first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.last_img read more

first_imgThe founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), Nobel Peace Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee, has said that a US$380,000 technical high school for girls will soon be constructed in Margibi County, along the Robertsfield Highway.The school, under the proposed name, Africa Girls Vocational School, will have a radio station that would be used to strictly promote public health and girls’ education.Making these disclosures last Friday, January 29, at a program marking the 3rd anniversary and fundraising gala of GPFA, Madam Gbowee indicated that the school is intended for vulnerable girls who have the passion to learn but cannot afford.The program was also used to honor five of its sponsored scholars who recently graduated from various local universities. Cllr. Deweh Gray, former chairperson of GPFA’s Board of Advisors, and Mrs. Williametta Saydee-Tarr, former executive director of GPFA and Sara E. Buchanan, Board of Directors, were honored.The reason to embark on the project is to ensure that Liberian girls remain in school and avoid teenage pregnancy, she said.“There are lot of girls who are vulnerable in society and as a Nobel Laureate I decided to embark on this project, which I have been doing,” the GPFA president noted.She further disclosed that the institution, which is expected to commence activities in 2018, will host students from the 9th to 12th grades.The GPFA president also said that after the completion of the building in 2018, the first class of 20 students will be ninth graders from Liberia’s 15 counties.Madam Gbowee said during the launch of the organization in 2012, they enrolled seven students locally at the cost of US$12,000, which included per diem, transportation, study materials, among others.“Today,” she said, “we cannot have a budget of U$12,000 locally (instead, we have) a budget of U$72,000 to send our scholars to school.”She said that the organization can now boast of 74 students in seven countries that are presently attending various universities doing under and postgraduate studies.The GPFA president said: “We are extremely proud of what GPFA has done in the country and we are committed to providing girls better education.”Cllr. Deweh Gray challenged Liberians to take education seriously by helping children who cannot afford to attend school.In special remarks, Senators Conmany B. Wesseh of River Gee and Morris Saytumah of Bomi counties thanked Madam Gbowee and her staff for the initiative and hope that she would expand it to include boys.The two Senators also used the occasion to caution Leymah Gbowee to be moderate in her remarks, especially when speaking on national issues because they may have the propensity to damage her hard earned reputation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIberia will offer a premium economy product on its long-haul fleet from next year in a move that brings the Spanish airline’s widebody cabin configuration in line with the other IAG airlines flying long-haul. The first premium economy-equipped Iberia aircraft will enter service next summer on routes connecting the airline’s Madrid hub to Chicago O’Hare in the U.S. and to Buenos Aires, Bogota and Lima in South America.The oneworld carrier said it will offer premium economy class on 37 of its long-haul aircraft. It will retrofit eight of its current Airbus A330-300s and 13 of its A340-600s with the new seats, while its 16 new Airbus A350-900s will come factory-equipped with the new cabin. Delivery of the A350s will begin in 2018. The remodeling of its to A330s and A3430 will take place next year and in 2018.Iberia did not specify how many premium economy seats it intends to install on its aircraft but said the seats would be 19 inches wide with a 37-inch seat pitch between rows, compared to 17- or 18.1-inch width and 31 to 32-inch seat pitch on its A330/ A340s in standard economy.  Seat-back entertainment screens will be 13 inches wide, as opposed to the 9-inch screens in standard coach. Iberia says the new seats recline by an additional 40 per cent over those in its standard economy cabin.Customers flying in premium economy class, or turista premium, will also enjoy adjustable head and foot rests, get noise-cancelling earphones, a blanket and an amenities kit. In addition, premium economy passengers will have priority in boarding and leaving the aircraft, better food options and an increased baggage allowance.Iberia may be one of the last European legacy carriers to introduce a premium economy, but it will be the only airline with the concept flying between Spain and Latin America, according to its  Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini.“Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market,” he said.Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to come up with the concept of a premium economy class in 1992 as Mid Class, a service aimed at the cost-conscious business traveler who travelled economy but still required extra space in which to work or relax. The product was rebranded as Premium Economy in November, 1994.Premium economy is well established with full-service international carriers in Europe and Asia, but it is rare in the Middle East and U.S. legacy airlines are only now jumping on the trend.American Airlines, a partner of Iberia in the oneworld alliance, will introduce premium economy on its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with cabins featuring 21 leather seats with a 38-inch pitch and an increased width with a 2-3-2 arrangement. Premium economy passengers receive priority check-in and boarding, enhanced meals with complimentary wine, beer and spirits and amenity kits.The airline’s first 787-9 was delivered Sept. 13 and it will have four by the end of the year, from an order for 22. But it will only start selling a seat in premium economy from early 2017.Delta Air Lines will introduce premium economy when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350,  due in Spring next year.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 113th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Matt Reese, Kolt Buchenroth, and Bart Johnson. In today’s episode, the boys cover Dale Minyo’s fair visit to the Clinton County Fair. Dale speaks with Greta Grey about the ongoing events at the fair. Next is Matt’s interview with Caroline Winters who is showing her steers at the Ohio State Fair, but more importantly she is one of the helpers at the Deans Charity Steer Show. Finally, Matt gets another report from our Between the Rows farmer Dave Baer. Dave talks about the historical perspective on his farm, as well as another farm update.last_img read more

first_imgMonday, June 8, 2009CONTACT:Jerelyn Wilson802-257-7300 ext. 102Jerelyn@BuildingGreen.comBrattleboro, VT (June 8, 2009)—BuildingGreen LLC, the parent company behind GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, today announced a partnership with the NAHB National Green Building Program (NAHBGreen,) , the green building advocacy arm of the nation’s leading home builder association.This work brings together an independent source of residential green building information with one of the leading national residential green building programs. GreenBuildingAdvisor.com’s highly respected resources on green building will be the teaching platform for the advanced building science course, a key component of the curriculum for NAHB’s new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation.“It’s really gratifying to have GreenBuildingAdvisor.com selected as the source for the building science information for the NAHB Master Green Builder Remodeler (MGBR) Designation,” said Peter Yost, Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen. “This means that all of our rich content—the Green Building Encyclopedia, the detailed Green Home case studies, and more than a thousand construction details—will be at the fingertips of students who wish to learn advanced green building principles as they connect key building concepts with real-world examples.”Two features make GreenBuildingAdvisor an especially appropriate choice for the MGBR program. First, both instructors and students can “build” course content using the “my GBA” project file folder tool, and second, the course material will continuously expand and deepen as new content is added by the GreenBuildingAdvisor team, which includes 15 nationally recognized green building experts.Don Ferrier of Ferrier Homes in Ft. Worth, Texas is a leading member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee working with NAHB and BuildingGreen on this new program. “I am very impressed with the GBA website,” says Ferrier. “Its depth and breadth is a good fit for the new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation, building substantially on the Certified Green Professional program.”NAHB is planning to offer the new Advanced two-day class in early 2010.For more information, visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/.About BuildingGreenBuildingGreen, LLC, at www.BuildingGreen.com, has provided the building industry with quality information on sustainable design and construction since its founding in 1985. Publications of the Brattleboro, Vermont company include Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec¯ Directory, and the residential design and construction resource GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. For information, visit www.BuildingGreen.com or call 802-257-7300.About the NAHB Green Building ProgramThe NAHB Green Building Program helps move the practice of green building into the mainstream, increasing the incorporation of energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality in the everyday process of home building. The program includes the ANSI-approved ICC-700-2008 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, the National Green Building Conference, and the Certified Green Professional designation. For additional information visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/ or call 877-624-2476.Media Contacts:Peter Yost, BuildingGreenpeter@buildinggreen.com802-254-3663Chad Riedy, NAHBcriedy@nahb.com202-266-8225last_img read more

first_imgFor all of the “isms” supposedly being felled by enlightened Americans, the U.S. economy remains stunningly unfair. Take racism. On one hand, interracial marriages have grown fivefold in the 50 years since Loving v. Virginia, which legalized the practice. On the other, the average median household wealth of African-Americans declined by 75 percent between 1983 and 2013, according to a report from the Institute of Policy Studies. A joint study by Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research found that employer discrimination against African-Americans hasn’t budged since 1989.Sexism shows a similar trend. Despite the successes of the “Me Too” movement in holding sexual assaulters accountable, women still make just 82 percent of what men earn for doing the same job — a figure that Pew Research Center claims has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years.  The truth is that Americans aren’t building a fair economy on their own. Prejudices are deeply rooted and, in many cases, institutional barriers are too great. Machines, however, may be able to bridge the wealth gap by opening up more economic opportunity.Computational JusticeAlthough artificial intelligence and big data technologies are still young, they’ve shown promise in a range of sectors for making business decisions more equitable. Accessing capital, for example, remains far more difficult for women and minorities than it is for white men. A stunning 98 percent of venture funding flows to men from an industry that is 82 percent male. Less than 1 percent of venture-backed founders are black, as is a correspondingly small proportion — 2 percent — of those in senior VC positions.One fintech company and lending platform, Kabbage, is working to change that. The automated loan platform intentionally strips race and gender bias from its lending process. Because Kabbage’s algorithms leave such subjective matters out of funding decisions, minorities and women receive a greater share of its loans than national data on women- and minority-owned small businesses would suggest. AI and big data have also begun to make their mark on another area that has traditionally held women and minorities back from economic prosperity. Even with affirmative action, the fact is that blacks and Hispanics are more underrepresented at top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago. Although 15 percent of college-aged Americans are black, only 6 percent of those admitted to elite universities are African-American. At least publicly, colleges aren’t using AI algorithms to make admissions decisions — yet. But according to Kevin Kelly, WIRED founder and author of “The Inevitable,” the use of AI in college admissions is an inevitability. For years, colleges have used algorithms to sort applicants by grade point average and admissions test scores into “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” buckets, which later receive human review. On the student side, platforms like SchoolWise are leveraging AI and machine learning technologies to match students to suggested schools. “While data analytics and machine learning [have] transformed many industries, [they haven’t] helped students in the college admissions space,” SchoolWise founder and MIT graduate Salil Sethi said in a prepared statement. In addition to mapping applicant personalities to college cultures, SchoolWise offers other resources like financial aid calculators and admissions counselors. Beyond access to capital and education, economic discrimination manifests itself in more pernicious ways, too. Minority-dominated neighborhoods, for instance, pay higher car insurance premiums than white areas assessed at the same level of risk. The ProPublica report found that insurers like Allstate, Geico, and Liberty Mutual charged premiums that were 30 percent higher, on average, in zip codes where most residents are minorities.Insurers looking to make more premiums more objective are turning to analytics and AI for a helping hand. When Allstate shifted from primarily personal insurance products to commercial ones, it took the opportunity to develop an AI assistant called ABIe, the Allstate Business Insurance Expert, to help agents quote and issue insurance products. Although Allstate hasn’t mentioned how the racial or gender makeup of its policyholders has changed since, ABIe removes at least some amount of agent subjectivity from the equation. The Data DilemmaAI has certainly helped to make economic pillars like education, financial services, and insurance fairer, but will it ever automate discrimination out of the economy? Not if humans continue to feed it data tainted by biases. Algorithms trained on data sets ingrained with “isms” are no better than their human handlers at making objective decisions. But at least compared to the complexity of society-level human decisions, biased data sets are a small problem to solve. And when it comes to algorithmic decision-making, progress begets progress. When machines work with more objective data, they make less subjective decisions. When they make fairer decisions, they generate more objective data on which to model future decisions.So while machines may not be able to build a fairer economy alone, they’re at least better able to look objectively at data they’re given than people are. That may not sound like much, but it’s a step forward: a step that Americans themselves must take and run with. Tags:#admission#AI#Big Data#data#Fintech#insurance#lending What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, held a meeting with the committee set up to formulate the curriculum on Deshbhakti Pathyakram. The CM directed the committee that the curriculum must instil a feeling of love and responsibility towards the country. The committee shared the suggestions taken from the children, which were conveyed to the CM. Listening to the children’s suggestions, the CM said, “If our children think like this, our country has a bright future.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSuggestions from children in the context of patriotism included — “A sense of honesty towards work, humane behaviour towards animals and birds, no caste discrimination or jealousy, abiding by rules, and making India clean and healthy” — and many more. The committee notified in the meeting that in the existing syllabus of class 1 to 12, a list of chapters is being prepared that already talk of patriotism. The Chief Minister told the committee that the syllabus should include things that would lead to better civic and developmental sense in the coming generations. Kejriwal asked the committee to seek public opinion on patriotism and what it means to them. He said, “The common man has gotten so busy in his own life, that he has no time to think about the country. Patriotism cannot come out in an India-Pakistan match alone. For our culture, the people of our country should feel love and pride. It is our responsibility to instill the feelings in our children. We have heard stories about Japan. People are extremely helpful even to strangers. This is patriotism and true love for the country. The significance of real education is only when all this comes to the children.”last_img read more