Women and women of colour continue to change the face of Congress

November 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHowever, when the 117th congressional term begins in January, an unprecedented 135 women, possibly more, will serve across both houses – with 103 Democrats and 32 Republicans voted in so far, according to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Ghana Rugby partners May 9th Remembered Foundation to support victims

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe President of Ghana Rugby and former Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Herbert Mensah, has echoed the COVID-19 call for “Safety First” at the 19th commemoration anniversary of the tragic Accra Sports Stadium disaster that struck on 9 May 2001 in Accra, Ghana.Due to restrictions imposed as a result of the 2020 novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, this year’s commemoration was limited to a small gathering of persons with disability who again received mobility aids donated by DESO.DESO (Disabled Equipment Sent Overseas) is a UK-based charity run by ‘Aunty Mavis’, a British-Ghanaian woman whose charity work in Ghana spans over 64 years.A number of Ghana Rugby’s national men’s and women’s players, the Ghana Eagles, who wore Ghana Rugby branded face masks with the message, “PLAY YOUR PART. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE” helped with the logistics during the event.At the occasion in Accra, Mensah said that not even the severe disruptions and restrictions of a virus must be allowed to prevent the remembrance of the tragic event on 9 May 2001 when one-hundred-and-twenty-six (126) young Ghanaians who had gone to the Accra Sports Stadium to watch the beautiful game of football lost their lives.“For the past 18 years, a group of us have marked May 9 by maintaining awareness of the events surrounding this tragedy as well as the families involved, including the issues of stadium safety and proper governance in Ghana. Safety of the football family was not given the proper priority then and we have to remind our sports administrators again and again that, ‘Safety first’ is not only important but that it is a responsibility and duty,” Mensah said.Mensah said that it is ironic that the 19th annual commemoration of the stadium disaster coincides with a time when the call for “safety first” tops the global agenda.“In 2001 safety was not on the agenda, and 126 young football fans lost their lives needlessly. With the Coronavirus in the air, I again call for ‘safety first’ and for all to heed the guidelines of wearing face masks and to keep up with maintaining social distances. If we all do not play our part in this regard we may see another tragedy of even greater proportions in Ghana,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the safety of players and the public in all aspects of sports administration will always be high on his agenda.“The lesson of May 9, 2001, to me is that one can never neglect the duty of safety on or off-the-field. The loss of life is unacceptable when administrators do not fulfil their duty to prevent it. Ghana Rugby recently launched a programme, EagleWise, in cooperation with BokSmart of the South African Rugby Union that will focus on aspects of player safety and welfare. We have also embarked on an elaborate ‘STAY SAFE’ programme during the COVID-19 period that I hope would have helped to save lives,” Mensah said.The traditional events that earmark the awareness campaign of the “May 9th Remembered” movement that was initiated by Mensah will not take place in 2020. Since 2001 the Mensah-led campaign included a massive street walk in Kumasi, prayers at the Kumasi Central Mosque and visits to families of the deceased.The events for 2020 included the welcome presentation of the DESO mobility aids to persons with disability as well as visits to selected families of the deceased, accompanied by parcels of foodstuff.“I am again grateful to the companies who have again shown solidarity with the cause of May 9th Remembered by donating money to defray costs and/or foodstuff for families of the deceased. This year Interplast, Sunda International and GB Foods again played their part. Without their support, the flame of the cause of ‘May 9th Remembered’ for due diligence when it comes to sports administration will be difficult if not impossible to keep burning,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the movement will “make up” in 2021 for the limited remembrance events caused by COVID-19 this year.About Ghana RugbyGhana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance Tags: Ghana RugbyMay 9last_img read more


December 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMALIN upset the odds to knock 2012 county champions St Eunan’s out of this year’s championship on Saturday.Played in perfect conditions in Buncrana, Ireland’s most northerly GAA club came out on tops in a deserved 3-12 to 2-07 victory.In this evening’s other quarter-final clash in Convoy, Killybegs had a four point margin of victory – 2-11 to 2-07. In Buncrana the game was even for most of the first half as Lee McMonagle netted for the Letterkenny side from the penalty spot to give them an early 1-03 to 0-03 lead.Terence Doherty hit the net for Malin however to take the Inishwoen side into the lead and when Eunan’s Damien McClafferty was sent off for two yellow card offences, the momentum swung northwards.Paul McLaughlin added a second Malin goal to take his side in 2-06 to 1-03 ahead at the break.St Eunan’s knew they were facing an uphill battle just 20 seconds after the re-start when this time Stephen McLaughlin found the net for Malin’s third goal. Sean McVeigh however went up the other end to net for the Letterkenny side and with points from Donnacha Gallagher reduced the deficit to 3-09 to 2-06.Malin however weren’t to be beaten and extended their lead to win 3-12 to 2-07, an eight point victory.The first to congratulate them were the Eunan’s team and management.In Convoy Killybegs led by four points at half-time, 1-07 to 1-03, Hugh McFadden giving the fishermen the goal.A goal apiece followed in the second half but Killybegs retained the margin to win. Elsewhere’s it’s Comhghairdeas Beart. Burt are County Hurling Champions 2013. Final score at O’Donnell Park was Burt 3-13 Setanta 2-14.Setanta can be proud of their fightback in this game, losing out by just two points in the end.County Champs: Burt’s hurlersCOUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: MALIN KNOCK OUT CHAMPIONS ST EUNAN’S TO JOIN KILLYBEGS IN LAST FOUR was last modified: September 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BURTKillybegs GAAMalin GAASean MacCumhails GAA notesSETANTASt Eunan’s GAAlast_img read more

Darwinians Excel at Games

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMartin Nowak (Harvard) sure got good press for his evolutionary game theories last week.  In Nature,1 he retold the glorious story of how he and Karl Sigmund met in an Austrian mountain cottage and applied the “prisoner’s dilemma” game to a new theory for social evolution.  The same week, in Science,2 as part of a special section on mathematics in biology, the two of them published a detailed accounting of the many insights game theory has provided to Darwinists.    Thousands of papers have been written on game theory since Nowak and Sigmund dreamed up this new approach for characterizing biological interactions (for example, see 10/17/2002).  Martin especially liked game theory because it didn’t require hard lab work: “At university, I found labs disappointing,” he says.  “ – experiments failed for no good reason.  But theory was beautiful.  You could do theory while walking through the forest or lying in the grass.  Theory was not grey, but a golden tree of life.”    His Science piece claims some progress, but lists some substantial challenges ahead.  He does not specify how many hours of lying in the grass these puzzles will require:Many challenges lie ahead.  Evolutionary game theory is formulated in terms of phenotypes, thereby ignoring the complexity of the genotype-phenotype mapping.  More work is needed on the interaction of strategies encoded in genomic sequences.  Most evolutionary game dynamics have been studied in the context of infinitely large populations.  We expect that finite population size effects will lead to surprising outcomes and might question the importance of traditional evolutionary stability.  Cultural interpretations of replicator dynamics often assume that successful strategies spread by imitation or learning, but the learning of complicated strategies from behavioral observations is a nontrivial task that needs specific investigation.  Similarly, studying human language requires a connection between the mathematics of game theory, learning theory, and computational linguistics.Despite these challenges, Nowak is confident that game theory provides a conceptual framework that is just shy of a panacea.  It can be applied to everything in biology, he claims, from interactions between proteins in a cell to social interactions between people:The applications of evolutionary game theory pervade by now all areas of biology.  Interactions among genes, viruses, cells, and humans are often instances of evolutionary games that are amenable to empirical and theoretical investigation.  Game theory is the appropriate tool whenever the success of an individual depends on others.With all the popularity his approach has garnered, Nowak is like a kid in a candy store: “I am no longer embarrassed to work on games.  They are the generic description of evolutionary interactions among genes, cells and people.  Children love games.  Scientific creativity is to never stop playing.”Children love games.  Children also love fairy tales.  Children are suckers for logical fallacies.  Grow up, Martin.    These guys should read the piece by Robert M. May in the same issue of Science3 on “Uses and Abuses of Mathematics in Biology.”  Though not targeting game theory or evolution specifically, May shows how mathematics can confuse, not clarify, issues, and lead to false conclusions if the assumptions or inputs are wrong or imprecise.  He does mention how Darwin might have avoided the now-discredited view of blending inheritance had he known a little math (Charlie said, “I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics; for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.”)  If Darwin had grasped the significance of Mendel’s results, Robert May claims, he might have made better progress against critics.  (Or perhaps more accurately, would have gasped and moaned.)    May points out differences between mathematical uses in physics and biology.  Tycho collected planetary data, Kepler described patterns that made the observations coherent, and Newton provided fundamental laws to explain the patterns.  Mathematical biology is partly in each stage, but “every stage in this caricature is usually vastly more complex than in the early days of physics,” May warns.  He provides examples of abuses, and some good uses, such as in immunology.  But he ends on a word of caution that Darwinian game theorists should read and heed:Mathematics, however, does not have the long-standing relation to the life sciences that it does to the physical sciences and engineering.  It is therefore not surprising to find occasional abuses. … Perhaps most common among abuses, and not always easy to recognize, are situations where mathematical models are constructed with an excruciating abundance of detail in some aspects, whilst other important facets of the problem are misty or a vital parameter is uncertain to within, at best, an order of magnitude.  It makes no sense to convey a beguiling sense of “reality” with irrelevant detail, when other equally important factors can only be guessed at.  Above all, remember Einstein’s dictum: “models should be as simple as possible, but not more so.”Exercise:  Re-read this quote, and then read Nowak’s quote above about the challenges facing game theory.  How likely are evolutionary game theorists to be duped by a beguiling sense of reality?  (A phrase which, being interpreted, means, fantasy.)Extra credit:  Apply the same analysis to Antonelli’s claim (see 01/12/2004) and to computerized models of evolution (see 08/20/2003 and 12/19/2002s).1Martin A. Nowak, “Prisoners of the dilemma,” Nature 427, 491 (05 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427491a.2Martin A. Nowak and Karl Sigmund, “Evolutionary Dynamics of Biological Games,” Science Volume 303, Number 5659, Issue of 6 Feb 2004, pp. 793-799, 10.1126/science.1093411.3Robert M. May, “Uses and Abuses of Mathematics in Biology,” Science Volume 303, Number 5659, Issue of 6 Feb 2004, pp. 790-793, 10.1126/science.1094442.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bit.ly Gets Smart on Twitter’s Pervasive Malware

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBit.ly, the reigning king of Twitter’s short URL service is taking a good hard look at malware. In a blog post published earlier today, the company announced a partnership with three security giants to beef up protection for the millions of Bit.ly short links whizzing through Facebook and Twitter every month. The company will incorporate Verisign’s iDefense IP reputation service, WebSense’s ThreatSeeker Cloud Service and Sophos’ Web Alert Services.In May, ReadWriteWeb covered Bit.ly’s win over TinyURL as the default Twitter link shortener. Since the company’s Twitter victory, hackers have been targeting the service as a vehicle for destructive malware. To combat this, Verisign’s service will help Bit.ly detect and defeat malware by incorporating a blacklist that includes URLs, domains and IP addresses. Web Sense’s ThreatSeeker will analyze content and links in real-time to prevent malicious and inappropriate content from being posted on or distributed from Bit.ly. And finally, Sophos will analyze the actions of potential spammers and monitor users for telltale attack patterns. In addition to today’s partners, Bit.ly also uses Google’s Safe Browsing API and several other link blacklists to identify threats. While each of these services will alleviate some of the burden, they simply cannot hold back every attack that surfaces in this rising tide of malware. To further protect yourself from malware, check out ReadWriteWeb’s list of 8 Practices to Avoid Malware and consider installing a LongURL browser extension to preview links before you click them. Tags:#Microapp#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Microsoft’s Most Wanted: A Convicted Child Molester Worked At Yammer

December 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#America’s Most Wanted#crime#Marcus Tillman#Microsoft#Stephen Warner#Yammer owen thomas Related Posts A few years ago, a fast-growing startup, adding staff at a breakneck pace, hired a facilities manager as a contractor without asking too many questions.That startup was Yammer, now part of Microsoft. And that contractor – Marcus Tillman – is now behind bars, facing the 40-year sentence he dodged in Georgia years ago.Federal investigators, acting on a tip from authorities in Georgia, went to Yammer’s office in San Francisco last week seeking information about Tillman, known to his colleagues as “Stephen Warner.”Marcus Tillman, a convicted child molester, worked at Yammer under a false name for years.“They were more than cooperative once we told them what was going on,” Deputy Joe Palmer told ReadWrite.Within days, and with help from the information Yammer provided, Palmer and his colleagues arrested Tillman at the Cup-A-Joe Coffee House in San Francisco Thursday night. Tillman was taken into custody, awaiting extradition to Georgia.“We are as shocked and saddened as anyone to learn of these developments,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us. “While we do not want to comment on a criminal matter, we can confirm that at no point was Tillman a Yammer or Microsoft employee. Tillman was a contractor assigned to facilities-related work. We cooperated with authorities in his capture and are relieved that he has been brought to justice.” “America’s Most Wanted”In February 2009, facing trial on two charges of child molestation, Tillman cut off his ankle monitor and fled. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced. Later that year, he used a bank account opened in Atlanta to purchase a ticket at a California bus depot, drawing attention from authorities in that state. But after that, the trail appeared to have gone cold.Tillman made several appearances on “America’s Most Wanted.” But until last week, he lived relatively openly in San Francisco, albeit under his assumed name. Early employees remember him working at Yammer as long ago as 2010 or 2011. His duties included stocking the refrigerator, cleaning common areas, and fixing broken equipment.He was a constant presence at Yammer’s office – including occasions when parents brought their children to work.Surrounded by some of the industry’s brightest software engineers, Tillman appears to have excelled instead at the dark arts of social engineering, or manipulating people to his own ends. It’s not clear how Yammer hired or paid Tillman. Our sources disagree on whether he worked through an agency or as an independent contractor: It appears that his status varied over the years, and that Tillman may have used these changes in payment arrangements to deflect suspicions.Surrounded by some of the industry’s brightest software engineers, Tillman appears to have excelled instead at the dark arts of social engineering.After Microsoft bought Yammer, a maker of tools for collaboration and information sharing with businesses, for $1.2 billion in the summer of 2012, Tillman’s employment arrangements became a subject of talk at the Yammer office. Microsoft does not work with independent contractors; instead, it employs them through agencies.At the time, Yammer employees recalled discussing a widely held belief in the office that their facilities manager did not have a Social Security number. One explanation that circulated around the office: Warner’s religious beliefs forbade him from getting a government-issued identification number.But any suspicions came up at a time when Yammer was preparing hundreds of employees for a new parent company and a simultaneous move into a new office in San Francisco’s Mid-Market district. Contractor or not, Tillman had worked as “Warner” for years at that point. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… He appears to have created profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook under the Warner name. Several Yammer employees are friends with “Warner” on Facebook.One thing is clear: Had Yammer hired him as a regular employee, its practice of conducting criminal background checks – an unusual scruple for a startup of its size – would almost certainly have caught Tillman’s subterfuge.Instead, he was able to pull an elaborate deception on the place where he worked for years, exploiting loopholes and perhaps the sympathies of the people whose desks he repaired and whose cafeteria he cleaned.We asked Microsoft for the name of the agency or agencies through which it and Yammer had contracted with Warner over the years. The company declined to name them.The software giant has slowly been integrating Yammer’s operations. The companies will combine their sales teams in July. In October, human resources and finance operations will shift over to Microsoft’s central groups. Mugshot courtesy US Marshals; photo of Yammer office by Robert Scoble IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Maxwell-Wade controversy should have been kept private, says Warne

November 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAustralia’s legendary spinner Shane Warne on Monday said all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s punishment for his remarks on team-mate Matthew Wade should not have been made public.Maxwell was fined by the Australian management after he questioned Victoria captain Wade’s decision to bat above him in the Sheffield Shield match.”I saw what ‘Maxi’ said, I think some of that stuff should have been private,” the 145-Test veteran told Melbourne radio station SEN.”I don’t think really that stuff should be public. (Maxwell) is obviously just venting a bit of frustration. The way Steve Smith handled it in-house, I thought that was good. To me, Maxwell is a super talent and for me I’d like to see him in Australian colours in all forms of the game. But some of that stuff should be kept in-house,” he added.Earlier, skipper Steven Smith on Saturday said all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been fined for ‘disrespectful’ comments on his limited-overs team-mate Matthew Wade. (Glenn Maxwell back, Hilton Cartwright included in Australia’s ODI squad vs New Zealand)”Everyone was disappointed in his comments,” Smith, who struck a match-winning 164 in the first one-day international against the Kiwis was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”I’ve expressed that to him myself and spoke to the team. One of our values is respect and having respect for your team-mates, opposition, the fans, the media. I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a team-mate and his Victorian captain,” he added.last_img read more

a month agoBorussia Dortmund captain Reus blows fuse after character questioned: Mentality bull****?!

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund captain Reus blows fuse after character questioned: Mentality bull****?!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus blew a fuse after their character was questioned in an interview following their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.Lucien Favre’s side had twice been pegged back at the Commerzbank Arena, and were forced to settle for a point after a late Thomas Delaney own goal.Reus said: “This is really going on my nerves with your mentality bull****. Seriously.”Today? Are you serious now? The 2-2 was scored due to mentality? Are you serious? We played dumb, sure, but don’t come to me with your s*** about mentality. Every week it’s the same c**p.'”Our main problem is that we can’t see out a game. But that has nothing to do with mentality. A goal like the 2-2 just mustn’t happen. If we make it 3-1 this game is over but we also could have seen it out to win 2-1 but we didn’t — that’s it.” last_img read more

6 days agoFiorentina director Prade admits trying to sign Brescia midfielder Tonali

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFiorentina director Prade admits trying to sign Brescia midfielder Tonaliby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina director Daniele Prade admits they tried to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali last summer.Pradè was asked if they would revive their approach for the 19-year-old in January.“No, we won’t try again in January,” he said. “We’ll be concentrating on sales rather than purchases. Besides that, why would Brescia want to sell Tonali mid-season?”They meet on Monday and Prade added: “Brescia are a very tough opponent, because they have an excellent Coach like Eugenio Corini, a star striker like Mario Balotelli and strong midfielder in Tonali.“It will be really difficult for us to win at the Stadio Rigamonti.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kathy Ireland Among Finalists For Interfaith Peace Awards

October 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKathy Ireland, founder, CEO and Chief Designer of kiWW (kathy ireland Worldwide), has been cited as one of 17 finalists for the first Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award given by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in the award program together with the United Nations Global Compact Business for Peace initiative.The new tribute is dedicated to “honoring current and past business CEOs for distinctive leadership in promoting and fostering interfaith understanding.”Winners of the prize will be announced Sept. 6 in Rio de Janeiro. Nominated CEO leaders head faith-assisting businesses from Indonesia, Brazil, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, United Arab Republic, Canada, Iraq, Mozambique and eight companies based in the United States.“Business leaders are increasingly aware they have a responsibility to do good and not just make a profit,” said Brian Grim, the president and founder of The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. “Part of doing good is addressing some of the really tough challenges we face, such as extremism and communal conflict. These finalists, who come from around the world and a variety of business and religious backgrounds, have shown exceeding leadership in how religions can work together to achieve common good and positive change.”Grim noted that Ms. Ireland founded her internationally successful lifestyle product design firm with dedication to assisting people of goodwill and all faiths in achieving fundamental rights and for providing assistance for challenged societies. He particularly noted that Kathy Ireland and kathy ireland Worldwide supports Hardwired, a women-led educational initiative in Iraq and Sudan. She has also drawn attention to the plight of Yazidi women escaping oppression. ““This nomination does not belong to me,” says Kathy. “It is the result of incredible efforts of the brave leadership, volunteers, contributors and supporters of Hardwired. Its young founder, Tina Ramirez, represents the kind of initiative that will make a more compassionate world.”In other areas of compassionate activism, Kathy serves as Ambassador for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles campaign to address human trafficking, an issue she has also pursued in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She also serves as Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, carrying on the mission of her late friend and mentor, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s efforts to fight the global epidemic.last_img read more