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An Unsual Experience: Brahbee Said Weed Can Cure Ebola

first_imgI had just dropped my wife downtown on Buchanan Street and was heading back to work in Sinkor – 19th Street. At the car washing area on Buchanan Street between Carey and Benson streets, I slowed to let a “brahbee” (street peddler/petty hustler) cross the road and he shouted out “Shekie (big boss man), they say weed can cure Ebola!” He repeated it twice and with an unusual level of conviction.  My natural reaction would have been to dismissively respond “you stupid, ehn!”, but unsure of how he may respond and realizing I was outnumbered as the area teems with listless youth like him, I kept silent.  I instantly accepted that I was actually stunned by his statement, paused by both disbelief and despair.  I was shocked because coming from him I would normally consider this statement as foolish and silly. On reflection however, I was impressed that at least he was thinking about Ebola and how he could relate to it.  It appeared to me that ”brahbee” was concerned about his high, right, wrong or indifferent, but all the same, that was his level of concern. At the same time, he was looking for a solution that was familiar to him.  The despair came when I thought that these “brahbees” are our most vulnerable, the ones living on the edge of existence.  Most of the young people cannot afford basic necessities for Ebola prevention such as bleach and clean water.  Where is the support for the most vulnerable in our society? How do we get it to them quickly?  Do we just sit and wait for a national government response? As the common adage goes, “They are living by the grace of God”, but lest we forget, you and I constitute government with responsibilities and duties to our society and the State.Sitting and waiting for ‘the government’ which we believe has more responsibility than ourselves comes with a risk; a deadly alternative.  What happens when ‘brahbee dem’ get it?  We can be honest, many of these ‘brahbees’, both men and women are at the lowest rungs of our society, often considered a social nuisance, sometimes escalating to a menace.  We may not pay much attention to them, but they are all over our inner city, opening our cars doors, holding your bag, loading taxi and passengers, washing cars, helping you park or just annoyingly brushing pass you. This means they interact with cab drivers, with the ‘pem-pem’ boys and our domestic employees in their daily commute to and from work. They are possibly the largest group of moving potential carriers and they interact with us across all levels of society. They don’t likely have an organized means of communication and are most-often illiterate, drug-dazed and very mobile. Getting to them is a big challenge. Do we want to deal with that? I think (or certainly hope) NOT.Let’s go back one step and explain exactly how the “brahbee dem” relate to the all of us in the Ebola contracting cycle.  ‘Brahbee –dem’ refers to the low-lifers, most of who are drug users, petty criminals, pickpockets, car-loaders, the homeless, and our darling street boys. They will say anything to you to put a smile on your face for that 20 LD, but are likely also looking for you to let your guard down to steal your phone, car hubcaps, headlights or battery. For whatever time you were in Liberia, you may have heard them referred to as the “yana boys”, “grona boys”, “Don Bosco pekin dem”, “FBI them” or more officially, ‘brahbee.”  Honestly speaking, they are the rejects of our society, living in its under-belly, impacted by our civil war in unknown ways and used and abused by our failed systems. They have no access to health care, yet, they are Liberians and registered voters, like myself, who elected a government that promised peace and a better life.Monrovia and its surroundings currently host an estimated 1.5 million people or more, although it was built for 400,000. While we don’t have statistics on what percentage makes up the ‘brahbee dem’ and likely have not invested much to formally document their numbers or conditions, needless to say, basic observation can prove that they are numerous, and increasing.  One thing we know for sure is that we have all seen them, interacted with them, possibly know one or two who have fallen into this group through drug use, and can accept that our interaction is only the tip of the iceberg. Given what we now know of Ebola, even this merely casual interaction with them presents an elevated risk.  No matter the route, they are a constantly moving demographic. Remember Ebola does not require advanced levels of intimacy or significant amounts of contact which we would normally have because of our social strata.  Just a touch! We interact in this very small society, in an even smaller city and ‘Brahbee dem’ are among us, beside us and around us.According the WHO, it is clear that the Ebola virus is less prevalent in less populated and more remote cities like Barclayville or Cestos. It was acquired through one of our major food trading points, Lofa. It could have started from the small pepper trader. Today,  however, we are now discussing lives lost of Liberian and foreign doctors, health care workers, senior government employees like Patrick Sawyer and all the nameless victims we read about in Ebola statistics in our newspapers. It has impacted all levels of society. Ebola stands a chance to wipe out our entire society if we don’t prevent it from the level of the society which represents over 70% of Liberia’s economic value. I am speaking from the perspective that the Liberian people are its most valuable asset.Long winded perhaps, but my point to anyone is that this is an EVERYBODY fight. A nation and its people. This is one where running away is not a solution. Certainly if you leave and the ones that are left here die, how will the remaining 10% constitute a nation? Today, we have to stand up to the challenge and get behind one common cause to fight this face on. This will show to the world that, as a nation, we still have some strength in us. This is the unity that we need to save our people and rebuild Liberia to the 2030 vision – moving to a middle income country.I am not saying that we don’t care about the ‘Shekies’ like you and I with cell phones, cars and internet access.  I am just saying that the ‘Shekies’ have better options than ‘Brahbees dem.’ Today, I want us to think about the less fortunate and join whatever cause you can to support and let’s fight Ebola as a nation. Let’s avoid the blame game and get to work.So, can weed kill Ebola? I don’t know. I wish it could and the decriminalization discussion is possibly one for another day.  It was clear that the ‘brahbee’ association of weed to Ebola was the high we both needed to get somebody thinking about the true epidemic at hand. We act or lose the liberty that brought and keeps us here. Hehn, nahn fun O!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Legislators seeking more CSU oversight

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – Lawmakers are putting pressure on the California State University system with bills seeking more scrutiny of financial decisions. CSU, the nation’s largest four-year public university system with more than 400,000 students, has faced criticism in recent months for the way it rewards top executives. Among other things, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that CSU had quietly paid as much as $4million over 10 years to departing executives, a period in which student fees increased significantly. CSU officials said most of the executives who were given what is known as “transition pay” were working on special projects, but two were paid after taking jobs out of state. A bill introduced by Assembly members Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, and Julia Brownley, D-Woodland Hills, would require that CSU’s governing board of trustees approve all executive contracts in public session, detailing all benefits. Assembly Bill 1413 also seeks to add two positions to the board, which now includes 16 members appointed by the governor as well as five ex-officio members and alumni, faculty and student representatives. The additional members would be legislative appointments, one from the Senate and the other from the Assembly. The bill would require that executives who are paid for professorships must, in fact, teach and can’t earn more than a full-time professor would for similar work. last_img read more

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SECOND LEVEL STUDENT CODERS WANTED AT LYIT!

first_imgAre you a second level student interested in coding? Then if so, why not come along to Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s uCode 2016 competition this Friday 11 March.This programming based competition is open to second level students and will involve the students using the programming application ‘Scratch’. The task for the participating students is to produce a mini game with an educational theme for a particular age group.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, said the Department of Computing at the Institute has been involved in Coderdojo programmes throughout this county, and beyond, for a number of years.“Our graduates and staff have volunteered at Coderdojo initiatives, and the uCode event at the Institute is yet another step in the right direction at encouraging students to code. We have been overwhelmed by the interest in this event, and to date, we have 36 teams and 11 second level schools participating. It is hoped that this event will ignite, and stimulate, second level students’ passion for coding.“Students should arrive at the Institute by 11am and they will be assigned a computer lab to work in. They will be categorised based on their ages and divided into teams of 3. There will be 1st and 2nd prizes within each age category and we expect this to be a challenging and exciting competition.” Any students looking to take part should book their place in advance by Wednesday 9 March by emailing thomas.dowling@lyit.ie. You must book in advance to secure a place in this competition.For more details on this event check out www.lyit.ie/ucode2016/SECOND LEVEL STUDENT CODERS WANTED AT LYIT! was last modified: March 8th, 2016 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:codingdonegalLYITlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE DEFEATED BY ST. NAULS IN THE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe senior and reserve teams both lost at St. Nauls in the Intermediate Championship. However the U16s had a terrific win over Carndonagh to progress to the Northern Board Division 2 final.The seniors travelled to St Nauls for their first match of the Intermediate championship. However despite the scores being level early on, things didn’t go as the visitors hoped after that and the hosts emerged winners on a final scoreline of St. Nauls 0-16 0-7 Naomh Colmcille. The reserve team found themselves behind early on against the St Nauls but reduced the deficit by half time. A much improved second hald was not enough to overcome the deficit and the hosts won on a full time score of St. Nauls 1-15 2-8 Naomh Colmcille.Naomh Colmcille U16s advanced to the final of the Northern Board Division 2 Championship after a victory over Carndonagh at Pairc Colmcille on Friday evening.The home side got off to a great start with a point from Stephen Gallagher in the opening minute. Carndonagh responded quickly though and hit three points without reply. Stephen Gallagher got his second point to reduce the deficit before the visitors made it a two point game in the 9th minute. A determined run by Brendan O’Donnell resulted in a goal for Naomh Colmcille soon afterwards to put the home side in front again. They extended the lead to three points (1-4 to 0-4) with a fisted point from Stephen Gallagher and a free from David McNamee. A pointed free for the visitors reduced the deficit, but a point from PJ McBrearty and a long range effort from Peter Scott that found it’s way to the net gave Naomh Colmcille a six point advantage as half time approached. Four points for Carndonagh in the last 6 minutes of the half meant that the home side had a lead of 2-5 to 0-9 at the short whistle.Brendan O’Donnell took a pass from PJ McBrearty to score the opening point of the second half and Louis Cole scored in the 8th minute. These were cancelled out by two points for Carndonagh. Brendan O’Donnell gathered a long free from Stephen Gallagher to make it a three point game. Carndonagh got the next score from a free, but the final four points of the match came the way of the home team. Louis Cole pointed in the 18th minute of the half, David McNamee scored from a free, and another following good play involving Louis Cole and PJ McBrearty, with PJ McBrearty completing the scoring on a highly satisfactory evening for the home side. Full time score Naomh Colmcille Naomh Colmcille 2-12 0-12 Carndonagh. The boys now take on Cloughaneely in the Division 2 Championship final.Naomh Colmcille: Caolan McAuley, Jason Fitzpatrick, Conor Doherty, James Duffy, Mark Friel, Ian Fitzpatrick, Jordan McDaid, Peter Scott (1-0), Stephen Gallagher (0-3), Kevin Gallagher, PJ McBrearty (0-2), Jack Hazlett, Louis Cole (0-2), David McNamee (0-3 (0-2 f)), Brendan O’Donnell (1-2). Subs (used) Brett McGinty, Michael Devine, David Whoriskey, Ian Fitzpatrick.The Sean McDaid memorial cup took place on Saturday. Well done to all the players from Naomh Colmcille, Burt, and Glenswilly.The results of the guess the score competition for the final against Kerry will be included in next week’s notes.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U12. Training continues Friday 3rd October. See Facebook for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 3rd October. See Facebook for updates during the week.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. Training on Wednesday (1st October) at 6:15 pm sharp. Registration afterwards. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 24, 10, 21, 16, 14 and the most correct winners are Mark Ferry, Lee McDaid and Michael O’Donnell who win €25 each. Last week’s numbers were 14, 1, 22, 15, 18 and the winner was Michael O’Donnell Carrig Inn who won €75. Next week’s jackpot €6,300.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE DEFEATED BY ST. NAULS IN THE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 29th, 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Hittner Named Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year for the Second Straight Season

first_imgAnother excellent student with a 3.56 GPA in finance, Bachrodt has garnered back-to-back MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention accolades. Hittner is the first Bulldog to be named the conference player of the year twice since Drake legend Wanda Ford in 1985 and 1986. She is the first MVC player to win the award twice since Kristi Cirone of Illinois State claimed the award three times in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Cirone, Ford, Hittner, Christy Neneman of Creighton (2002 & 2003) and Jackie Stiles of Missouri State (1999, 2000, 2001) are the only multiple player of the year winners in conference history. An excellent student, Hittner, who holds a 3.96 GPA in marketing, was selected to the Google Cloud (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Third Team, to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week during the regular season. Hittner’s MVC Player of the Year award is a league-leading 10th for a Drake player. She is part of an impressive set of former Bulldog stars who were named MVC Player of the Year. Ford (1985, 1986), Jan Jensen (1991), Kristi Kinne (1995), Tricia Wakely (1996), Kiersten Miller (1998), Rachael Hackbarth (2012), Kyndal Clark (2014) and Wendell (2017) have all claimed the league’s top individual award. Bachrodt, who was also named MVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, is the only Bulldog to be named the top defensive player in the conference. She is a two-time All-MVC First Team selection and also earned All-MVC Honorable Mention honors in 2017. Bachrodt, who has started all 130 games in her career, is averaging great all-around number of 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a league-high 2.4 steals per game in her final season. With 272 career steals, Bachrodt needs three more to break Kay Riek’s all-time record that has stood since 1984. Among the MVC leaders, Bachrodt is tied for fifth in three-point percentage at 37.7 and is 15th in field goal percentage at 42.6. A three-time MVC All-Defensive Team honoree, she and Linda Sayavongchonh (2003, 2004, 2005) are the only Bulldogs to be picked to the MVC All-Defensive Team three times. Bachrodt has posted impressive all-around career numbers of 1,151 points, 371 assists, 571 rebounds while shooting 38.2 percent from three, 44.3 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.center_img Hittner is scoring a league-best 19.9 points per game while her name is among the MVC leaders in several other statistical categories, including three-point percentage (39.9, 3rd), field goal percentage (48.4, 4th), free throw percentage (81.6, 5th) and rebounding (5.2, 14th). She and teammate Sara Rhine have a league-best 14 20-point plus scoring games, and Hittner has posted a league-best four 30-point plus scoring games. Hittner scored in double digits in 27-of-30 games and is the No. 3 active scorer in the league with 1,490 points. On Wednesday, she was named to the All-MVC First Team for the third-consecutive season and joins former standout Lizzy Wendell as the only Bulldogs to earn All-MVC First Team honors in each of their first three seasons. MOLINE, Ill. – For the second-consecutive season, Drake University junior Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) is the Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while senior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) is the MVC Defensive Player of the Year. The pair along with Drake’s other MVC award winners were presented their awards at a ceremony on the opening night of the 2019 MVC Tournament at Moline’s TaxSlayer Center. Drake is the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Indiana State or No. 9 Valparaiso on Friday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Her 1,490 career point are accompanied by 91 steals, 175 three-pointers, 212 assists and 482 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent from three (leads all active NCAA players), 49.5 percent from the floor, and 83.5 percent from the free throw line (3rd all-time at Drake).last_img read more

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COP 17 president hails landmark talks

first_img11 December 2011COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, herself lauded for steering the UN climate summit to a historic conclusion, has congratulated all the countries at the Durban conference for “rising to the occasion when it was most required”.The all-important talks ended in the early hours of Sunday morning after discussions continued throughout Saturday, a day after the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was scheduled to end.The “Durban Platform” package of agreements finally arrived at include a clear pathway to a new legally binding instrument on emission reductions, a new commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, the launch of the Green Climate Fund, and the implementation of the agreements made in Cancun, Mexico in 2010.Praise from UN climate secretaryNkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation, was hailed by UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres on Sunday for having “steered through a long and intense conference to a historic agreement that has met all major issues.”Nkoana-Mashabane – who worked very closely with Figueres and her team, and on several occasions referred to Figueres as her “sister” – thanked the global body for “their professional and much appreciated support.“We look forward to continuing to work together in the further discharge of our duties as COP 17 president.”Nkoana-Mashabane saluted all the delegations, saying: “You were prepared to show the required political will to move this process forward. It is without any doubt in my mind that we have worked together to save tomorrow, today.“Climate Change is our common problem which affects us all, and the Durban Platform is the story we will take home with us.”Indabas had ‘restored trust in the multilateral system’Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa had organised the final stages of the marathon negotiations into African-style “indabas” in order to “to restore trust in the multilateral system and to enshrine transparency and inclusivity within our party-driven process.”The South African minister congratulated Qatar as the incoming COP 18 president, and South Korea for its “gracious gesture to compromise by offering to host the informal ministerial meetings in preparation for COP 18”.Bringing the conference to its final close, Nkoana-Mashabane thanked the City of Durban, the International Convention Centre (ICC) “and all those hard-working support staff who spent marathon hours to contribute to the success of this event.”BuaNews, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 23, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in our outlook this morning. We remain dry through at least Friday in all areas of the state. Once again, the big rains for next week are up for some debate, but all data points toward some action. Temps today will not be quite as warm as yesterday, and temps tomorrow through the end of the week pull back into the upper 40s and low 50s. We see full sunshine through Friday, although clouds may start to push into western areas late on Friday. Showers develop over the a large part of Ohio for Saturday and Sunday, scattered through each day. Combined rain totals will be from a few hundredths to .4” with 80% coverage. The map at right shows combined rain totals out of the system this weekend. On Monday we see clouds take their own sweet time to break up. We wont rule out a few hit and miss showers, particularly in western Ohio and central Ohio. However coverage of any moisture on Monday will be limited to 40% of the state. We follow that up with a sunny and dry Tuesday. Rain remains on track for next Wednesday. The European model moves the system through quickly, while other models suggest a longer tail on this system, with more rain Thursday. We will leave rain totals mostly under half an inch, but will expand the upper end of the range, looking for .2”-.7” over 90% of the state. We may have to boost totals if rains keep good intensity into Thursday. Dry for next Friday, the 2nd and the start of the weekend Saturday morning. Then, however, clouds increase, and we have another strong low coming in from the west for late Saturday the 3rd and going through Sunday the 4th. This system looks to be rather rain laden, but we are pulling back on rains just a bit, because we think thunderstorm potential is lower than our initial thoughts. We are putting rain totals at .25”-1” over the entire state. We continue to look for another system going toward the 7th with .25”-1” potential, and then another front around the 11th, making the first part of November very active and wet.last_img read more

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How Many Women Has Apple Put On The WWDC Keynote Stage Since 2007?

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#diversity#Google#Minorities#women in tech#WWDC#WWDC 2014 Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Taking Steps To ChangeThe race and gender disparity in technology is not going to change overnight. But there are steps companies can take to highlight diversity in their own organizations to begin to change the perception of the technological workforce. See also: Google’s Diversity Transparency Is Great—But It’s Still Just A StartGoogle, for instance, recently released information on the gender and race imbalance at its own company—Google is 70% male, and in the U.S., 60% white. By acknowledging this disparity, Google is in a better position do something about it, and to encourage both startups and larger companies to do the same. There’s no bigger stage for Apple than its annual developers conference. People come from all over the world to see what the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has planned for the rest of the year. Apple should use this opportunity not only to show off the importance of its new tech that will change how people build products and services, but also show off the importance of an all-inclusive work environment. This year, Apple’s WWDC slogan was “Write the code, change the world.” The company needs to recognize the world is a very, very big place, in which different genders and races all use its products.Maybe next year, Apple’s slogan could be: Write the code, change the ratio.Update 5:28 PM:Here’s a photo from the WWDC women-in-tech get together, posted by Mashable writer Christina Warren. Three female engineering leads from Apple speak to the audience. Maybe they can get on stage next year! Screenshot image of Apple’s 2014 WWDC keynote by Stephanie Chan for ReadWriteUpdate: It has come to our attention that another woman has appeared on the WWDC stage in 2010, Zynga’s Jen Herman. Apologies for the omission, Jen. (And thanks, Amanda Wixted, for letting us know!) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In the seven years since Apple released the iPhone and changed what it meant to own a mobile device, it has trotted out one male executive after another at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference to showcase new software, apps, and operating systems. Conspicuously missing on stage during the excitement and announcements: Women and minorities.Bay Area-based writer Joe Kukura recently scanned through 16 hours of WWDC keynote address video. His findings: 57 men have spoken during a WWDC keynote since 2007, but just one woman. In 2009, Stephanie Morgan and her male business partner made a very brief appearance to tout their iPhone app. The other developer speakers who took the stage in 2009 were all male, and all went on solo. [Update: Turns out, one other woman has appeared at a WWDC keynote: Jen Herman from Zynga. See update at the bottom for more info.]See also: Why The iPhone’s Success Has Women To ThankAfter reviewing the keynotes myself, I noticed women or minorities have appeared a handful of times in photos while white male executives demonstrate the capabilities of the smartphone’s camera or editing software. They just weren’t on stage themselves. Siri, the iPhone equivalent of a personal secretary who Apple identifies as female, briefly made an appearance in 2012—though voice-command systems hardly count as representatives for gender diversity.Apple: Recognize Your AudienceWomen make up half the population, account for 60 percent of online purchases, and were a major factor in the iPhone’s success, preferring the small, slender phones to Android devices. And smartphones are more popular among blacks and Hispanics in the U.S. than among whites.So why has Apple all but omitted them in WWDC keynotes? See also: At Last, Women In Technology Are Making Themselves HeardIt’s indicative of a much broader diversity problem within the technology industry—especially in roles that are highly technical, where—to put it plainly—women and minorities are vastly outnumbered by white males. But let’s be clear: Even if there are relatively few women and minorities in the upper echelons of the tech industry, Apple clearly has both the resources and the cachet to attract them as employees and speakers.Instead, it looks like no one at Apple has even thought about it. And by overwhelmingly favoring white men as speakers at its biggest event of the year, Apple basically tells people in the audience and those watching around the world: This is what a successful technologist looks like.Those disparities are mirrored in the WWDC audience—obviously not in a directly causal fashion, but one that’s striking nonetheless:Apple’s stage presence might not accurately represent the people using their products, but it’s a fair reflection of its leadership. In October of last year, Apple hired former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts for the role of senior vice president of retail and online stores, effectively bringing its female leadership count to two, including Andrea Jung who sits on the company’s board of directors. Apple’s company leadership resembles its stage presence—although the leadership does come off slightly better, given its 9-to-1 male-female ratio, compared to 57-to-1 prevailing at the WWDC keynote. selena larson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Jinnah a ‘mahapurush’, says Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule

first_imgAmid a row over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait at the Aligarh Muslim University, local BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule has termed the founder of Pakistan a ‘mahapurush’ (great personality).Ms. Phule alleged that the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues such as ensuring equal rights to Dalits. “All the ‘mahapurush’ who had contributed to the freedom struggle, irrespective of their caste or community, need to be respected,” the MP, who has been vocally critical of the State government over Dalit issues, told newspersons here on Thursday night. Asked if Jinnah was a ‘mahapurush’, she replied, “He was, is, and will always remain a great person.” “The portrait of such a ‘mahapurush’, wherever it is required, should be installed with respect… Jinnah is respected from the times of freedom struggle… His name should be taken with respect,” she said. The BJP MP said the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues of ‘bahujan samaj’ of poverty, starvation, etc. Her own party colleague and MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, had earlier written a letter to AMU vice-chancellor seeking explanation as to why Jinnah’s portrait continues to adorn the walls of the university, triggering a massive controversy. To a question on Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar’s statements that backward people were being neglected, Ms. Phule said she too had felt the same way.Ms. Phule had earlier raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits. She had, in March, held a “save Constitution” rally in Lucknow in which BJP flags and symbols were missing.last_img read more

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Cong., SAD tussle for ‘Panth’ support

first_imgTo garner the support of the ‘Panth’ (Sikh community) ahead of the parliamentary polls due next year, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership on Sunday tried to project themselves as ‘pro-Panth’ at their respective rallies. The exercise comes in the backdrop of the sacrilege case of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in 2015.As Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accused the Badals of lying on the Bargari sacrilege case and the subsequent incidents of police firing in 2015, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal hit back saying that the Congress was hatching a conspiracy to grab Sikh institutions.At Lambi’s Killianwali, the stronghold of the Akali Dal, Capt. Amarinder said that Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has been giving false statements on the ‘Bargari sacrilege’ case and the police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.“How could the Chief Minister of the State not know about such an important development (police firing incidents),” said Capt. Amarinder, pointing out that the DGP had spoken to Mr. Badal at 2 a.m. and had also spoken with the IG several times. “If, despite this, Mr. Badal did not know about the incident, he should be ashamed,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder blamed the Badals for the drug-related deaths in the State, and for failing to save the farmers from debt, which was left to his government to waive despite the economic crisis.“Mr. Badal failed to implement the report of their own Zora Commission formed to probe the sacrilege and firing cases,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that anyone found guilty by the SIT would be punished as per the law and nobody would be spared.On the other hand in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder’s home town, Mr. Badal while addressing the party’s ‘protest rally’, said he had always maintained that all these false allegations against his party on the issue of the sacrilege were part of the deep-rooted Congress conspiracy to grab control of ‘Sikh gurdhams’.“From now on, the fight is between ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Congress Panth’,” he said, alleging that the government has betrayed the people of Punjab by going back on every promise it had made during the Assembly poll campaign in 2017.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those who committed sacrilege at Bargari did it to destroy peace and communal harmony in Punjab. “If anyone was mortified at this development it was the SAD. The Congress used this incident to launch a defamation campaign against us and is still teaming up with elements who are using the name of the Panth to earn money.” Meanwhile, the AAP rebels, led by former Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira, held a ‘protest march’ from Kotkapura to Bargari, demanding action against those responsible for the police firing at Bargari and sacrilege incidents.last_img read more

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