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first_img Ciara McCormack in action for the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in March 2010. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Monday 22 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM By Eoin O’Callaghan 57,460 Views How one player witnessed him rubbing another player’s thigh while in a carHow Birarda summoned a player to his hotel room for a one-on-one conversation, shut the door behind her and asked ‘What are you going to do about it’ regarding her non-starting statusHow he sent sexually suggestive texts to a playerHow he arranged one-on-one meetings with a player, sought validation on his appearance and personality and later wanted the player to meet him privately in his apartment. When the player felt it was inappropriate and stopped responding to texts, he froze her out at team meetings, training and games.How he sent messages to a player of a sexual nature. During a game, he told her how good her body looked in a wet white jersey and how he’d specifically decided the team would wear it for that reason  Last month, Andrea Neil – a deeply respected and legendary figure who played for Canada in four Women’s World Cup tournaments – came forward and revealed that in 2008, shortly after retiring, she first heard rumours about Birarda. She passed on her concerns to a coach within Canada Soccer and she was involved in the subsequent investigation that resulted in Birarda’s exit.The internal investigation in 2008 was handled by a lawyer based in Vancouver named Anne Chopra. According to Neil’s testimony, Chopra told her she would be recommending to Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps that Birarda avoid coaching in the future.Up until the end of February this year, Birarda was a coach at Coastal FC, a club based about 45 minutes outside Vancouver. He was responsible for underage girls’ teams for close to a decade. Before that, he oversaw the U15 girls team at Tsawwassen Soccer Club, another team based on the outskirts of the city.     McCormack was stunned when she found out. “It was mind-blowing,” she says. It felt like a big middle finger to all of us. Just the audacity of it. And it’s representative of the culture here: the organisations run things, they bully and do whatever they want. The players are little specks that don’t matter at all. He has been on an elite level pathway for girls to get to the youth national team for the last 10 years. Canada Soccer are going around the country talking about player safety and you have this guy who is still front and centre. We were speechless. This guy who caused so much carnage.” “He’s just been suspended by his club. In theory, he could go to another club tomorrow and coach. Canada Soccer is in charge of the coaching licences and they haven’t pulled his. If his club lifts his suspension tomorrow, he just goes right back on the field. That part hasn’t been redressed either. That’s extremely disturbing.”Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps have issued statements that sidestep many of the issues raised by former players.Both organisations have effectively alluded to the internal investigation in 2008 and Birarda’s subsequent removal as a ‘case closed’ situation. But the investigation has come under scrutiny from McCormack and Neil, as well as the group of U20 players who claim hardly any of those directly involved were actually interviewed and that despite some of the squad being underage, no parents were informed of developments either. There’s also the terminology used by Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps regarding Birarda’s departure. If he was removed because of inappropriate behaviour, including sexually-charged interactions with players – some of them minors, how could both organisations morally hide behind the carefully-crafted vagueness of his removal?       “If he (Birarda) is not hired because of ‘rumours’ then there’s discrimination and he can cite that – it’s horrific,” McCormack says. “But another example of vulnerability. It’s not even about an organisation having certain policies in place. It’s just about having decent human beings that do the right thing and protect people and genuinely seem like they give a shit in those situations. It’s horrifying that they displayed such a complete lack of care towards players’ wellbeing consistently over the last decade. And the same people are still in charge. Even the statements they’ve been making…it’s like this bully mentality – ‘we’re not answerable to anybody’. Like, people’s lives have been destroyed because of this. It has taken away soccer careers. People are in therapy because of it.”I got a hold of one of my former team-mates – an old room-mate – and I hadn’t spoken to her in 10 years. I messaged her to see if she knew what was going on and she asked me to call her. She told me she’d been crying all morning. She told me her story of what happened and that she’d totally repressed everything. She talked about it to a few people close to her when it happened but she quit soccer soon after it. She said it had brought up a lot of repressed stuff that she hadn’t dealt with because the elite athlete culture is to power through stuff and just keep going. It’s been brushed under the rug but now it’s reaffirming to all of us that we’re not crazy and that what happened to us was so wrong. We’re all dealing with this, looking at how we were so vulnerable, how our passion for the sport was used as a weapon against us, that if we were brave enough to speak up we lost opportunities in our own playing careers. Personally, I’ve been spontaneously crying a lot over the last month. Other women who are part of this group have said the same thing. Just being heard now has started the healing process for a lot of us. It’s been a very emotional time to be going back and revisiting painful memories.”          The Whitecaps have made some curious additional comments.They’ve said that Chopra (referenced in their communication as the ‘Ombudsperson’) had no recommendations to make after completing her investigation in 2008, which contradicts the very specific claims made by Neil in her statement.  The Whitecaps have also revealed that they’ve contacted the Vancouver Police Department this month after becoming concerned about potentially fresh information that wasn’t uncovered in 2008. Both developments cast an extremely long shadow on the finer details of the original investigation.According to CBC’s Karin Larsen, Chopra signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer so she can’t disclose the report’s findings. She did say that her role was to investigate and present the facts. And she also maintains that she never made any recommendations regarding Birarda.“It was a total sham investigation,” McCormack says. “If there was a report, we’re the ones who participated in the ‘investigation’ so we should have access to that. And they’re not sharing it with us. What they’re holding onto is that there was an investigation, there were no recommendations and that’s why they all moved on.”At various moments throughout our conversation, McCormack’s voice cracks. She also spoke with Chopra as part of the 2008 investigation and detailed everything she included in her blog post 11 years later. While it was taking place, Birarda was coaching the players ahead of the pending World Cup. But, he caught wind of the enquiry and pulled some aside at training to grill them on what they knew about it. Players were terrified. In a climate of fear, the message was simple: you know the consequences of talking.         “He was let go six weeks before they went to a World Cup,” McCormack says. Obviously, something serious happened, the fact that such strong action was taken. To allow him go back on a field with teenage girls again just two months later…Actions speak a hell of a lot louder than words and it shows they couldn’t give two craps about the kids whatsoever and it’s more about covering up and protecting their reputation. To have the power to ensure he doesn’t return to a pitch and then allowing him right back in, in front of everybody. It’s not like he’s been in a small town where nobody knew. He’s on an elite pathway. He’s front and centre. I can’t even fathom it.”“Canada Soccer controls the coaching licences. If he wasn’t good enough to coach for their organisation, why allow him go back into the community? It’s wilful disregard for player safety. You liken it to the Catholic Church. I’m sure every mother and father of a 13 or 14 year-old would want to know of any misconduct that resulted in a coach being ‘let go’ from a previous job.” Last Wednesday night, members of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ supporters group, The Southsiders, staged a walk-out protest in solidarity with the litany of the club’s former female players who have made allegations of inappropriate behaviour, some sexually-charged, against ex-coach Bob Birarda. Source: JONATHAN HAYWARDIn Vancouver, there was a telling development earlier this week. In the 35th minute of Wednesday night’s Major League Soccer game between the Whitecaps and Los Angeles FC at BC Place, two influential fan groups, the Southsiders and Curva Collective, staged a walkout protest and gathered in the concourse instead. Some LAFC fans did likewise.It was to support the women at the centre of this story.A story that – unfortunately for Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps – shows no signs of going away.    “It’s just the arrogance of these organisations,” McCormack says. They think they can just put these BS statements out there and we’re all supposed to walk away. But we’re knee-deep in this now. It’s not even about us. We’re going to fight hard to make sure the next generation of kids never have to experience anything like this. The irony is that the World Cup starts in two months and the age-group involved in this story would be at their peak right now if they hadn’t gone through this. At the U20 level there were some really good players who stepped aside. Eden Hingwing quit two months before the 2008 World Cup because she didn’t want to be part of this inappropriate, sexual environment. From a soccer perspective, it changed the makeup of the World Cup team playing this summer. Players who spoke up lost opportunities. There was a soccer cost. And a very high emotional cost.”“But the big lesson for me is that speaking up, doing the right thing and standing up for people is way more important than any athletic accomplishment. Sport gets so idealised. People who never made it on a big stage have acted with such bravery and courage throughout this situation. True courage, true character. I hope it gives them an opportunity to heal. I don’t think we’re looking to the organisations – they’ve shown their true colours from the start. The girls who are a part of this group should be really proud of themselves for taking a stand then and now. Hopefully it gives everybody a chance to move forward. At least it’s out there.”           Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: ‘Lives have been destroyed. It has taken away soccer careers. People are in therapy because of it’ Former Republic of Ireland international Ciara McCormack and a litany of her former club team-mates have made extensive allegations against an ex-coach. Apr 22nd 2019, 8:01 AM Share Tweet Email3 center_img https://the42.ie/4596835 Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO IN LATE FEBRUARY, Ciara McCormack sat down at her laptop and started typing.She’d blogged for over a decade, the life of a pro soccer player providing some pretty good material down through the years. There were her stints in far-flung locations in Norway and Australia, her Republic of Ireland caps, memories of the lessons learned while on a scholarship at Yale and wider rumination on retirement and coaching.        But this post was different. She’d written it many times before but always fell short of publishing it. She spent hours researching and piecing everything together. This time, she just felt compelled to send it out into the world.Click. And it was done.She went out for some fresh air. And some cookies.“I was standing in the checkout line at Whole Foods,” she tells The42. “There was a girl behind me, kind of looking at me. She said, ‘Are you Ciara McCormack?’ And we got chatting. She was about ten years younger than me and had played on the Canadian youth teams and provincial teams. We had a bunch of mutual friends and were connected on Facebook and all of that stuff. And I said to her, ‘This is so weird running into you because I just wrote this blog post about Bob Birarda – did he ever coach you?’ And she just started to tear up. And she said, ‘Ciara, I’ve been in therapy for the last couple of years because of that guy.’”McCormack, a native of Vancouver but whose parents are both from Ireland, titled the blog post ‘A Horrific Canadian Soccer Story – The Story Nobody Wants To Listen To But Everyone Needs To Hear’. Its publication has had a seismic impact.The details are staggering and offer a damning indictment of both the Vancouver Whitecaps organisation and Canada Soccer, the national governing body.“I’d not been in that Whole Foods for six weeks,” McCormack says. “This girl I met never shopped there before. I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason and it just felt like a sign, like I needed to do this. Whatever happens next is supposed to happen. And that kind of pushed me over the edge.”McCormack had known Birarda since she was in high school and by 2007, he was a highly-regarded and influential figure juggling three different high-profile roles: head coach of Canada’s U20 women’s team, head coach of the Whitecaps’ women’s team and an assistant coaching job with the senior Canadian women’s side.At the time, McCormack, a gifted and experienced player, was playing with the Whitecaps – seen as a crucial stepping stone towards involvement with the national team – and thoroughly enjoying Birarda’s training. But, she alleges in the blog that Birarda’s coaching ascent led to a substantial shift in atmosphere. He became more threatening, bullying, intimidating and anyone who spoke up was reminded that he had control over how much or how little they played. Team members were fearful of losing game time and, on a wider scale, the chance to represent their country. After all, he was an integral part of the pathway.As the issues lingered, McCormack and a team-mate who’d been particularly affected by Birarda’s behaviour, sought the counsel of the Whitecaps’ president and Canadian soccer icon Bob Lenarduzzi. After meeting and detailing everything in confidence, Lenarduzzi later called McCormack to say he’d spoken to Birarda and told him about the entire conversation. McCormack was stunned. How could he have been so flippant about confidentiality? How could he have been been so short-sighted about the vulnerability of both players? Eventually, McCormack signed with a team in Ottawa. Her team-mate stayed put and, despite having previously been first-choice, hardly played again under Birarda, drifting away from the game completely not long afterwards. McCormack, who had been training with the Canadian national team, never got another invitation to return.With hindsight, the entire episode highlighted two important things: Birarda’s increased inappropriateness and the Whitecaps’ lack of awareness regarding player welfare protocol.And inevitably, things got worse.          In preparation for the U20 World Cup in 2008, the entire Canadian women’s squad lived in an apartment complex in Vancouver for months. Incredibly, Birarda – who lived in a suburb of the city – was also given an apartment in the same building. McCormack, by that stage living and playing abroad, was consistently updated. The bullying intensified but now there were descriptions of sexually-charged text messages too and allegations of various sexually-charged interactions with players, some underage.         But just weeks before the World Cup, Birarda suddenly left both the Canadian national team and the Whitecaps, the departure officially described in statements at the time as being ‘in the best interests of both parties’. No further explanation was given. Until McCormack published her blog post. “I’ve been carrying this for 11 years and part of finally doing it is probably maturity, realising I had written it so many times and how it’s something that still really upset me,” she says. “I felt it needed to be spoken about and that we had been silenced. There’s more of a climate now. Last summer, I sat there for four hours just crying, listening to the victim impact statements in the Larry Nasser case. So much of what the girls were saying resonated in terms of the type of environment. That kind of shook me. Then CBC (Canada’s national broadcaster) did a big story on sexual abuse in Canadian sport and that was the final trigger for me in terms of people possibly recognising this and maybe there being a chance this would be heard. I was on The National – our big news show – and I asked questions of the panelists, these so-called experts from various sporting associations who were so sub-par. It angered me and I was like, ‘Are they apathetic? Do they just not know?’ And that’s what made me angry and I think I’m the most articulate when I’m angry.”McCormack’s allegations were quickly backed up by a collection of 13 other players who played for Birarda in 2007/2008. The majority of the group played for both the Canadian U20 side and the Vancouver Whitecaps and they levelled more allegations against Birarda, including: Ciara McCormack in action for the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in March 2010. 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Land Division announces appointment of new Director of Survey Mapping Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 7, 2017 – Providenciales –  The Attorney General’s Chambers would like to announce that with effect from Monday, June 5, 2017, Mr. Cyprian Smith, will assume the post of Director of the Survey & Mapping Department.   After a tireless search locally and in the Caribbean, Mr. Smith was chosen from among 5 candidates from across the Region.   Mr. Smith’s selection was unanimously endorsed by the interviewing panel, supported by the Public Service Commission and has been formally appointed by the Deputy Governor.Mr. Smith is a 2008 graduate from the University of Technology Jamaica, from which he obtained a Bachelor’s (BSC) degree in Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences.  He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), with specialization in Project Management from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.Mr. Smith began his Land Surveying career two (2) years upon his enlistment to the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and  achieved the award for top performing student in the Land Surveying Technician’s course at the University of Technology, for both years of the course.He later pursued undergraduate studies in Surveying and Geographic Information. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Smith was appointed JDF’s Chief Land Surveyor, and he served in this capacity for approximately 7 years. During his tenure, he introduced new policies, procedures and operating systems and encouraged the implementation of new technology to improve the operational standards of the land surveying arm within the military. He also led the JDF’s introduction of GIS in mapping and analyzing crime data. His appointment also saw him administering crown lands occupied by the military and lecturing various courses at the diploma level at the JDF Technical Training Institute (TTI).Mr. Smith subsequently worked as a Project Manager for one of the leading land development companies in Jamaica, where he had overarching responsibility for the residential and commercial land development projects undertaken by the company.Mr. Smith has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of surveying and land administration.  The task of Director, though challenging, is openly accepted by Mr. Smith. He is most grateful and excited to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Turks & Caicos Government’s Survey & Mapping Department.As Director, Mr. Smith has statutory responsibilities that include authentication of all legal plans, mainly comprised of Fixed Boundary surveys and General Boundary surveys and the maintenance of GPS coverage of the islands and the control network which is vital to the cadastre.   The coordination of the Departments survey services, including legal surveys, road surveys, control surveys, topographical surveys also fall under his remit.  He will have responsibility for the maintenance and up-date of all spatial data, including the National Cadastral Framework, in both digital and graphical format. He will oversee the Survey and Mapping units of the Department and will interact on a daily basis with the Land Registry and the Crown Land Unit. In addition, he will have contact with other government departments including Public Works and Estate Management Departments, the Department of Physical Planning, Agriculture and others.Commissioner of Lands, Mrs. Tatum Clerveaux, noted that; “Mr. Smith comes with outstanding credentials. He brings a reputation for effective management and team-building, and a first-class academic background, with complementary experience in the military and private sectors.  I am therefore confident that he will be a catalyst who, with the support of his team, will help steer the Survey & Mapping Department into a new phase of professional excellence.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

GOP donation complaint under review

first_imgFollowing a delay, the state Public Disclosure Commission is back to processing a complaint filed against Clark County Commissioner David Madore and developer Clyde Holland, which alleges the two illegally earmarked money contributed to the state Republican Party for commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart’s campaign.Former state Sen. Al Bauer filed the complaint in October after Stewart’s campaign received $89,000 in contributions from the state GOP. The complaint alleges that contributions Madore and Holland made to the state party, totaling $115,000, were earmarked for Stewart’s campaign in violation of finance laws.Madore has denied earmarking the money. And Stewart has said that the $89,000 she received from the party — the highest dollar amount the Republicans spent on any local candidate during the election — came as a surprise.The PDC delayed processing Bauer’s complaint until this week because the former state lawmaker failed to sign the oath at the bottom of the form. Bauer returned the form with the proper signature. The Public Disclosure Commission now expects to determine whether Bauer’s claims have merit.Bauer and other Democrats have argued that the state parties show little financial interest in local races unless directed by contributors to do so.last_img read more

CBI to take over probe of phone tapping charges says B S

first_imgBengaluru: Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by JD(S) surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders. “On the telephone tapping issue. Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, have said it should be probed and truth should come out, so I have decided to order a CBI probe. Tomorrow itself I will order the probe,” Yediyurappa told reporters here. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He also said it was the expectation of the people of the state that a detailed inquiry should be made and the culprits punished. Yediyurappa’s announcement comes amid signs that the scandal is gaining political steam ever since disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JD(S) state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the H D Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjuna Kharge and home minister in the alliance government M B Patil, have sought a probe while another key party leader and former minister D K Shivakumar has rejected the snooping charges and appeared to side with Kumaraswamy. According to reports, phones of those close to Siddaramaiah, who was the then coalition coordination committee chief, had come under the watch of the government. Advertise With Us Vishwanath had also claimed snooping would not have happened without the knowledge of the then Chief Minister as the intelligence wing was under his control. Several BJP leaders, including former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, have directly accused Kumaraswamy of being behind the episode to save his government which was then rocked by dissidence within. The coalition government ultimately collapsed last month with the chief minister losing the trust vote in the assembly. Kumaraswamy on his part has denied the allegations. “There was no need for me to remain in and save the chair (of CM) by tapping phones. Allegations made against me by some people in this matter is far from truth,” he had tweeted. The controversy surfaced as Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao earlier this month ordered an inquiry into phone tapping incident against the backdrop of a recently leaked telephone conversation purportedly between him and someone in Delhi lobbying on his behalf with some politicians for the post he is occupying now.last_img read more

Xiaomi global head Hugo Barra bids adieu to Beijing plans to return

first_img[Representational Image] Xiaomi global head Hugo Barra bids adieu to Beijing, plans to return to Silicon Valley In Picture: Xiaomi’s Vice President Hugo Barra looks on in front of the company’s logo during a group interview after the launching ceremony of Redmi Note 3 in Hong Kong, China March 21, 2016.REUTERS/Bobby Yip-RTSBEFOHugo Barra, VP (global) Xiaomi, on Facebook, confirmed that he has decided to quit the company and return to US.After a successful stint at Google, Hugo Barra left the Silicon Valley to Beijing, to lead the consumer electronics start-up firm Xiaomi in 2013, which back then, was touted as China’s Apple.Charismatic Brazilian-born Barra can be credited for literally creating a new brand image for Xiaomi from scratch. Under his leadership, Xiaomi made huge strides in developing devices with top-notch hardware and yet cost half of what the competitors offer. Xiaomi’s flagship phones Mi 4, Mi Note, Mi 5 and Mi Note 2 and also Redmi Note 3 series received huge appreciation and as an icing on the cake, recently launched Mi Mix set a new benchmark in the smartphone industry.The Mi Mix is a first of its kind in smartphone industry to boast edge-less display (with 93.4 screen-to-body). This apparently helped Xiaomi shed its copy-cat tag and become a trend setter.That’s not all; Barra also helped Xiaomi successfully expand operations in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland.Especially in India, Xiaomi witnessed huge growth and in 2016, it recorded $1 billion revenue in a single year, fastest technology company to achieve that mark within three years of entering the Indian market.Barra’s leadership acumen and equally impressive showmanship made Xiaomi product launch event reminded us of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs eccentric (in a good way) showmanship. Xiaomi VP (Global) Hugo Barra at Redmi Note 4 launch in New Delhi, January 19, 2017.Xiaomi Blog (official) webcast page (screen-shot)Now, Barra citing health concern and long term isolation from family, has decided to move back to the Silicon Valley to start an un-disclosed venture later in the year.Hugo Barra is slated to leave Xiaomi’s administration at the end of February, but will continue to work in limited terms with the company as an advisor-only role.Here is the Hugo Barra’s Facebook full transcript:THANKS FOR A GREAT 3.5 YEARS, MI FANS — When Lei Jun and Bin Lin came to me nearly four years ago with the opportunity to help turn a young rockstar startup into a global player, I embarked on what has been the greatest and most challenging adventure of my life. I moved to Beijing, 6,500 miles out of my comfort zone in Silicon Valley, to build from scratch a startup team within a bigger startup. This journey has been nothing short of spectacular in every way, and I can proudly say that Xiaomi Global is the first baby I helped bring into the world :)But what I’ve realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I’ve left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return.As I thought about this late last year, I concluded that Xiaomi is in a very good place on its global expansion path, and if there was ever going to be a good time for me to come back home, that time is now — when I can confidently say our global business is no longer just an in-house startup. We turned India from a dream into Xiaomi’s largest international market with $1 billion in annual revenues, faster than any company in India’s history. We expanded into Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and more recently 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland. We teamed up with Google to launch our first official product in the US, and with our successful debut at CES 2017 — where we won 3 prestigious awards — the world now sees that Xiaomi is a global player changing the tech industry through our simple promise of bringing innovation to everyone.More importantly, we now have a team of some of the most remarkable and enthusiastic people I have ever worked with, and leaving them all behind is without doubt the most difficult part of stepping away. At the same time, I know I’ll be leaving them in very good hands. Xiaomi now has a strong, globally-minded executive team who will continue to drive the momentum we began together.I want to thank the Xiaomi founders, and particularly our CEO Lei Jun, who has been a mentor and a friend. It has been both humbling and uplifting to work with a man whose vision is redefining the role technology plays in all of our lives, and the role the China tech industry plays in the world. As a friend and shareholder of the company, I am honoured that he has been very supportive of my transition and has asked me to remain an advisor to Xiaomi indefinitely, as we continue to extend our reach around the world.For me, as for many people in China, the Spring Festival brings new beginnings, and I will be transitioning out of my role at Xiaomi in February after Chinese New Year. I will take some much-needed time off before embarking on a new adventure back in Silicon Valley.To my Xiaomi colleagues in China and India: as I leave our home in Beijing and Bangalore, please be assured that I will remain your loyal and grateful Mi fan 虎哥. I will be watching diligently from the sidelines and rooting for you guys all the way! And, of course, a very special shout-out to all our Mi fans around the world, who have won my heart for life!Stay in touch guys :)I’ll be seeing you,Hugolast_img read more

Facebook Takes Down 82 Pages Accounts Linked to Iranian Disinformation Campaign

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Facebook Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The accounts and groups taken down held a total of 7 events, and bought just 2 paid aids. However, one of those ads was booked all the way back in 2016, suggesting that this disinformation campaign had been going on for some time. Gleicher said Friday that the company first discovered the accounts a week ago, and that the majority of activity on these accounts had happened within the last year.Facebook took down another set of pages and accounts originating in Iran earlier this summer. The company said Friday that it hasn’t been able to verify whether the latest group of accounts was directly linked to the Iranian government or Iranian state media. Gleicher also said that the company didn’t now yet how many people were exposed to the posts from these accounts, or how many people attended the events in question.center_img Altogether, the company took down 30 Facebook pages, 33 Facebook accounts, and 3 groups on the service, as well as 16 accounts on Instagram.The pages taken down Friday had around 1 million followers. The Facebook groups taken down had at least 25,000 members, and more than 28,000 people followed the affected Instagram accounts. Facebook took down another 82 accounts, pages and groups linked to Iran that were targeting people in the U.S. and UK with divisive messages, the company announced Friday.“The Page administrators and account owners typically represented themselves as US citizens, or in a few cases UK citizens — and they posted about politically charged topics such as race relations, opposition to the President, and immigration,” said Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher in a blog post.Facebook published a few example posts Friday, which were critical of the Trump administration as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May.last_img read more

Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business Travel

first_imgStay on target Airbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s ParadiseYou’ll Need Very Deep Pockets to Book Airbnb Luxe Accommodation Airbnb is making it easier to arrange work trips.The lodging service already caters to business travelers with “in-demand” amenities like flexible access, personal kitchens, and on-site laundry.But those features were not widely available to all users; the company previously asked if customers are traveling for business only at checkout.Now, anyone can locate those listings at the beginning of their search by turning on the new work-trip toggle, immediately filtering out vacation spots or other inconvenient options.Airbnb for Work offerings encompass entire houses, Airbnb Plus homes (verified for quality and design), and boutique hotels.Revamped search results showcase listings that have received positive ratings from business travelers, and where hosts indicate there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (because those aren’t important for holidaymakers, too?).When guests indicate they’re traveling for work, search results will focus on listings that are more relevant for business trips (via Airbnb)The new features—available globally across the web and mobile apps—add to existing Airbnb tools tailored to business travel, including centralized billing, notes for expensing purposes, and company admin dashboards.“With Airbnb for Work, we’re looking forward to meeting even more business travel needs by continuing to improve the ways professionals travel, collaborate, create, and grow—from single freelancers to companies with 100,000+ employees,” a press release said.The platform offers more than just lodging: Users can book team-building classes, workshops, and experiences, as well as distraction-free zones and creative spaces to host meetings, events, or retreats.Airbnb has come a long way since its founders put an air mattress in their living room, turning their apartment into a “bed-and-breakfast.”Last month, the hospitality firm announced a new Adventures program, offering extraordinary experiences ranging in price from $79 for an overnight trip to $5,000 for a 10-day trek.It also introduced Luxe, a new rental tier filled with lavish accommodations aimed at people with cash to burn. Boasting homes that are “destinations in themselves,” Airbnb has offerings for every type of one-percenter.More on Geek.com:Airbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fans Can Rent Tony Stark’s Rural Cabin on AirbnbSpice Girls Bus From ‘Spice World’ Movie Is Now an Airbnb Rentallast_img read more

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first_imgTheir findings are detailed — they can be read in full here — but the basic summary is that emotions are expressed in a huge variety of ways, which makes it hard to reliably infer how someone feels from a simple set of facial movements. To achieve this, tech companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon all sell what they call “emotion recognition” algorithms, which infer how people feel based on facial analysis. For example, if someone has a furrowed brow and pursed lips, it means they’re angry. If their eyes are wide, their eyebrows are raised, and their mouth is stretched, it means they’re afraid, and so on. Clients can put this tech to use in a variety of ways, building everything from automated surveillance systems that look for “angry” threats to job interview software that promises to weed out bored and uninterested candidates. The review was commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science, and five distinguished scientists from the field were asked to scrutinize the evidence. Each reviewer represented different theoretical camps in the world of emotion science. “We weren’t sure if we would be able to come to a consensus over the data, but we did,” Barrett says. It took them two years to examine the data, with the review looking at more than 1,000 different studies. “Companies can say whatever they want, but the data are clear,” Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and one of the review’s five authors, tells The Verge. “They can detect a scowl, but that’s not the same thing as detecting anger.”center_img … “People, on average, the data show, scowl less than 30 percent of the time when they’re angry,” says Barrett. “So scowls are not the expression of anger; they’re an expression of anger — one among many. That means that more than 70 percent of the time, people do not scowl when they’re angry. And on top of that, they scowl often when they’re notangry.” Read the whole story: The Verge As artificial intelligence is used to make more decisions about our lives, engineers have sought out ways to make it more emotionally intelligent. That means automating some of the emotional tasks that come naturally to humans — most notably, looking at a person’s face and knowing how they feel.last_img read more

39 million Americans now own a smart speaker report claims

first_imgOne in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says, as 11 percent now own an Amazon Alexa device compared with 4 percent who own a Google Home product.Today, 16 percent of Americans own a smart speaker, or around 39 million people.The holiday shopping season also seemed to have played a role in the increased adoption of smart devices in the U.S., with 7 percent of Americans reporting they acquired at least one smart speaker between Black Friday and the end of December, and 4 percent saying they acquired their first smart speaker during the holidays.Both Amazon and Google used the holiday shopping season to their advantage in terms of acquiring market share for their respective devices by slashing prices to encourage more impulse buys, and by heavily promoting the items across their storefronts. In fact, analysts believe that both Amazon and Google likely lost a few dollars per unit during the holiday season, where they were discounting their smaller form factor devices to $29 for the Amazon Echo Dot and $50 for the Google Home Mini, for example.The end result for Amazon was that the Echo Dot became a top seller across its site and by manufacturers through the Black Friday weekend, and through the holidays, Amazon recently said.The new report also delved into how consumers are using their devices, which have a range of functions including things like being able to stream music, control their TV and other smart home devices, and more.The research indicated that smart home functionality was in the minds of 64 percent of users, who say they bought the speakers because they plan on using them to control smart home devices.66 percent said they want to entertain family and friends with the speakers – for example, by doing things like playing music, asking general questions, telling jokes, playing games, getting news and weather or sports scores, and more.Bringing a new, interactive device into the home may also be changing user behavior in other ways, the report found.30 percent of smart speaker owner said the device is replacing time spent with TV. They’re also listening to more audio (71% are), including news and talk radio or podcasts. Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 12.44.56 PM Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 12.42.46 PM Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 12.44.15 PM The adoption of the device for in-home voice assistance had a trickle-down effect as well, as 44 percent found they started using the voice assistance on their phone more since getting a smart speaker.This, perhaps, could push Amazon to add Alexa itself to the Alexa companion app where today users are able to manage various settings, and check in on conversations. (In fact, it seems that Amazon is already considering this. When we asked Alexa VP Steve Rabuchin about the plan during CES this week, he smiled and cagily responded, “that’s an interesting idea.”)The research also indicates that smart speaker usage grows the longer you have the device.A majority (51%) said they use their smart speaker more often than they did the first month they had it, while 33 percent they use it about the same amount.The full report is available here or as a PDF.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more In 2011 Fort Defiance Indian Hospital changed its name to Tsehootsooi Medical Center. Tsehootsooi means \”meadow between the rocks.\” To the directors of the hospital and its board, it’s about independence, part of the plan to separate the hospital from its past association with the Indian Health Service. Image courtesy of Imago Systems IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Case Study | March 19, 2013 | Hologic Inc. 3D Mammography Minimizes Need for Follow-up in Hard to Reach Indian Population Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Fort Defiance, Arizona News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more 12PreviousNext Christian Gomez, M.D., of the Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Fort Defiance, Arizona, credits the use of Hologic’s 3D mammography system with helping its patient population avoid burdensome follow-up visits by providing more accurate, on-the-spot assessments of screening exams. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Related Content In 2011 Fort Defiance Indian Hospital changed its name to Tsehootsooi Medical Center. Tsehootsooi means \”meadow between the rocks.\” To the directors of the hospital and its board, it’s about independence, part of the plan to separate the hospital from its past association with the Indian Health Service.For years, high cancer diagnosis rates and limited access to quality health services plagued the Navajo residents cared for by the Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Cultural, socioeconomic and distance barriers make it very difficult for women in the hospital’s service area to receive screening mammograms on a regular basis. The hospital experiences about a 50 percent no-show rate among its patients and only a staggering 20 percent of patients are able to return for follow-up visits.“The majority of our patients live up to 200 miles away, roundtrip. Even if they can make the journey for their mammography screening exams, follow-up visits are usually out of the question. The challenge we’re facing is a ‘one and done barrier’ to patient care,” said Christopher Anthony, director of ancillary services at Tséhootsooí Medical Center. “If we don’t find the problem while the patient is here, we’re unlikely to get a second chance for further testing.” Faced with these daunting challenges, physicians at Fort Defiance felt tremendous pressure to provide their patients with the most complete and accurate mammography exams available and to drastically reduce the need to recall these patients. The hospital determined that the use of breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, would make dramatic inroads in meeting the special needs of its patients. Tséhootsooí Medical Center installed a Hologic Selenia Dimensions tomosynthesis system in January of 2012 and its impact was felt immediately. During the first round of screening exams with the new system, a woman with extremely dense breasts was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer that was not seen on the 2D digital mammogram.Tomosynthesis provides a 3D image of the breast and gives radiologists a clearer view of areas within the breast that might otherwise be obstructed by overlapping tissue, if viewed on a conventional 2D mammogram. Although it provides benefit for all women, it is especially effective in women with dense breast tissue.  A Quick and Conclusive Diagnosis Without Additional Imaging“A lot of the credit for that positive reading has to go to the 3D mammography technology. The Dimensions system provided our physicians with a whole new vantage point for imaging the breast,” said Anthony. “Seeing the more complete view allowed our physicians to make a quick and conclusive diagnosis without requiring additional imaging. The ability to make a definitive diagnosis while the patient was here minimized the chance that she would be lost to follow-up, and let us get a head start on her treatment.”Fort Defiance hopes that once word spreads about this new technology, patients will be less reluctant about coming in for their screenings, particularly if they are more confident they will receive conclusive results on their first visit, avoiding the burden of another long trip.“Tomosynthesis helps our physicians provide more accurate, on-the-spot assessments, reduces our false positive recalls and minimizes the need for additional testing,” concludes Anthony. “We’re now able to provide a traditionally disenfranchised community the best possible care with limited time commitment on their end. We believe this will help save lives and provide women better peace of mind.”Case study supplied by Hologic Inc.The views and opinions expressed herein are those of Christopher Anthony and his colleagues at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital and are not necessarily those of Hologic.This information is intended for medical professionals in the U.S. and other markets and is not intended as a product solicitation or promotion where such activities are prohibited. Because Hologic materials are distributed through websites, eBroadcasts and trade shows, it is not always possible to control where such materials appear. For specific information on what products are available for sale in a particular country, please contact your local Hologic representative or write to womenshealth@hologic.com (link sends e-mail).Hologic, Dimensions and Selenia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. 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Illinois lawmakers vote to allow samesex marriage

first_imgThe U.S. state of Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state legislature approved a measure legalizing gay weddings.Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement Tuesday that he would sign the bill into law, although he did not specify a date. The House, which had adjourned in May without passing a Senate bill legalizing same-sex marriage, approved the measure Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 54.“Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” said Quinn, who campaigned for the measure, which is scheduled to take effect in June.An aide to Quinn said the governor will sign the bill by the end of the month.The vote capped a string of legislative and legal victories for same-sex marriage activists since they won ballot initiative fights in Maryland, Maine and Washington state in 2012. This year, they won legislative battles in Delaware, Rhode Island and Minnesota, where an attempt to ban same-sex marriage failed the previous year; a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June striking down California’s same-sex marriage ban; and a ruling last month by the New Jersey Supreme Court that the state had to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because a challenge to the state’s ban was likely to win on appeal. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, subsequently said he would not challenge the ruling.“It’s been an absolutely historic year of powerful momentum, and I think it just shows the country is ready,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for the group Freedom to Marry.Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement that it was “disappointing but not surprising that the House has voted to redefine marriage. The losers will be the people of Illinois who will see that redefining marriage will unleash a torrent of harassment toward those who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”Brown added that the law, which stipulates fraternal religious organizations such as the Knights of Columbus do not have to host same-sex wedding ceremonies, lacked sufficient religious liberty protections.“Once the law goes into effect in June of next year, we will see individuals, businesses and religious groups sued, fined, brought up on charges of discrimination and punished simply for holding true to the traditional view of marriage,” he said.U.S. President Barack Obama — who campaigned for the law this year — praised the Illinois legislature, where he once served.“As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law,” Obama said in a statement. “Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else. So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours — and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.”Hawaii is likely to be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage; the state Senate passed such a bill Oct. 30, and the state House is expected to vote on the measure in a matter of days. Hawaii, like Illinois, allows for civil unions of same-sex couples.The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question of same-sex marriage on Oct. 23 and is expected to rule on the matter in the coming months.The state’s constitution is silent on the issue, and six same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Iran rejects guilty plea in Saudi ambassador plot

first_imgAt Wednesday’s hearing in a New York court, Arbabsiar was asked whether he intended to kill the Saudi ambassador. He said he did. He also said Iranian military officials based in Iran were involved in the plot.Iran says it has no connection to Arbabsiar and that the U.S. accusations have no “legal logic.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran says a guilty plea by a Texas man allegedly hired by Iran to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States was the result of “psychological and moral pressure.”The official IRNA news agency Saturday quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying Manssor Arbabsiar’s guilty plea Wednesday in a U.S. court is proof that the case is a “ridiculous plot” against Iran since Arbabsiar originally pleaded not guilty last year. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   last_img read more

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