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Society failing to address HIV/AIDS stigma – US activist

first_imgboth the legal and social environments are still failing to address stigma and discrimination against those most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and people living with the disease.This is according to Stephanie Joseph-De Goes, Guyana’s Country Coordinator for the President’s EmergencyStephanie Joseph-De Goes delivering her remarks at Guyana’s seventh Annual AIDS Candlelight MemorialPlan For AIDS Relief – PEPFAR, a US governmental initiative to address the global HIV epidemic with her office based at the US Embassy in Georgetown.She made those remarks at Guyana’s seventh Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial held at the Catholic Life Centre by the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) on Sunday last, where a charge was made to all Guyanese to come together to fight against the stigma and discrimination for those living and infected by HIV/AIDS.“We must put an end to the disease of stigma and discrimination,” she stressed.During the event, the US diplomat remarked that in this 50th year of Guyana’s Independence, the country can truly make history by amending the Prevention of Discrimination Act 1997 to include sexual orientation, gender identity and health status, and repealing other laws that perpetuate stigma and discrimination.“Stigma and discrimination eats at the soul of a society. We know that eliminating stigma and discrimination will positively affect a nation’s progress, well-being, and public health for things like HIV prevention, care and treatment.”The US activist continued, “I ask you what is holding us back from zero discrimination. From ensuring human rights, equal rights for all no matter a person’s health status, gender identify or sexual orientation. When it comes down to it, I think it’s our personal judgments about difference.”She lamented that too often individuals use belief, religion, culture, etc, to judge others on differences: be it one’s skin colour, sexual identity, or health status. “Whatever the difference might be that does not fit into our worldview. Then we focus so much on those perceived differences that we forget our ‘sameness’. We forget what unites us – our ‘humanness,’” she pleaded.Joseph-De Goes posited that it was hard to get to zero discrimination because society and those in policymaking positions were so busy judging the differences instead of recognising the strengths in individual identities.“How can we deny human rights, compassion and love?” she questioned.According to the US diplomat, “we cannot afford to say we cannot support amending the Prevention of Discrimination Act because of religion, beliefs, culture, etc”.“We know what has been done in the name of belief – human atrocities and ‘man’s inhumanity to man. Will we continue to allow injustices in the name of belief and ‘difference’?”She charged Guyanese society to work together for equality and to recognise that denying any one of us the right to justice, equity, access, security, education, health and employment – human rights – is denying all of us.“Let us decide to work together towards a Guyana where laws protect the human rights and the dignity of all. Guyana’s time is now. We are at the 50-year mark. Let us join forces to support the amendment of not just the 1997 Prevention of Discrimination Act but also all other punitive laws,” Joseph-De Goes said.She expressed hope that in the next 50 years, Guyana can be a nation with zero discrimination and 100 per cent human rights so that every person whether HIV-positive, HIV-negative, heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, lives in dignity with the rights to employment, health, safety and security.last_img read more

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DONEGAL’S NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION ACTION PLAN TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe Official Launch of ‘Connecting for Life Donegal’ the new Donegal Suicide Prevention Action Plan, takes places next week.The launch will take place at the LYIT in Letterkenny on Monday, July 13th.There will be a number of speakers at the event which will highlight ways in which the relevant services plan to tackle the problem of suicide across our county.DONEGAL’S NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION ACTION PLAN TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: DUNGLOE V TERMON

first_imgDungloe will look to their inspirational skipper Noel McBride on Saturday when they clash with Termon in the Donegal SFC. Pic courtesy of jmac.ieWhile the excitement of Donegal’s epic run to the All-Ireland final had the county captivated all summer, it’s back to the bread and butter this weekend with the start of the Donegal SFC.What better way to get over the hangover of last Sunday’s heart-breaking defeat, by enjoying a whole host of top class championship encounters over the weekend.Donegal Daily will be previewing every single Donegal SFC fixture this weekend, and we’ll start by looking at the meeting of Dungloe and Termon. Both sides have had contrasting fortunes this season, Dungloe have had a remarkable campaign.They romped to the Division Two league title to cement their return to top-flight football next season.What was truly impressive by Tony Boyle’s side was the fact they remained unbeaten all year in the division.In what is a competitive and difficult division, the fact they remained unbeaten for the league’s entirety shows the quality and resilience in the Dungloe squad. Tony Boyle and his management side have bloodied plenty of youth this season and that augurs well for the future.They still have plenty of experience in their ranks too, Raymond and Adrian Sweeney are still a huge influence for Dungloe, while the likes of Shaun Sharkey, Ciaran Sharkey, Noel McBride and Adrian Hanlon have plenty of senior championship experience.Corey Gallagher was on the fringes of the Donegal Senior panel last season and Termon will need to curb his attacking threat from deep.Termon have struggled since gaining promotion to Division One this season, and they currently prop up the table.It looks likely that they’ll be relegated back to Division Two, but Termon have a great championship pedigree and will no doubt raise their game this weekend. The return of Christy Connaghan has boosted the Termon charge, the former Finn Harps man has been plagued with a succession of knee injuries over the last number of years.However, since his return Connaghan has looked hugely impressive, he fired Termon to their last county final in 2008 and is an expert from dead balls.The loss of James Doherty is a blow for Darren Gibson’s side, the influential half-back has emigrated to Dubai and will their entire championship campaign.Dungloe have huge momentum and home advantage, and while it certainly won’t be easy for the Rosses men, Dungloe should have enough to get over the line. VERDICT – DUNGLOEDONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: DUNGLOE V TERMON was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCdungloenewsSportTermonlast_img read more

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Schmeichel and Vardy lead emotional tributes to Leicester owner

first_img 2 It was reported that goalkeeper Schmeichel – one of those title winners – witnessed the tragedy on Saturday and, in a heartfelt Instagram post, he laid bare his feelings about Srivaddhanaprabha.“Dear Mr Chairman. I cannot believe this is happening. I am so totally devastated and heartbroken. I just cannot believe what I saw last night. It just doesn’t seem real,” he wrote.“It is difficult to put into words how much you meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester. Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard working, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme.“You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible. You literally made my dreams come true.“We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you. From knowing you we do this by being the family you created.” Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular figure at Leicester, having overseen a remarkable title triumph 2 Kasper Schmeichel has vowed to “honour” Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as he paid an emotional tribute to the Leicester owner after his tragic death in a helicopter crash.Leicester confirmed on Sunday that Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people to die in a helicopter crash at the club’s stadium following the match with West Ham on Saturday.The news brought an understandable outpouring of emotion from the football world, Srivaddhanaprabha a hugely popular man having bought Leicester in 2010 and made them the most unlikely of Premier League champions in 2016.center_img pic.twitter.com/sV5uJhJSsO— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) October 28, 2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha celebrates winning the Premier League with the Leicester players Schmeichel’s powerful words were echoed by his team-mates.“Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone. I will never forget the Chairman’s support, not only during my time @LCFC but also during the World Cup,” England defender Harry Maguire wrote on Twitter.Fellow City defender and England left-back Ben Chilwell hailed “one of the best people you could wish to meet”.Writing on Twitter, he said: “I can’t believe it. I am heartbroken to hear that no-one survived the crash yesterday.“Vichai was one of the best people you could wish to meet. Making you happy made him happy, he was always smiling and laughing.“What he did not just for this football club but for Leicester as a city is incredible! He has brought us all together. So now we must stay together as a city and achieve what he knew we could.”Jamie Vardy – whose meteoric rise through the leagues was matched step-by-step by the club as they came from nowhere to win the Premier League in 2016 – called Srivaddhanaprabha a “legend”.He said on Instagram: “Struggling to find the right words, but to me you are a legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you, may you rest in peace.”Srivaddhanaprabha was the driving force of Leicester’s rise from the Championship to the top of the Premier League, bringing together a band of nomadic players who were superbly guided by manager Claudio Ranieri.Wes Morgan was the captain of that side and said: “Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman. A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at LCFC and someone who I personally had the utmost respect for.“My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the families of the other victims of this tragedy.”Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Profile on the Leicester City owner who tragically died in helicopter crashThe Football Association turned the Wembley arch blue and white out of respect, while clubs all around the world, ranging from Real Madrid to non-league sides, paid tribute.Saturday’s opponents West Ham said: “The thoughts of everyone at West Ham United are with the directors, players, staff, supporters and all connected with Leicester City Football Club following the devastating events at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.“We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at this sad and tragic time. His immense contribution to Leicester City FC, the city of Leicester and English football will never be forgotten. Our condolences also go to the other families affected by the tragedy.“We would also like to express our admiration for the emergency services who responded so swiftly and with such bravery, and offer our support to anyone, including any West Ham United supporters, who may have witnessed the tragedy.”Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore, who handed Srivaddhanaprabha that most unlikeliest of trophies two years ago, said: “Vichai was a gentleman who graced the game with his civility and charm and we will miss him enormously.“His impact on Leicester – the football club and city – will be remembered forever.”last_img read more

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MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING EASONS SHOP ASSISTANT

first_imgA man has been remanded in custody after an Easons bookstore employee was seriously assaulted.Lee Mitchell, 31, is charged with causing criminal damage to a cash register at Eason’s Bookstore in Letterkenny on Saturday evening last, February 11th.Mitchell, of 3 Glencar Park, Letterkenny, was also charged with assaulting an shop-assistant and causing her harm during the same incident. Mitchell was also charged with two other robberies, both at the Glencar Express Shop in Glencar, Letterkenny on January 9th and 24th last.Solicitor for the accused Mr Paudge Dorrian applied for bail in the case at Letterkenny District Court today.However this was strongly objected to by Garda Inspector Garda David Kelly.Inspector Kelly said he had concerns as there have been 21 bench warrants issued for Mitchell in the past.Solicitor Dorrian said Mitchell had a drug addiction and that this would only get worse in Castlerea Prison where, he claimed, drugs were available.“Dooming him to Castelrea Prison is dooming him to addiction,” said Mr Dorrian.However Judge Paul Kelly said he had been released on bail before and had offended on a number of occasions since.He remanded him to Castlerea Prison to appear at Letterkenny District Court on February 20th next.MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING EASONS SHOP ASSISTANT was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Courtyard Shopping CentreEasonsLee Mitchelllast_img read more

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Betway Kobs visit Naguru Remand Home

first_img Tags: BetWay KobsIsaac Lubwama NsubugaNaguru Reman HomeUganda Rugby League The Betway Kobs at the Remand Home. (PHOTOS/BETWAY KOBS)NAGURU – Twelve time Rugby League winners Betway Kobs paid a visit to Naguru Remand home on Saturday in an effort to give the youthful inmates hope.The Betway financed side who have firm roots in Naguru donated foodstuffs to the Juveniles on top of contributing to the home’s farming projects.Speaking after the visit, Betway Kobs vice chairperson Isaac Lutwama Nsubuga said that the need to give back to the Naguru community, drove them to the Remand Home.“Betway Kobs is part of the Naguru community and that will remain a fact, noted Nsubuga.“Many of our players have grown up in the area and it only felt right to give back, first to Naguru amongst all places.”“Our aim is to give hope to these kids, some of whom have been abandoned by their relatives so that they feel they have equal opportunities as everyone else.“We are well aware that the Government hands out help to them but we feel it is not enough in the end,” he added.Kobs handed out several foodstuffs to the Kids, including Rice, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Posho and Beans on top of financing their farming projects.“We came here and realised the kids do some farming and that is why we have decided to make a contribution towards some of their projects. In future, we will continue checking on them to ensure all is well,” Nsubuga noted.Mary Kyomugisha the Probation Officer at Naguru Remand Home expressed her delight to have Kobs thinking about the kids.“It is always motivating knowing someone else has these these Kids in their thoughts,” said Kyomugisha.Kobs didn’t only offer them food staffs, they are going to help construct a rabbit house as part of their rabbit farming project.The players hold Rabbits during the visit.Kobs are currently running a ‘Give back to the community’ initiative and Naguru is the first to recognise the club’s generosity.It is understood that they (Kobs) are targeting schools and hospitals in the future.The Betway Kobs are part of the Rugby Premier League, Uganda’s elite Rugby club competition.Since its inception in 1991, they have won 12 League titles with the last one the 2015/16 season.Comments last_img read more

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More Evidence You Can’t Trust Evolutionist Logic

first_imgThe leftist agenda of most science journalists forces them to oppose conservatism, no matter how twisted their logic becomes. Why would anyone trust them about Darwinism?As everyone knows, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accords on June 1. It’s a political story, not a scientific one, except for its dependence on a scientific ‘consensus’ (an oxymoron) that humans are guilty of warming the planet. The president listed various reasons for his decision: (1) it was not a treaty passed by Congress, it was a one-man executive order by the previous administration, so it is non-binding; (2) it punishes Americans, making the USA alone pay up billions of dollars while major polluters (including India and China) have no obligations till 2030; (3) nations taking the US money via carbon credits would have no obligation to prove it will be used for climate mitigation; most likely, the money would end up lining the pockets of dictators, providing no help to the third-world poor; (4) US free-market efforts have strongly decreased pollution over the past years without the need for this accord; (5) the Paris accord would accomplish nothing, because under the most optimistic projections, it would decrease global temperatures by less than two tenths of one degree by 2100. To this he could add that pulling out simply returns America to status quo ante 2016. As such, the decision keeps America in basically the same position it was for most of the Obama administration.Basically, Trump pulled out because it is a one-sided punishment of America that would cost thousands of jobs, it is a scheme for redistribution of wealth, and it would accomplish nothing. Nevertheless, the president expressed his deep concern for the environment, saying he was willing to renegotiate a deal if it could be made fair. After his speech, though, heads exploded all over the media. One would think Trump had committed the unpardonable sin.Left-leaning reporters ignored his arguments and focused instead on whether Trump and his EPA secretary Scott Pruitt “believe” in global warming. Ostensibly if Trump expressed doubt about it, they could pounce and call him a “denier” of climate change – a phrase with nefarious overtones like “Holocaust denier.” Logically, though, the president’s agreement or non-agreement about human responsibility for climate change is not the issue. The author of The Art of the Deal could be a complete believer in global warming as strongly as Al Gore and still conclude that the Paris accord was a bad deal. Or, he could have taken the Constitutional strategy and relegated such decisions to Congress. (Commentators seem fairly certain if President Obama had tried that, it would never have passed.) Or, he could believe the globe is warming, but be uncertain about the causes, and have voted in favor of staying in. In many ways, then, President Trump’s decision seems perfectly logical. It’s doubtful any of these options would have satisfied the “believers” in anthropogenic climate change, though. Taking the word “anthropogenic” out commits the unpardonable sin just as much, making one a “denier.”Now let’s look at a couple of reactions from “science reporters” that are well-known for treating Darwinian evolution as unassailable fact.Unimpeachable logic says Trump shouldn’t quit Paris climate pact (New Scientist). Before the decision to pull out had even been aired, Owen Gaffney claimed the logical high ground against it. (Gaffney should not have used the word “unimpeachable” about his logic, because it invites us to try to impeach it.) It’s not for him to decide if his case is unimpeachable. It’s for the fair-minded reader to evaluate his evidence and his reasoning.“Leaving would be an illogical act of self-harm,” Gaffney says, a curious claim in light of all the jobs it would cost Americans suffering from an overwhelming debt from the past administration. So what evidence does Gaffney present? He says, first, that it might lead other nations to bolt from the accord. How that causes self-harm to America is not exactly clear. Gaffney further says that some of the leftist activist groups and funds might lose out. Again, how that is an illogical act of self-harm is not apparent. Third, Gaffney flat-out says that denying climate change is illogical. That’s an assertion, not an argument.Of all Trump’s policy choices, his attitude on climate ranks among the most illogical – and competition in this space is fierce. By leaving the Paris deal, he’ll change little and risk missing out on the economic gains of an energy revolution.His ‘logic’ is purely hypothetical and politically biased. Gaffney does not consider whether market forces could take care of energy production in a smarter way – a position conservative and libertarian economists argue with historical case studies and laws of supply and demand. They would certainly welcome a chance to impeach his logic. In addition, Gaffney fails to answer any of the president’s specific claims about the flaws in the Paris deal. If indeed the best case scenario shows the accord will accomplish no significant climate mitigation, why would anyone consider it logical to stay in? In short, nowhere in the article does Gaffney present unimpeachable logic. He just boasts about it.Want to Really Boost the Economy? Stay in the Paris Agreement (Live Science). Tia Ghose is another perennial Darwin loyalist in her leftist media outlet, but even here, it seems she is out of her element trying to report about climate policy. She tries to take a more friendly, positive approach. Rather than calling the president illogical, she proposes that it would be in America’s best interest to stay in the unconstitutional executive order (which, as we stated, is not a treaty approved by the people’s representatives, but more like a king’s decree). To shield her own bias, she calls on an expert to speak for her:But the idea that the Paris Agreement will harm the economy is nonsensical, said Jonathan Koomey, a lecturer in Earth Systems at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. For one, the agreed-upon emissions cuts are nonbinding; the only legal obligation is that the United States report its carbon emissions. So if the required cuts are too damaging to the economy, the United States is free to revise its emissions goals, he said.“You can’t have nonbinding standards that are draconian,” Koomey told Live Science.Beyond that, most economic analyses suggest that environmental regulations may actually boost the economy, both because they spur innovation and because they prevent harm, Koomey said.Here, she lets Koomey call President Trump’s decision “nonsensical,” which is equivalent to illogical. But in what way is it nonsensical? Her expert claims that the USA could revise its emissions goals. In other words, the USA could lie. It could state emissions goals at the outset, but then fail to keep them, saying, On second thought, we don’t like that promise, so we’re going to lower the standards. Think about this argument. If the USA could do that, so could any other party to the accord. What’s logical to expect is that nobody would keep their promises once economic pains set in, and no climate mitigation would result.She also plays the “most doctors agree” trick (bandwagon) — “most economic analyses suggest” (OK, name one; probably not by Adam Smith or Friedrich Hayek) “that environmental regulations” (how about the ones that declare a puddle on private property ‘wetlands’ forbidding a landowner from planting?) “may” (hypothetical) “actually boost the economy” (non-specific), “both because they spur innovation and because they prevent harm” (glittering generalities). This paragraph is followed by a rash of statistics from leftist-only sources geared to make Obama look good – you remember, the president who lost more jobs, created more dependency, and increased the national debt more than all previous presidents combined. The statistics commit the fallacies of card stacking, either-or, and non-sequitur, even if they had something to do with the Paris accord. We suspect the Heritage Foundation would love the opportunity to make their case with other statistics.Ghose’s other point is, like Gaffney’s, hypothetical: environmental regulations “may” boost the economy. How exactly government regulations spur innovation and prevent harm is not exactly clear. She and her expert Koomey point to past instances of regulations that helped clean the air and spurred innovation (in their version of the story). Sure; with some card-stacking, half-truths and hypotheticals, one could employ propaganda tactics to promote the big-government liberal view, but that would ignore numerous recent stories of real harm to American families, communities and whole cities destroyed by burdensome regulations (think Detroit). It also ignores whether free-market policies might achieve the same green-energy innovation without government regulation. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the Paris Climate Accord! In fact, all the innovation that has occurred in the USA and other countries took place before Paris, and is likely to continue, Paris or not. So who is being nonsensical here?The fact is, both New Scientist and Live Science are so committed to big-government, globalist, leftist thinking, they have abandoned logic and any sense of journalistic fairness. Their agenda is to defend their political bias, no matter what. Calling anyone they disagree with illogical or nonsensical is not an argument. It is not journalism. It is not science, which should welcome openness and lively debate.Readers wary of our reporting here may claim we have a bias, too. That’s right. Everybody has a bias. But a journalist can choose to be fair about their bias, strive for transparency, and work hard to give both sides of an argument a fair hearing in their coverage. We can guarantee you that neither New Scientist nor Live Science will link to our article! Our attitude? We link to the original sources. Go ahead–read their articles. Have at it. Come back and evaluate our response. May the best case win! We’re not afraid for our readers to look into the very best arguments of those with other positions. We try to persuade with logic and evidence a different perspective in the news that is rarely heard in the secular media.If you decide our coverage is more fair, then consider: the leftist reporters who constantly bash President Trump and all conservative positions are the same ones praising Darwin every chance they get. Do you expect them to give a fair hearing to creation or intelligent design? Ha! That would be most illogical, Spock would say. (Visited 494 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Keeping Out the Trolls: Relevancy in User-Generated Content

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In the summer of 2008, J.R. Johnson sold Virtual Tourist to Expedia for $85 million dollars. While Johnson seems like the type of laid back Los Angeles entrepreneur that would take some vacation time, his quest for relevancy had him launching a new community the following March. Lunch.com is Johnson’s attempt to cut through the noise that has proliferated since he first started in the user-generated-review space in 1999. Says Johnson, “When I started, people asked me why anyone would want to read an amateur review. Now the environment has changed and there’s even pay-per-post happening across the net. Virtual Tourist is travel-specific and you increase relevancy by picking a niche topic on which to base your community. With Lunch I’m trying to solve something new.” Johnson spoke to ReadWriteWeb about some of the ways he’s managed to ensure that his community is more than just search engine bait. 1. Identity and Interest: In addition to requiring that individuals use their real names and specify topics of interest within the site, Lunch uses an interesting member matching system. Similar to OK Cupid, users rate a series of topics and the “similarity network” matches them with like-minded members. In order for a spammer to target a specific user, they’d have to answer multiple questions in the same way as their target and trick the matching algorithm into displaying a higher percentage of compatibility. In this way, spammers are deemed less relevant while passionate users are matched by the percentage of overlapping interests. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 2. Opinion History: Johnson explains that just because people share common interests it does not mean that they share common opinions. Even at ReadWriteWeb we’ve seen Republicans and Democrats converge on the same comment thread in completely different ways. Lunch lets users view opinion ratings, past reviews and popularity rankings. From there you decide whether or not to follow others or look for additional commentary. 3. Top Review Ratings: The Lunch users rate each other and can review that history of rating over time. Ratings can be about a specific topic, on a specific review and on a specific user. In some cases a contributor with lackluster cooking reviews produces one standout piece about a specific type of food. It’s important to be able to find those gems and weed out the reviews that are less relevant to you as a community member. 4. Existing Networks: Lunch allows users to pull information from their social graph via Facebook Connect in order to follow existing friends. Users can track topic reviews, member reviews and article reviews created by friends. I was actually surprised to see how little I had in common with my own social graph in terms of topic interest; however, where we converged was our opinions on other reviewers. 5. Frequent Contributors: By listing the top contributors to a community, Lunch is able to ascertain those with the most interest in a specific topic area. Johnson gives the example of Wikipedia’s community as one where frequent contributors are also an indication of topic-based expertise. Explains Johnson, in Wikipedia, a community member that takes ownership of a page and can be seen as one of the page’s top contributors (without deletions) is likely to offer more relevant content than those that do not contribute often. Coupled with opinion ratings this adds an additional level of user legitimacy. While Johnson continues in his quest to thwart spammers and trolls, his site is already flourishing. For those attending SXSW Interactive, he is hosting a March 16 panel entitled, Trolls Suck, where he will continue to explore ways to ensure that thoughtful online contributors remain the majority in community sites. last_img read more

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Spirit of Odisha

first_imgSet up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international,Set up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international agencies and the Government.”The uniqueness of our institute is the pervasiveness of Jesuit values in all our work and actions, the predominance of collegial culture that encourages questioning and debates and the free and fair exchange of ideas,” explains Father Paul Fernandes, vice chancellor of Xavier University and director of XIMB. “These deep rooted cultures and values percolate down to the students who come from diverse educational and social backgrounds, having varied academic and industry experience. Our ultimate goal is to help our students to understand the true meaning of compassion, caring for others and at the same time spread the entrepreneurial spirit,” he adds.Last year XIMB set up the Xavier University (XUB). Located on a sprawling campus at Kurki, XUB has started offering management programmes using the latest in infrastructure and technology. The six programmes include postgraduate degree in business management (MBA), postgraduate degree in human resource management (MBA- HRM), postgraduate Community development, international exchanges and social entrepreneurship are just some of the highlights of campus life at the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar. By Sonali Acharjee degree in rural management (MBA- RM), part-time MBA, doctoral programme in management (ph.D) and the MBA in global management. The courses offered under each programme are of two types – core courses and elective courses.”We want to offer courses that cater to the emerging needs of the society and business – the content and delivery is updated regularly in consultation with experts from academics and industry,” says Fernandes. Interestingly, despite the job slowdown in the country, the institute achieved 100 per cent placement for students in MBA, MBA- HRM and MBA-RM in the last year. XIMB is also one of the few campuses in India where the Mahindra Group conducts their annual summer internship and placement event ‘war room’. “We have developed an extensive international network for collaboration with many international business schools. There are also over a dozen students’ societies in the field of academic, culture and sports. These societies are completely managed by students thus giving them the chance to learn beyond class rooms and to hone their soft skills,” explains Fernandes. For those interested in research and writing, the institute also publishes several noted journals that include Vilakshan, International Journal of Development and Social Research (IJDSR), Journal of Case Research, Journal of Research Practice and the Research World.advertisementCurrently the total number of students enrolled under various programmes at XIMB, XUB is around 1,090. This includes 140 rural management students, 145 human resource management students, 600 MBA students, 96 in the executive MBA course, 35 doctoral students and 14 Global MBA students. Additionally there are around 60 students in the school of commerce. “As part of our commitment to the development and growth of Odisha, conscious effort is always made to have about fifty percent of the students from the domicile of the State,” emphasises Fernandes.The institute is also home to a number of specialised centres which include the Center for Case Research, Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC), Center for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CRRCSR), Incubation Center. “Our social venture incubator aims to accelerate the successful development of social ventures through an array of business support resources and services. The incubator defines a social venture as a venture which focuses on achieving social change. It may or may not be a for-profit venture,” says Fernandes. Some of the social ventures aided by the incubator include Grassroutes (rural and tribal tourism venture); Dhriti (working with rural entrepreneurship); Milkmantra (a part of the country’s white revolution); Earth 360 ecoventures (pioneer in value-added millet products); Onergy (providing energy solutions to grid villages) and Wondergrass (aims to harness the potential of bamboo products).On the other hand, the EDC works to support institutions that are working in the development sector including NGOs and other agencies in the state. The cell provides expertise through consultancy and training programmes,. It also helps the institutions in the implementation of various developmental schemes in the field.In the last few years the institute has also been successful in securing several accreditations that include the SAQS Accreditation by the Association of Management Development Institutions in south Asia (AMDISA) and the NBA Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation. The institute is currently in the process of obtaining recognition by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well. Whether it’s the beautiful campus, unique extra-curricular activities or simply the idea of being a part of an institute that remains committed towards fair student development, XIMB is quickly becoming a favourite with management students across the country.advertisementlast_img read more

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Prez nod to law on transfer of captive mines without auction

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) A law to allow transfer of captive mines from one allottee to another without auction has been notified by the Centre. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, has got assent of President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, an official order said. The legislation will allow mergers and acquisitions worth billions of dollars in the domestic market as the provision of non-transfer of concessions granted otherwise through auction was coming in the way of banks and financial institutions to liquidate stressed assets where a company or its captive mining lease is mortgaged. It will also enable banks and financial institutions to sell stressed assets to recover debts. The new law amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, which regulates the mining sector in the country, to say that where a mining lease has been granted otherwise than through auction and where mineral from such mining lease is being used for captive purpose, such mining lease may be permitted to be transferred. It will, however, be subjected to compliance of such terms and conditions and payment of such amount or transfer charges as may be prescribed, as per the amended Act. An amended bill in this regard was passed in Rajya Sabha on May 2. Lok Sabha had passed it on March 16. While seeking Rajya Sabha nod for the bill, Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had earlier this month said that the proposed changes were in the larger interest of workers and that the provision was not intended to benefit any industrial house. Mukherjee has also given assent to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2016. It amend the Constitution to include certain castes in the list of Scheduled Castes in five states — Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal. PTI AKV RGadvertisementlast_img read more

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