning sources only. Or I might want to see pictures posted by people within 100 feet of me while I’m at the Real-Time Web Summit. Overall, having the author, location, time, sentiment, and keywords automatically applied to user-generated data could lead to much richer streams with built-in filtering opportunities, both filtering content out as well as discovering new content and sources.Another major point of emphasis for this session was the fact that a critical mass of users generally leads to the best filtering: Large datasets create very specifically defined problems and finely tuned filtration. Unfortunately, the startups involved in the real-time web often have smaller user bases than would be desired; there is simply not enough data generated by the users of the individual services. But what if all that user data was combined somehow?“Right now,” said Kallstrom, “people doing startups trying to combat information overload are mostly focused on finding high-quality signals. It’s a very hard problem. The highest quality for the end user is achieved by moving from competing on gathering the signals to creating a great user experience through more open data.”One participant suggested publishing user activity to open-source the problem of how to filter real-time data. Many other participants agreed that the problem requires collaboration, data portability, and open standards between all the companies in the room and beyond. Such collaboration would make all real-time products better and lead to better experiences for users.Then again, better filtration could be a real-time holy grail, a solution worth selling. And when the question of money comes up, will these startups be willing to sacrifice a theoretical goldmine to collaborate on a user-friendly solution? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. MOST READ Injured Castro out for Gilas duel vs Aussies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgrim to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgrim is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former former New Jersey attorney general.SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.“Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, looks on with Dwight Powell #7, Salah Mejri #50 and Maximilian Kleber #42 in the final seconds of their 112-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 23, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.“This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees,” the league said. “Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more