Blind superstar Stevie Wonder has been vocal in his support for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in tomorrow’s Presidential election. In an interview with Philly.com after his Get Out The Vote concert in Philadelphia on Friday, Wonder posed a hilariously frank analogy about the prospect of electing Trump: “If you had an emergency situation and needed to go to the hospital, and you had to get there right away, would you want me driving your car?” he asked, to which the reporter replied “no.” He then added, tongue-in-cheek, “Because I’m not an experienced driver, right?”After calling out the Republican nominee for his racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and generally intolerant rhetoric, Wonder continued, “I mean, c’mon! This is not a reality show. This is life in reality. So I’m with her because I believe in where we are, and where we are going to go. I have always believed that America is great. We’re just going to make it greater.”Don’t put a blind man in the driver’s seat, America. Get out and vote today.[h/t Huffington Post]
To most fully live out the “people helping people” philosophy, more credit union leaders are taking meaningful steps toward advancing financial inclusion in their communities.Indeed, providing underserved individuals with financial services that are both affordable and supported by effective financial education services can have tremendous impact on a city, town, village or neighborhood. And yet, it’s far from simple, especially for credit unions looking to execute financial inclusion strategies for the first time.Chief among the challenges is that financial inclusion is a two-way street. A credit union can offer up fair, dignified, affordable and culturally relevant services, but if community members don’t respond, theimpact of those products and services is greatly reduced. To inspire that action, credit unions have to come from a position of authenticity. In other words, community members – particularly those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with traditional financial institutions – want to see certain things from the credit union. Employees who look like them, communications that speak to them and experiences that feel real to them are crucial to encouraging underserved individuals to give credit union membership real consideration.CONSIDER THE AUDIENCEMembership – in and of itself – can be a big ask. This is especially true when the individuals a credit union is looking to serve may not be familiar with the concept of a financial cooperative. Take first-generation Hispanics, for example. Although the idea of managing money as a community is often a good fit culturally, involving a financial institution in that community approach may not feel natural. Learning the benefits of doing so directly from another first-generation Hispanic can make the idea more palatable.For this group, as well as many other underserved segments, managing money usually consists of a series of short-term to-do’s. Accomplishing those tasks often requires standing in a line 40-people deep at a behemoth discount store.Imagine you’ve become accustomed to being greeted by a weary employee who would rather be doing anything other than issuing yet another money order. It’s the norm, and so the idea of a joyful individual who knows your name helping with your transaction while also asking about your long-term financial goals can seem intrusive, maybe even a little suspicious. But, what if you are introduced to that happy teller by a respected member of your family, someone who trusts the teller and the credit union she represents. You’re likely to be much less apprehensive giving the new relationship a try.Imagining scenarios like the above to better understand the members of an underserved community demonstrates empathy, and it can be a good first step in the development of a strategic financial inclusion plan. In fact, many credit unions have gone through exercises like the National Credit Union Foundation’s Life Simulation and Coopera’s immersion program.IDEAS FOR CHAMPIONING D&IAn individual who can picture the daily challenges of another’s life can get close to understanding. But, someone who knows those challenges can be invaluable when it comes to mapping out a financial inclusion strategy. Nothing can substitute first-hand knowledge. This is why we say diversity and inclusion (D&I) starts at home. To be a champion for diversity, you must demonstrate diversity within your ranks. To advocate for financial inclusion, you must proactively foster an inclusive environment inside your credit union. What follows is a collection of ideas for how your credit union can do exactly that. Understanding the Underserved Establish a modern employee resource group (ERG) to better understand the preferences of underserved community members. Originally, these groups were established to foster a welcoming environment for underrepresented employee groups. They have since evolved to have a more strategic authority and are charged with adding value to the business. In fact, some organizations have migrated their ERGs to BRGs (business resource groups). A BRG reflects an increased business focus and more clearly articulates the BRG’s objectives, which can include things like promoting revenue generation.Establish an internal bilingual/bicultural advisory group. Composed of employees who work with members and/or the community daily, the group brings direct feedback to the organization to generate new ideas. It also gives members of the group an opportunity to discuss unique aspects of their cultures with one another. One way credit unions benefit from a group like this is a better understanding of how to communicate with members using financial terminology in another language, which can vary depending on an individual’s proficiency level. Taking a Team ApproachPlan employee- and member-facing activities for lesser-celebrated holidays and events or host an international food festival.Plan a new game, like Diversity Thumball, once a quarter. Rather than leave this up to HR, engage different employees to come up with each quarter’s activity.Learn how to say hello in 12 different languages. Quiz each other at regular intervals.Reframing the Word ‘Diversity’Be as clear as possible with employees about their roles in fostering a successful D&I environment. One way to set the tone early on in the employee journey is to add a simple sentence to your job postings, one that describes your cooperative’s commitment.Host a series of internal workshops designed to help employees and board members reexamine their beliefs. One you might consider is an unconscious bias group activity, such as the Tag Game.FINANCIAL INCLUSION MORE NATURAL THAN YOU THINKDiversity and inclusion are uncomfortable by design. Initiatives that push us to recognize (and fix) flaws in our thinking are far from natural. But, the outcomes are worth the discomfort. And importantly, more consumers are coming to expect these efforts.A great number of big-brand organizations have become intentional about D&I strategies and have gone public with their successes. Consumers are taking notice. In fact, 90 percent say they expect companies to operate responsibly to address social issues. Fifty-five percent of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services offered by companies that make a positive social impact. Research like this is really important to consider, as it not only relates to the underserved. Consider that the well-served among your membership may appreciate your D&I efforts just as much as your new and prospective ones.Remember, too, that good D&I is good business. The initiatives you deploy do not have to be purely altruistic. It’s okay to talk about serving new markets in the context of building a healthy and sustainable cooperative. Connect your goals to the overall mission and business objectives of your credit union, and you may find diversity and inclusion are more natural than you think. 74SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. 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Illustration; Image Courtesy: BahriDenmark and South Korea have decided to expand their cooperation to maritime navigation.As informed, the two countries will jointly collaborate in the field of digitalization.This entails the promotion of e-navigation and the development of advanced technologies that will be used by autonomous vessels, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.Kim Young-choon, South Korea’s Minister of Oceans and Fisheries and Brian Mikkelsen, Denmark’s Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, signed an amendment to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Seoul on February 23.The MOU for the maritime cooperation between the countries was signed in May 2012 and it will now encompass artificial intelligence and big data as well.World Maritime News Staff
If you are a fan of the Indianapolis 500 race, you certainly got your money’s worth this year. It seems to me that the “greatest spectacle in racing” is making a huge comeback. It was reported that over 300,000 attended this year’s race. Just a few years ago, some reports stated that the crowds were more like 100,000.Takuma Sato won a close battle over Helio Castroneves taking the lead with just 5 laps to go. The way the cars are made today, you must be able to draft other cars and know the right time to make a pass. No one can run away with it like happened in the old days.For the spectators who like crashes, Scott Dixon (the pole sitter) gave them their wish. Fortunately, the safety barriers and car design allowed Dixon to walk away from the fiery crash. For the people who like local drivers, Ed Carpenter was one of the top finishers again this year.
Six residents of an assisted-living facility in Broward County have died from COVID-19, including three new deaths that were reported Thursday.The death toll at Atria Willow Wood in Fort Lauderdale has been rising since the first resident died there on March 16, and others have tested positive for the disease.At this point, 16 residents have tested positive, including the six victims, according to the company that owns the center on West Commercial Boulevard. Results from two more tests are pending.“Our primary concern right now is supporting our residents and staff and doing everything in our power to keep them safe,” Atria officials said in a statement Thursday. “We will also continue to work with the Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration as we monitor and respond to this ever-changing situation.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has blamed Willow Wood for the deaths. He says that “construction workers, staff and cooks who were ill were not screened” and allowed to socialize with residents, despite warnings for such facilities earlier this month.The company insists the facility began implementing precautions on March 4 to protect its residents, including screening visitors and workers.Broward County currently has 504 confirmed cases of coronavirus, second only to Miami-Dade throughout the state.
Freshers Week at Letterkenny Institute of Technology begins next Monday 23 September, 2013 until Friday 28 September with a host of on-campus and off-campus activities planned during this week.The main focus of this year’s Freshers Week is charity and giving back. The Student Union have selected the St Vincent de Paul Society as their charity to support this Freshers week.It is hoped that the Student Union wristband campaign will raise €3,000 for the local St Vincent de Paul Society. The wristband campaign will see students avail of an array of discounts throughout Letterkenny shops and clubs.From ‘Joe the Butchers’ to ‘Domino’s pizza’ and free entry into three local nightclubs, this campaign will see students availing of reduced and discounted prices, for products and services in the Letterkenny area.Student Union President, Brian McElwaine has said that the driving force behind this initiative is to say thank you to the St Vincent de Paul Society for the help provided by the charity to struggling students last year. He added that, as a result of SUSI grant delays, many LYIT students faced unnecessary hardship and the situation would have been much worse had it not been for the intervention of the St Vincent de Paul Society . This campaign is about Letterkenny IT Student Union giving back to the local charity.Students interested in purchasing a wristband can do so by contacting the Student Union office, but with a limited supply of 300 wristbands, you’ll have to be fast to get yours! Wristbands are available at a cost of €10 each. LYIT FRESHER’S WEEK ‘WRISTBAND CAMPAIGN’ ABOUT CHARITY was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityFRESHERS WEEKLYITstudents
Life needs molecular machines before natural selection can even be considered as a possible Darwinian explanation for them.The discovery that living cells operate real machines and motors has to rank as one of the greatest discoveries of the late 20th century. It continues to fascinate engineers who want to imitate what cells do. Here are recent news articles that discuss the subject, and one that tries to “evolutionize” them.Molecular rotary motors: Unidirectional motion around double bonds (PNAS). Nano-engineers are taking baby steps toward imitating what cells do. Notice how Roke, Wezenberg and Feringa speak of the “design principles” of artificial rotary motors at the nanoscopic scale:The field of synthetic molecular machines has quickly evolved in recent years, growing from a fundamental curiosity to a highly active field of chemistry. Many different applications are being explored in areas such as catalysis, self-assembled and nanostructured materials, and molecular electronics. Rotary molecular motors hold great promise for achieving dynamic control of molecular functions as well as for powering nanoscale devices. However, for these motors to reach their full potential, many challenges still need to be addressed. In this paper we focus on the design principles of rotary motors featuring a double-bond axle and discuss the major challenges that are ahead of us.Having mentioned “design principles” for scientific work, they now look to the rotary engines in living cells.Bacterial flagellum (Illustra Media)Control of motion at the molecular scale has intrigued chemists for a very long time. The quest for overcoming random thermal (Brownian) motion has culminated in the emergence of synthetic molecular machines, including motors, muscles, shuttles, elevators, walkers, pumps, and assemblers. By taking inspiration from the fascinating dynamic and motor functions observed in biological systems (e.g., ATPase and bacterial flagella), the field of synthetic molecular machines has evolved rapidly in recent years.There’s a use of the word “evolved” in a clear intelligent-design context. Nano-engineers are gradually improving their little machines by design, not by natural selection. Having mentioned the two famous rotary motors (see animations of ATP Synthase and the bacterial flagellum), they focus for the rest of the paper on human-engineered motors. But the comparison is clear: if humans cannot approach the efficiency and functionality of the living motors using their own “design principles,” how could anyone claim that there are no design principles in the living motors?Researchers propose a model for how the parts of a bacterial flagellum are assembled (Science Daily). In Illustra’s classic film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Dr Scott Minnich explains why the assembly of the bacterial flagellum is even more irreducibly complex than the flagellum itself. Now in 2018, scientists are bringing the assembly process into sharper focus. Just like Minnich says in the film, researchers in Japan describe the assembly as a complex, orchestrated process with feedback:Many bacteria are equipped with a flagellum, a helical propeller that allows bacteria to travel. The flagellum is assembled in a highly organized manner involving the stepwise addition of each of its internal parts. However, there are many open questions as to how this orderly construction is achieved. In a study published in Science Advances, a Japanese research team centered at Osaka University has uncovered new molecular details and provided a model explaining how stepwise flagellar assembly occurs….“Flagellar assembly is a complex process involving more than 70 genes,” lead author Naoya Terahara explains. “First, the basal motor is assembled, followed by the hook, and finally the helical filament. Each structure is built by sending a unique set of proteins to the site of assembly. The cell can somehow sense when each structure is complete, triggering a switch to export the next series of proteins. We wanted to develop a more detailed picture of how this switching occurs.”The open-access paper in Science Advances gives the details of their work. They’re only trying to figure out how one of the rings in the membrane shuttles proteins out to the growing tip, but statements about “assembly” dominate the paper, with no mention of evolution.New details of molecular machinery that builds plant cell wall components (Phys.org). For an example of an unfamiliar molecular machine, read this article about two researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory who are figuring out “the enzyme ‘machinery’ that makes building blocks for lignin, a plant cell wall component.” Then listen to a podcast on ID the Future by Douglas Axe about how lignin challenges Darwinian evolution (link at Evolution News).Molecular machines and the place of physics in the biology curriculum (Mike Klymkowsky, Public Library of Science, via Phys.org). In this PLoS blog post, Mike Klymkowsky tells how he read a paper that reminded him of an earlier conviction that learning about the physics behind molecular machines is important for biologists:On reading the paper, I found myself returning to my original belief, yes, understanding physics is critical to developing a molecular-level understanding of how biological systems work, BUT it was just not the physics normally inflicted upon (required of) students. Certainly this was no new idea. Bruce Alberts [former editor of Science] had written on this topic a number of times, most dramatically in his 1989 paper “The cell as a collection of molecular machines“.And yet at the end of his article, Klymkowsky espouses mindless materialism. Not only does he attribute molecular machines to blind evolution, he attributes everything to it. First, he sets up a false dichotomy between physicalism and mysticism, assuming that this will dispense with all design arguments or non-materialistic views of biology. Then he shows a very simplistic view of Darwinian evolution, assuming that genetic reorganization conjures up creative powers. Then he resorts to mysticism again. Let’s give him enough time to saw through the branch he’s sitting on:NASA has been promoting materialism for many years as the only “scientific” view.The value of introducing students to the idea of molecular machines is that it can be used to demystify how biological systems work, how such machines carry out specific functions, whether moving the cell or recognizing and repairing damaged DNA. If physics matters in biological curriculum, it matters for this reason – it establishes the core premise of biology that organisms are not driven by “vital” forces, but by prosaic physiochemical ones. At the same time, the molecular mechanisms behind evolution, such as mutation, gene duplication, and genomic reorganization, provide the means by which new structures emerge from pre-existing ones, yet many is the molecular biology degree program that does not include an introduction to evolutionary mechanisms in its required course sequence – imagine that, requiring physics but not evolution?One final point regarding requiring students to take a biologically relevant physics course early in their degree program is that it can be used to reinforce what I think is a critical and often misunderstood point. While biological systems rely on molecular machines, we (and by we I mean all organisms) are NOT machines, no matter what physicists might postulate – see We Are All Machines That Think. We are something different and distinct. Our behaviors and our feelings, whether ultimately understandable or not, emerge from the interaction of genetically encoded, stochastically driven non-equilibrium systems, modified through evolutionary, environmental, social, and a range of unpredictable events occurring in an uninterrupted, and basically undirected fashion for ~3.5 billion years. While we are constrained, we are more, in some weird and probably ultimately incomprehensible way.For reasons why materialism is unscientific, see this Illustra film.Nowhere is the blindness of fallen man more evident than when they can stare at the most elegant designs in the universe, including their own brains, and then attribute them to “undirected” forces, which amount to chance—the Stuff Happens Law. What can we say, other than to keep pointing everyone to Romans 1:20-22.(Visited 661 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Gospel singer Lundi Tyamara has died at the age of 38. Fans, friends and family have paid tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular singers.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)CD AndersonLundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Tyamara died at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.“Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life,” said Anele Hlazo, a family friend.Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”Commenting briefly to eNCA on his passing, Malope said she was in shock but would always have fond and special memories of Tyamara.Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.Despite his many hardships, Tyamara’s story was one of great triumph and success. Following his death, he will always be remembered by his fans as a prince of South African gospel.Watch some of Lundi’s greatest hits below.Source: eNCA News and Entertainment Online.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Etacts, an email add-on that layers social network profiles, conversation history and other relationship management information on top of your email conversations, announced abruptly this morning that it is shutting down its service, deleting all customer data at the end of next month and has “decided to pursue other opportunities.” Having raised more than a half million dollars from some of the hottest investors in Silicon Valley just over six months ago, it’s unlikely the Etacts team has decided to go do something unrelated. It is most likely the company has been acquired by a larger firm that does heavy business in email. The Inbox 2.0 market has long been expected to heat up and indeed it has. Etacts competitor Rapportive also recently drew big name funding, Gist is rumored to be in acquisition talks with RIM and now Etacts announces a mysterious shut-down. Update: See our subsequent coverage, it appears to be Salesforce that has acquired Etacts.FundingIn May of this year, Tomio Geron at the Wall Street Journal summed up the funding story thusly:Etacts, which completed the Y Combinator incubator program in March, has just closed a $700,000 seed round from prominent angels including Ron Conway’s SV Angel; Eric Hahn, former chief technology officer at Netscape; Joshua Schachter, founder of Delicious; Jim Young, co-founder of HotOrNot; Barney Pell and Lorenzo Thione, co-founders of Powerset; Jawed Karim, co-founder of Youtube; Ashton Kutcher, actor and now angel investor; Robby Walker and Wayne Crosby, former Y Combinator participants; and Irene Pedrazza, founder of CheetahMail.Etacts raised the funding quickly – in just over a month – and had intended to raise $500,000 but decided to let in more investors because of the strong interest, said [Howie] Liu, who co-founded the company with classmate Evan Beard after the two graduated from Duke University last year. You don’t take Ron Conway money and then just give up in six months.Rapportive raised a small round from other impressive funders 3 months later. Gist raised $4 million in between those two announcements, in July.Etacts hasn’t replied to our request for comment, but an acquisition certainly seems the most likely explanation for the service’s decision to shut down.Email as a PlatformWe wrote about email as a platform for application development most recently in August. Yahoo’s Eran Hammer-Lahav, then working on developer relations for Yahoo Mail, explained why so many companies are interested in this space.“It’s pretty clear that email provides a huge potential for extensibility, given the wide range of ways people use it. The inbox is much more than just a place for incoming mail, it is the primary dashboard for many web users – it is how they manage their lives. So when looking at email as a platform, the opportunity of making it more useful and productive reaches most areas of online activities.So far the focus has been on taking social information to help better manage email overflow, but the platform has much more potential beyond that.”What will its likely acquirer do with Etacts? Presumably displaying the social networking profiles and past conversations we’ve had with the people who sent us emails is just the beginning. How will other email providers respond, lest they fall behind in richness of user experience? That’s where things will get really interesting. Personal Data as a PlatformPerhaps even more interesting is the way that all of these services use data about the people who have sent you email that they have acquired through services like Rapleaf. Services that scoop up and wholesale personal profile data (“the person attached to this email uses this LinkedIn profile, this Twitter profile, owns a home, has kids and loves short videos about kittens”) are wildly controversial but also very useful. Nowhere is that usefulness more clearly demonstrated than in the email CRM services like Etacts, Rapportive and Gist. Perhaps if Etacts’ feature-set goes mainstream in some big email program, the story of value built for everyday people (not just marketers) from aggregate online personal data as a development platform would become easier to tell.That would be very good news. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
The Department of Defense (DOD) Science Board has released a broad study on autonomy, recommending “immediate action” to counter enemy artificial intelligence.In the study, the science board found that commercial and academic AI is moving at a faster speed than military operations. It warned that if this continued, the U.S. military may face the same threats from adversaries that used cyber warfare to extract information from the Pentagon and other high value military targets, but on a much grander scale.See Also: BAE Systems debuts wearable charging tactical vest“For years, it has been clear that certain countries could, and most likely would, develop the technology to use cyber and electronic warfare against U.S. forces,” said the study’s authors. “Yet most of the U.S. effort focused on developing offensive cyber capabilities without commensurate attention to hardening U.S. systems against attacks from others.”“Unfortunately, in both domains, that neglect has resulted in DoD spending large sums of money today to ‘patch’ systems against potential attacks.”It advised the DOD to gather intelligence on other nation’s AI developments, especially China and Russia. Once it has found sufficient data, teams at the DOD should develop “counter-autonomy” solutions and ways to overwhelm the system, says the science board.DoD late out of the blocks with adversariesThe DOD should also invest resources into developing learning AI systems that can be deployed onto the battlefield. These systems could recognize weaknesses in the enemy’s defense or strategy, though self-thinking systems are far away from becoming reality.China and Russia are both supposedly developing AI systems to deploy on the battlefield. China has even boasted about AI robots and autonomous tanks, which could be deployed in the next few years.According to the report, China has an advantage in the AI battle, since it does not have the same worries that a truly self-thinking system could cause catastrophic damage if it goes rogue. That could be a massive disadvantage, if the U.S. or any other nation is able to create programs to attack the AI and manipulate it.DARPA, the research and development wing of the DOD, has ran a few autonomous tests in the past decade. It could be influential in finding engineers and startups to shore up the U.S. AI deficiencies. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoD#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#military#Pentagon#robots#top Follow the Puck David Curry