Senator Anderson receives ‘Bridge Builder Award’ at luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) received the Chuck Nichols & Pierre Frazier Bridge Builder Award Friday from the USS Midway Museum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Luncheon.Committee Chair Gabe Cruz stated, “Senator Anderson has been a tireless advocate on behalf of all San Diegans. He was responsible for renaming a portion of I-15 the ‘Tuskegee Airmen Highway,” in honor of the African-American WWII Army Air Force air group, “And he is widely recognized as a tireless advocate for veterans of all ethnicities,” added Cruz.While accepting the award, Anderson shared with luncheon attendees that working with members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 90 and meeting former Tuskegee Airman at the highway dedication ceremony was one of the greatest honors of his legislative career.He went on to say, “While I don’t pretend to fully understand the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen, I do believe that what we can learn from them is this: over the course of its history, America has often failed to live up to its promise. But that promise is still worth fighting for – whether it’s in the skies of Europe, or on a bridge in Selma – the idea of America is worth the fight.”According to the committee, the award is given “to a community leader who embodies the spirit of the committee’s mission and who works to improve relationships, understanding, cooperation and inclusion among the various ethnic communities living and working in the San Diego area (or whose work and inclusion efforts significantly impact San Diegans even though that work may occur or have occurred elsewhere).” Posted: January 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Senator Joel Anderson FacebookTwitter
Mohammed NasimHealth minister Mohammed Nasim said on Sunday that the government would recruit about 10,000 more physicians before the next election slated to be held in the yearend.The minister came up with the disclosure while speaking at a meet-the-press programme jointly organised by the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum (BHRF) at the BMA office in the capital Sunday evening.The minister also said that the recruitment of 5,000 doctors would be completed by the next three months in the first phase.The health minister also said that shortage of human resources is the major obstacle towards ensuring smooth health-care services for the people.“The present government has been trying to overcome this problem. As part of this, 5,000 doctors will be recruited in the next two or three months and the other 5,000 doctors will be recruited afterwards but before the next general elections,” said Nasim.The minister also said these newly recruited doctors would be posted to the rural areas.“We’re also working to formulate a provision making it mandatory that the newly recruited doctors stay at least two years in the rural areas at the beginning of their services,” he added.Among others, BMA president Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum president Tawfiq Maruf and doctor leaders were present at the programme.
“I hope they tear this place down, it isn’t safe! It’s got mice, roaches, rats, mold, bedbugs—all kinds of pests…” said Danielle Harris a longtime resident of Perkins Homes. And her sentiment is echoed by many living in the public housing complex. The AFRO spoke to tenants about the conditions at Perkins Homes.Taneeta Wilson, a resident of the Perkins Homes public housing development in East Baltimore points to crumbling plaster from her leaky kitchen ceiling.Wanda, who only wanted her first name used, said black mold in her home triggered a health hazard, because she said she has an autoimmune disorder. “I started experiencing, in the bathroom and the kitchen, these big, black spots, like in the corner of the bathtub, which was, they say, mold…When maintenance came they sprayed white paint over the spots in the bathroom…the paint started to wash away in the shower but the mold was still there,” she said.As residents described deplorable living conditions for their families another story emerged—residents alleged women were being asked to exchange money or sexual favors for maintenance services already guaranteed by their lease. Although many claimed they knew of women who had been harassed, only one woman came forward and shared her notarized statement of the harassment she experienced.According to a woman identified as “Ms. W” the electricity was intermittent at her home, and her refrigerator would lose power. She says the management office dispatched a maintenance worker who installed a large generator in the kitchen to power her home. When she realized the generator made too much noise for her and her child to sleep, she asked for it to be removed. “He came back out to my house to pick the machine up, and he said it would cost me $150. I did not have it because it was the end of the month, and I had no more money to pay him. He stated to me, ‘Well, we can have sex to clear this bill up,’” according to her statement. This allegation echoes a similar scandal which emerged last year at Gilmor Homes. The city settled a lawsuit for almost $8 million after more than a dozen residents said they had been asked for sex in exchange for repairs.The AFRO contacted the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and discovered there have been 18 complaints of sexual harassment in Perkins Homes since 2016.HABC communications director Tania Baker refused to comment specifically on the status of the sexual harassment complaints. “It is HABC policy not to disclose the outcome of any personnel investigation, as personnel matters are confidential by law,” was Baker’s response.Lucky Crosby a former public housing maintenance worker and whistleblower said that the lack of response was calculated, “I know that sexual harassment is still happening, I’ve heard the complaints and I know women have reported it…but they just sweep it under the rug.”The complaints about Perkins come as Beatty Development, the company that developed Harbor Pointe in Harbor East, allegedly is moving forward with plans to revitalize and redevelop Perkins Homes.The question remains, will this have any impact on the plans that Beatty Development and the City of Baltimore have for redevelopment. Last year, a development deal for Perkins with Virginia based CRC Partners fell apart for undisclosed reasons. Beatty Development and Perkins Point Partners have promised, “high-quality housing for people of all income levels,” but have not yet released the details of how many affordable housing units will be available to residents who wish to stay in Perkins homes. Although residents say they are still struggling with conditions in Perkins and fearful of retaliation for their complaints, some are even more fearful the future of Perkins will have no place for them.
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 That said, 8 million videos is really just a drop in YouTube’s vast ocean of video. Google doesn’t release how many videos are on the service but says that content removed in Q4 2017 represented just “a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s overall views,” and that the ratio has been steadily decreasing over the last five quarters.Meanwhile, even as YouTube’s beefed-up content flagging program identifies and blocks millions of out-of-bounds videos, it still faces an ongoing brand-safety issue: Advertising is still showing up in material that marketers do not want to be associated with. Commercials for more than 300 companies and government organizations were running on YouTube videos “promoting white nationalists, Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda,” according to a CNN report last week.Google CEO Sundar Pichai cited YouTube’s progress in combating content violators on Alphabet’s first-quarter 2018 earnings call Monday.“Even as we invest in new experiences, we stay very focused on making sure that YouTube remains a safe platform with great content,” Pichai said. “We are aggressively combating content that violates our strict policies through a combination of user and machine flags.”Pichai also touted YouTube’s continued momentum: In the last year, channels that earn $100,000 or more per year grew more than 40%. He also noted Dua Lipa’s video “New Rules” became the 100th video on YouTube to reach 1 billion views and highlighted YouTube’s Coachella live-stream it was viewed more than 41 million views. “No surprise, Beyoncé was the most-viewed Coachella performance ever on YouTube,” he said.YouTube plans to release a regular quarterly report on how it’s enforcing Community Guidelines. The video platform says it has already improved its auto-detection of content violations over the past year. For example, at the beginning of 2017, 8% of the videos removed for “violent extremism” were taken down with fewer than 10 views; after YouTube rolled out machine-learning flagging in June 2017, in Q4 more than half of the videos removed for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views. Computer-based detection is no silver bullet, though, and YouTube said that deploying machine learning “actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer.” Across all of Google, the company plans to boost the size of its content-review team to 10,000 by the end of 2018. (By comparison, Facebook has said it’s aiming to double the size of its security and safety group by year-end, to 20,000 workers.)In addition, YouTube noted that it is collaboration with more than 150 partners in academia, government agencies, and non-governmental orgs to refine its content-enforcement systems. Those includes the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, Anti-Defamation League, Family Online Safety Institute, and partners around the world focused on child safety like Childline South Africa, ECPAT Indonesia, and South Korea’s Parents’ Union on Net.YouTube also said it is rolling out a Reporting History dashboard for users to see the status of videos they have flagged for review. YouTube, stung by a string of scandals involving ads discovered running in offensive content, released new figures aimed at showing that its efforts to strip out content that runs afoul of its policies are working.The Google-owned video giant released its first YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report on Monday (at this link), detailing the results of its content-removal program for the fourth quarter of 2017.According to YouTube, it pulled down 8.3 million videos over the three-month period. Most of those were spam or “people attempting to upload adult content.” Notably, YouTube said, 6.7 million were first flagged for review by computers — rather than human editors. Moreover, of stuff that was auto-detected by YouTube’s machine-learning systems, around 5 million (76%) were deleted before they received a single view.
Kolkata: Passengers at Shalimar Station can now download a book or stream music of their choice, have an overview of their destination, or simply browse through news without interruption thanks to South Eastern Railway for making the station a free WiFi zone.The WiFi facility has been commissioned by RailTel, rendering free high-speed world class internet service to the commuters. “There is a rising trend of WiFi usage among passengers waiting at different stations of SER. Keeping this in mind, nine more stations under SER’s jurisdiction will have free WiFi connectivity within the current financial year 2018-19. The stations include Chakulia, Haldia, Tamluk, Dantan, Midnapur, Mecheda, Santragachi, Bagnan and Panskura,” a senior SER official said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalSER has so far commissioned WiFi services at 14 stations enabling lakhs of rail passengers to log on to the free internet facility. Apart from Shalimar, the 13 SER stations that are already equipped with the WiFi facility are Kharagpur, Ranchi, Digha, Purulia, Hatia, Bokaro, Tatanagar, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Mahalimarup, Barabamboo and Tiruldih. Under Indian Railways, altogether 746 railway stations have been provided with free internet, proving to be very useful to the general public. Indian Railways has plans to extend this facility to at least 2,000 stations across the country in near future and ultimately covering all stations under the Union government’s Digital India initiatives.
Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seths sequel to the monumental ‘A Suitable Boy’ (1993). Five years on, since he was first expected to deliver the manuscript, the novel is still to see the light of the day. But what seems like a saga of missed deadlines can very well – far from our eyes – be a masterpiece in the making.”The more I talk of her, the more shy she becomes,” Seth had told this correspondent in 2015 about ‘A Suitable Girl’, the novel-in-waiting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSeth, as his literary agent David Godwin puts it, has been known to take his time with his books. The prolonged delay, however, was not acceptable to Hamish Hamilton and he was asked to return an advance payment of $1.7 million when the deal was called off. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, an imprint of the British publisher, then acquired the novel – and it was scheduled to release in 2016. But a flying bird – a friend and confidant of the writer – says that he is now giving the “final touch” to the novel and that one can expect “the big announcement” soon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSeth released a collection of poems titled ‘Summer Requiem’ in the meanwhile. In the collection, he traces the immutable shiftings of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both “gifts and harms”. Composed as they were while he was (which he still is) writing the sequel, several poems in the offering open doors to his mind, or perhaps they may be preludes to the larger narrative that he is weaving. “I have so carefully mapped/the corners of my mind/that I am forever waking/in a lost country,” he writes in the opening poem. Interestingly, Seth’s companion to ‘A Suitable Boy’ will be a jump sequel – the characters have travelled from the 1950s and it will be very much a novel set in somewhat the present times. In its title poem, he mourns that the “liberated generation lives a restrained youth,” and then adds: “I must forsake attachment”. On another occasion in the book, readers find him lamenting over “the peaceful love” that the narrator has “never found”. In another short poem “Late Light” he writes: “Outside the great world’s gifts and harms/ There must be somewhere I can go/To rest within a lover’s arm/At ease with the impending snow”. Reportedly, Seth suffered from writer’s block after his break-up with French violinist Phillippe Honor but that was a long time ago and was reflected in ‘An Equal Music’. He has moved on or has he not? Nonetheless, it has been about five years since ‘A Suitable Girl’ was first expected to hit the stands but the wait is surely worth it. As writer-politician Shashi Tharoor says about his good friend’s technique – that “Vikram Seth draws an entire roadmap of his novel, planning every minute element in great detail” – the sequel, thanks to all the anticipation and the pressure on the writer, may actually be a masterpiece in the making, as sublime as its counterpart and yet set in the time of its readers. Vikram Seth is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, and among several other prestigious honours, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. He has been widely translated and is among leading novelists on the global stage. He has published three novels – ‘The Golden Gate’ (1986), ‘A Suitable Boy’ (1993) and ‘An Equal Music’ (1999) – along with several collections of poetry such as ‘Mappings’ and ‘All You Who Sleep Tonight’. Seth – an openly gay man – is also one of the prominent faces of the campaign against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality.
Darjeeling: Bengal is all set to be promoted as a tourist destination in Europe. For this, a familiarisation tour will be organised soon, whereby renowned tour operators from Europe will be taken around the state to familiarise them with the tourist destinations.”We have plans to tap the European market. Very soon, we will organise a familiarisation programme for tour operators of Europe. The tour operators will be taken around Bengal to familiarise them with the destinations. North Bengal will form an integral and important part of this programme,” said Thendup Namgyal Sherpa, joint director, Tourism department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSherpa was delivering an address at the seminar entitled ‘Destination: North Bengal- sustainable, economic and social development’, organised by the Indian Chamber of Com- merce and North Bengal Development department, in Siliguri on Friday. “There is huge potential in Bengal. However, the potential is still untapped in the avenue of adventure tourism and tea tourism,” added the joint director. The impetus at present by the government is on home stays. “Tourists want to taste local cuisines, experience the culture and want to get a feel of Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statethe place. Home stays provide the perfect opportunity for this. The process of registration of home stays has begun and we are coming out with a clear cut policy on home stays,” stated Sherpa. The focus is on selling Bengal with intense marketing in all travel marts in the country and across the globe. “However, in national platforms we see at times that there is absence of aggressive marketing. We are doing our part. The stakeholders have to come forward as well and be a part of the journey together,” added Sherpa. Majority of the domestic tourists in Bengal hail from the southern part of the country. The state government has come up with travel guide books and will soon come up with destination-specific brochures. “We will also give emphasis to thematic tourism promotion,” said the joint director. The importance of North Bengal as a tourist destination could be gauged to an extent by the increase in the number of passengers at the Bagdogra Airport. “Bagdogra has evolved as a major airport in the country. A major airport handles over 20 lakh passengers annually. There are 22 major airports in the country. Last year, Bagdogra saw a footfall of 29 lakh passengers,” stated Subramani P, director, Bagdogra Airport. Bagdogra was originally designed as a small airport with a passenger handling capacity of 75,000 passengers annually.
Listen Now 3 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » If you want a cutting-edge approach to product marketing in 2011, you have a lot of choices. You can utilize a mobile location-based service or check-in app. You can craft a Groupon-style daily deal. Or you can sign on to Facebook, Twitter and foursquare and fish for fans, friends and return customers.Why not do all three? You can do that piecemeal, of course, but the WeReward marketing platform intersects with all the new models.WeReward, the 17-month-old offering of online and mobile marketing company Izea, allows consumers to earn points that are equal to cash for completing tasks like checking in at a store, taking a photo of a product and, ideally, actually buying the product featured through a WeReward sponsorship.Consumers can then share these actions with their social media networks by posting a photo of themselves with a product they have just purchased. (Advertisers get to approve the photos first–so keep it clean, people.)To earn rewards, smartphone users download the WeReward app and become “oinkers.” Every time they oink, i.e., register a product-related action through social media, it’s recorded–and sometimes broadcast at WeReward.com. For example, the site noted on June 22 that “reygaring just checked in to a Taco Bell in Walnut Creek, Calif.” A short time later, “Trevor Schultz just earned 114 points at Vegas.com in Las Vegas.” (Let’s hope Trevor wasn’t playing hooky that day.)”In marketing, advertisers benefit from cost per sale,” says Ted Murphy, CEO and founder of Izea. “Bringing engagement down to a cost per action helps advertisers realize how people are engaging with their products and who their customers are. We’re providing them with that information.”Advertisers who sign up with WeReward can get that information sliced a number of ways. The platform offers general demographics–more than 72 percent of users are between the ages of 25 and 49–as well as specific user information, such as when “reygaring” last devoured a taco.Advertisers may establish more formal relationships with particularly loyal customers by making them brand ambassadors or giving them greater discounts and rewards.”Some of our users see this as a way to save money, others see it as a way to make money,” Murphy says. “If a user has a decent social network, as a business you will want to take care of them.” October 3, 2011
Tags: Virtual Reality, Virtuoso, Xplr VR Monday, April 24, 2017 Posted by David Thompson NEW YORK — Explor VR has been handpicked by Virtuoso to take part in the luxury retail organization’s Virtuoso Incubator tech start-up program, one of five companies chosen for the 2017 lineup. Explor VR is Travelweek’s virtual reality platform that launched nation-wide last fall, with free Explor VR headsets going out to travel agencies across Canada.Virtuoso Incubator is aimed at fostering technology that improves the travel advising process and overall client experience. It’s the industry’s first formal program focused on nurturing new technology solutions specifically for travel advisors. Incubator companies receive real-world input from Virtuoso advisors who test the product and suggest improvements so it will better serve the needs of travel agencies, consultants and clients.Each company receives a dedicated panel composed of Virtuoso advisors. More than 60 of them are volunteering in this capacity, with a member of Virtuoso’s Technology Committee acting as each panel’s liaison to the Incubator program. The Technology Committee also assists with vetting applicants and approving the companies that are offered Virtuoso preferred partner status.“Virtuoso Incubator was founded to fill a void in the travel advising industry,” said David Kolner, Senior VP, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “Our objective was to seek out business solutions for our travel agency members and create a real-life use case scenario for companies that were developing the technology we needed. The value to these tech companies is tremendous because we’re giving them access to their future customers, who are also providing feedback in real time. What we’re getting in return is the opportunity to create customized technology options for agencies ranging from just a couple of people to hundreds.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThis year’s five Virtuoso Incubator participants are:Explor VR: Travelweek’s app-based virtual reality platform tailored for the travel industry. It guides users on an immersive, emotionally engaging journey through a destination, leading to dramatically increased sales conversion rates and foot traffic. In addition, it educates advisors on destinations.Approach Guides: Its Trip Reads destination content service – featuring inspirational and thought-provoking videos, articles, books and podcasts – highlights cultural aspects of places around the world.TravelContact (formerly Alanna): A CRM technology that includes a client and provider database, email and newsletter marketing platform, smart multichannel communication, beginning-to-end trip builder, interactive client portal and a smart dashboard where advisors can see daily tasks.Tagible: Software that extracts keywords, making the words interactive and overlaying curated content such as YouTube, Google Maps and Pinterest. Drives engagement and increase conversion rate and time on site by keeping visitors on the agency’s website.tripFiles: A free private social network where travelers can store all their videos and photos at no charge, safely share trips, and never need to email/text photos to their travel companions.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaVirtuoso Incubator also has a new partnership with Phocuswright, the global travel market research company. Phocuswright is referring innovative travel technology startups to the program, and sharing its research into the sector with Virtuoso as well as attendees at its exclusive network events.For more information see virtuoso.com/incubator. Virtuoso’s 2017 Incubator lineup includes Travelweek’s Explor VR About Latest Posts David Thompson Latest posts by David Thompson (see all) Virtuoso’s 2017 Incubator lineup includes Travelweek’s Explor VR – April 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Celestyal slashes summer cruise fares to Havana by 50% Tags: Celestyal Cruises Friday, June 9, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Celestyal Cruises is turning up the heat this summer season with a new all-inclusive seven-day cruise promotion to Cuba.The offer features 50% off the cruise-only fare on all summer sailings until and including Aug. 21, 2017. Furthermore, kids younger than 12 sail for free.With promos and savings applied, rates start at US$1,171 per adult (embarking in Havana), based on double occupancy and includes:Seven-day Cuba Cruise featuring two days in Havana, one day in Cienfuegos, one day in Santiago de Cuba, and one day in Montego Bay, JamaicaIntimate 960 passenger capacity with yacht-like experienceInteractive shore excursion program in all portsAll meals onboardUnlimited beverage package, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beveragesOnboard entertainmentGratuities and port chargesRemaining applicable 2017 sailing dates include: Montego Bay-Montego Bay (June 16, 23 & 30; July 7, 14, 21 & 28; Aug. 4 & 11); and Havana-Havana (June 12, 19 & 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; Aug. 7, 14 & 21).More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe 50% off cruise fare offer is valid on new bookings made by July 31 for select sailings through August 2017. Reservations are based on a first-come, first-serve basis.Celestyal Cruises is celebrating its fourth year of cruise operation in Cuba, with cruises embarking every Monday from Havana and every Friday from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>