AI freezes promotions new appointments amid stake sale preparations

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India has stopped giving promotions for its employees and recruiting new personnel as the government prepares for the disinvesment of the debt-laden airline, an official said Sunday. The government is expected to soon start the disinvesment process for Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore. For the disinvesment process, the official said the airline’s books of accounts till July 15, have been closed and those financials would be used while seeking bids. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children Promotions and fresh appointments have also been frozen ahead of the stake sale for Air India, the official added. The airline has around 10,000 permanent employees. There was no immediate comment from Air India. Query sent to Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola remained unanswered. The government is looking to complete the Air India stake sale in the next four to five months. Air India is currently making a revenue of Rs 15 crore everyday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Efforts to sell 76 per cent stake in the national carrier failed to take off in 2018. Then transaction adviser EY in its report had cited the government retaining 24 per cent stake and corresponding rights and high debt as reasons for the failure of the disinvesment process. On July 3, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Rajya Sabha that the government is committed to the disinvestment of Air India and the plan is to make it more operationally viable before stake sale. “It (Air India) will be sold when the buyer ultimately gives the cheque and there are certain prerequisites before any sale, those also have to be met. I do expect that to be finished in 4-5 months but nevertheless to provide for that exigency, we have not accounted for Air India sale proceeds (in budgeted disinvestment proceeds). “We will try to finish it off by Diwali, if not before,” Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said on July 7. In her Budget speech on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that in view of current macro-economic parameters, the government would not only reinitiate the process of strategic disinvestment of Air India, but would offer more central public sector enterprises for strategic participation by the private sector.last_img read more

An agitated Pak

first_imgThe Western neighbour has been far more than flustered over India’s move to make inoperative the contentious Article 370 and is virtually leaving no stone unturned to lobby the international community against India over the Kashmir matter, albeit to little effect. Pakistan’s desperation to have a group of third parties gang up against India may be understood as potential existential crisis glaring in the face of the Pakistani state. A country founded on the basis of religion, a homeland for Muslims of the Indian Subcontinent, has since its inception pegged its ideological war against India on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region, seeking to claim the entire earstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a recent development, UAE and Saudi Arabian foreign ministers extended their presence in Pakistan to calm tensions over Kashmir. The very reported purpose of their visit is somewhat of a diplomatic travesty given India’s fast developing and strengthening relations with the Gulf region, particularly with Saudi Arabia. Seeking to internationalise the historic Kashmir issue at the behest of India’s internal move to disempower Article 370 has not so far gone down very well with world leaders and global powers, as most of them officially maintain the stand that what India did was its internal matter and any dispute with Pakistan over this is a bilateral issue between the two neighbours and it is for them to resolve it. The global stand also affirms India’s clear position to disallow any third party intervention in its discord with Pakistan. Saudi Arabia and the UAE sending their top diplomats to Pakistan to help defuse tensions over Kashmir may be a necessary diplomatic exercise at their end but when Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan asks Saudi Arabia and the UAE to urge India to reverse its decision on Kashmir, their persistence to involve international forces over Kashmir only gives away their desperation a little more with every new effort.last_img read more

Shailene Woodley to star in thriller Misanthrope

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Shailene Woodley will be toplining the upcoming serial killer thriller film Misanthrope. The project, which hails from FilmNation Entertainment, will be directed by Damian Szifron from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jonathan Wakeham, reported Variety. The story follows a talented but troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to help profile and track down a murderer. Shooting will soon start in Atlanta and producers are currently looking for additional cast members. FilmNation, which previously backed Arrival, The Big Sick and Late Night, will finance and oversee worldwide sales for Misanthrope. Woodley, 27, will also produce alongside Aaron Ryder and Stuart Manashil.last_img

Shooting and Possible Hostage Situation at a Movie Theater in Germany

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – An unidentified, masked man entered a theater in Viernheim, Germany at about 3pm and fired four shots into the air. It is believed that he was firing blanks, rather than real bullets, though it is not confirmed that the weapon was real. Dozens of people are reported to have run from the scene. Local news sources reported that he took several hostages.German police closed off the area around the cinema and entered the building. According to interior minister Peter Beuth, the attacker was killed by police at about 5pm, and there is no information that anyone was injured in the attack. “The assailant moved through the cinema complex, according to the information we have now, and appeared confused.” The motivation for the attack is still unclear. German press agency DPA reported that the shooter was a “confused individual,” and not a terrorist. The shooter’s identity has not yet been revealed.About 25 of the people inside may have been minorly injured due to the police use of tear gas, but were not harmed by the attacker.German gun laws allow for people to own weapons, but fully automatic weapons are banned and restricted to those with a “creditable need for a weapon,” according to the Library of Congress. Small-arms permits can be acquired to own pistols and the like. read more

Nepal UNICEF working to address needs of women and children flood victims

3 September 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with its humanitarian partners in Nepal to address some of the specific needs of women and children who have been displaced by the recent floods in the country’s east. Almost 30 shelter sites have been set up so far to accommodate the increasing numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which the Government estimates to be around 107,000. Children are said to make up nearly half of that number. In the affected districts of Sunsari and Saptari, UNICEF has distributed 1,000 blankets for small children and is procuring 10,000 clothing kits for children and young people – along with 3,000 bedding and clothing kits for pregnant and lactating women. UNICEF has already reached 10,000 people and is planning to reach the total of 55,000 living in temporary shelters in the affected districts. In addition, the agency and its partners are installing 320 bathing spaces in the shelters especially for women and adolescent girls, to address privacy and security concerns. UNICEF is also advocating for, and establishing, separate toilets for males and females, and has requested that proper lighting and security patrols be implemented at night to reduce the risk of violence against women. The agency is working with local partners to monitor and report on protection issues in the shelters – and to ensure that psycho-social support is provided to those in need. Meanwhile, UNICEF is helping the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children to establish at least 30 safe spaces for young people in Sunsari. The spaces will support a variety of activities, including early childhood development, informal schooling, life-skills training, psycho-social support and recreation for children. Disease and malnutrition are some of UNICEF’s main concerns for children in the affected areas, given the lack of access to safe water and nutritional food. Pregnant and lactating women are also at risk due to these factors. Based on a preliminary assessment, the agency says it needs almost $1.8 million to provide humanitarian assistance to children and women in the affected areas. read more

Sri Lankans escape bus blaze in India

Kesariya referral hospital medical officer P. Ojha, who is treating Somruna, a police officer in Sri Lanka, claimed that he was out of danger as he had sustained only 10 per cent burn injuries on his head.The three staff members of the bus are also safe. The tourist bus (registration number UP 65BT 4877) was hired by the group from Gaya and after their pilgrimage to Vaishali, Kesariya and Kushinagar, they were to take a flight from Varanasi on Tuesday, said Kesariya police station house officer Santosh Kumar. Indian media reports said that sixteen tourists from Sri Lanka had a near escape after the bus they had been travelling in was reduced to ashes in Kesariya.According to witnesses, one tourist, R.M. Somruna (50), who is also the team leader, sustained partial burn injuries. The incident has taken place yesterday while the tourists were busy climbing the Kesariya Stupa, the tallest such Buddhist stupa in the world. The Telegraph in India reported that the bus — parked outside the main entrance to the archaeological site — suddenly caught fire. Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a rough estimate has put the loss to be worth $1 million as personal belongings like suitcases, bags, passports and visa documents were charred completely. He added that it was first such incident near the stupa site, about 45km southwest from here and 110km northeast from Patna.The fire was brought under control only after two fire tenders from Chakia and Motipur reached the spot.SHO Kumar said arrangements for a safe stay of the visitors have been made at the local tourist rest house and a suitable vehicle would also be arranged by early tomorrow morning enabling them to reach Varanasi in time. read more

Mali UN food agency urgently working to aid communities despite insecurity

“I was able to go to Timbuktu last week and I saw how critical the humanitarian situation really is,” Sally Haydock, Country Director in Mali for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), reported in a news release. According to the agency, one household out of five in the northern regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal faces extreme food shortages, with a significant deterioration of household food consumption in the past week. “The areas around Timbuktu are unsecured and difficult to access, markets are not functioning properly, food prices are high, fuel prices are high, and there is a lack of liquidity, which means that people are not able to buy the basic necessities,” Ms. Haydock continued. Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, uprooting hundreds of thousands of people. However, with fast approach of the so-called “lean season” – a three-month dry period stretching from April to June – the WFP is planning to provide food assistance to 145,000 people in Timbuktu, 86,700 in Gao, and 34,500 in Kidal. In addition, the agency plans to support over half a million people in Mali on a monthly basis despite an overall budgetary shortfall of $159 million. Following her visit to Mali in early March, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin similarly underscored the UN’s resolve to feed the country’s northern areas with shipments of food by road and riverboat. “People are still suffering; the crisis is not over,” Ms. Cousin said. “It is not safe in many of the communities in the North and people cannot go home. We need to continue to provide support so children can continue to receive food assistance.” read more

Presidential search moves into active recruitment phase

In July, as Brock President Jack Lightstone enters the last year of his second and final term, the committee tasked with finding his successor will start to identify potential candidates.Advertisements have been placed in national media during June, and the executive search firm Caldwell Partners will be having discussions with individuals who could potentially be interested in pursuing the University’s top job.This active recruitment stage follows months of preparations in which the advisory committee held input sessions with the Brock community, then drafted a Mandate and Role Profile document setting out key tasks and priorities for the next president, as well as the experience and background sought in a successful candidate.As mandated in the Faculty Handbook, a presidential search at Brock is driven by a 12-member advisory committee representing stakeholders across the campus. The current committee consists of three faculty members, two students (one undergraduate and one graduate), a staff member, a librarian, a senior administrator and four lay board members. (One of the faculty members and the staff member are also board members.)To attract the strongest possible field of candidates, the advisory committee unanimously opted to use a confidential process, which is used for presidential searches at most Canadian universities. In this method, candidates’ identities are known only to the advisory committee, all of whom have signed confidentiality agreements. They in turn conduct the interviews and compile recommendations.Joe Robertson, past chair of the Board of Trustees who is also chair of the presidential search advisory committee, said senior university sector officials have indicated a vast majority of elite candidates will not pursue a presidential position unless the process takes place in confidence.Heather Ring, the search consultant for the Brock recruitment, said most shortlisted candidates for a university president search are not applicants who respond to advertisements. The search consultant’s role is to actively engage with and attract the best possible leaders to the opportunity.“One of the first questions the recruiting consultant hears is, ‘Is this an open or confidential process?’,” said Ring. “If the answer is ‘An open process’, the majority of potential candidates will not proceed with the conversation. Their reasons are many and varied, but what matters is that the pool of potential candidates becomes very small. In a finite market for academic leadership like the one we have in Canada, options become severely limited.”The advisory committee hopes to begin reviewing candidates this summer.As directed by section 3.2 in the Faculty Handbook, when a potential choice is tentatively selected, the search committee will consult with Senate at least two days before formally recommending a candidate to the Board of Trustees. read more

Google shows off Android 30 in first look video

first_imgAsus announced that Android 3.0 would be featured on three of its newest tablets. That’s a perfect lead up to Google releasing a preview video of the latest Android operating system on YouTube. The biggest statement Google makes in the video is that Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, is “built entirely for tablet.”Watching the video it’s easy to pick up a few things that Google is going out of their way to highlight. One of which is utilization of Google eBooks which would put Android tablets not only in direct competition with e-readers like Kindle and Nook, but the iPad which offers similar functionality. Another is the ability to video conference using Google Talk. Though this functionality is not currently available with the iPad, the expectation is that it will be for the iPad 2.Of course, you had to expect that Google would also offer some new streamlined interfaces around its services as well. To that end, Android 3.0 offers tablet optimized Gmail, a newly redesigned YouTube interface, and the ability to explore 3D models within Google Maps. Overall, it is apparent that the new Android OS offers a completely new and updated interface which you have to agree was designed with tablets in mind.Now that Microsoft has announced the next version of Windows will support ARM processors, Google is under increasing pressure to keep Android a dominant operating system on tablets. It wouldn’t have been able to do that if it continued to design the OS with only the smartphone in mind.via YouTubelast_img read more

Former MP appointed president of centre for Greek culture

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An idea proposed by visiting professor and linguist Georgios Babinitios – on a trip to Australia last year – has seen the creation of the first centre to promote Greek culture in Australia. Former Minister of Education Robert Pearce has been appointed president of the first Centre of the Society of Friends of Greek Culture. The organisation is aimed at strengthening the promotion, cultivation and development of Greek culture. “I call you and I invite you to go along all together and to help, not only to promote the Greek Culture, but to assist Greece to exit the European crisis which plagues the country” urged the former Minister in his heartwarming speech. About 250 people attended the gathering, including many Australian MPs, Academics and the Ambassador of Greece to Australia, Haralambos Darfarnos who was the keynote speaker of the night. The centre was founded on May 19 at the University of Notre Dame in Perth.last_img read more

Macaulay Culkin stays Home Alone again for Google Assistant

first_imgThe modern version of Kevin McCallister is much more laid-back than the original. Google got former child star Macaulay Culkin to reprise his most famous role for an ad for Google Assistant. Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat Dell Online The video ties in with Google Assistant’s launch of a bunch of Home Alone-themed Easter eggs this December. At least this time, nobody gets hit in the face with an iron. 0 2019 movies to geek out over The video is both a nostalgic revisiting of the 1990 hit Home Alone and a clever way to show off what Google’s voice-activated devices can do. Culkin once again finds himself at home alone around Christmas time. He uses a Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini and his phone to check his calendar, set reminders, order pizza and adjust the house temperature. The narrative this time plays out very differently from the movie. The thieves never make it inside thanks to a Google-triggered “Operation Kevin” that activates the front door’s smart lock and sets a whole sequence of house-protecting events into motion.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant. Take it from @IncredibleCulk. #HeyGoogle pic.twitter.com/9OifLkJHOP— Google (@Google) December 19, 2018 How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Walmart $99 See it Tags See Itcenter_img Mentioned Above Google Home Hub #heygoogle Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad pic.twitter.com/uO9qMPrUT3— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 19, 2018 See It Google Nest Hub “Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant,” Google tweeted on Wednesday.Culkin dropped an arguably snarky remark on Twitter, saying, “Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad.” Share your voice $99 $99 See It News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop 77 Photos $79 Post a comment Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Highlevel exits Infosys senior VP and head of technology Navin Budhiraja quits

first_imgBoth SAP and Infosys said that they have mutually resolved all concerns regarding the use of their respective trademarks.REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaResignations from top executives continue at India’s second largest software services firm. In a latest, Navin Budhiraja, development, architecture and technology head of Infosys, has put in his papers, Mint reported.Budhiraja had also followed Vishal Sikka from German software giant SAP to join Infosys in 2014. And it’s been just over a month that Sikka stepped down as chief executive of the Bangalore-based IT major. On counting Budhiraja, as many as 12 former SAP executive have left Infosys since March last year.Earlier in July, Ritika Suri had quit from of the position of executive vice president of Infosys. In August, Yusuf Bashir, MD of the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund, had resigned from his post, later Sanjay Rajagopalan, who had also joined Infosys from SAP, also put in his papers.Budhiraja’s exit does not come as a complete surprise as a number of Sikka loyalists inside Infosys were expected to resign soon or later, Mint reported quoting a source aware of the development.Budhiraja joined Infosys with a reputation of being a world-class technologist, and with his exit, he left his reputation intact. He was involved with several key Infosys projects, which included Rs 1,380-crore project of Narendra Modi government’s Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) initiative.Being at the helm of technology and architecture of IT firm, Budhiraja, along with other senior executives, helped the company undertake complicated technology projects in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, reported the business daily.Sources told the daily that Budhiraja’s exit can impact the company’s ambitious plans to monetize and scale up business from its artificial intelligence-powered platform, Infosys Nia. Nia was the brainchild of Budhiraja and another former SAP colleague at Infosys, Abdul Razack.Earlier on August 18, Sikka had resigned, blaming co-founder NR Narayana Murthy for “baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.” Post Sikka’s exit, the company had lost nearly Rs 33,914.71 crore of market valuelast_img read more

7 including Indian soldiers killed in fresh Kashmir violence

first_imgMourners pray as they pay their respect to a 33-year-old woman killed by a mortar shelling at Chhajla village in Mendhar near the Line of Control (LoC) border with Pakistan on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIndian forces on Friday fought battles with militants in Kashmir that left seven dead, whilst being dragged into fierce artillery barrages with Pakistani rivals along the troubled territory’s angry ceasefire line.At least one person was killed by mortar fire that has intensified in a worrying sign that Kashmir faces prolonged fallout from new hostilities between India and Pakistan.Seven people were killed in the latest raids that have been staged virtually daily since an Islamist suicide bomber hit a convoy in the Himalayan region on 14 February killing 40 Indian paramilitaries.Troops laid siege to a house in the Handwara district of India’s only Muslim-majority state, believing they had killed two militants inside.However one survived, a police official told AFP. Hours after the firing stopped when security forces went in to retrieve the bodies the man emerged from debris and opened fire, killing four soldiers before he was shot dead.A civilian was killed in later protests over the clash, the official added.- Line of violence -Indian and Pakistan fighter jets staged tit-for-tat raids as they wrangled over responsibility for the February suicide attack.India blamed Pakistan, which denied any role, as it does in an armed uprising in Muslim-majority Kashmir that has left tens of thousands dead since 1989.Pakistan’s promise to release an Indian pilot shot down in the aerial dogfight this week eased the threat of a wider conflict between the neighbours.But there are heightened fears that Kashmir could become the focus of new tensions.”There is a very high risk of escalation towards localised, but more intense direct Indian-Pakistani military confrontation in Kashmir,” Jane’s Intelligence service said in a study this week.Alongside the raids, heavy mortar and artillery fire across the Line of Control — which has separated Kashmir into rival sectors since 1947 — sent residents on both sides scurrying for cover.Indian paramilitary troopers stop a motorcyclist as they block a road in Srinagar on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFP- Lights out, hopes fade -One woman was killed and an Indian soldier wounded during shelling late Thursday and early Friday at the southern end of the unofficial frontier, according to police.Three hundred people turned up for the funeral of 33-year-old Amina Akhtar who was walking in a field near the village of Chhala when shrapnel from a mortar shell pierced her neck, killing her on the spot.”Poor people are getting killed and their homes are destroyed. We don’t want our men, women and children to die like this. We need peace,” said resident Nagina Bano, who blamed the Indian government.Indian authorities told villages to turn off lights to avoid becoming a target for Pakistani gunners. But it did not help Surjeet Kumar, village chief at Kalal, near the town of Nowshera.With regular explosions and gunfire breaking the night-time silence, Kumar said he was in his house when nine 120mm mortars hit.One shell left a huge hole in the stone bedroom wall, smashing the windows and furniture. Eight other shells failed to explode.”We want peace or an all out war. We don’t want to live in bits and pieces,” Kumar said.”We are very scared. They are firing heavy weapons not just bullets. Yesterday Pakistani jets were flying over our village. We haven’t cooked or eaten properly since the shelling began.”Kalal has no protective shelter and the only school has been closed for a week. Most of the children have been sent away.With more explosions and gunfire echoing around the valley, Kumar’s wife Raj Banti said they may leave too.”We cannot live like this. If we are given an option we would definitely leave this place forever. We are poor but still love our lives,” she said.last_img read more

Texas Leads The Nation In Traffic Deaths – These Proposed Laws Could

first_img Share Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTAt least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to “End the Streak,” as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017.A slate of bills aimed at making a dent in traffic deaths has gotten mixed results at the Texas Legislature this year.Statewide Vision Zero PlanThere does seem to be some action on expanded road safety efforts over at the Texas Transportation Commission. Last month, the commission heard a presentation from TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations that indicated the agency may be moving toward a goal of having no traffic fatalities in Texas by the year 2050. Austin adopted a so-called Vision Zero plan in 2016, with the goal of ending deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s roads by 2025. Other major cities have adopted similar plans, which aim to address the problem through better road design, better enforcement of existing laws and education programs. Washington state was the first to adopt a statewide goal of zero traffic deaths in 2000. Since then, more than half of states have set a zero-death goal. But Texas has not. “I’ve been working on Texas transportation policy for 15 years,” said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City, a nonprofit spearheading a road safety campaign called Vision Zero Texas. “I am stunned and confused about the progress we are making.”He said he’s hopeful the commission will adopt a zero-death goal at its meeting next month.Speed LimitsOne proposal that has moved along in the process at the Legislature would reduce the default speed limit on neighborhood roads in urban areas.“If you look at just kids who are walking and biking, more kids are hurt or killed on 30-mile-an-hour streets than any other type of street,” said Blazek Crossley,House Bill 1287, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), would lower the speed limit on roads that otherwise don’t have marked speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25. “This is about saving lives, but it’s also about saving money,” she said. Right now, if a neighborhood wants to lower the speed limit on their street to under 30 miles per hour, the city needs to do a traffic study. Under this measure, the speed limit in neighborhoods where there are no speed limit signs would automatically be 25 miles per hour, without doing a traffic study.The bill, which has bipartisan support, has made it out of committee. It’s still waiting to get on the agenda for debate and a vote in the full House of Representatives.Statewide Hands-Free LawMiguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTAustin Police conduct a hands-free phone use ordinance enforcement operation on May 10, 2016.Meantime, a law that would ban all use of handheld electronic devices while driving has gotten less support in the Legislature.TxDOT says more than 100,000 crashes involved distracted driving in 2017 — which killed 444 people and seriously injured 2,889 others.Senate Bill 43, filed by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), would crack down on distracted driving by making state law look more like Austin’s hand-free driving ordinance. Right now, state law outlaws only texting while driving. You can still talk on the phone, fiddle with your GPS, browse the web or do whatever else you want to do — as long as you’re not using your phone to “read, write or send an electronic message.”Under SB 43, all uses of an electronic device while driving would be illegal (unless you’re using a hands-free device). Your vehicle would have to be stopped outside a travel lane for you to legally use your phone with your hands.But the proposal hasn’t even had a committee hearing in the Senate — the first step to getting passed. A statewide texting ban was passed only in 2017, so the Legislature’s appetite for beefing up the law may not be there quite yet.Stop For PedestriansThis proposal would make a tweak in the state law that requires drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way. Right now, the law simply says a driver must “yield” to a pedestrian in a crosswalk when there’s a walk sign or when there is no traffic light. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTA pedestrian crosswalk in the Allandale neighborhood of North Austin.House Bill 1289 would require drivers to “stop and yield” for pedestrians legally present in a crosswalk. “You have too many people who are just not respecting pedestrians — the right of a pedestrian to be in the crosswalk,” said Israel, who also proposed this bill. “Because you’re in a car doesn’t give you the right to close in on a pedestrian or hurry up a pedestrian with your car bumper. You have to stop and you have to yield.”There doesn’t appear to be open opposition to the proposal, but it remains stalled without a committee hearing.“Some things in the Legislature are a mystery,” Israel said.‘Crash’ Not ‘Accident’There’s been movement afoot in road safety circles for years now to get officials to stop using the word “accident” to refer to traffic crashes. The idea being that accidents are somehow inevitable — and that the word doesn’t hold anyone accountable for a crash.A New York-based safety group called Transportation Alternatives has a campaign for people to pledge not to use the “a-word.” They describe it like this:Before the labor movement, factory owners would say “it was an accident” when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions. Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say “it was an accident” when they crashed their cars.Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions.Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word “accident” today.House Bill 4243 would change every instance of “accident” in the Texas Transportation Code to “crash.” So far, it hasn’t had a hearing.This piece was originally published on https://www.kut.org/last_img read more

Apartment development for Holbox denied construction permits

first_imgClick 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) Holbox, Q.R. — The application for the construction of an apartment development for Holbox has been denied by the Ministry of Natural Resources.An application for the tourist project, Mayan Sunset, was rejected by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) after an evaluation of the Environmental Impact Statement. The project was rejected for noncompliance with regulations on several levels.Promoters for the Mayan Sunset project were requesting permission to construct four two-room apartment buildings across a total area of 381,000 square meters. They began the application process in June of 2017 but had made adjustments to the original plan.After a second review by state officials, the project was denied.last_img read more

New Regional Sales Leader for Churchill

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Mortgage lender “”Churchill Mortgage””:www.churchillmortgage.com/ has announced a new addition to its sales force. The company has named Kevin Watson as the regional sales manager for Churchill’s middle Tennessee area. [IMAGE]With more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage business, Watson will apply his skills to managing sales in Churchill’s branches throughout Brentwood, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He will also oversee sales for the company’s location in neighboring Franklin, Kentucky, and Watson is responsible for facilitating sales growth and development for any new branches opened in the region. In his new role for Churchill, Watson will head up the company’s Realtor Specialty Team, which is an innovative program focused around the business development system for “”Home Buyers Marketing, Inc.””:http://www.hbm1.com/ (HBM). Churchill’s HBM program is designed to strengthen relationships between loan officers, real estate agents, and borrowers during each stage of the home buying process, and HBM utilizes an online communications and reporting system that assists buyers throughout their search and selection activities.Watson is currently an advisor for the “”Williamson County Better Business Bureau””:http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/, and he is a member of the organization’s advisory board. Additionally, Watson is a member of the “”Williamson County Association of Realtor””:www.williamsoncountyrealtors.org/ and a seven-time recipient of the “”National Association of Mortgage Bankers””:www.namb.org/ award honoring top performers within the mortgage banking industry.Commenting on Watson’s hiring, Churchill’s president, Mike Hardwick, said, “”Kevin has consistently proven himself as one of the top mortgage professionals in the industry and we feel fortunate to count him as a member of the Churchill family. He is the right person to guide our growth in Middle Tennessee and the level of commitment and expertise that he brings to the table make him an invaluable resource both for our company and to the community.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-01-31 Abby Gregory New Regional Sales Leader for Churchillcenter_img January 31, 2012 397 Views Sharelast_img read more

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referenda and the far-right People’s Party in Slovakia plan to launch a petition to hold a vote on the country’s membership to the EU and NATO Contact us at editors@timecomWhen the tech industry gathered at an annual awards ceremony in San Francisco on Monday night the digs at President Trumpand tech executives who have been meeting with himcame early and often By the time the ceremony was halfway over the industry insiders who had been presenting and receiving awards had referred to the 45th President as one of Americas greatest trolls and the puppet of a white supremacist Actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti who hosted the event known as the Crunchies started off by calling him "a little more evil" than tech "villains" like Uber CEO Travis Kalanick who recently said he would resign from a business advisory board serving Trump after his employees repeatedly asked him to quit Its no secret that the Bay Areawhere roughly 75% of people voted for Hillary Clintonis upset about the way the election turned out Workers in Silicon Valley go into offices each day at globalized companies that proudly depend on skilled immigrants from all over the world And Trumps recent executive orders regarding immigration and refugees are deeply at odds with that ethos But amidst the name-calling and line-drawing at the awards ceremony also came calls for the industry to take action that jibes with its oft-repeated promise: that technology can and should fix problems for everyone conservatives included "We tackle hard problems we plow through walls thats what we do for a living" said Twilios Jeff Lawson as he accepted an award for being Founder of the Year "And the current political climate requires us to do this and tackle some new problems like we never have before" He asked the audience to remember that the enemy is not red states (or blue states) but "people who profit by dividing us" Lawson also said that Twilio a billion-dollar communications software company was already putting its coders to work on one snag that his contacts in government had flagged as a pressing issue: how awkward or difficult it can seem for citizens to connect with their representatives in Congress in order to advocate for whatever issues they care about Announcing a project called Voices for Democracy he said the company wants to partner with developers to build apps that streamline that process Twilio tells TIME that the company is committed to “generating 100 million connections between constituents and representatives” and that the effort will be a “priority” for funding through its social impact arm Twilioorg As he finished his remarks Lawson implored the hundreds of hackers and entrepreneurs whose attention he had to join them in their app-building effort: "Lets try to use our power of technology to connect people not to divide them" Hes not the only one singing that song Others who work in Silicon Valley say that tech workers angst over the election whether it be because they have liberal positions on healthcare or climate change is being overtaken by their insatiable desire to fix things After all people here are supposed to thrive on systemic flaws and friction which the American political system does not lack Andy Spahn a prominent political consultant in Los Angeles describes Northern California as a place that would “still would rather tweak an algorithm than write a check" and there are plenty of issues with the political process that technology might help more than donations would: the spread of fake news the existence of social media silos flawed polling predictions the lack of enthusiasm and transparency that contributes to poor voter turnout One person championing the fix-it charge is Jesse Pickard CEO at a startup called Elevate that makes brain-training apps The election happened on his birthday and he and his friends were so upset about the results that no one even touched the cake he says But he woke up the next day feeling like there was something to do "It seemed like there was all this immense talent among people who can bring new products to life" Pickard says "and all of that effort was going into angrily tweeting or posting to Facebook" So he organized a purposefully nonpartisan hackathon planning for 20 or 30 people to attend the marathon coding session at Elevate’s San Francisco HQand about 300 people showed up "It finally clicked for the tech community that were actually going to have to get off of our butts and put our skills to work" he says Soon he had helped create an organization called Debug Politics to host two more including one where the chief technology officer of Hillary Clintons campaign served as one of the judges There are plans to host another hackathon in Los Angeles in April Pickard says and every two months after that The fact that Clintons CTO was one of the judges is evidence that these efforts may struggle to overcome their left-leaning roots in their pursuit of civic betterment however loudly their leaders label them as nonpartisan ("We are not an anti-Trump organization" says Pickard) So are some of the ideas that have come out of the hackathons so far like a product proposed in New York in late January that would tackle fake news from the right by flooding it with more fake news from the left Yet many could be also tools that anyone could use even if they are more likely to attract Democratic users at this moment in history One of them is called Spectrum The idea: When youre reading an article it will tell you how right- or left-leaning that publication tends to beusing data collected by organizations like Pew Researchand then offer another article on the same subject from the other side (Its still in development) Another is HelloGov which aims to help people with big social media followings activate their followers in campaigns to call Congress People have talked about developing bubble-bursting chat tools to connect people living in the "two Americas" too Pickard says like matching up random people in rural and urban areas so they can ask each other why they think the way they do As workers suddenly out of a job in Washington search for new employment a steady stream is poised to end up in Silicon Valley so these collaborations will keep coming Matt Mahan CEO of a two-year-old startup called Brigade says he gets about a dozen resumes each week from people who used to work for Obama or Hillary Clinton His San Francisco-based company was founded with the intent of "disrupting the political system in a good way" and develops tools that aim to make it easier to engage in the political process For the last election the company launched a social platform that allowed people to bring their voter profiles online preview digital version of their ballots pledge their votes and connect with others doing the same And more than 200000 registered voters used it with the base actually skewing conservative Among them were many registered Democrats who were pledging to vote for Trump Looking back over the data after the election Brigade realized the startup could have made more accurate predictions than pollsters did about some swing areas that would ultimately go to the Republican candidate The belief that data should matter most says Mahan is a key part of what has driven people in tech to turn their brain power toward addressing political issues in the wake of the election "We put so much faith in data" he says "Ideology is sort of the antithesis of the mindset in Silicon Valley" How much tech thinking will bleed into coming debates over policy issues those people care aboutbe it tax policy net neutrality or patent reformremains to be seen especially as executives take stands against Trump’s decisions and fight over whether it is a moral action to accept a seat at his table One award-winner at the Crunchies stated that anyone working with Trump even in the name of trying to use access to affect his thinking was “on the wrong side of history” And while some call for Silicon Valley to go high other elites are focusing their efforts on designing underground bunkers for themselves should disaster be nigh At the Crunchies Peretti called them out for looking inward “Where my doomsday preppers at I just want to see if like youll let me crash on your bunker couch in the end times” she said “Or you could just fix public schools right now” The line got one of the biggest claps during her monologue Mahan who founded Brigade with billionaire Sean Parker was one of many among tech executives who signed a joint statement opposing Trumps executive orders on immigration Yet the data that he uses in his pitches to venture capitalists highlights how much potential there is for technology to make people of all stripes feel like their votes matterif these apps and tools can make it easier and more attractive to cast those ballots in a way that feels meaningful Engagement is one chronically problematic area that can keep disrupters in the middle ground after an election in which about 40% of eligible voters did not turn out The spiel goes like this based on research that Brigade commissioned: There are more than 500000 elected offices in America from the local school board to the halls of Congress For the average person that breaks down to about 40 officials who are supposed to represent their interests and who are making some kind of decision on their behalf And while presidential elections might make people feel small about 40% of those 500000 races are decided by around 1000 votes "Thats something we can wrap our heads around" he says "and feel empowered to do something about" Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecomThe Republican presidential election could be headed to a contested conventionthat’s when there’s no clear nominee going into the party’s July convention in Cleveland If no one candidate wins the support of 1237 delegates by the time the convention starts on July 18 the nomination could be up for grabs It will be up to the delegates themselves to choose whether to nominate front-runner Donald Trump his rivals Ted Cruz or John Kasich or even another candidate But if Trump manages to win Tuesday’s Indiana primary the odds of a contested convention will be significantly smaller In the video above TIME explains exactly how a contested convention works and how it could create yet another surprise in the rocky Republican race Write to Mathew Katz at mattkatz@timecom according to a Chicago Tribune report.” the Philippines and Turkey. had no clear policy and its intentions were corrupt. is seen as a burden by some others and is not acceptable to a few within his own party.” released Thursday with a party-filled music video, Contact us at editors@time. 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