Nassar to receive final sentence in sexual assault scandal

first_imgLATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Larry Nassar listens as Rachael Denhollander gives her victim impact statement Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Eaton County Circuit Court, the second and final day of victim impact statements in Judge Janet Cunningham’s courtroom in Charlotte, Mich. He will be sentenced Monday. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Days of emotional testimony in two Michigan courtrooms are wrapping up with a final sentence for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken Michigan State University and elite sports associations.Nassar, 54, is returning to court Monday in Eaton County, Michigan. He listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were molested.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The scandal has rocked Michigan State, which has been accused of repeatedly missing opportunities to stop Nassar, who had a campus office and was a revered figure in sports medicine.Lou Anna Simon resigned as Michigan State’s president on Jan. 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later. The longtime leader of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, quit last March, and all board members recently stepped down at the demand of the U.S. Olympic Committee. A law firm has been hired to investigate how the USOC responded to its knowledge of allegations against Nassar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nassar pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another county and is starting his time behind bars with a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. He worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.Randy Margraves was tackled by sheriff’s deputies Friday before he could pummel Nassar in court. He said he wanted just a minute in a locked room with the “demon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This cannot be a lawless society. I know that,” Margraves, 58, told reporters during a public apology. “I lost control, but I gained control later in a holding cell.”More than 260 women and girls say they were assaulted by Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s. Most victims who wanted to speak publicly or submit a statement did so earlier during Nassar’s seven-day court hearing in Ingham County, including 2012 Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Govt employing smoke and mirror tactics

first_imgDear Editor,As Guyanese say “When yuh hand in tiger mouth, yuh got to pat he head” and so it is in Guyana presently, with a Government facing an unhappy electorate, the patting of heads has begun in earnest.The Ministers who have recently fallen from ivory towers have dusted off unused hearts, affixed same to sleeves and are among the populace in small packs, in a hurry to give you goodies from the bags of promises previously made but heretofore forgotten.The election injection is indeed the cure for all inflictions. The coalition Government is employing smoke and mirror tactics to avoid that cure, but given the record of the incumbent Attorney General, they are nonetheless pragmatically engaged in ‘Government outreach’ to persuade the population that the fruits of all the magic bean trees are now ripe for the picking. House lots; Cash grants; Jobs that do not involve breadfruits; ICT hubs; call centres; Small business loans are among the contents of the ‘I Heart you’ package. When Damien Marley sang “Some boy nuh know dis, dem only come around like tourist, On the beach with a few club sodas, Bedtime stories,… And don’t know the real hardcore” he could well have been talking about Granger’s band of kavakamites.Editor, it is only fair for a deprived population to take what is on offer. I urge my fellow Guyanese to go get whatever is being shared; it is, after all, our patrimony. We have been taxed an additional $88 billion a year by this Administration.We, the people, have paid for their extravagances, their jet-setting, ‘doing anything but work for the people’ lifestyles. So take what’s on offer, but do not be fooled, all skin teeth nah laugh, these are the forced baring of fangs, false love and patience on display and after this ‘nice time’ cometh our penance should they ever be voted into office again.The ominous signs are plain for all to see, if this hand evades the bite of the Constitution, the bite that demands lawful elections, the bite that expresses the true will of the people, then the Granger Administration will destroy all the tigers that keep them in check, the Constitution; GECOM: Integrity Commission; Procurement Commission and of course the parliamentary Opposition. Jessie Burnham famously penned “Beware, I say my brother Forbes, His motto is the personal ends of power justify any mean means used to achieve them. His Bible is the Prince by Machiavelli. And we the people should he come to power will be only pawns in his endless game of self-advancement.” A similar warning is now issued about Forbes’ acolyte David Granger, complete with evidence of his rule to date. Stay Woke.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Accept weak, strong points

first_img A. If you were a quark, the smallest particle in nature, under someone’s fingernail and they cleaned it out, that would be a cataclysmic collapse of the universe. If you were able to influence the edge of the universe, every single word you spoke would be of utmost importance. So if you hold those two thoughts simultaneously, that your work could be of cosmic importance and total insignificance, then you can do it with pride and bring everything to it, but laugh all the time you’re doing it. That’s just being human. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dear Readers, Last week I ran the first part of an interview with Dee Hock, the innovative thinker behind VISA, the largest business in the world. The author of a new book, “One From Many: Visa and the Rise of Chaordic Organization” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005), he discussed his view of leadership, organizational transformation and the overrating of money as an incentive. Below is the rest of the conversation. Q. When you asked your boss to give you permission to take a new position, he agreed and ended the meeting with a question: “Did this meeting serve your purpose?” That gave you the opening to ask for one more thing. You walked away with the resources, freedom and responsibility necessary to create a new entity that ended up revolutionizing the business world. Did you use that question at the end of your own meetings with employees? A. No, but I tried to live by it. If you find you’ve served their purpose, strangely enough you find out you have served your own because you like the way you behaved. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Q. You say that people who come from Eastern cultures are more immediately receptive to the way you think because they can hold two opposite ideas – yin and yang, so to speak – in their minds simultaneously. How does the yin-and-yang concept affect your leadership? A. I say to people, “I don’t ever want you to change; I just want you to see all of your strongest points – and then I enumerate them – and that they are contrary to your weakest points.” If you are detail-oriented, for example, probably you are also a nitpicking pain in the butt. But if you stop nitpicking, you will destroy your strength. Understand that they are the head and tails of the same coin. So you try to minimize the dark side of your strengths so they don’t hurt you and damage other people. I’ve seen people transform their lives by determining not to change. You don’t try to change the person, but rather educe the multiple perspectives that they’ve forgotten how to see. Q. “Educe” is a word you use often. What does it mean? A. “Induce” is commonly used to persuade, maneuver, to cause somebody to do something they don’t want to do. “Educe,” a much more beautiful word, means to draw forth that which already exists. It’s already there, so I don’t have to create it; I just have to create conditions from which it can emerge. I can’t design a rose, but I can create the conditions from which it emerges. It’s counterintuitive; yet, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Q. You use nature to put perspective on our workaday tasks. Please explain. last_img read more

Precambrian Pods Promoted to Pleistocene (!)

first_imgThe bulletin of the Geological Society of America started 2007 with a bang.  (Geeks sometimes refer to the exclamation point as a “bang”.)  It’s not often one sees an exclamation point in the title of a scientific paper, but the bang in one by Donald R. Lowe (Stanford) and Gary R. Byerly (Louisiana State)1 conveys something of the shock and awe they must have felt when they had to reclassify a rock formation from one end of the geologic column to the other:Irregular bodies of goethite and hematite, termed ironstone pods, in the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, have been previously interpreted as the Earth’s most ancient submarine hydrothermal vent deposits and have yielded putative evidence about Archean hydrothermal systems, ocean composition and temperature, and early life.  This report summarizes geologic, sedimentological, and petrographic evidence from three widely separated areas showing that the ironstone was deposited on and directly below the modern ground surface by active groundwater and spring systems, probably during periods of higher rainfall in the Pleistocene…. These deposits represent a remarkable iron oxide-depositing Quaternary hydrologic system but provide no information about conditions or life on the early Earth.Moving the earliest rocks on Earth to modern times is thus cause for a bang: “Ironstone bodies of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Products of a Cenozoic hydrological system, not Archean hydrothermal vents!”  The prior accepted date for the Barberton deposits was about 3.55 billion years.  The Pleistocene epoch is assumed to have begun about 1.8 million years ago.  This means the new date (within the evolutionary geologic timetable) is, at most, 0.6% of the old date.1 Lowe DR, and Byerly GR (2007), “Ironstone bodies of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Products of a Cenozoic hydrological system, not Archean hydrothermal vents!” GSA Bulletin, January 2007, Vol. 119, No. 1 pp. 65-87, DOI: 10.1130/B25997.1.Astronomy (10/01/2006, 01/16/2001), geology (11/13/2006, 08/08/2006, 04/01/2006) and evolutionary biology (12/13/2006) are some of the only fields where you can be over 99% wrong and still keep your job.  Is there no accountability for the geologists who claimed these rocks were Archean?  Does this give us any confidence that the current dating method is the final word?  Notice how geologists and evolutionists could point to these rocks and weave their stories about ancient primitive life on the planet, only to find out the rocks are so recent, they could be forming today!  (That deserved another bang.)    Other articles in this month’s Geology and GSA Bulletin continue to propound dates for various formations with the same brazen aplomb with which geologists had told us the Barberton greenstones were billions of years old.  Let this be a lesson to our astute readership, because the geologists and evolutionists are apparently not learning theirs.Reader Research Project:  Someone should do a literature search on this South African formation and see how the evolutionists have used it in their tales about early life on the planet, now that we know “These deposits … provide no information about conditions or life on the early Earth.”  (Here’s one example from the AGU found quickly on Google, and another on GeoScience World glibly claiming these are 3.55 billion years old.)  Look for the dating methods that were used to claim they were ancient.  Search especially for how the “truth” of their old age was presented to students.  For an advanced project, someone should follow this story and see if there are any retractions as a result.  If you find anything interesting, send it in and we will post it.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA, Gabonese firms eye opportunities

first_img10 October 2012 Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has urged South African and Gabonese businesspeople to give meaning to agreements concluded between the two countries by doing more business with each other. “Businesspeople from South Africa and Gabon need to work together to give meaning to agreements that we have signed. These are the Bilateral Trade Agreement and the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment Agreement,” Thabethe said at a business seminar held during the Gabonese leg of her department’s latest trade and investment mission on Tuesday. Last week, Thabethe and the business delegation accompanying her were in Cameroon. Speaking ahead of the two-nation trip, Thabethe said the mission would “see us traverse both the Cameroonian and Gabonese economic landscape, presenting South African businesses with an opportunity to explore trade and investment opportunities that exist through off-site as well as on-site business-to-business meetings.” South African and Gabon had some critical issues to look into in order to make the environment more conducive for businesspeople to trade between themselves and invest in the two countries, the deputy minister said on Tuesday. Thabethe has identified the establishment of a joint trade committee to facilitate market access, and a joint business council to facilitate easy engagements by businesses from the two countries. “We are hopeful that through this engagement, meaningful trade leads will be established and opportunities for investments opened up for access by South Africa,” she said on Tuesday. “The increase in investment focus on Africa presents an opportunity for South Africa and Gabon to build sustainable economic relations.” South African ambassador to Gabon Thaninga Shope-Linney said the two countries had enjoyed cordial relations ever since former president Nelson Mandela’s visit to Gabon soon after his inauguration in 1994. “It is from this partnership that the two countries should work on linking each other economically,” said Shope-Linney. Source: read more

Anil Kapoor wishes his warrior princess Sonam on birthday

first_imgMumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) Actor Anil Kapoor has wished his daughter Sonam Kapoor on her birthday through a sweet message where he called the actress his “warrior princess”.Sonam turned 31 today.The 60-year-old actor took to Twitter where he gave a shout-out to his daughter and posted a portrait of the “Neerja” actress, sporting a traditional look.”Happy birthday my warrior princess @sonamakapoor! Keep smiling, shine brighter, be happier! Love you beta!” wrote Anil.Other Bollywood personalities such as Abhishek Bachchan, Swara Bhasker and Armaan Malik also wished the birthday girl on her big day.”Heres wishing a very happy birthday to @sonamakapoor. Hope you have an even better year than the last one. Our butter chicken meal is pending,” Bachchan wrote, who has starred with Sonam in “Delhi-6″.”Happy birthday you beautiful beautiful child!!! May you have every joy and all the love – because you deserve that and more! @sonamakapoor,” wrote Swara, who is dear friend of the actress.The “Anaarkali of Aarah” actress became friends with Sonam after they first worked together in Aanand L Rais “Raanjhanaa”. They again teamed up for “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”.”Happy birthday @sonamakapoor! Hope you have a blast because you definitely have a #Rheson (word play on her fashion brand) to celebrate all your amazing achievements. Love always, AM,” wrote Armaan. PTI RDS BKlast_img read more

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals Mabus Says

first_imgThe Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week.“We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine.Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy. The department has set a goal for the services to produce or procure 25 percent of their electricity for facilities from renewable sources by 2025.If the Navy successfully reaches its goal of obtaining one gigawatt of alternative energy before next year, it would become the first service to reach that threshold. Last year, the Navy moved up its goal for generating 1 gigawatt of renewable energy to 2016; at the time, it established an interim goal of generating 500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015.Three years ago the three services announced they each would strive to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations. The Air Force has said it plans to meet its goal by 2020. Last year the Army said it was on pace to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025, with a possibility that it would beat its target.  Mabus also said the Navy next year will deploy a carrier strike group powered by 50-50 blends of biofuels. With the exception of the group’s aircraft carrier, which will be nuclear powered, “every type of aircraft and every other type of ship will be [using] 50-50 blends of bio-fuels. … We’ve certified every single ship and every single aircraft” as compatible with the mixed fuels, he said.The Navy is relying on “drop-in” alternative fuels for the “Great Green fleet,” meaning the ships and aircraft do not have to be altered to use them. Also, the biofuel would not use edible crops and its price would be competitive with conventional fossil fuels, Mabus said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SXSW 2017 Sure Youve Got a Brand Strategy but Whats Your Chat

first_img 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » It seemed so appropriate to visit Austin, alive last week with SXSW chatter, to explore the cutting edge of voice technology.Related: Microsoft Unveils Sarcastic Millennial Chat Bot Powered By Artificial IntelligenceAmong the plethora of panels, shows and workshops, I was out to understand the business opportunities and challenges that come with using chat interfaces.”Conversational,” “voice” and “chat” interfaces are catch-all terms used to refer to the next stage of human-technology interaction. Although tapping and swiping became the “new normal” means of interaction with mobile apps and devices, businesses are now shifting their services to a messaging format as a means of engaging users in a more natural way.To identify businesses already making waves with this approach, check out the range of brand “skills” which have been added to Amazon’s Alexa since that product’s launch. There is now even a lawyer chatbot on Facebook Chat, providing advice on parking tickets and asylum claims.The big opportunity for businesses to win with this technology lies with how well it succeeds in making their customer interactions more personable and intuitive. Thus, seamless and enjoyable interactions are likely to keep customers coming back to the brands that do this technology well.But, as with most new tech, the “how” is more complex than the “why.”Currently, you can create conversational interfaces in two ways. The first way is to piggyback on to existing tech (by adding your services to Alexa’s ever-growing skillset). The second is to add voice interfaces to your own platform (as with Santander’s voice banking feature). For either option, success depends on more than a simple plug-and-play approach.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessTwenty years ago, any business leader worth his or her salt had nailed down a brand strategy. But today, that kind of focus has shifted; today, it must be devoted to chat strategy: meaning, how to use conversational interfaces to add value to your business.So what is the right approach? And what issues should businesses tackle to make it a reality? Here are my three key considerations:Security and privacy: Know where you stand.Voice recognition and facial recognition are emerging as powerful, easy-to- use solutions for personal or sensitive services. HSBC, Barclays and First Direct are offering voice recognition to some of their customers already. MasterCard rolled out its facial recognition tech last year.But there are risks, as the current debate over the use of biometric data has shown. This was reflected at SXSW, with a debate between Christopher Piehota, ‎director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, and privacy activist Cory Doctorow. Their session highlighted fundamental issues around the collection, storage and use of personal data. When bespoke services need more data from their users, how safe is that data? Who has access? And why?We have yet to see government legislation on biometric data storage. But in a privacy-sensitive climate, the rule of thumb is to be sparing in the data you collect, and thorough with its encryption.To walk in their shoes, tap new talent. Successful communication in any arena depends on empathy. Reading your audience members’ needs and motivations, then tailoring your interactions with them, is instinctive for us as humans. But that process represents the next benchmark for conversational interfaces.Making automated responses more human, more nuanced and more useful for users will shape the next wave of chatbots and voice assistants. But there is still a way to go before we get to “true” conversation. Author and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in his SXSW talk that that advance won’t happen until 2029.Sophie Kleber, executive director of product and innovation at Huge, recommended that designers and writers work on conversational interfaces and focus on psychology. They need to become more familiar with what goes on for people “behind” the surface dialogue, she said.But judging whether a dash of humor there would be welcomed or met with a stony silence can be a tricky call even for humans — can it be programmed? Part of Kleber’s solution to this dilemma, she said, entails understanding when a service has “permission” to connect with users.The solution requires our human resources capabilities to merge with those of machines. In practice, that means tapping the talents of comedians, theater directors and poets alongside those of designers and programmers.Technologist John Maeda (head of computational design and inclusion at Automatic) underlined this need when he presented the third annual Design In Tech report at SXSW. He called on designers to “love their copywriters and content strategists,” in order to take full advantage of language as an interface.Delight in diversity.Using creative talent to humanize automated interfaces is important. But if those new faces all look, think or behave alike, the result might still fall short. This was the crux of Maeda’s other key point: We need to reflect our audience in our workforce.That makes complete business sense. After all, your investment into voice interfaces will pay off only if it benefits your users. The problem is that as the user-base for conversational interfaces grows, it’s less likely to match a typical design team.Related: At Last, Customer Service Agents That Customers Can’t Drive Crazy.So, draw on diverse backgrounds to ensure that you’re not simply adopting new technology for its own sake, but as a tool to meet the needs of your customers. That was some of the wisdom I got at this year’s SXSW. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 20, 2017last_img read more