10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admiration

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admirationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino admits they need to sell if they’re to sign West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.It’s been suggested Marcelino would prefer to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and replace him with Chicharito.He said, “Chicharito is a player with an international trajectory. But I prefer the four attackers we have. I do not see today the possibility that we stay with five attackers because it is a particular position. “We have four good attackers. They do not find the way to the goal but we have to change that. If an attacker leaves us because all the parties agree, we will look for a solution in the transfer window. But we are not considering the possibility of having five attackers.” last_img read more

Le gouvernement annonce des emplois dété pour les étudiants

first_imgLe gouvernement a annoncé, aujourd’hui 4 mars, qu’il embauchera plus de 150 étudiants à l’échelle de la province pendant le printemps et l’été. Plus de 80 postes seront affichés en ligne aujourd’hui. D’autres étudiants seront embauchés pour des stages et des placements dans le cadre de programmes d’enseignement coopératif directement en collaboration avec les établissements d’enseignement, et d’autres seront de retour dans des emplois d’été pour lesquels ils ont déjà postulé avec succès. « Nous souhaitons que les jeunes Néo-Écossais soient au courant des possibilités intéressantes d’emploi ici, chez eux, souligne Labi Kousoulis, ministre de la Commission de la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ces emplois aideront les jeunes à acquérir de l’expérience de travail et à économiser pour leurs études. Ces emplois sont aussi avantageux pour nous en raison de la créativité, des nouvelles idées et de l’enthousiasme que les jeunes apportent au travail. » Les 80 postes à pourvoir sont répartis à l’échelle de la province, et incluent une vaste gamme d’emplois, par exemple des conseillers de camp, des travailleurs en ressources forestières ou des techniciens d’entretien d’aéronef. Tous les emplois sont réservés aux étudiants. On encourage les étudiants des universités et des collèges et les élèves du deuxième cycle du secondaire à présenter une demande. Il s’agit d’une autre étape pour assurer l’embauche d’un plus grand nombre de jeunes travailleurs dans la fonction publique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En novembre, plus de 70 postes de la fonction publique ont été annoncés, exigeant aucune expérience ou une expérience minimale. Au cours des cinq prochaines années, cinq pour cent des nouveaux employés du gouvernement provincial seront des jeunes travailleurs. Tout cela fait partie de l’initiative « Make it Here » qui établit des liens entre les jeunes travailleurs et les programmes du gouvernement en matière d’éducation, de formation et d’entrée sur le marché du travail. L’initiative offre également aux employeurs du soutien pour l’embauche ou la formation de jeunes travailleurs ou de travailleurs avec peu d’expérience. « Nous voulons voir un plus grand nombre de jeunes s’installer et travailler en Nouvelle-Écosse, affirme Kelly Regan, ministre responsable de la Jeunesse. Nous avons des programmes qui aident des centaines de jeunes à accéder à de bons emplois ici, chez eux. Nous donnons l’exemple et nous encourageons les employeurs à embaucher de jeunes diplômés, d’assurer le mentorat des apprentis et d’offrir aux étudiants davantage de possibilités d’apprentissage en cours d’emploi. » L’une des personnes invitées à l’annonce aujourd’hui était Jennifer West, préposée au service de la paie au ministère des Services internes. Elle a débuté sa carrière au sein de la fonction publique à titre d’étudiante en 2012. « Le fait de travailler au sein du gouvernement pendant mes études m’a permis d’acquérir de l’expérience pratique, affirme Mme West. J’ai été en mesure de mettre en application ce que j’ai appris en classe, directement dans mon environnement de travail. Cette expérience m’a aidée à obtenir un poste à temps plein au sein de la fonction publique quelques années plus tard, et elle m’aide toujours aujourd’hui. » Pour voir les postes annoncés aujourd’hui ainsi que les autres possibilités d’emploi dans la fonction publique, consultez le http://makeithere.novascotia.ca (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Liberal promise to set strict rules for unpaid interns pushed to 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won’t make good on their vow to crack down on unpaid internships until next year — almost four years after the issue first landed on the federal government’s agenda.In the 2017 budget, the Liberals promised to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated workplaces — the only exception being student placements required as part of a school course. Interns would be treated like regular employees, with the same work hours and under the same safety regulations.Officials now say it will be fall of 2019 — right when the next federal election is expected — when they unveil the final set of regulations, at which time those groups pushing for an end to unpaid internships will find out when the rules come into force.Cabinet will have the final say on when the rules come into effect.“Once the legislation was amended, most people assumed you couldn’t do this anymore,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“I don’t know why they haven’t put forth the regulations on this because they were very clear. Immediately after they got elected, they acted on it.”Since coming to office, the Liberals have touted spending aimed at creating more jobs for young people — notably doubling funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and putting money into creating internships and apprenticeships — hoping to meet campaign promises that won over many young voters.NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton accused the Liberals of being “all talk and no action” on an issue of vital importance to young Canadians.“There’s no excuse for not making a change sooner.”The previous Conservative government promised changes to labour laws to protect unpaid interns as part of their 2015 budget, but the rules were never implemented.The Liberals revived the proposal in December 2015, weeks after taking office, and faced opposition to its plan to allow unpaid work for up to four months full-time or up to a year part-time. The Canadian Intern Association dropped out of consultations, students mounted protests and labour groups demanded the whole process be restarted.When Patty Hajdu became labour minister in early 2017, her mandate letter called for updating labour standards “to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships.”The government’s second budget bill last year deleted part of the Canada Labour Code that provided an allowance for unpaid internships in certain cases, but left an existing exception for educational placements intact.In a statement, Hajdu said the government was committed to consulting Canadians on the changes before they are implemented.“Young Canadians need meaningful work experience to start strong in their careers, but unpaid internships can be unfair and exploitative,” she said.“We will eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where they are not part of a formal educational program during this mandate.”A new round of consultations is set to launch next month and run into the fall to coincide with talks about new unpaid leaves for family reasons, traditional Indigenous practices, and victims of family violence.“While we’re encouraged that the federal government is finally moving forward on addressing unpaid internships within federally regulated employers, we’re also concerned that the timelines are excessive and push any concrete action into 2019 or 2020,” said Andrew Langille, counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.“The commitment to tackle unpaid internships was made during the 2015 election and one would think four years would be enough time to tackle a straightforward regulatory change.”Ashton said some schools are avoiding unpaid internships for students. Even so, she said, some young people believe unpaid work is the only way they can get job experience and a foothold in the labour market.Last week’s latest jobs figures from Statistics Canada showed an 11.7 per cent unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 24 — almost twice the national average of six per cent and up from May’s rate of 11.1 per cent.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Reddit co-founder pushes hard for paternity leave

NEW YORK — Venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian says he can’t imagine how he and Serena Williams would have coped with a new baby if he had not been able to take leave from his job.Now the Reddit co-founder is rallying all men to join the battle cry for paid parental leave in the U.S., the only industrialized country that does not mandate it at the federal level.When daughter Olympia was born in 2017, Ohanian was very public about taking the full 16 weeks of paid leave available to him at Initialized Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded.This week, he was in New York to launch Dove Men+Care initiative to champion paternity leave, including a $1 million fund for U.S. fathers with no access to paid leave.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press read more

Urban chickens approved in Norfolk

Town, hamlet and neighbourhood exemptions were rejected this week as Norfolk council approved rules and regulations for keeping chickens in urban areas of the county.“The problem is you start it for one and it becomes a regular issue,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said during a public meeting Tuesday under the Planning Act.Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen agreed.“When you open the door, you have to let everyone in,” Van Paassen said. “I don’t see how we can do that without having to review the entire situation.”Chopp and Van Paassen were responding to an exemption request from the Villages of Long Point Bay Residents Association in Port Rowan.Council also received a 55-signature petition from the Pine Ridge Estate neighbourhood in Port Dover opposing hens in the urban zone.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele said the Villages of Long Point subdivision and its unique features make it especially unsuited to backyard chickens. Homes are small and close together while fences are forbidden.“There’s greater potential for conflict with the neighbours not having fencing to protect them,” Masschaele said.“Sometimes you have the bad luck of being stuck beside the bad chicken owner. I hope that is dealt with with strict, rigid bylaw enforcement.”Norfolk’s journey to urban poultry began nearly three years ago when Simcoe youth Andrew Moore, 15, asked Norfolk County to allow urban households to keep a modest number of hens. This is legal in some communities of Ontario and Moore says it has not been terribly disruptive.Norfolk took a year to study small flocks in the county’s hamlet areas. The county concluded that backyard poultry – in modest numbers — is a low-risk proposition. Tuesday’s approval under the Planning Act is the culmination of that process, although there were objections along the way.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus made some predictions. He said negligent owners will create odour, fly and rodent issues for their neighbours.“I’ve had first-hand experience,” Columbus said. “I’ve lived with chickens for 20 years. You can bet the manure is going to end up in the urban garbage pickup. There must be good reason why – 100 years ago – chickens were banned from urban areas.”Keeping chickens in town also has its defenders.Rick Dawdry, of Vittoria, said the keeping of chickens, rabbits, pigeons and the like teaches young people responsibility as well as empathy for animals.Dawdry noted that the Norfolk County Fair has encouraged this activity for decades with its own dedicated barn for exhibiting rabbits, poultry and other fowl.“There will not be a large influx of chickens,” Dawdry said. “I’ve seen this before. There will be a few people here and there. There will not be a run on people keeping chickens.”The new rules allow for a modest number of hens per property – four – while enforcing a prohibition on roosters because of noise issues.Because chickens are livestock and were previously limited to rural areas, the new policy required a zoning amendment. Changes were also required to Norfolk’s animal control bylaw.Highlights of the new rules include:The four hens per property must be at least four months of age when introduced to the urban zone. Feed must be kept in secure containers to deter rodents. No in-town slaughtering. No curb-side sale of eggs, manure or other products. Manure must be disposed of in a responsible fashion, preferably in partnership with a landowner in the agricultural zone. Coops are allowed to a maximum of 10 square metres with a maximum height of three metres. Coops must observe a minimum rear- and sideyard setback of three metres. In-town hen keepers much register their poultry with the Ontario Chicken Marketing Board. Coops are to be enclosed on all six sides. Preferably, they are anchored in the ground to deter predators. Owners of backyard hens must reside on the property where they are kept. Tenants must obtain written permission from their landlord before keeping poultry on site. Voting in favour of urban poultry were Chopp, Van Paassen, Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts, Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor, Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin and Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman.Opposed were Columbus, Masschaele, and Langton Coun. Roger Geysens.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN agency agrees to new standards to reduce costs in cyberspace

The agency’s standards making arm is the first to complete the work long sought after by the industry, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced today in a news release in Geneva. Interworking standards mean that service providers will no longer be restricted to the products of one company, ITU said. Moreover, the emerging standards will allow service providers to use existing technologies to transport data at greater speeds. An overriding objective is the reduction of complexity in rolling out new services and a more efficient use of equipment, it added. ITU-T, the standards making arm, is leading a more pragmatic approach to networking by providing standards that link disparate technologies such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and Multiprotocol Label Switching Standard (MPLS), providing interworking between two dominant technologies in the connection-oriented packet-switched network (co-ps) mode. read more

Commander of West African force in Côte dIvoire to lead UN mission

In an exchange of letters, the Council and Mr. Annan agreed on the appointment of General Fall, who is currently leading a force from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which will be folded into UNOCI when it deploys in early April.Bangladesh, Benin, France, Ghana, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Togo and Ukraine have agreed to provide military personnel to UNOCI, according to the Secretary-General’s letter to the Council.

Senior UN officials urge Group of 77 nations to work collectively on

“Less than two years remain to the end of 2015,” Mr. Ban said at a ceremony at UN Headquarters where Fiji handed over the chairmanship of the Group to Bolivia. “In that time, we must do much more to achieve the MDGs, define a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda and agree on a global climate agreement.”He noted the importance of the forum’s members working together with the available tools to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic well-being and lay the foundations for a sustainable future.“We live in a time of almost limitless possibility,” Mr. Ban said, but also noting that this is a time when the stakes have never been higher. Assembly President Ashe also stressed the importance of working collectively, particularly to lay the groundwork for a post-2015 development agenda, “The next 12 months will determine whether or not we are able to deliver on the promises of 2015,” Mr. Ashe told participants at the event, which was held in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.There, Fiji’s Foreign Minister RatuInoke Kubuabola ceremonially handed over the chairmanship to Bolivian President Evo Morales, who will speak to journalists later today.“Under Bolivia’s watch, the G77 [the Groups’ more informal moniker] will have an important role to play in the activities and processes that will – as the saying goes – make or break our collective success,” said Mr. Ashe. The Group, established in 1964 by 77 States, now includes more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world’s population.Marking the G77’s fiftieth anniversary, Mr. Ashe praised the Group for its strong commitment to working together over the years, even as goals and national circumstances have changed. “You are an example of the might of South-South cooperation, and a harbinger of greater collaboration that is yet to come,” he said. Speaking to journalists in New York later in the day, Mr. Morales said that Bolivia had decided to mark the Group’s official anniversary with a special event to be hosted on 15 June, with the participation of Mr. Ban, who he called “the elder brother of the United Nations”. read more

First installation of Enduron SP cone crusher demonstrates its potential

first_imgReflecting its commitment to expanding its local crusher capability, Weir Minerals Africa recently commissioned the world’s first Enduron® SP cone crusher at a local gold waste rock aggregate plant. Early results indicate that this new technology has significant potential for smaller miners and aggregate producers alike, delivering all the performance characteristics these markets have come to expect of a crusher, but with improved reliability. The Enduron SP cone crusher is characterised by a unique and ingenious design, easily combining light weight, compact dimensions and a robust frame to offer one of the most advanced cone crushers in the industry. Its innovative design achieves improved energy efficiencies, lower operating costs, reduced frequency of maintenance as well as increased reliability with varying feed conditions, a problem that has beleaguered many suppliers over the years.“Enduron SP cone crushers range from 100 hp to 400 hp, delivering one of the highest production-capacity-per-feed ratios in the industry,” JD Singleton, Process Manager at Weir Minerals Africa, says. “Cone crusher adjustments and operations are fully automated, and a hydraulic adjustment and locking system allows adjustments under full load. The power of a high eccentric speed, up to 375 rpm, with a larger crushing stroke results in more tons per hour produced, compared to standard cone crushers. In fact, the SP series of cone crushers delivers 30 to 40% more capacity per hour than spring-type cone crushers, according to our data and operational analysis. In addition, the Enduron SP series of cone crushers has a high pivot point and increased mantle slope that result in a high-quality, cubical product.“We installed the Enduron SP cone crusher on a turnkey basis and the customer has been impressed with the increased throughput, compared to other crushers in his plant, and the fact that a more consistent size range is being achieved.“Based on this performance, we believe the Enduron SP cone crusher is going to prove extremely appealing to a lot of operations in the mining and aggregate markets. Having proved its proficiency in this local operation, we intend to roll this technology out to all the territories we serve through our 20 service centres scattered around Africa. These crushers are ideal for the African context, particularly in terms of preparing feeds for High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGRs) or milling circuits, and to support aggregate specifications.”Weir Minerals Africa plans to support these and other crushers in the Enduron range with local production. This includes local manufacture of crusher liners at the Weir Heavy Bay Foundry in Port Elizabeth, incorporating proprietary technologies. As with other products in its comminution range, Weir Minerals Africa intends to become a full solutions provider in crushing technology, which is seen as an ideal complement to its greater comminution offering.During a recent visit to South Africa Kurt O’Bryan, Weir Minerals’ Global Product Manager for cone crushers and screens based in North America, commented that no other company in the region has an aftermarket footprint that compares to Weir Minerals Africa.“This extensive footprint is the ideal vehicle to roll out and support our expanding Enduron range,” he said. “We’ve been operating and growing the reach of our southern African service centres for decades and they are unmatched in terms of capability and excellence. We’re now expanding and leveraging this success story with the Enduron cone crushers and a number of other new products needed in the present market, which offer the same Big Five features as our existing range, namely reliability, efficiency, low operating costs, high performance and aftermarket support.”The Enduron line of comminution equipment includes jaw and impact crushers, as well as screens and feeders.last_img read more

Two arrested after Malcolm X grandson beaten to death

first_imgMEXICAN POLICE HAVE arrested two waiters who allegedly beat the grandson of late US civil rights activist Malcolm X to death in a bar after he disputed a tab of $1,200 (around €924), prosecutors said today.Mexico City’s top prosecutor, Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza, said authorities were looking for two more suspects in the death of Malcolm Shabazz, 29, who was found lying on the street in front of The Palace Club on Thursday.Shabazz, who had a troubled youth and spent time in detention for setting the fire that killed his grandmother, died later in hospital of blunt-force trauma, with head injuries, a broken jaw and fractured ribs.The victim and a friend had been accosted on the street by two women aged 20 and 25 who convinced them to go to the bar, Rios Garza said.He said the pair consumed alcohol and at around 3:00 am “two waiters along with two other subjects” demanded they pay an excessively high $1,200 bill.“The victims did not agree with the amount and after failing to reach an agreement, the now deceased was beaten and his companion was threatened and stripped of his belongings inside the building,” Rios Garza told reporters.There is no evidence Shabazz was attacked because he was black, he said.He later told local radio that Shabazz was beaten with fists and may have also been kicked and bludgeoned with a bat or a stick.The prosecutor named the suspects as David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus. They face robbery and homicide charges.Authorities want to question the two women and the bar owner. Prosecutors said the bar’s three surveillance cameras were turned to face a wall and that all recordings had disappeared.LocationThe club is located across the street from Plaza Garibaldi, a famous square known for roving Mariachi bands and seedy dive bars, but Rios Garza stressed that The Palace Club is not a tourist spot.An AFP reporter who visited the scene found decrepit building with the door to the bar signaled by a single neon sign. Local media reported the premises doubled as a strip joint, but neighbors described it as a karaoke bar.Rios Garza said he did not know why the friend was spared but noted that they were separated in different rooms during the attack. The two men had arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, a city at the US border.Shabazz spent time in a juvenile detention center for starting the fire that led to the death of his grandmother Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, in 1997. The civil rights leader was assassinated in 1965.- © AFP, 2013Read: My favourite speech: President Michael D Higgins >last_img read more

Vera Twomey stopped at Dublin Airport attempting to bring medicinal cannabis into

first_img 212 Comments Vera Twomey stopped at Dublin Airport attempting to bring medicinal cannabis into the country Twomey said she declared the medication and it was confiscated by customs officials. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Luke Flanagan via Facebook 50,346 Views Share Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3351538 center_img Friday 21 Apr 2017, 3:32 PM Image: Luke Flanagan via Facebook CORK WOMAN VERA Twomey had medically prescribed cannabis confiscated from her today at Dublin Airport as she arrived from Barcelona in Spain.Twomey has been leading an ongoing campaign to allow her daughter Ava to receive medicinal cannabis products to help with her condition.Ava (7) suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, and can suffer from several seizures a day.Twomey says that medicinal marijuana in liquid form has the potential to save her daughter’s life, as it reduces the frequency of her seizures.She travelled to Barcelona in Spain to see a specialist and was prescribed THC oil medication to help with her daughter’s condition. This type of medication is banned in most cases in Ireland.Twomey declared this medication with customs when she arrived at Dublin Airport from Barcelona at about midday this afternoon.She was held and interviewed by customs officials for about 45 minutes and the bottle of THC was confiscated.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Twomey said that she had done nothing wrong and that she felt strongly that she should be allowed to give her daughter THC.“We feel very strongly that we did nothing wrong and that this medication is necessary to save the lives of children like my daughter,” she said. We went through customs and declared the medication. We willingly gave the bottle [to customs officials] and they confiscated it.CampaignTwomey’s daughter Ava has been on a CBD-based treatment since last October, and has shown a marked improvement. This product contains very little THC — the active substance in cannabis which results in a high.Vera has been campaigning for months now for the stronger THC-based medication, which she says will help her daughter.She travelled to Barcelona with Dublin TD Gino Kenny and Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. She met with a consultant at the Kalapa Clinic in Barcelona, and they prescribed the drug for Ava.“We met with a consultant… and he determined that Eva was a candidate [for the medication] and that it would be necessary for seizure control that she would have THC alongside CBD,” said Twomey.The Kalapa Clinic is a European medical consultancy that develops alternative health therapies using cannabinoids (for example, THC). Medicinal cannabis can be legally prescribed in Spain as well as several other European countries.Ava did not travel to Barcelona with her mother as Twomey determined it was too risky for her with her condition.Twomey said that she was treated with the “utmost respect” by customs officials and that there was no question of her being arrested for bringing the product to Ireland.“I am doing nothing wrong. I’m doing everything I can for my daughter,” said Twomey.“If I was living in Barcelona this would not be an issueIt’s incredibly important that [Minister for Health] Simon Harris takes it serious that a woman with four children under the age of seven has to go to another country to get access to medication for her child.Earlier, Luke Flanagan had said in a Facebook post that Twomey had taken action “by going abroad and importing something that the state deemed immoral”.“Arrest her and deny her child the medicine she needs, or let her through and collapse this farce,” said Flanagan.Twomey previously walked from Cork to Dublin to highlight her daughter’s case. She has called on the Department of Health to act in order to help her daughter.She has organised another walk around Cork city for tomorrow.As this explainer points out, the Minister for Health can grant a licence for access to cannabis for medical purposes in individual cases when an application is endorsed by a consultant “who is responsible for the management of the patient”.Last month, an expert panel of doctors began to draw up guidelines on how medicinal cannabis can be prescribed in Ireland.Read: Ireland moves one step closer to allowing doctors prescribe medicinal cannabisRead: Vera Twomey to march in Cork as Ava’s ear infection brings on seizure By Cormac Fitzgerald Apr 21st 2017, 3:32 PM last_img read more

2000yearold lost city said to be founded by Alexander the Great discovered

first_imgArchaeologists in Iraq say that they have discovered a lost city founded almost 2,000 years ago by Alexander the Great during his conquests in modern day Iraq thanks to drone photography and declassified intelligence images. Qalatga Darband in Iraqi Kurdistan believed to have been founded in 331 BC, was discovered by a team of archaeologists from Iraq and Britain taking part in the Emergency Heritage Management Training Programme being led by experts from the British Museum, aimed at protecting sites of historical significance in the Middle East that have been impacted by conflict.Archaeologists first noticed the outline of the ancient ruins in the Iraqi settlement from declassified CIA satellite photos from the 1960s that were made public in 1996. However due to political instability in the area, they were unable to explore the site further. Recently they have had their suspicions clarified, having had the chance to undertake work on-site and with the added assistance of recent drone footage that revealed the outlines of buildings that have been buried underground for centuries. Also found on the site were Greek coins and statues of Greco-Roman deities. Some experts believe that after being founded by Alexander the Great, he eventually settled on the site with some 3,000 veterans of his campaigns. “The drone yielded excellent information,” programme leader, archaeologist Dr John MacGinnis told The Times. “It’s early days, but we think it would have been a bustling city on a road from Iraq to Iran. You can imagine people supplying wine to soldiers passing through.”A report by IFL Science however disputes that the city was founded by Alexander the Great, citing a spokesperson for the British Museum who they claim said the city was founded “almost certainly after Alexander the Great marched past in 331 BC while chasing Darius III of Persia”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hey Siri are you there

first_imgFor years I thought Apple was forging its own path in the smart home, that there was a purpose behind its slow-boil approach to working with smart-home partners and integrating Siri voice control features — that at some point the company’s strategy would make sense.  Sure, to some extent it does make sense. If you’re an Apple loyalist, the pathway is clear: You probably already have Apple Music, you’re likely going to buy a HomePod smart speaker and you’ll look for lights, locks, thermostats and other smart home gadgets that work with Apple HomeKit. You’ll overlook Apple’s other limitations because the platform works well enough.  And who knows what potential innovations await with the hiring of Google alum John Giannandrea, now Apple’s chief of machine learning and AI strategy.But there are some serious, lingering limitations with HomeKit, Siri and Apple’s overall approach to smart home hardware that should have been addressed by now. Alexa and Google Assistant continue to move forward while Apple’s platform lags far behind. Let’s take a look at the current state of the Apple smart home and discuss what we’d like to see from it next year.  Comments Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Apple Music Spotify Siri Apple Apple HomeKit Apple Music now works on Amazon Alexa smart speakers Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant Smart Home Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2018: The gifts they’ll loveStocking stuffers: The best gifts under $25 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 1:08 Share your voice See All Tags Smart lightbulb tips and trickscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 35 34 Photos Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house • At $349 each, the HomePod smart speaker is pricey. Where’s the more affordable HomePod? Rumors of a “HomePod Mini” have been discussed for months, but we have yet to see it. There’s no Siri-enabled HomeKit smart display, either.  New HomePod features and improvements to Siri  Both stereo pairing and multiroom audio were added to the HomePod in May, a few months after the smart speaker’s initial product launch.  A few other HomePod updates have trickled in, including calling, searching for a song by its lyrics and setting multiple timers. The additions have helped keep Siri and the HomePod somewhat competitive, but Apple’s voice assistant still struggles to keep up with Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon and Google have made significant progress with natural language, making Alexa and Google Assistant conversational. Use the Google Assistant on the Google Home Hub to cook a meal and it will walk you through the steps, tutorial-style. Amazon smart speakers now offer a “whisper mode” — it sounds kind of creepy, but it means you can use your Alexa speaker during your kid’s nap time. These nuances make Alexa and Google Assistant more appealing and more natural to use in a variety of scenarios. Apple just isn’t there yet.   Enlarge ImageAsk Siri to adjust HomeKit-enabled lights, locks, thermostats and other smart home devices.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Support for third-party devices Apple has make some strides as far as opening up its platform. Manufacturers no longer need to stick an MFi hardware chip in every HomeKit-enabled device like they used to. Apple has also announced a software developer kit making it easier for developers to partner with Apple on HomeKit projects. At the same time, Apple lags way behind Amazon and Google Assistant when it comes to third-party smart-home partners. It has more than it used to, but it’s nowhere near catching up with Amazon, which reached 50,000 Alexa skills back in September according to Voicebot.AI.  An open platform  I know, I know. Apple and “open platform” don’t necessarily go together, but there are just two things I want to see from Apple that would make a big difference in the smart home: Make an Android version of the Home app Add support for Spotify and other third-party music streaming services to HomePod Apple’s Home app is where you go on your iOS phone or tablet to add and make adjustments to your HomeKit, Siri-enabled smart devices. It’s a decent enough app and Apple added it to MacOS Mojave in 2018, so you can view, manage and control your smart home products straight from your Mac. The HomePod currently only works natively with Apple Music. You can use Airplay 2 to play audio from third parties on the HomePod, but they don’t work seamlessly via Siri. Apple should make the HomePod compatible with Spotify at the very least. Amazon now works with Apple Music, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM. apple-homekit-home-app-location-based-lighting-triggerEnlarge ImageA look inside the Apple Home app for iOS and how to automate the lights turning on. Screenshots by Ry Crist/CNET The outlook Given the success of Alexa and Google Assistant, why isn’t Apple doing more with Siri, HomeKit and the HomePod? There are so many different things they could address to stay more competitive. Where’s the HomePod that’s actually affordable? Why isn’t there an Apple smart display? When will Siri be able to answer more questions (and better)? The list goes on and on. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things here, as always, and hope that Giannandrea ushers in a new age for the Apple smart home. Prove us wrong, Apple.Apple declined CNET’s request for comment. reading • Hey Siri, are you there? Siri runs the smart home with these Apple HomeKit gadgets CNET Smart Home Related links More Apple hardware The HomePod is Apple’s only piece of smart home hardware to date, introduced in early 2018. (You can make a case for the Apple TV counting as well since it works with Airplay 2, but it’s more smart-home-adjacent than smart-home-exclusive.) Fortunately, the HomePod is a great speaker, delivering excellent sound quality in a relatively compact package. Pair two HomePods together for stereo sound in the same room — or put them in different rooms to enable multiroom audio (these come via Airplay 2).  It’s a solid device. But Amazon and Google have many more smart speaker options. There’s even a limited selection of third-party devices that work with Alexa and Google Assistant. The Facebook Portal and Portal Plus work with Alexa and so does the Sonos One. Google Assistant is built into the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, among others.  last_img read more

TS AP likely to get separate Governors

first_imgHyderabad/ Vijayawada: Speculations are rife that the Centre is contemplating replacing Governor ESL Narasimhan and appoint separate governors for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is being said that Narasimhan may be given an important position in New Delhi. If this happens then Narasimhan will become the longest-serving Governor. He was made the Governor of united Andhra Pradesh in 2009. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that Narasimhan’s tenure as Governor had ended long back and he is on extension. The government order said the he would continue till further orders. Official sources, however, denied that there was any move to shift him. He also has the distinction of swearing in many chief ministers — K Rosaiah and N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the undivided AP and then K Chandrasekhar Rao twice as chief minister of Telangana, N Chandrababu Naidu as chief minister of AP in 2014 and now Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Narasimhan on Tuesday made a sudden visit to Vijayawada. Ahead of his maiden budget session which would begin on July 11, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy met the Governor and briefed him about the budget. The Chief Minister is said to have apprised the Governor, on the new bills, proposals and plans to boost financial sources included in the upcoming budget. Advertise With Us He is also said to have informed the Governor about the proposed plan to shift Godavari water to Srisailam, Rayalaseema, Nellore, Prakasam and other districts in Telangana. Apart from apprising the Governor about the state’s financial condition, issues like special status to the state and solution to bifurcation issues are also said to have come up in the meeting between the Chief Minister and the Governor. The chief minister is said to have invited the Governor to address the budget session. Jagan explained to the Governor on budget allocation by the Centre and financial constraints of the State. He is said to have further informed the Governor about the top priority that is being given to Navratnalu in the budget. Earlier in the morning, Special Chief Secretary RP Sisodia, Krishna District Collector MD Imtiaz and several leaders welcomed the Governor at Vijayawada airport.last_img read more

Merit scholarships distributed by MLA Kolusu Parthasarathy

first_imgVijayawada: YSRCP MLA Kolusu Parthasarathy said that the government is very keen to strengthen education sector in the state by providing quality education to the poor and downtrodden children. He recalled that the government had introduced Amma Vodi scheme which will benefit the students and the mothers of the students. The MLA participated as the chief guest at scholarship presentation to the students of Zilla Parishad High Schools in Krishna region. The scholarship presentation programme was organised by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories here on Tuesday. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us The MLA presented scholarship to 39 students of Zilla Parishad High Schools in Krishna region for the academic year 2018 – 2019. The scholarships were awarded to the students who achieved good grades in Secondary School Examination (SSC). Dr V Narayana Reddy of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories said that they had selected 504 students from 229 ZP High Schools from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The company had contributed Rs 54.40 lakh for this purpose, said Dr Narayana Reddy.last_img read more

Researchers find a countrys wealth correlates with its collective knowledge

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — What causes the large gap between rich and poor countries has been a long-debated question. Previous research has found some correlation between a nation’s economic prosperity and factors such as how the country is governed, the average amount of formal education each individual receives, and the country’s overall competiveness. But now a team of researchers from Harvard and MIT has discovered that a new measure based on a country’s collective knowledge can account for the enormous income differences between the nations of the world better than any other factor. This figure shows the relationship between economic complexity and income per capita for 128 countries after controlling for each country’s natural resource exports. Economic complexity and natural resources explain 73% of the variance in per capita income across countries. Image credit: The Atlas of Economic Complexity But getting poorer countries to begin producing more complex products is not as simple as offering individuals a formal education in which they learn facts and figures – what the authors refer to as “explicit” knowledge. Instead, the most productive knowledge is the “tacit” kind (for example, how to run a business), which is much harder to teach. For this reason, countries tend to expand their production capabilities by moving from the products they already produce to others that require a similar set of embedded knowledge capabilities.After measuring the Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 128 countries by analyzing their products, the researchers found a strong relationship between ECI and income per capita, at least for countries that have limited natural resource exports. (Countries with, for example, large oil reserves tend to be wealthier than expected, since mining oil reserves depends more on geology than large amounts of knowledge.) For the 75 countries for which natural resources account for less than 10% of exports, the researchers found that economic complexity accounts for 75% of the variance in income per capita. After controlling for natural resource exports, economic complexity and natural resources explain 73% of the variance in per capita income across all countries.Using this data, the researchers generated a ranking of the 128 countries in which Japan had the highest ECI, followed by Germany and Switzerland. The US was 13th.The authors then predicted each country’s future economic growth by comparing each country’s ECI with its level of income (GDP per capita). If a country had a lower level of income than was expected for its level of complexity, the researchers predicted that the country would experience more growth in order to “catch up.” In other countries, the level of income was higher than expected based on their level of complexity, suggesting that these countries would not experience strong future growth. Based on this analysis, the top three countries with the highest expected growth were China, India, and Thailand. The US was 91st. As the researchers explained, complex economies tend to have few remaining opportunities because they already produce many complex products. Meanwhile, countries with an intermediate level of complexity differ largely in their potential for expanding to make more complex products.The researchers hope that this ability to measure a country’s prosperity and predict its future economic growth reveals some key areas that might be addressed and used to accelerate the process of economic development. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Researchers find a country’s wealth correlates with its collective knowledge (2011, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-country-wealth-knowledge.html “The amount of knowledge that is required to make a product can vary enormously from one good to the next,” the authors write. “Most modern products require more knowledge than what a single person can hold. Nobody in this world, not even the savviest geek nor the most knowledgeable entrepreneur, knows how to make a computer. He has to rely on others who know about battery technology, liquid crystals, microprocessor design, software development, metallurgy, milling, lean manufacturing and human resource management, among many other skills. That is why the average worker in a rich country works in a firm that is much larger and more connected than firms in poor countries.” This network shows the product space of the US. Image credit: The Atlas of Economic Complexity The researchers, led by Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and former Minister of Planning for Venezuela, and Cesar A. Hidalgo, assistant professor at MIT’s Media Laboratory and faculty associate at Harvard’s Center for International Development, have published a book called The Atlas of Economic Complexity. Starting today, the book is free to download at http://atlas.media.mit.edu. The authors plan to launch the book during an exclusive event at Harvard’s Center for International Development on October 27th. Attendees will include chief economists of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, among other guests.In the book, the authors show how the total amount of knowledge embedded in a country’s economy can be measured by a factor they call “economic complexity.” From this perspective, the more diverse and specialized jobs a country’s citizens have, the greater the country’s ability to produce complex products that few other countries can produce, making the country more prosperous.“The total amount of knowledge embedded in a hunter-gatherer society is not very different from that which is embedded in each one of its members,” the researchers write in their book. “The secret of modern societies is not that each person holds much more productive knowledge than those in a more traditional society. The secret to modernity is that we collectively use large volumes of knowledge, while each one of us holds only a few bits of it. Society functions because its members form webs that allow them to specialize and share their knowledge with others.”The researchers measured a nation’s collective knowledge in terms of the types of products it produces. Countries that produce lots of products that few other countries produce (such as medical imaging devices and jet engines) have more collective knowledge than countries that produce mainly ubiquitous products (such as cotton and soy). Researchers Map Building Blocks of Economic Complexity This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Enjoy morning ragas with the veterans

first_imgMusic is an important part of our life and to incorporate it into our busy schedules, Legends of India is coming up with ‘Morning Ragas’ at Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House in the national Capital.Sunanda Sharma (Classical Vocal) and Sarod Maestro Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar are the veterans, who will perform this time. The focus will be to help music transcend all barriers of languages, religions, geographies and hierarchies. As it is the purest form of art, classical music, fine-honed over centuries, has the power of healing. ‘Morning Ragas’ exuding positivity and happiness are bound to give that relief for which Delhites have been yearning for, though unconsciously. All one needs to do is to sacrifice the Sunday morning siesta and in turn rejuvenate yourself with the rendition of some mesmerising musical notes of the morning ragas.“By presenting ‘Legends of India’, we are trying to preserve the traditions of Indian Cultural Heritage for the younger generation as I strongly believe that it will help them become better human beings. From organising live performances of renowned artists, to providing a forum for the younger talent, Legends of India is a unique institution bringing together legends and those in the making,” said the organisers.last_img read more

The Monumental Hagia Sophia – Meeting Point of Civilizations

first_imgThe Hagia Sophia — or Ayasofya in Turkish — undeniably occupies the most prominent spot on the vast skyline of Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, the bridging metropolis between Asia and Europe. Initially, it was a Christian site of worship, erected during the 4th century AD, and what we see today on the site is not the first and original Hagia Sophia structure, but its second, more-than-just-magnificent, replacement.Hagia SophiaBeyond the fact that Hagia Sophia is highly praised for its aesthetics, its part throughout history has also been significant as it relates to religion, politics, and international affairs. In its centuries-long existence, Orthodox Christians and Muslims have both revered the site as their own.The construction of the first Hagia Sophia church came under the orders of the Roman Emperor Constantius II, a year before his death in 361 AD, and in times when the city of Istanbul wore the name of Constantinople. But that early structure which entailed a wooden roof did not last very long.Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) indoors captured with fish-eye lens.A fire engulfed the church in 404 AD as chaos spread in the wider area of the city. Some ten years after the fire, and now under Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II, Hagia Sophia was rebuilt anew. A beautiful entrance with five naves contained in the interior enhanced the appearance of the second structure.Over the next century, Hagia Sophia came to resemble an important site for the Greek Orthodox church. But in another series of severe public discontent, this time against the famed Emperor Justinian I (he held power from 527 until 565), the building went up in the flames once more.Miniature 38 from the Constantine Manasses Chronicle, 14 century: Construction of Hagia Sophia during the reign of emperor Justinian.The fire caused irrevocable damage to the church, after which Justinian ordered its remnants to be leveled to the ground in 532. Esteemed architects of the era were hired to work on a new cathedral, and within a period of just six years, another Hagia Sophia structure gloriously rose again — the one that is still standing proud to this day.As an astonishing architectural feat, the new edifice of Hagia Sophia boasts a larger, domed roof, reaching up to 180 feet at its highest point. The dome was supported by arches embellished with lavish mosaics depicting winged angels (hexapterygons). Measuring 270 feet in length and 240 feet in width, the new church also contained a half-domed altar and two porches.Hagia Sophia. Photo by Nserrano CC BY-SA 4.0The building was constructed using an amalgamation of different materials, shipped to Constantinople from various corners of the vast and seemingly endless Byzantine Empire.Some of the marble and brick can be traced to modern-day Egypt and Syria. The church’s interior was additionally adorned with marble from the Temple of Artemis, whose remains can be seen today in the ancient city of Ephesus, also in Turkey.View upward to domes. Photo by Tranxen CC BY-SA 3.0Elaborate mosaics of silver and gold shone from the walls of the basilica. Glass, gemstones, and clay were as well used for the mosaics, all of them revealing biblical scenes.As appealing as it was, Hagia Sophia became the mother church of Greek Orthodox worshipers, the main and official Byzantine religion. Subsequently, the location was used for coronation ceremonies of the empire’s rulers.The Empress Zoe mosaic. Photo by MyrabellaHowever, the basilica was not spared from further calamities. There were periods during the 8th and 9th centuries when an active ban in the empire did not allow the usage of religious pictures. In those instances, a great deal of the original paintings and mosaics secured at the Hagia Sophia were lost — some stolen, others significantly damaged.The Comnenus mosaicDuring the 13th century, the church was briefly seized by the Romans, who inflicted serious damage to the structure before the Byzantines regained control of the site.Everything changed two centuries later, as a new powerhouse emerged in the region — the Ottomans. Under their courageous sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, this “great military leader, he captured Constantinople and conquered the territories in Anatolia and the Balkans that comprised the Ottoman Empire’s heartland for the next four centuries,” writes Britannica.comApse mosaic of the Virgin and ChildSince the Ottomans were religiously oriented towards Islam, the age-old church was quickly converted into a mosque. Mehmet the Conqueror did not necessarily order the destruction of the Hagia Sophia artworks.The Byzantine mosaics were rather plastered over with golden Islamic calligraphy for example, and were later restored by the Fossati brothers, a pair of Swiss-Italian architects who lived and worked during the 19th century.West side of the upper gallery Photo by JoJan CC BY-SA 3.0Gold calligraphy also covered the Hagia Sophia’s main dome, where previously a distinct mosaic likely depicted the image of Jesus Christ. With each new Ottoman emperor something else, emblematic of Islam was added to the Hagia Sophia, included its four minarets. Besides their religious function, the minarets suited the building well, enhancing its strength and stamina in case of earthquakes.Related Video: A trip through Paris in the late 19th century including great old footage of Notre DameA century has passed since the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist, and the Hagia Sophia today operates as a museum. Each year, millions of people visit the former church-turned-mosque site.Aerial view of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, TurkeyAs recently as March 2019, the Turkish government revealed intentions to convert the Hagia Sophia back to being a mosque. The idea to turn back time and re-initiate Hagia Sophia as a mosque has been taking root in the country over the past few decades.Read another story from us: Grotesque Little Devils and Imps Hidden in Medieval Churches – Here’s WhyNevertheless, Hagia Sophia is a protected heritage landmark site under UNESCO, thus any amendment of its status will need the approval of this organization.last_img read more

City council considering reversal of Playa del Carmen parking meter concession

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Authorities with the Municipality of Solidaridad are considering the reversal of a concession already granted to a company for the installation of parking meters in Playa del Carmen. During the last administration, a concession for the implementation of parking meters in Playa del Carmen was granted to Promotora de Reordenamiento Urbano SA de CV. Solidaridad legal director, René Medrano Ríos says that the technical analyzes carried out by city planning engineers from city council indicates that the installation of parking meters would restrict pedestrian traffic due to the narrowness of the sidewalks. “This administration does not see the issue of parking meters for the mobility of Playa del Carmen as a solution. Evaluations have already been carried out on the subject, and we see that there are areas where parking meters would leave people on wheelchairs unable to move on sidewalks,” adding that it “would limit pedestrians to practically walking in single file,” he said. Former Playa del Carmen mayor Cristina Torres Gómez, reported last summer that the concession involves putting parking meters in the first square of the city between 10th Avenue and Avenida 30, as well as between Avenida Juarez and Constituyentes Avenue.center_img He added that although state congress approved the parking meter concession for a period of 15 years, the Legal Affairs Department is reviewing the granting process of the concession. That area, reiterated Medrano Ríos, “does not have the physical conditions to adapt parking meters.” “We see certain inconsistencies in how the granting of the concession was carried out. Yes, they followed the procedure, but we are reviewing that file in conjunction with the Comptroller General and the Office of the Mayor to see if there are elements that could help us argue from a legal standpoint, why they should not be installed,” he explained. 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Facebook is the new Cigarettes says Marc Benioff Salesforce CoCEO

first_imgSo, it was that time of the year when Salesforce enthusiasts, thought-leaders, and pioneers gathered around downtown San-Francisco, to attend the annual Dreamforce conference last week. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Salesforce annual conference with over 100,000 trailblazers flocking towards the bay area. Throughout these years, technological development in the platform has been the focal point of these conferences, but it was different this time around. A lot has happened between the conference that took place in 2017 and now, especially after Facebook’s Cambridge analytica scandal. First Whatsapp’s co-founder Jan Koum parted ways with Facebook, and now the Instagram co-founders have called it quits. Interestingly, Marc Benioff gave an interview to Bloomberg Technology in which he condemned Facebook as the ‘new cigarettes’. To regulate or not to regulate, that is the question Marc Benioff has been a vocal criticizer of the social media platform. Earlier this year, when innovators and tech leaders gathered at the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps of Davos, Benioff was one of the panelist discussing on the factors of trust in technology where he made certain interesting points. He took the examples of financial industry a decade ago, where bankers were pretty confident that new products like credit default swaps (CDS), and collateralized debt obligation (CDO) would lead to better economic growth but instead it lead to the biggest financial crisis the world had ever seen. Similarly, he argued that Cigarettes were introduced as this great product for pass time, without any background on its adverse effects on health. Well to the cut the story short, the point that Benioff was trying to make is that these industries were able to take advantage of the addictive behavior of humans because of the clear lack of regulation from the governmental bodies. It was only when the regulators became strict towards these sectors and public reforms came into the picture, these products were brought under control. Similarly, Benioff had called for a regulation of companies, on behalf of the recent news linking the Russian interference in the US presidential elections. He urged the CEO’s of companies to take better responsibilities towards their consumers and their products without explicitly mentioning any name. Let’s take a guess, Mark Zuckerberg anyone? While Benioff made a strong case for regulation, the solution seemed to be more politically driven. Rachel Botsman, Visiting Academic and Lecturer at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, argued that regulators are not aware of the new decentralized nature of today’s technological platforms. And ultimately who do we want as the arbiters of truth, should it be Facebook, Regulators, or the Users? and where does the hierarchy of accountability lie in this new structure of platforms? The big question remains. The ethical and humane side of technology Fast forward to Dreamforce 2018, with star-studded guest speakers ranging from the former American Vice President Al Gore to Andre Iguodala of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Benioff started with his usual opening keynote but this time with a lot of enthusiasm, or as one might say in a full evangelical mode, the message from the Salesforce CEO was very clear, “We are in the fourth industrial revolution”. Salesforce announced plenty of new products and some key strategic business partnerships with the likes of Apple and AWS now joining Salesforce. While these announcements summarized the technological advancements in the platform, his interview with Bloomberg Technology’s Emily Chang was quite opportunistic. The interview started casually with talks of Benioff sharing his job with the new Co-CEO Keith Block. But soon they discussed the news about Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger leaving the services of parent company Facebook. While Benioff still maintained his position on regulation, he also discussed about the ethics and humane side of technology. The ethics of technology has come under the spotlight in the recent months with the advancements in Artificial intelligence. In order to solve these questions, Benioff said that Salesforce has taken its first step by setting up the “Office of Ethical and Humane Use of Technology” at the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. At first, this initiative looks like a solid first step towards solving the problem of technology being used for unethical work. But going back to the argument posed by Rachel Botsman, who actually leverages technology to do unethical work? Is it the Company or the consumer? While Salesforce boasts about its stand on the ethics of building a technological system, Marc Benioff is still silent on the question of Salesforce’s ties with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which follows Donald Trump’s strong anti-immigration agenda. Protesters took a stand against this issue during the Salesforce conference and hundreds of employees from Salesforce wrote an open letter to Benioff to cut ties with the CBP. In return, Benioff responded that its contract with CBP does not deal directly with the separation of children at the Mexican borders. One decision at a time Ethics is largely driven by human behavior, while innovators believe that technological advancements should happen regardless of the outcome, it is the responsibility of every stakeholder in the company, be it a developer, an executive, or a customer to take action against unethical work. And with each mistake, companies and CEOs are provided with opportunities to set things right. Take McKinsey & Company for example. The top management consultancy was under fire due to its scandal in the South African government. But when the firm again came under scrutiny with its ties with the CBP of USA, McKinsey’s new managing partner, Kevin Sneader, came out saying that the firm “will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere in the world, that advances or assists policies that are at odds with our values.” It’s now time for companies like Facebook and Salesforce to set the benchmark for the future of technology. Read Next How far will Facebook go to fix what it broke: Democracy, Trust, Reality SAP creates AI ethics guidelines and forms an advisory panel The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ethics in data science Introducing Deon, a tool for data scientists to add an ethics checklist The ethical dilemmas developers working on Artificial Intelligence products must consider Sex robots, artificial intelligence, and ethics: How desire shapes and is shaped by algorithmslast_img read more