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GLBTA to hold student focus groups

first_imgThe LGBT and Allies community will conduct focus groups for undergraduates Tuesday and Wednesday evening in an effort to improve its resources and services on campus.“We’re trying to find strategies to truly reflect what students want so we can move forward every academic school year,” said Vincent Vigil, director of the USC Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center.The focus groups are part of a two-tier approach to obtaining feedback on LGBT resources. The first step was a 17-question LGBT perception survey, available at the resource center’s website for faculty, staff and students.The events are a joint effort between the LGBT Resource Center, a department of student affairs, and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Assembly, a student-run organization that is part of Program Board.Vigil introduced the idea of focus groups in 2007 as a way to better represent students’ opinions and perceptions of the LGBT community. Vigil emphasized that the organizers are interested in ideas from both students who are part of the LGBT community and students who are not.“The only way to stay at the cutting edge of what students want is to hear directly from them,” he said.The focus groups will be moderated by a graduate student and will include a tape recorder and a student note taker. Participants, who will not be asked their name or year, will answer questions about their experience with LGBT events at USC. The questions range from how well-represented LGBT students feel to possible community outreach strategies.“I’ve been to five or so [focus groups], and it’s a really friendly environment,” said Joshua Morris, a junior majoring in psychology and the incoming assistant executive director for GLBTA. “It’s completely anonymous, so no one’s afraid to speak out. Your name won’t be there, but your message will be heard.”According to Vigil, student feedback from the focus groups has had tangible effects on LGBT events and organizations.“Last year, students said they wanted more education about LGBT community organizations around Los Angeles so we hosted the LGBT College Fair and an intercollegiate college mixer with UCLA and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center,” he said.In 2008, the surveys indicated a desire for more resources for the transgender community. Now, the LGBT Resource Center’s website includes a list of local transgender-friendly physicians, and several campus buildings have gender-neutral bathrooms.One of several students planning to attend this year’s focus groups is Michael Salvatore, a sophomore majoring in fine arts and anthropology.“I’m glad they’re holding the focus groups because there are a lot of different interests within our community,” Salvatore said. “GLBTA is a strong social space, but there are other ways for people who are just coming to terms with their sexuality to take advantage of the LGBT resources than just social events.”Though this week’s focus groups are open only to undergraduates, GLBTA and the LGBT Resource Center will conduct focus groups for graduate students April 6 and focus groups for faculty and staff April 8.“I’m hoping students come out to the focus groups regardless of their involvement level within our community,” Vigil said. “I want them to voice their opinions and provide new insights and ideas that continue to help us to innovate and create programs and services that are tailored to them.”The focus groups will take place Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Parkside International Residential College in room 1016 and Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Birnkrant Residential College first-floor lounge.last_img read more

Study finds that minorities work dangerous jobs

first_imgLatino immigrants and African American men have the highest number of people working dangerous jobs, according to a new study conducted by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.The researchers found that for men between the ages of 18 and 64, Latino immigrants have the highest percentage of workplace injury with around 13.7 per 1,000 workers. They are followed by African American men with 12.1 per 1,000 and U.S.-born Latino men with nearly 12 per 1,000 workers. Asian American men, and white men averaged below 12 per 1,000 people.The elevated workplace risk goes hand-in-hand with higher disability rates as well, especially for older workers aged 50 to 64. Within this age bracket, African Americans have a 4.4 percent rate of work-related disability, followed by Latino immigrants at 4.2 percent.Even accounting for education and demographic characteristics, the difference is due mainly to disparities in economic opportunities for minorities. According to the study, this forces people of color to take more hazardous jobs with a higher risk of disability or injury, according to the study. Some likely factors that may contribute to these disparities include a bias in assigning minority workers the most dangerous tasks or discrimination when it comes to hiring and promotion practices.Historically, minorities have worked under some of the worst conditions, and though the United States has made tremendous progress in improving safety measures and reducing on-the-job injuries, the findings indicate that disparities do still exist.However, the study also reported that investing more in lowering injury is expensive and could potentially lead employers to lower wages or curtail job opportunities. The researchers noted that efforts toward increasing workplace safety should not come at the expense of reduced opportunities for already vulnerable minorities.last_img read more

Temporary snow park set to open this weekend

first_imgAccording to Andrews, he plans to make the park a yearly winter activity. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The temporary snow park along 93rd Avenue in Toboggan Hill Park is set to open on Saturday.Owner of Victory Skateboards Cole Andrews was given the green light for the project at the beginning of January from City staff and says that weather permitting the park should be open to the public come Saturday as construction was recently completed.“It’s trial and error time right now,” said Andrews. “We are playing it by ear and stepping back to make sure we do everything right as we push for a Saturday opening.”- Advertisement -The City run and maintained park will feature a number of jumps, rails, boxes and ledges and will be available to the public at any time, free of charge. However, riders must abide by safety protocols.“Riders will be required to wear helmets,” added Andrews. “It will be a City run and maintained park and riders will have to follow the rules and regulations put in place. It’s the same as any other park.”A couple of snowboarders will test out the park on Friday along with a rollout of the rules to make sure everything is ready to go.Advertisementlast_img read more

Is Real-Time Search Still Waiting for Mainstream Adoption?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Real-time search is very different from regular search. After studying about 1 million queries on real-time search engine Collecta, researchers at Pennsylvania State University came to the conclusion that – relative to regular search – users of real-time search engines tend to search less for adult topics and focus more on technology, entertainment and politics. This, according to the researchers, reflects “both the temporal nature of the queries and, perhaps, an early adopter user base.”API Accounts for Most QueriesAccording to the data the research team collected, most real-time queries come from third-party applications and don’t happen on the search engine’s own page. On Collecta, API queries account for about 60% of all queries and we’ve heard similar – and often even higher – numbers from other real-time search engines. As these API-based queries are often repeated multiple times throughout the day, real-time search engines also tend to see fewer unique queries than regular search engines.Top Queries The researchers also collected a list of the most popular queries on Collecta during a 190-day period at the end of last year. This data shows that the typical queries on real-time search engines are quite different from what we would expect to see on a regular search engine. Even the most popular search term (“naomi watts”), only accounted for 0.003% of all queries. According to Hitwise, “facebook” is currently the most popular search term on all the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) and accounts for between 1.17% of all queries on Google to 2.6% of all queries on Bing. Where’s the Porn?As the researchers note, Collecta registered almost no searches that were pornographic in nature. “Sex” was the ninth most popular search term and only accounted for 0.002% of all queries.Early AdoptersAs the researchers rightly note, the list of most popular search queries on Collecta reflects the early-adopter nature of the service. The fact that the second-most popular query was “jQuery CSS” is a good example for the nature of real-time searches. To some degree, of course, these numbers are also biased towards Collecta’s users and the kind of applications that have been developed on top of Collecta’s API. It will be interesting to see what these numbers look like by the end of this year. If “jQuery CSS” is still in the top 10 of most often used queries, we can safely assume that Collecta – and maybe real-time search as a whole – hasn’t reached a mainstream audience yet. Tags:#Real-Time Web#Statistics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Related Posts last_img read more

Education Ministry Gets 40 Photocopy Machines from PBS Jamaica

first_img The Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica has donated 40 Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machines, valued at $15 million, to the Ministry of Education for distribution to some 40 primary and all-age schools across the island.Speaking at the  handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Offices in Kingston on August 20, Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools.“There is no way that the schools or the Ministry of Education could have purchased this equipment and, therefore, we are very grateful to you,” he said.The Minister noted that this is the kind of partnership that is needed in education. “I believe that the indirect output of your donation will be for better educated students, more efficient schools, and therefore, hopefully, better trained employees and better customers for your company,” he said.“I want you to appreciate what a difference this is going to make to the schools. (These are) schools largely with extensive student bodies of over 1,000, and in most some cases, over 2,000 students,” Rev. Thwaites informed.Making the presentation, Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie, said the company was pleased to be making a contribution to the development of the country’s education sector.Ms. Subratie informed that the multi-functional devices were designed by a team of engineers, led by Jamaica-born Dr. Antonio Williams, who currently serves as Research lab Manager of the Making Elements and Integration Laboratory at Xerox in the US.For his part, Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid, said the top of the line equipment will significantly enhance the efficiency, productivity and workflow of schools as it relates to document creation, sharing, reproduction and archiving. “Gone are the days when you have four or five devices doing all of those functions,” he pointed out.He noted that users will have the benefit of cutting edge technology to print, scan, fax, email and archive documents, from one multi-functional device in colour or black and white.“Right from the panel, this solution allows you, on a network, to print, copy, scan, and fax in colour at the lowest possible price available in the world, because it eliminates 75 per cent of the traditional consumables used in xerography by using only one item,” Mr. Reid said. He noted that the copiers can print from 45 to 90 pages per minute.Mr. Reid also informed that PBS will be providing maintenance and support to all the schools that will receive a device.PBS Jamaica is an associate company of Musson Jamaica Limited and is part of the PBS Group of companies, distributors of Xerox, Cisco and Oracle products across the Caribbean and Central America. It will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools Users will have the benefit of one multi-functional device Copy machines to be distributed to 40 primary and all-age schools across the island Story Highlightslast_img read more

Foundation Stages Event to Promote Heart Health

first_img“Exercise is one of the activities that we can use to try and prevent ourselves from becoming overweight, along with healthy eating. Healthy eating means avoiding foods with too much salt, sugar and trans fats. What we are trying to do at this event is to encourage persons to start or continue a healthy lifestyle,” she said.Interested persons can register for the event by contacting the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at 906-9407 or email 5krace@heartfoundationja.org. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica launched its annual PROVEN Run for Your Heart on September 27 as part of efforts to promote heart health. Story Highlights For her part, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, said that the event is an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, adding that 25 per cent of the population suffer from high blood pressure with another 33 per cent being pre-hypertensive.center_img Now in its 38th year, Run for Your Heart aims to raise funds to maintain its subsidised heart healthcare services. Proceeds from the event are also used to educate primary and secondary students on healthy lifestyle choices. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica launched its annual PROVEN Run for Your Heart on September 27 as part of efforts to promote heart health.The lapathon and fun day event will be staged at Stadium East in Kingston on November 26 from at 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Activities include running, walking, aerobics sessions, rock wall climbing, football and netball as well as demonstrations by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Now in its 38th year, Run for Your Heart aims to raise funds to maintain its subsidised heart healthcare services. Proceeds from the event are also used to educate primary and secondary students on healthy lifestyle choices.The event is geared towards all members of the public, including primary, secondary and tertiary students, companies and sport clubs.Speaking with JIS News at the launch of the event at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Allie McNab, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the Government fully endorses the initiative.“Healthy lifestyle is important right across the board. The Ministries of Culture and Health fully endorse this initiative. [A] healthy lifestyle extends your life and gives you a good quality of life. We want persons to take up the challenge of living a healthier life in terms of diet and exercise and, hopefully, this will combat some of the illnesses common in society,” he said.For her part, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, said that the event is an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, adding that 25 per cent of the population suffer from high blood pressure with another 33 per cent being pre-hypertensive.last_img read more

Cop Killer granted parole again San Diego DA says he remains unpredictable

first_img Mike McKinnon III, Mike McKinnon III August 23, 2018 Posted: August 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan announced that despite her suggestion to not release Jesus Cecena, the State Board of Parole decided to grant parole to the 57-year-old who killed San Diego Police officer Archie Buggs in 1978.The full press release from Summer Stephan’s office can be read below:San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said today that in spite of her office’s vigorous and compelling arguments against it, the State Board of Parole has granted parole to Jesus Cecena, 57, who killed a San Diego police officer in 1978. Officer Archie Buggs, 30, was shot four times after he stopped a car driven by Cecena, a gang member in the Skyline neighborhood who was 17-years-old at the time. Cecena fired five times at Buggs, then paused, walked toward the fallen officer and fired a final bullet into his head at point-blank range. The officer died on the street, his hand still on his service revolver.The Parole Board hearing was held this morning at Valley State Prison near Fresno, California and lasted nearly five hours. The Board announced its decision after deliberating for about 30 minutes.  This was Cecena’s 17th parole hearing which included a discussion of his criminal record, psychiatric factors, parole plans, and statements by representatives of the victim’s family.California Governor Edmund Brown will receive the case within 120 days for review. The District Attorney’s Office immediately released a statement saying it will urge the governor to reverse the parole grant in the strongest terms possible.“While we understand the factors considered by the Parole Board, we’re extremely disappointed in its decision to send a cop killer who still lacks honest insight and remorse into this atrocious crime back into the community. He continues to be unpredictable and dangerous,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “Given the gravity of the crime and its impact upon the officer’s family and our community, we believe he is not suitable for release. The District Attorney’s Office will strongly urge the Governor to once again reverse this grant of parole in the interest of public safety.”In the last four years, Cecena was granted parole three times (in 2014, 2015 and 2017) and each time Governor Brown reversed the grant, after the San Diego County District Attorney filed objections. Cecena’s parole also continues to be opposed by San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and the San Diego Police Officers Association.Cecena was convicted of murder and was sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole on August 22, 1979. Because Cecena was 17 at the time he killed Officer Buggs, his sentence was reduced to a seven years-to-life term in March of 1982. Cecena’s unstable social history continued during his incarceration; he received more than 10 violation reports for misconduct while in prison.RELATED STORY: San Diego DA Summer Stephan fights to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars center_img Cop Killer granted parole again; San Diego DA says he remains unpredictable and dangerous FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jesus Cecena, Summer Stephan last_img read more

Apple tells US that tariffs would hurt its ability to compete globally

first_img “The Chinese producers we compete with in global markets do not have a significant presence in the US market, and so would not be impacted by US tariffs,” Apple wrote in the letter. “Neither would our other major non-US competitors.”Apple didn’t specifically name any rivals, but its letter likely referred to China-based Huawei and other rivals like Samsung. A year ago, Huawei — which is facing a US ban — overtook Apple to become the world’s second largest phone vendor. Huawei’s smartphones sales have soared even though it doesn’t have an official presence in the US, one of the world’s largest markets. Apple designs its phones in the US, but the devices — like many other electronics — are assembled in China. Its products have previously avoided added fees, but the ongoing trade war with China could expand tariffs to the various devices Apple sells. That could mean higher prices for consumers and would affect the amount of money Apple makes from its products. The USTR said Thursday that it doesn’t comment on specific submissions during the ongoing public notice and comment period. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment. Trade battleAs part of its letter, Apple noted the large role it plays in the US economy. It’s “responsible” for over 2 million jobs across all 50 states, including Apple’s direct employees, manufacturing and retail partners and app developers who’ve benefited from creating software for Apple’s iPhones, iPads and other devices. Best Buy See also WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, MacOS and more… Tags $999 Your next iPhone might cost more because of US-China trade war Apple to build $1B Austin campus, add thousands of jobs in US expansion Apple reportedly considers moving 30% of all iPhone production out of China $999 Apple iOS 13: Top new features Apple says it could be affected by tariffs against China.  Future Publishing/Getty If the Office of the United States Trade Representative moves forward with more tariffs against China, it’d hurt Apple’s competitiveness and the amount of money it contributes to the US economy, the company argued this week. It urged the US not to move forward with new fees that would affect the iPhone and its other devices.In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, dated Monday but released to the public Thursday, Apple said tariffs would “result in a reduction of Apple’s US economic contribution,” as the fees would impact all of its major products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods and Apple TV) as well as accessories like monitors, batteries and parts used to repair devices. What’s more, Apple said the tariffs could hurt its competitiveness and “tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors.”  After passage of US tax reform last year, Apple said it expected to contribute $350 billion to the US economy over a five-year period by opening new offices and hiring new workers. “We are pleased to report that we are on track to achieve this contribution,” said Apple’s letter this week.The first round of tariffs, announced a year ago and implemented earlier in 2019, affected more than 1,100 types of products. The US government specifically excluded “goods commonly purchased by American consumers such as cellular telephones or televisions.” That included iPhones. But more recent tariff plans would affect the iPhoneIf the Trump administration decides to impose tariffs on iPhones and other electronics, it’s likely that Apple and other companies would pass the increase on to consumers. Apple’s latest iPhones already start at $749 for the iPhone XR, $999 for the iPhone XS and $1,099 for the iPhone XS Max.Trump has long called for Apple to build its devices in the US, something that’s not likely to happen. On Wednesday, a report said Apple is considering moving 30% of iPhone production out of China and into places like Southeast Asia. Samsung assembles a big chunk of its smartphones in Vietnam.It’d be difficult for Apple to move such a large chunk of its smartphone production out of China, though.”Apple has ‘bet the farm’ on its flagship China production factory, which produces the vast majority of iPhones globally and represents the hearts and lungs of the Cupertino ecosystem,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives noted. He said that in the best case scenario, Apple would be able to move about 5% to 7% of iPhone production to India in the next 12 to 18 months. Moving 15% of production from China to other regions would take at least two to three years, he estimated. Originally published June 20, 8:55 a.m. PTUpdate, 11:45 a.m. PT: Adds background and USTR comment.  See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Now playing: Watch this: 26 Photos See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Quader denies allegation of forcing CJ to resign

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday denied the allegation that the AL-led government forced chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to leave.“BNP says, it is we who forced the chief justice to resign. From where did the chief justice send his resignation letter? It’s from Singapore. Is there any force like police or any special [Bangladeshi] force there who forced him to resign? Do you believe that?” Quader told a public gathering.Read More: Wahhab Miah to continue to act until new CJ appointedAlso the road transport and bridges minister, Quader was addressing a public rally organised to launch party’s member collection drive at Bhawal Badre Alam Government College ground in Gazipur.“The Appellate Division judges have already asked the president that they will not sit with him [SK Sinha] in the same bench of court. I want to know where the fault of the government is here,” said Quader.The AL general secretary said his party’s arch-enemy BNP could not stay on the streets even for eight minutes in the last eight years.Quader claimed that BNP’s return to power means beginning of arson terrorism and looting as well as the rise of militancy.He said no identified terrorists, extortionists and member of communal force will get berth in the AL.   Read More: CJ Sinha finally quitslast_img read more

Myanmar to take back all Rohingyas if they volunteer to return

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersMyanmar is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday.He was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference in Singapore, where he was asked if the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live, could trigger use of the responsibility to protect framework of the United Nations.The so-called R2P framework was adopted at the 2005 UN world summit in which nations agreed to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and accepted a collective responsibility to encourage and help each other uphold this commitment.”If you can send back 700,000 on a voluntary basis, we are willing to receive them,” Thaung Tun said. “Can this be called ethnic cleansing?”There is no war going on, so it’s not war crimes. Crimes against humanity, that could be a consideration, but we need clear evidence. These serious charges should be proved and they should not be bandied about lightly.”Since August 2017, about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a military crackdown in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, many reporting killings, rape and arson on a large scale, UN and other aid organisations have said.The United Nations and aid agencies have described the crackdown on the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, an accusation Myanmar rejects.Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete the voluntary repatriation of the refugees within two years.Myanmar signed an agreement with the United Nations on Thursday aimed at eventually allowing the Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh to return safely and by choice.It also said it would set up an independent commission to investigate “the violation of human rights and related issues” in Rakhine State following the army operation there in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security posts.Thaung Tun said that the narrative of what happened in Rakhine was “incomplete and misleading”.”Myanmar does not deny that what is unfolding in northern Rakhine is a humanitarian crisis,” he said. “There is no denying that the Muslim community in Rakhine has suffered. The Buddhist Rakhine, Hindu and other ethnic minorities have suffered no less.”He said that while the military had the right to defend the country, if investigations showed they had acted illegally, action would be taken.last_img read more